In some ageing communities, there are plenty of senior residents wanting to drink coffee at the local Tim Horton’s but not enough young people to serve it. Well, in Shippagan, New Brunswick, international students at the local campus of University of Moncton are keeping the double doubles flowing.
When you think about it, it may be obvious… but you have to think about it first. In countries where few people speak English, protests may be made in English in order to gain international attention. Take the recent protests in Myanmar…
Read more in the EL Gazette.
While most of us involved in English language instruction have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, language learning apps have seen a boom. Duolingo saw its sales increase 67% in 2020. It then launched its English Test, which is aimed at the US university market. Cheaper and faster than the TOEFL (and capitalizing on the fact that many US institutions became test optional or test blind recently to help attract students), it has quickly made inroads.
But a number of factors make one wonder if this is a flash in the pan…
Read more in the EL Gazette.
Across Canada, there were 98,000 fewer students on university campuses in 2020 than in 2019. Considering that international students account for 14% of enrolment and 40% or tuition revenue for universities (or over $1.6 billion), that is serious news.
Read more from CBC.
March 18th update: this webinar has been canceled. We hope to reschedule as a live event once it is safe to gather.
Please join us at 10 am EST on March 20th to celebrate the first day of spring and World Happiness Day with Patrice Palmer!
Happiness @ School
“Happy teachers will change the world”. Thích Nhất Hanh
Did you know that 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes, 10% by our environment but that 40% is determined by our actions or attitude? The science of positive psychology or human flourishing suggests hundreds of simple interventions or strategies (e.g. like writing in a gratitude journal) that we can apply daily to increase our happiness and well-being.
In this workshop, I will provide an overview of positive psychology and give concrete examples of some simple interventions that can be used with learners. Happiness is contagious! Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the fastest growing area of psychology, learn new interventions that are evidence-based leading to happier teachers, students and all school staff and leave with a list of simple actions that can lead to increased happiness, well-being and flourishing.
Patrice Palmer has more than 25 years as an ESL educator, trainer and facilitator. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts (York University); a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and Master of Education (Brock University); Master of Arts (OISE of the University of Toronto). Patrice has several TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) accreditations including OCELT certification. She also completed certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and now teaches in the program. She is a certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Mental Fitness and Resiliency Trainer.
Patrice’s experience with professional burn-out in 2015 prompted her to reflect on her own lack of self-care and adopt positive psychology interventions which she happily shares. Patrice is the author of The Teacher Self-Care Manual: Simple Strategies for Stressed Teachers and a teacher’s resource for middle-school students entitled Ready, Set, GROW! which is filled with positive psychology interventions for young learners.
With the $10 workshop fee, you will also receive a digital copy of Patrice’s book The Teacher’s Self-Care Manual, published by Alphabet Publishing.
The University World News recently published an article about the factors that have affected international student enrolments in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. All of these countries, with the exception of Canada, have seen their globla share of international students decline in recent years. The authors outline the reasons for decline (or increase) in each country as well as look at what needs to change in each country in order to promote sustainable growth going forward.
|We are planning on making this year the positive energy year. We have some ideas we are working on and we will bring them to you over the course of the year, but we would first like to start by asking our readers what we can bring you that will make a happy and positive difference to you. Please take a minute to think and then ask us for speakers or information on any area that would bring some positive energy to you. The possibilities are endless, really, so don’t be shy to bring anything to us. We will do our best to use what connections and resources we have to make it happen.|
In what is undoubtedly good news for Canadian colleges and universities, it was announced on Friday that international students that have been kept out of the country because of the pandemic will be able to qualify for work permits even if they complete all of their studies online from out of the country.
Read more in The Star.
Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has made it a goal to implement dual-language instruction in elementary schools across the state. The second language would not be the same everywhere; instead, it would be determined by local districts based on what would best serve their students.
Recent surveys have shown that since the beginning of the pandemic, Canada has improved its desirability for international students. Viewed as both “safe and stable” and “open and welcoming”, Canada is now competing with the UK for top spot. We will point out that this means Canada has overtaken the US in this area.
Read more in CIC News.