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Tips for Better Writing

Students at the University of Texas-Southmost College work on a writing assignment in an English as a Second Language class in 2006

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Everyone struggles with writing, however there are ways to ease your struggle when working on an essay or paper for class. More

Audio Australia Links Aboriginal Aid to School Attendance

Parents in South Australia’s Aboriginal lands may lose some of their financial aid if they do not send their children to school. New rules link school attendance with payments for parents living. But the top advisor to the prime minister suggests other ways to get children to school.

Audio New US College Entrance Test Worries China

Recent changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are creating some political unease in China. The new SAT will require test-takers to read from parts of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or other historical documents.

Audio Street Vendor Helps Poor to Learn English and Japanese

Two brothers are helping the Hanoi’s poorest students by giving classes in English and Japanese. Demand for the classes are growing. About 1,000 people are on a waiting list to enter. Ten people have offered to teach for free.

Audio Experts Share Tips for Writing School Papers

Many secondary and university students have returned to classes, or soon will. And some of you have told us that you worry about academic writing – writing for school. We know that writing papers can be hard – even a little frightening. Here are some tips.

Audio Changes in SAT Exam Make it Harder for Foreign Students

Changes to the US college entrance exam SAT will take effect in 2016. Those changes could make the tests more difficult for foreign students. | As It Is

Audio Progress Seen for Education in Africa

An United Nations report shows progress being made in education in Africa. But will all African countries meet the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015? | As It Is

Audio New Opportunities Open for Foreign Engineering Students

New scholarship opportunities are available for foreign engineering students to study and work in the United States. And, an American performer shares his talents with children in Rwanda. | As It Is

UN: One Million Syrian Children Are Refugees

Many of these children are separated from their family and not in school. In Burma, efforts are underway to build schools in rural areas. | As It Is

Audio Economists Say College Costs Hurt the Economy

Many students are turning to online classes to meet their goals for higher education | As It Is

Audio Asian Countries Top International School Test

Also, we look at the growing demand for classes in English slang | As It Is

Audio Music and the Human Brain

American study explores how musical training in childhood can influence the adult brain | SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

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Audio Program Helps First Time Parents

And, Homeboy Industries helps kids quit Los Angeles gangs | As It Is

Audio Graduating Early from Medical, Law School

Should students be able to graduate from medical school in three years and law school in two? | As It Is

Audio A Non-Profit Group Gives Millions of Needy Children 'Room to Read'

Also, children learn about business basics, and we remember the United States Supreme Court ruling that banned discrimination in schools.

Audio An Unusual Instrument for Sale at the Smithsonian Craft Show

We also play new music from Phoenix and tell about clothing swaps | American Mosaic

What Online Teens Consider 'Research'

A survey of U.S. middle and high school teachers highlights the need for digital literacy | EDUCATION REPORT

Tragedy at One School, Renewal at Another

Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary.

Vietnamese Man Wants a “Book Revolution” in his Country

Nguyen Quang Thach provides libraries filled with books to rural schools | EDUCATION REPORT

Learn with The News

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    Video Ukraine Former President's Estate Is Now a Tourist Site

    Many Ukrainians are now visiting the former estate of former president Viktor Yanukovych. You can go there to get married and to teach your kids about how corrupt leaders live. To learn great adjectives for describing how the richest people live, read on ... More

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    Audio Reducing Clashes between Police and Black Youths

    The shooting of an unarmed teenager fueled racial anger between police and Ferguson’s African American community. Now, some African-American parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. More

  • Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

    Audio Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

    Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city. More

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled from the violence in the Iraqi town of Gwer, wait to return at a check point at the entrance of the town, Aug. 18, 2014.

    Audio Iraqi Girls Escape Islamic State Militants

    Samira, age 17, and Samia, 14, are members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority. They and other Yazidis were forced from their homes in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Azar last month and captured by the Islamic State militants. Here's the story of their escape. More

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    Audio 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss'

    How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories More

Featured Stories

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    Turning Cigarette Butts to Batteries

    Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions. More

  • Neural map of a typical male brain. (Photo courtesy of National Academy of Sciences)

    Audio How Did You Get so Intelligent?

    Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News More

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    Audio Virginia Leaves Union, Lincoln Puts Maryland Under Military Rule

    President Abraham Lincoln asked the states for 75,000 soldiers to stop the South's rebellion. But border states -- those between the North and South -- refused to send any troops. And some prepared to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. More

  • Michelle Baxter suffers from chronic pain in her muscles and joints. She now spends her work day standing at her desk.

    Audio Sit Less, Live Longer

    These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH More

  • This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right.

    Audio Earth's Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

    The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere. More

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