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All APEC members are faced with the issue of how to effectively prepare multi-lingual citizens who can appreciate the culture of and communicate with speakers of other languages. In many APEC member economies, foreign language has historically occupied an important place in the school curriculum. Because of the primacy of English in diplomacy and trade today, many APEC members from Eastern economies have further stressed English language education, extended this to the early elementary grades, and raised their expectations for proficiency. English speaking economies, on the other hand, find it hard to motivate their students to take a foreign language in high school and to find teachers qualified to teach a language other than English.

        


Australia

  • Higher Education Contribution Schemes (HECS) This site provides information, targeted to Australian and international students, graduates and parents who are interested in knowing more about studying at university in Australia or overseas, on a wide range of issues, support and study options that need to be considered when going to university. Get More Detail

  • Overview of Australian Government Indigenous Education Programmes This site provides details on the goals and initiatives set by the Australian Government to improve the quality of education and improve the learning outcomes of Indigenous students, including the National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (NIELNS) Get More Detail


Canada

  • Foreign Language Policies, Research, and Educational Possibilities: A Western Perspective This draft paper was prepared by a Canadian based researcher, Dr. Patricia Duff, for the APEC Summit on Education Reform. The paper highlights current issues in foreign language learning policy, research, and instructional practice, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The author reflects on the importance of cross-program articulation, assessment, teacher education in both foreign language proficiency and appropriate teaching methods and materials; consideration for the timing, duration, intensity and content of teaching; the effective use of technology and other media; and the need to pay attention to the skill areas most needed by students for their ultimate foreign language purposes. Get More Detail

  • Effective Language Education Practices: Policy, Research, and Pedagogy This presentation on foreign language was provided by Dr. Patricia Duff at the International Seminar held in conjunction with the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting. The presentation covered language education policy and current standards, reviewed research on age of foreign language acquisition, and current foreign language teaching methods in a historical context. Get More Detail

  • Saskatchewan Assessment & Evaluation Unit This information website provides the various assesment instruments used in Saskatchewan, Canada. Get More Detail

  • Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: English As a Second Language and English Literacy, The This Resource Guide from Ontario, Canada describes programs and procedures that support students who are from countries or communities in which standard Canadian English is not the primary language of communication and who may have difficulty meeting the expectations of the Ontario curriculum because of their lack of proficiency in English.Teachers should use this resource guide in conjunction with the various curriculum policy documents that make up the Ontario curriculum for Grades 1 to 8.The guide has been designed to help schools and classroom teachers provide the accommodations and modifications that will enable students from a variety of linguistic, ethnocultural, and educational backgrounds to participate as quickly and as fully as possible and to achieve the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. (In English) Get More Detail


Chile


China

  • Chinese English Standards This is an unofficial translation of the People's Republic of China's English Language Teaching Standards. Get More Detail

  • China’s English Language Teaching at School Today: A Report on Policies and Reform, Progress ... This English language slide presentation was created for the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC region to report on English language instruction policy in China today. The power point slides cover general policies and reform directions in China, including professional development and textbook design, and examines current challenges and future directions in English language instruction. Get More Detail

  • U.S.-China E-Language Project The promising practice document describes a joint research and development project between the U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education to provide exchange and cooperation opportunities for the development of Internet-based language instruction known as the E-Language Learning System (ELLS). As a research and development endeavor between the two countries, the purpose of ELLS is to determine the viability and effectiveness of an Internet-based, second-language approach to instruction for middle school students through the integrated use of animation, gaming techniques, and voice recognition. Get More Detail


Chinese Taipei

  • English Language and other Foreign Language This power point presentation provides a dynamic overview of the policy paper on English and foreign language instruction presented to APEC's Education Ministers at the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting. The presentation reviews emerging research trends, current reform efforts, and recommended action steps to cooperatively improve language instruction in the region. Get More Detail

  • Chinese Taipei: Promising Practices in English and Other Foreign Language Teaching This English-language document, written for the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC Region, describes Chinese Taipei's recent efforts to promote language instruction. The paper describes the development of a task force and efforts to enforce education policy promoting and testing English language learning as well as several efforts to support teachers of English. Get More Detail

  • Chinese Taipei's General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) This English-language website provides information about Chinese Taipei's assessment of English language proficiency. At the start of 1999, to promote the idea of life-long learning and to further encourage the study of English, the Ministry of Education commissioned the Language Training & Testing Center (LTTC) to develop a fair and reliable English test for students of English at all levels of proficiency. The site provides access to information about each level of examination and links to Chinese language research reports on the testing. Get More Detail

  • Policy Paper on Teaching of English and Other Foreign Languages - 3rd AEMM This policy paper, written in preparation for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, outliens major recommendations to improve language instruction, particularly English instruction, in the APEC region. The paper reviews major policy and research trends in the area, presents examples of practice from the region, and provides recommendations for further research and cooperative activities. Get More Detail

  • Chinese Taipei: Promising Practices in English and Other Foreign Language Teaching This English-language document, written for the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC Region, describes Chinese Taipei's recent efforts to promote language instruction. The paper describes the development of a task force and efforts to enforce education policy promoting and testing English language learning as well as several efforts to support teachers of English. Get More Detail


Hong Kong


Japan


Korea

  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail

  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail

  • EDUNET Educational Resource This Korean and English-language web portal, operated by KERIS (Korea Education & Research Information Service), provides K-12 teachers with instructional materials, classroom management materials, clinical supervision materials, online instructional materials, and public resources. Its features include e-learning, cyber teachers, computer simulations and animations, and teaching modules. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail

  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail


Malaysia


New Zealand

  • Learning Languages - Te Kete Impurangi Online Learning Center This on-line center provides guides for New Zealand schools on planning and sustaining effective second language programs. The site containing teaching resources as well as information regarding assessment and curricular frameworks. Get More Detail

  • Language and Languages This website provides access to documents outlining language policy in New Zealand, including documents on 'English in the New Zealand Curriculum' and guidelines for teaching in multiple native languages and cultures. For example, the site contains, 'Te Reo Maori i roto i Te Marautanga o Aotearoa,' a statement providing the Ministry's expectations for students' achievement in English (written in the Maori medium) from year 1 to year 13. Get More Detail

  • All Languages Are To Be Treasured: Overview of Language in New Zealand This presentation at the Regional Seminar on Foreign/Second Language Education in Asia and the Pacific, hosted by the National Institute for Educational Research in Tokyo, Japan provide a concise overview of language policy and trends in New Zealand. Get More Detail

  • Improving English Language Outcomes for Students Receiving ESOL Services in New Zealand Schools This research from New Zealand was commissioned to inform the Ministry's review of the current ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) strategy. The report details the outcome of a review of the literature identifying good practice for teaching and learning in the compulsory school sector for Non-English Speaking Background Students (NESB) , particularly for new immigrants, and describes the results from an investigation of the ways in which schools provide for and meet the language needs of their NESB students Get More Detail

  • ESOL On-Line (English for Speakers of Other Languages) ESOL online is produced for the New Zealand Ministry of Education to put resources online for primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers of students from non-English-speaking backgrounds. The site is for all teachers, including ESOL specialists. The site includes teaching strategies, lesson plans, and general teaching resources, as well as school policy on teaching second languages. Get More Detail


Singapore

  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail

  • Singapore's English Language Syllabus 2001 for Primary and Secondary School This document from the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Singaporean Ministry of Education provides the school curriculum and expected learning outcomes for English, as one of Singapore's four official languages. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail


Thailand

  • English Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand in this Decade This English-language report coming out of the 2004 Summit on Education Reform outlines recent developments in English language teaching and learning in Thailand. The paper first focuses on the role of English and problems of English language teaching in Thailand. It describes education reform related to English language teaching and describes what has been planned or already done to improve Thailand's English language teaching and learning situation. Get More Detail

  • Report on Thailand's Reform of University Foundation English This English-language paper reports on what Thailand has done to reform the University Foundation English Curriculum. The paper also discusses means and ways to manage this change. Get More Detail

  • Thai English Language University Level Standards Thai University English Foundation Courses 1 and 2 have been framed around two goals and seven standards. This English language document describing Thailand's goals, standards and indicators for these English language courses. Get More Detail

  • Thailand's English Language Development Center This promising practice document describes Thailand's English Language Development Center, established under the Office of the Higher Education Commission as part of a government strategy to help Thailand to reach its potential and sustain development. Get More Detail

  • Thai Gifted Program This promising practice document, written for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, describes Thailand's recent movement towards gifted education for students in math, science and languages. More information about the program is available in Thai at http://www.thaigifted.org/main.html. Get More Detail

  • Standards for English Teachers in Thailand This promising practice document describes Thailand's recent decision to establish standards for English teachers. Indicators are associated with each standard. Get More Detail

  • Training of English Teachers in Thailand This promising practice document describes training of English language teachers in primary and secondary schools in 30 tourism provinces of Thailand that has been implemented this year. Get More Detail

  • English for Science and Technology in Thailand This promising practice document describes Thailand's English for Science and Technology, the first fully web-based English course, funded by the Thailand Graduate Institute for Science and Technology. It is designed to be a task-based course to teach integrated skills; listening, reading, pronunciation, and writing as well as science-related grammar and vocabulary. Get More Detail


United States

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail

  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail

  • U.S.-China E-Language Project The promising practice document describes a joint research and development project between the U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education to provide exchange and cooperation opportunities for the development of Internet-based language instruction known as the E-Language Learning System (ELLS). As a research and development endeavor between the two countries, the purpose of ELLS is to determine the viability and effectiveness of an Internet-based, second-language approach to instruction for middle school students through the integrated use of animation, gaming techniques, and voice recognition. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail

  • Standards for the English Language Arts (U.S.) The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. These standards assume that literacy growth begins before children enter school as they experience and experiment with literacy activities—reading and writing, and associating spoken words with their graphic representations. Recognizing this fact, these standards encourage the development of curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the emerging literacy abilities that children bring to school. Furthermore, the standards provide ample room for the innovation and creativity essential to teaching and learning. They are not prescriptions for particular curriculum or instruction. Get More Detail

  • Teaching Language for National Security and American Competitiveness American students must master critical need foreign language skills for our nation to remain competitive and continue the progress in securing our nation. Together with the Departments of State and Defense and the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Education is proposing to establish grants and train teachers under President Bush's National Security Language Initiative. Get More Detail

  • International Studies and Language Security Policy Paper The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security Get More Detail

  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail

  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail

  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail

  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail

  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail

  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail


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