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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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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, Claudia Civinini writes.

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Tuition fees for most ELT-related masters courses have remained stable since last year, the EL Gazette can reveal as we publish our biannual listing of courses.

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The English language recently enjoyed some celebrity as seemingly every journalist in the English-speaking world was forced to write about its enduring importance.

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A total of 14 Canadian teachers working at an international school in Seoul have been forced to leave the country because they had the wrong visas, according to broadcaster CBC.

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School pupils in Italy will soon have to sit a compulsory English language test at the end of each stage of schooling, the Italian education ministry has said.

Students in middle and secondary schools will have to sit this national English test before being allowed to take the school-leaving exam, but it will not affect the final grades.

Failure to comply with Aviation English standards by both native and non-native speaker pilots and air traffic controllers has led to some frightening near misses, a new independent report has found.

The research, commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and carried out by linguist Dr Barbara Clark, examines reports of language-related miscommunication incidents.

An institution set up by business magnate and philanthropist George Soros appears to be the target of the new laws imposing restrictions on foreign universities operating in Hungary.

Under the new regulations, foreign universities from outside the EU will need accreditation and have a campus both in their home countries and in Hungary. They will also be barred from awarding Hungarian diplomas without a new agreement between the governments of both countries.

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The UK ELT industry heaved a sigh of relief after the Italian ministry of education invited its own state schools to apply for funding from the latest Pon programmes. These are EU-funded schemes designed to close the educational gap of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the past, several groups of Italian high school students have benefited from these funds to study English in the UK, Ireland and Malta.

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Australia’s plans to make it tougher to gain work visas or claim citizenship in the country have led to angry reactions from universities and refugee campaign groups. Australian universities say plans to axe the 457 visa for skilled migrants could prevent them from recruiting post-doctoral research fellows and lecturers from abroad. And a new diktat that citizenship will only be granted to those with an Ielts level 6 or higher could unfairly impact people with refugee backgrounds, campaigners say.

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Ireland saw an 11 per cent rise in the number of international English language students in 2016, figures show. This is ‘hugely significant’ as it comes on the back of strong growth in 2015, said David O’Grady, chief executive of language school association Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).

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