Thursday, January 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] India's downtrodden put faith in English

Learning English and more this January

India's downtrodden put faith in English; UK considers higher language
requirements for students; teaching can help build Sudan's future

Max de Lotbinière, Wednesday 12 January 2011 15.05 GMT

dalit english india Linguistic emancipation ... Dalit communities hope
their children can break the cycle of poverty. Photograph: Abir

Welcome to TEFL Update for January, a roundup of the latest ELT
related news and views to appear in Learning English, the Guardian
Weekly's special section for English language teaching professionals
worldwide. Plus Classroom Materials - free resources at
lower-intermediate and advanced levels that bring global news into
your teaching.
News: India's outcasts put faith in English

For Dalit communities living at the bottom of India's caste system
English language skills have held out a promise of escape from poverty
and social stigma. Maseeh Rahman reports on the continuing appeal of
English as one Dalit community in northern India dedicates a temple to
the "language of emancipation".
china uk english Open for business? British prime minister David
Cameron meets students in China. Photograph: ANDY RAIN/EPA
News: UK seeks to raise language entry levels

International students intending to study at colleges and universities
in the UK may have to demonstrate a minimum level of English language
proficiency, if proposals to tighten up student visa rules are
implemented. We report on the plans and a temporary extension to the
period that English language learners can stay in the UK to improve
their English.
Opinion: English can bridge North and South Sudan

As Sudan votes in a referendum which could split the country in two,
Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council, makes a case
for stepping up support for English language teaching as a means to
consolidate the peace process and open up the country to the
international economy.
gaga english hero Star in their eyes ... fans mob Lady Gaga in Paris.
Photograph: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic
Teacher development: Join the teenage fan club

Leading ELT author Herbert Puchta urges teachers to view life from the
perspective of their young learners and develop lesson content that
reflects teenagers' search for meaningful role models and answers to
profound questions.
Class report: India

For a teacher in Kolkata, English is a vital tool for social and
economic empowerment for the young people in her classroom - find out
how she is helping her students become global communicators. And don't
forget to share your own experiences in class with other teachers
through Class Report. This is our regular feature which gives
practitioners a chance to reflect on their teaching – from triumphs to
challenges – and to pass on some wisdom gained along the way. Take a
look at our Class Report questionnaire
cia code sculpture Challenging art ... Jim Sandborn's sculpture with
embedded riddle. Photograph: CIA
Classroom materials: Are your students code breakers?

Our free Classroom materials this month go from extreme display to
impenetrable secrecy. Our lower-intermediate materials will take your
learners to Tajikistan to find out about that country's plans to build
the world's tallest flagpole, while advanced learners are challenged
to work together to break a code embedded into a sculpture at the
headquarters of the CIA, the US's secret intelligence service.


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