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Adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel and a Sherlock Holmes mystery are in line for awards celebrating literature that encourages students to read more widely.

The shortlist for the Extensive Reading Foundation’s (ERF) Language Learner Literature Awards is now in the hands of teachers and students who will vote on their favourites. The judges will then take their verdicts into account and decide on the winners, to be announced next year.

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A major expansion of bilingual programmes in New York sends ‘a clear message’ that ‘all families’ are welcome in the state school system, the city’s mayor has said.

In the biggest expansion since 2010, the New York City (NYC) schools chancellor Carmen Fariña has announced that 68 new dual language and transitional bilingual education programmes will be added from this September.

NEW YORK teacher turned restauranteur has set up an informal English language school for his staff, the New York Post reports. Daniel Carabano, who used to teach maths at high school level but now runs three eateries in New York, hit on the idea of teaching his Spanish speaking cooks after he taught himself Spanish. The chef uses Netflix programmes such as Iron Fist to inspire his employees to learn.

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An academic is planning to write his own Japanese-Welsh coursebooks for Japanese people wanting to learn the Celtic language.

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The British Council has released the list of finalists for its flagship awards, the ELTons. These prestigious awards, also known by the insiders as the ‘Oscars of ELT’, celebrate innovation in English language teaching.

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Mexicans who have been deported from the US are being given the opportunity to become English language teachers, who are in short supply in the country. Mexico City Citizens’ Council has launched an initiative to help the deportees obtain English language and teaching qualifications.

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BevelledIraq 300px 1Iraq: Iraqi universities are gearing up to offer more English language tuition. English is in demand in the Iraqi job market, and employers often need to send their employees abroad to study.

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Receiving a box full of books signed by Noam Chomsky is probably a linguist’s ultimate dream. But this fantasy scenario really did happen to Mosab Abu-Toha, a 24-year-old English literature graduate and EFL teacher.

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Japan’s Education Ministry has published its latest draft guidelines on public education, to come into effect from 2020 after a ‘transition’ from 2018. Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reports that the principal aim of the guidelines, released in February, is ‘to reinforce the teaching of English’.

Here are the latest UK language centre rankings. 

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