March 30, 2015 23:01 UTC


UN Representative Pushing for Safe Schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. More

Audio  'Uglish' Gets Its Own Dictionary in Uganda

The official language in Uganda is English. But visitors to this African country soon recognize that the English spoken here is different from British or American English. Researcher Bernard Sabiiti published a small dictionary of Ugandan English also known as "Unglish.'

Video A Blind Teacher's Vision

There are an estimated 70,000 blind children in Indonesia. Iyehezkiel Parudani lost his eyesight at age six from chicken pox. He now teaches English to blind and visually impaired students at the Pajajaran Special School in the city of Bandung.

Audio Everyday Grammar: Can You Correct 'Her and I?'

Editor's Note: "Everyday Grammar" is a new series of articles to address common mistakes in grammar; to explain complex sentence structure; to answer your questions about grammar; and to discuss phrases you might have heard in the news. Is it a good lesson for "you and I" or "you and me?"

Video Five Tips for Planning a Presentation

Charles LeBeau shares more tips for improving academic presentations in English. They include cultural knowledge about how to organize a speech as well as how to use images. Other tips include an understanding of your audience, topics and rehearsing your presentation.

Audio Improve Your Public Speaking With Body Language

Public speaking is difficult even for native speakers of English. Learners find it even more difficult. A big part of giving presentations is body language. Charles LeBeau, professor of public speaking, shares some advice on the speaker’s ‘physical message.’

Audio Will Citizenship Test Make Better Citizens?

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Virginia debated but did not pass a similar bill. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.

Video Three Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking is difficult, even frightening, for many. Some even fear public speaking more than death itself. It is a skill that most English learners want to improve. One method is to look at the activity as three separate messages. Here are three tips to improve your public speaking skills.

Quiz - Fun Facts About US Presidents

See how well you understand the Presidents' Day article by taking a short quiz.

Audio Future Doctors Write, Edit for Wikipedia

Some teachers and editors say they do not trust the information on the website Wikipedia. They say some of the people who provide the pieces for the website may not be qualified to write them. But an American medical school is now offering a course meant to aid doctors and other Wikipedia users.

Audio Taiwan Changes Entrance Exams to Promote Innovation

Students are taking their university entrance exams in Taiwan this week. The ministry of education wants to change the process in future years. The goal is to encourage students to take risks and become successful innovators.

Audio New Minister Cleans Up Cambodia’s Education System

Over 75% of students failed their Grade 12 final examinations in August 2014. Why did so many students have trouble passing? A recently established government policy had prevented cheating. Hang Chuon Naron, the new Education Minister, wants to end corruption in the schools.

Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.

Audio Tips for Writing: ‘They Say, I Say’

English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff.

Audio Test Scores Drop in South Africa with New Education Plan

Every year, South African 12th grade students take a test to decide their next steps following the completion of high school. Many students were unhappy with the results of their 2014 exam. The scores were released January 5. Universities use the scores to make admissions decisions.

College Women Return to Guide High School Students

Women in their late teens and twenties have a lot to offer younger women. The older students are already successful, said one high school principal. They can teach younger women to find their paths, too. The name of the mentoring program is Imara Roose. Imara is Swahili for strong.

Audio Writing School Papers: Does Your First Version Say It All?

You have written your research paper, your personal essay, your book review. You have provided good information in the needed number of words. You feel good because your work is finished. But is it really done? Many teachers & professional writers believe writing well means making needed revisions.

Video High Stakes Threaten the Security of English Language Tests

High-stakes language test results have an important outcome for the test-taker. They are so important that people are sometimes willing to cheat. But new technology and online tests help make sure that the person taking a test is the person who receives the results, and keep people honest.

Video New English Tests Are Better, but Harder

Editor’s note: This article is the third in our series on English language testing. In this article, we look at trends in language testing, accuracy of the tests and how the tests are changing. We also talk with Dr. Clive Roberts of ELS Educational Services on changes to English language tests

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Three

For the third part of our series “Tips for Applying to US Colleges” we visited Shenandoah University. Shenandoah University is named for the scenic Shenandoah Valley in the US state of Virginia. It is a private institution with about 4,000 students from 55 countries.

Learn with The News

  • Conversion of forests to agricultural use create starkly different habitats for small mammals that carry zoonotic disease such as plague, resulting in increased risk of plague transmission. (Photo Credit: Douglas McCauley)

    Audio Land-Use Changes May Increase Risk of Plague

    Efforts to increase food production in Africa may be increasing the risk of plague infection. A new report looks at efforts to clear land for farming in natural, undeveloped areas of Tanzania. The report links the development of croplands to an increase in the number of rats carrying the plague. More

  • Video Ceramic Guitar Proves Good for Rockin'

    Musicians have been using clay, or ceramic, wind and percussion instruments for a long time. But a rock guitarist in Spain is now attracting audiences with not only his music, but his unique ceramic guitar. Luis Martin says there is a unique quality of sound bouncing off ceramic material. More

  • A woman wakes up on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, March 7, 2013.

    Video Community Center Helps Women on Skid Row

    Many homeless people live in the “Skid Row” area of Los Angeles, California. These men and women have no permanent place to live. Skid Row is a place where many social service groups can be found. They work to help the homeless find work and a place to live. One such organization works with women. More

  • Iran - Nuclear

    Audio Difference Remains in Iran's Nuclear Talks

    How to dispose of Iran’s nuclear materials remains a barrier. Also, Arab-coalition airstrikes continue in Yemen; France's Socialist Party faces election losses; Nigerians vote for president; the U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises; and blogger killed in Bangladesh. More

  • Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

    The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined. More

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  • Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

    Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer. More

  • Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

    The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children. More

  • Space Rocket to Launch Weather Satellite Into Deep Space

    Video Satellite Will Watch Sun Storms, Send Warnings to Earth

    Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio communications and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe the extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time the sun’s 11-year cycle. More

  • An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi, Feb. 10, 2014.

    Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

    Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly. More

  • Video Secrets of a Saddle-Maker

    People began riding horses thousands of years ago. Saddles for horseback riding were invented soon after. Today, many companies manufacture saddles. But it is rare to find someone who designs and makes these products by hand. American Keith Valley is one of the few. More

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