Over 70,000 Panamanian students and teachers will have been trained in English by the end of this year thanks to the Panama Bilingual programme, ANPanama news agency reports. In January the final cohort of 1,000 teachers and students at the international teacher training Panamá Bilingüe 2017 programme were sent by the government to study for eight weeks in universities in the US, Canada, the UK and Barbados.
A report by a policy-forming group within the UK Parliament has called for mandatory Esol classes for newly arrived immigrants – but also called for a lot more money to pay for this. The UK’s cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has a mission to examine ‘how government and local authorities could better support communities to manage rapid demographic change’ in times of Brexit and an alarming rise in xenophobic hate crime nationally.
English is slowly becoming more progressive. We’re noticing we’re using the progressive form, or ‘-ing’ form, a lot more, compared to the ‘to’ form. While language change used to be imperceptibly subtle, now we can witness it slowly unfolding, thanks to huge corpora like Brigham Young University’s News On the Web, believed to be the world’s biggest, with 2.8 billion words. According to Mentalfloss website, corpora analysis is revealing a steady increase in the ‘-ing’ form compared to ‘to’.
Authorities in Quebec, Canada have announced investigations into two English school boards following press reports of international students scammed by their agents. Management of both the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Lester B. Pearson School Board, also in Montreal, have denied any wrongdoing.