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minister plans major overhaul of integration policy, language lessons from day 1




current government policy on integration needs a complete overhaul, junior social affairs minister wouter koolmees says in tuesday’s telegraaf.the minister told the paper he is shocked at the scale of the problems he has encountered since taking up office and intends to totally reform integration ...



disorder during language lessons at ethnically diverse schools




africa studio. credit: shutterstockpupils at schools with greater ethnic diversity experience more disorder during language lessons. this is one of the outcomes of research conducted by gert-jan veerman, lecturer in education studies at the christelijke hogeschool ede (che). he defended his phd thes...



duolingo adds mandarin course to its language library




online language learning company duolingo has finally added a mandarin course to its offerings. with more than one billion speakers, mandarin is the most popular language on the planet, but it's also on one of the hardest to learn, which is why the course will prove a little beefier than its europea...



government to get tough on welfare claimants who don't speak dutch




local authorities are being told they have to take action against welfare claimants who don’t speak dutch even though sanctions are only an option in the law, the volkskrant reported on thursday.junior social affairs minister tamara van ark now says that local authorities must enforce the language...



plan to strip funding from hospitals will 'never' be policy




the government says it's not considering a radical overhaul of the way the commonwealth funds hospitals after reports that officials are working on a plan. a plan to strip commonwealth cash from public hospitals and force patients to pay more for coverage will never be government policy, the health ...



more than 500 people fined for not passing integration tests in three years




more than 500 immigrants and refugees have been fined for not passing integration exams within three years of their arrival, trouw reported on wednesday.people who don’t pass the tests, which include language and knowledge of dutch society, can be fined up to €1,250.however, dorine manson, direc...



statement on dhs nominee kirstjen nielsen




statement to the rachel maddow show from ditto pr, the company assisting kirstjen nielsen with her nomination to be secretary of the department of homeland security:“ms. nielsen’s role in the response to katrina has been vastly overstated by the media.  as a policy director, she was responsibl...



armenian minister quells fears of russian language expansion




following an uproar over the culture ministry’s decision to bolster russian language programs in armenian schools, armenia’s education minister said that russian will remain a foreign language in armenia.“the only official language in armenia is and will remain the armenian language, si...



armenian minister quells fears of russian language expansion




following an uproar over the culture ministry’s decision to bolster russian language programs in armenian schools, armenia’s education minister said that russian will remain a foreign language in armenia.“the only official language in armenia is and will remain the armenian language, si...



school religion lessons to stay compulsory | news




religious affairs lessons in greek schools are to remain compulsory, the church of greece and the government have agreed, despite a proposal by the country’s education policy institute, known by its acronym iep, that those lessons be optional.addressing members of the holy synod on tuesday, archbi...



citizenship overhaul 'sick but not terminal': hinch




a senate committee has recommended the government water down its proposed english language test, which is part of an overhaul of citizenship laws. the turnbull government's proposed overhaul of citizenship eligibility laws might be looking a bit sick but they aren't terminal, says one senate crossbe...



learn to speak spanish for only $49




there are plenty of reasons to start learning a new language. you can learn your family's mother tongue to communicate better with distant relatives, you can learn a new regional language to help you get a government job, or you can even learn a language just for fun. of course, learning a whole new...



don't impose hindi on metro, cm writes to centre




continuing his pro-kannada stance, chief minister siddaramaiah on friday asked the union government not to impose hindi in the bengaluru’s metro stations. in a letter to union minister for housing and urban affairs narendra singh tomar, siddaramaiah stated that the centre’s three-language policy...



holocaust must be bigger part of migrant courses: german minister




berlin: more emphasis should be placed on the holocaust in integration courses for migrants, germany's justice minister said, reflecting heightened unease among leading politicians about a spate of anti-semitic acts including israeli flag burnings.more than a million migrants have arrived in germany...



a federal eu and more integration won't solve eu problems: rutte




a federal europe and more integration are not the answers to the eu’s problems, dutch prime minister mark rutte told the annual congress of the alliance of liberals and democrats in europe on saturday.although rutte did not mention french president emmanuel macron by name, he did ‘indicate his s...



holocaust must be bigger part of migrant courses: german minister




berlin: more emphasis should be placed on the holocaust in integration courses for migrants, germany's justice minister said, reflecting heightened unease among leading politicians about a spate of anti-semitic acts including israeli flag burnings.more than a million migrants have arrived in germany...



insult, offend and humiliate provisions removed from racial discrimination act




changes to the act will make it illegal to racially 'harass' someone in an overhaul of section 18c. after years of fractious debate, the nature of free speech in australia will be altered under a plan from prime minister malcolm turnbull to change the racial discrimination act.the government has unv...



insult, offend and humiliate provisions to be removed from racial discrimination




changes to the act will make it illegal to racially 'harass' someone in an overhaul of section 18c. after years of fractious debate, the nature of free speech in australia will be altered under a plan from prime minister malcolm turnbull to change the racial discrimination act.the government has unv...



insult, offend and humiliate provisions to be removed from racial discrimination




changes to the act will make it illegal to racially 'harass' someone in an overhaul of section 18c. after years of fractious debate, the nature of free speech in australia will be altered under a plan from prime minister malcolm turnbull to change the racial discrimination act.the government has unv...



elementary school: early english language lessons less effective than expected




seven years later, children who start learning english in the first grade achieve poorer results in this subject than children whose first english lesson isn't until the third grade. this is according to the findings unearthed by the team headed by dr nils jäkel and prof dr markus ritter at ruhr-un...



best new apps for iphone and ipad




what are the hottest new apps on the app store right now? these!there are over a million and a half apps for iphone and ipad and the number just keeps growing. every day new and newly updated apps hit the app store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. luckily, you don't have to. all you...



ministry launching greek language classes for foreign prisoners | news




the justice ministry on friday said it is working with the center for the greek language to provide lessons to foreign inmates at the country’s prisons.the program will initially be launched at the prisons of thessaloniki, nigrita and grevena, all in northern greece. it will also include seminars ...



dutch philanthropists take lead in 'sustainable' integration policy




photo: peter de ruiter/ unhcr brussela private social investment and philanthropic foundation made up of wealthy business people is going to invest hundreds of millions of euros in social policy, much of which will focus on the integration of refugees, the financieele dagblad reported on tuesday.the...



record number of students sit nsw selective schools exam




it is the most competitive exam in the state and for more than 10,000 students, the results will probably be a disappointment.on thursday, a record number of year 6 students sat the annual entry test for one of 4226 spots in nsw's 21 selective and 26 partially selective schools.nsw's first virtual s...



swedish academy to launch new language lessons for immigrants




new arrivals in sweden at a language class. photo: fredrik sandberg / tt the swedish body responsible for awarding the nobel prize in literature each year has announced plans to help teach swedish to newcomers in the country. the swedish academy will begin its intensive language courses this autumn,...