Taiwan’s prime minister has the goal of making Taiwan bilingual (Mandarin and English) and as part of this goal, the country is looking to improve the English of its teachers as well as to recruit more native English speaking teachers.
The University of Alberta and, to a lesser extent, the University of Calgary, have deep ties to China and even Huawei itself. There are concerns about the future of funding and flow of Chinese students as a result of the recent diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, though there is no indication as of yet that China plans to retaliate by blocking funding or students.
MOSAIC, an immigrant services organization in Vancouver, is working to improve the support available for international students who are the victims of sexual assault. The CEO of the organization believes that international students are more vulnerable because they are more likely to be isolated, lack a social network and are navigating a different cultural context.
Cape Breton university in Sydney, Nova Scotia has seen a huge increase in international students this year. The unfortunate side of this story is that many of these students are unable to find part time work and, worried about their dwindling savings, have turned to a local soup kitchen to eat.
There are roughly 600,000 Chinese students studying abroad and they add a lot of money into the coffers of colleges and universities. In Canada, roughly one in three international students is Chinese. An Illinois college was so worried about the fallout of the Trump trade war that they actually took out an insurance policy with Lloyds of London.
It is hard to believe that in little more than a month it will be time for TESOL! And if that isn’t exciting enough, it is in Atlanta, so all of us who attend will have the chance to fill up on fried pickles (and chicken) at the same time. That is what they call “living”.
English Central will be there and exhibiting with our newest publisher, Innova Press. Award-winning author Terry Phillips will be with us representing Innova. Terry will also be presenting on his upcoming series EAP Grammar. As always, we will also have plenty of great books with us and fun little gifts for those who are kind enough to come and visit us at our booth.
We hope you will attend our sessions too! Here are the details:
The Skillful approach to teaching critical thinking
March 13th, 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM in A408 at GWCC
All published EAP materials claim to teach critical thinking skills, but do they ask students to do more than discuss their opinions? In this session, attendees look at low- to high-order critical thinking skills and how they can effectively be taught across levels of an EAP curriculum.
The importance of grammar in EAP
English is largely a syntactic language, with meaning being conveyed in most cases by word order. However, there is generally a focus on tense formation and usage in the ESL classroom. This session explores the importance of teaching competence in syntax to improve academic reading and writing.
Do you see yourself as a visual learner? Or perhaps a musical learner? The theory of learning styles is almost a hundred years old and endures to this day, despite the fact that there is little evidence to support the theory. Gain some insight into the different sides of the debate from a recent article in Inside Higher Ed.
Statistics Canada has reported that revenue for all 166 public Canadian colleges, cegeps and polytechnics rose 0.2 billion in 2016/17 over the previous academic year. As provincial funding has remained flat for several years, the increase in revenue is due to larger tuition being collected. There has been an increase of 27.2% in tuition since 2012/2013. It is important to note that a large part of this increase in tuition revenue is due to the 55% increase in international students.