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March 29, 2004

News Roundup

A roundup of some recent ELT-related news and articles since mid-March:

Last week, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi launched an English version of his widely read e-mail newsletter. U.S. Ambassador Howard Baker contributed an essay titled, "The Best Team" to mark the 150th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Peace and Amity.
Japan, U.S. to fete friendship (link will expire)

A Korea Herald article reveals one high school teacher's misgivings about the education system in his country, which sound very similar to those ofgten voiced in Japan.
Reform Korean education

In his March 25 Practical Linguist column in the Daily Yomiuri, Marshall Childs wrote about how pragmatics is at the center of an emerging modern language theory - what he calls the "attractor theory". He discusses the importance of sociologial and neurological aspects of language and how corpus linguists are "poised to take the place of grammarians".
Practical Linguist (link will expire)

The Utah Daily Chronicle recently reported on the death in a traffic accident of 23-year old Japanese university student Yasuo Iwasaki. Described by his ESL teacher as "an amazing student", he was planning to obtain an ESL degree and return to teach English in Japan. He died on the way back from a trip with friends to the Grand Canyon when their car rolled over on an Arizona highway.
U student dies on a Spring Break road trip

The March 10 "Quote of the Day" from a 38-year old mother on the Japan Today site: "I started my daughter learning English when she was 2. Now she's 10, but can't speak either English or Japanese properly. Rather than being bilingual, she's hopeless in both languages."
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