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Petition to reduce nurses' Ielts standard reaches 9,500 signatures

28-06-2017 Hits:523 Uncategorised Claudia Civinini - avatar Claudia Civinini

A petition calling on the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to reconsider its English language requirements for foreign nurses has gained nearly 5,500 signatures over the past four weeks...

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Los Angeles pic courtesy Rod Ramsey


A vocational schools operator in Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to charges of visa fraud as part of a plea bargain after a Homeland Security investigation dating back to 2011. The probe uncovered a multimillion dollar ‘pay-to-stay’ student visa scam in which international students came to the US on study visas but ‘never studied’.

Under attack from left-wing party Izquierda Unida (pic above), the Madrid regional government has released a torrent of information on their bilingual schools.

Madrid People Spain story Manuel

A new survey by the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS), part of the Ministry of the Presidency in Spain, revealed that six out of ten Spaniards can’t write or speak English and only 10 per cent study a foreign language. Experts suggest the main causes of this problem include the education system, dubbing of films and students’ lack of confidence, 20 minutos newspaper reported.

Pic story Medellín Colombia Pic courtesy Secretaría de Movilidad de Medellín

Medellin, Colombia’s second city (above), has launched a new bilingual programme which introduces English language to children in early childhood. Pilot project Semilla Bilingüe (bilingual seed) has been implemented in eighteen kindergartens and fifteen primary schools since January.

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