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New International Masters in Teaching English at Saint Mary’s University

The Brtitish Council has estimated that by 2020, there will be over 2 billion people speaking or learning to speak English. It has also been noted that in non-English speaking countries, the majority of the English teachers will be non-native English speakers.

With these non-native English speaking teachers in mind, Sain Mary’s University in Halifax has jsut launched its new International Masters in Teaching English.

Find out more about the program and the first cohort.

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Post-secondary institutions in Sudbury dealing with racism against international students

International student numbers in this northern Ontario city have been growing as they have across the country. But as there has been little cultural or racial diversity, it is unfortunate if not surprising that international students are reporting threats and intolerance.

Find out more about some students’ experiences as well as the reactions of Laurentian University and Cambrian College on the CBC website.

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Computer edition of CAEL to be delivered in China

In the summer, Paragon Testing (a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia) announced that it had signed an agreement with the National Education Examinations Authority of the Chinese Ministry of Education to deliver the Canadian Academic English Test in the People’s Republic of China.

Read Paragon Testing’s news release.

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San Diego State University lays off all full-time ESL teachers

Teachers were expecting some layoffs because of declining enrolment, but were apparently shocked to find out that all full-time teachers were being let go. Classes will continue and the American language Institute will not close. Part-time teachers have been recruited to teach, making it clear that the university was looking to slash the costs of benefits that go along with full-time jobs.

Read more in The Pie News.

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International student arrested for working too much

An international student in Ontario was arrested by the OPP when it was discovered that he had been working more than the 20 hours a week that those in the country on a student visa are allowed to work. The student has said that his expenses as an international student became too much for his family back home to afford and so he needed to work more.

Read more on Global News.

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Provincially-mandated tuition decrease for domestic students to be offset by tuition increases for international students

While the Ontario government recently said that tuition for post-secondary education must be reduced by 10%, the unspoken directive was to increase tuition or numbers of international students to make up for the shortfall. The University of Windsor has already announced its plans to increase tuition for international students.

Read more on CBC.

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Chinese government-sponsored student groups in Canada

There is some controversy around The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), which has many chapters across the west. In October at Thompson Rivers University, students participated in a university parroved military-style flag raising. The groups have been criticized as being steered by Chinese consulates or embassies, which attempt to control Chinese students studying abroad.

Read more in the Prince George Citizen.