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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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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University Rankings: When are they important?

Many places rank universities, but do these rankings matter? It depends.  Few people choose universities based on rank only, but sometimes, rankings are useful. Elmira College, taken by HckySo But first, where do the university rankings come from? The USA Today puts out a well-known ranking of US colleges and universities.  For international universities, probably…
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Education and Memorization meet the Information Revolution

These days, you can look up nearly anything.  You can learn by watching tutorials on You Tube.  You can take a class at Coursera.  You can walk the streets of most famous cities with Google Street View. And you can do it all in your hand, anywhere, with a smart phone or tablet. That's now.…
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