While many of you may already be teaching online, there are many teachers who have been left unemployed by the pandemic. We came across a helpful article in the EL Gazette with information on how to get work teaching online, as well as tips on how to teach online.
Read Teaching Online.
Statistics Canada crunched some numbers related to the devastating impact of the pandemic on the national education scene.
Read more from Stats Canada.
As of October 20th, international students are again allowed into Canada provided that they are studying with an institution that has an approved covid-19 readiness plan. It will be interesting to see how quickly students return.
We should take this opportunity to give a shout-out to Languages Canada. They have been working hard since the outset of the pandemic to work with the government to advance the interests of this industry which, as we all know, has been hit particularly hard by this pandemic. They have pointed out that over 75% of English and French programs are at risk of permanently closing and that with international students contributing $22 billion to the economy every year, Canada needs international students as well. They developed the Study Safe Corridor, a well-thought out plan, that would ensure that students could get to Canada for their studies, ensuring that they depart safe, arrive safe and study safe.
Read more about the new regulations.
Read more about Languages Canada’s efforts.
It is probably a good bet that a larger than average percentage of ELT professionals are concerned about climate change. Well, a recent article in Inside Higher Ed puts the spotlight on international education and the large carbon footprint that it has. Possible solutions are suggested – including students staying home – but that leaves ELT professionals between a rock and a hard place.
Read more on IHE.
In an effort to attract more international students, Lakehead University is turning to the international students it already has. With its Global Ambassador program, some students at Lakead will be recruited to help attract more students from their country. These students will be taught special speaking and presentation skills and will be featured on social media programs.
We are generally pretty cynical and jaded, but this sounds like a bright plan.
Read more on the CBC website.
Only in Canada, man!
Read more on the CTV website.
In 2014, the Canadian federal government set the objective to add 450,000 international students by 2022. In a rare example of a government succeeding in a plan, that number was actually reached by 2018!
A small problem with this great success story is that almost half of those students are from China and India. Given the tensions in relations with China lately (and historical lessons like those of ghost towns) and the comfortable position that Canada is sitting in at this moment, the feds have set some new objectives: diversifying the international student body, increasing the number of Canadian students who go to study abroad and improving the experience of international students. All sounds good.
Read more in Maclean’s.
The EL Gazette reports on an Australian student, Meshal Laurie, who argues that with the group work projects they are required for their courses, the Australian students in her program are effectively required to tutor the international students in their groups in order to pass their courses. Similar stories have come out of the UK.
Read more in the EL Gazette.
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.
… and more than half of these students are from Asia.
Read more in The Pie News.