Teaching English to Pass or to Learn?

(Courtesy of Getty Images) Chinese test preparation company New Oriental Education & Technology Group dominates the Chinese market for preparing students to take entrance exams such as the SAT and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to be accepted into American universities. What sets them apart from their American competitors such as Kaplan … Continue reading

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No Surprise: Chinese, Japanese and Arabic on the Rise

(Photo courtesy of  U.S. DoS) The traditional foreign language offerings, Spanish and French, are still leading the numbers among high schoolers enrolled in each courses. However, some Eastern languages are slowly grabbing their bigger piece of the pie. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages reported that Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Arabic are being offered … Continue reading

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The Digital School on the Rise

(Photo courtesy of  PSFK) Would you send your kids to a video game school? Probably not when I put it like that. But, hundreds of parents are doing just that. Quest to Learn is a New York school that uses a game-based curriculum that includes several video game based lessons to stimulate and engage students … Continue reading

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NY Times debate: ‘Can Young Students Learn From Online Classes?

(Photo courtesy of Bunk Class) Online courses are on the rise, particularly with education systems nationwide facing significant budget cuts.  The New York Times is putting it all on the table in a Room for Debate series for three teachers, a developmental psychologies, a professor and, of course, the readers to share and defend their … Continue reading

Parents seek exposure of children to Chinese culture

(Photo courtesy of mLive) There are public schools. There are private schools. There are charter schools. And then there are language immersion programs, and they open up an entire other category. Language immersion programs take place at all kinds of education institutions, but instead of teaching a foreign language as a separate subject, the selected … Continue reading

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Is hybrid learning the next phase of education?

(Photo courtesy of School of One) Rocketship Education is doing just what we think rocketships should be doing, taking off and sending people to new heights. Rocketship Education is a nonprofit charter school network striving to eliminate the education gap nationwide by integrating hybrid learning models into schools. Hybrid learning, sometimes called blended learning, changes … Continue reading

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Google Translate provides easy, free language to language translation

(Photo courtesy of Apple)   Learning languages and overcoming language barriers are difficult things to accomplish. Google is trying to make it easier with Google Translate. Google Translate is free service that provides translations in 57 different languages. Often with translations, we see the translation, but still do no know how to say it. With Google … Continue reading

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