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Indian tech region’s plan for English-medium courses meets opposition

10-07-2018 Hits:33 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

An Indian regional government’s plan to begin teaching English-medium courses in its schools to stem the exodus of students to private schools has been met with outcry from multiple sources...

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FOLLOWING A BBC Panorama programme which filmed students at British colleges, including Eden College London, apparently cheating on Toeic tests (see front page), immigration authorities have requested US testing giant ETS to suspend both its Toeic and Toefl tests in the UK for candidates taking the exams for visa purposes. The UK will still accept ETS tests taken overseas. Apart from

By Melanie Butler

UP TO 30,000 students from the south of Italy aged fifteen to eighteen are expected to head abroad this year for EU-funded language courses and exams. Many of the 2,000 teachers accompanying them will also have EU funding for ‘certification’ courses, though whether this must include methodology or will cover language improvement classes is not yet clear. The total funding for the project, which will see students being enrolled in courses overseas starting this month, could exceed €30 million.

Language testing will form an integral

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The Organisation for Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC) has educated Afghan girls uninterrupted since the 1980s - often in secret, writes Guy Smallman

OPAWC's English teacher Sayeed Salim, who now teaches openly in Kabul

EDEN COLLEGE Dublin and Eden College International London, two colleges with the same beneficial owner, Mr Fakir Hossain, have hit the headlines on both sides of the Irish Sea. The Irish story involves a former education minister, while the UK operations of US testing giant ETS have been affected by a scandal allegedly involving the London school (see here  for ETS story).

The Irish government removed accreditation from the English department of Eden College Dublin, of which Mr Hossain is director, in December. The college has no connection with the Eden School of English, Dublin. The decision was confirmed in February despite what was described as ‘a very strong appeal’ by school president and chair of the Eden board, former education minister Bat O’Keeffe. No reason has been given for the decision to remove accreditation but the college has been removed from the Irish government register of centres entitled to enrol non-EU students.

In a statement Mr Hossain confirmed that accreditation had been


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