China found to have the most English-language international schools
ISC Research, part of the International School Consultancy has found that there are now 8,000 English-language international schools world-wide. China has the most, at 526 and has also experienced the largest growth in the number of schools, adding 218 schools in four years since late 2011. ISC predicts over the next ten years there will be at least 15,000 English-language international schools; teaching over eight million students. Click here to read the full article
Uneven growth in international student enrollment across US universities
The Chronicle of Higher Education has found that less than half of American universities kept pace with the average national growth in international student enrollment, with only 10 percent of institutions accounting for nearly 70 percent of the growth between the 2005-06 and 2014-15 school years. Click here to read the full article.
Earlier last month, The Conversation published an article discussing the factors that influence Chinese students’ decision to study in Australia, click here to read the full article.
English teacher found errors in one in three textbooks
After noticing a few mistakes in a textbook, Shi Bing, an English teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University, decided to do a more extensive survey into English language textbooks published in China. Shi Bing read over 100 text books and found that more than one in three books had mistakes. The Ministry of Education has acknowledged the errors and have directed the publishers to make the appropriate corrections. Click here to read the full article (Chinese).
The English language has interesting quirks
Aeon magazine has published an essay about the historical oddities and current quirks of the English language. Click here to read the full essay.
Oriental Wonderland in the works
Plans to build a $500 million ‘oriental wonderland’ in Warnervale, on the Central Coast, New South Wales. The park is planned to include a full-size replica of the gates to the Forbidden City and a nine-story temple housing a giant Buddha. However the NSW Department of Planning has rejected the plan in its current form, citing a lack of detail in the claims made and inadequate consideration of logistical concerns. Click here to read the full article.