TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test Discontinued

TOEFL Jr. Comprehensive Test Scrapped -TOEFL Jr. Standard to Remain- ETS has decided to stop using the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive. There were troubles with the multi-media part of the exam, so they have decided to stick to the TOEFL Junior Standard for now. As someone who wrote a textbook on the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive, this is…
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Double the number of US college students studying abroad? Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad That's the new campaign from the IIE, the Institute of International Education.  The aim is to double the number of US college students going overseas. In ten years. Why?  The number of US students who went overseas in 2011-12 was 295,000. It's pitiful. By comparison, China has 235,000 in the US, and that…
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Japanese Students in US Colleges Will Triple in the next Ten Years

I teach in Japan. Looking at the trends here, what is certain to happen, I have no doubt that the number of Japanese studying in international colleges will increase, by 300%, over the next ten years. The growth will come mainly in universities in English-speaking countries, in particular the United States. Why? Japan's current educational…
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Why learn writing?

Why teach writing? Why make kids learn it? Writing is humankind's most difficult form of communication. Simply by interpreting lines on a page, we learn Why learn writing? facts, imagine experiences, and transmit messages. We can learn the thoughts of people thousands of years gone, from other cultures, and express thoughts that millions of people…
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Coursera and Four Reasons to Love it

Four reasons to love Coursera Do you love learning new things? Elearning is Fun! It think that most teachers love to learn. If so, you should try Coursera. 1.  Coursera is great because you can take college courses that interest you in many subjects. They have cooking courses, psychology courses, literature courses, computer language courses,…
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