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November 25, 2010

In Brief: Japanese students refudiate US, express voices, bemuse ALTs

The Oxford American Dictionary, published by OUP, has chosen "refudiate" as its word of the year. The official OUP blog defines the Palinism as a mixture of "refute" and "repudiate" and is used loosely to mean "reject". • Japanese students may well be "refudiating" a US university education with the number of Japanese students enrolling having dropped by 15% for the 2009 academic year. And this follows a 14% drop the year before. The Japanese student population in the US now stands at just under 29,000. • Of course, this doesn't mean that Japanese students are completely happy with their education in Japan. Witness this video from Tim Murphey and his students:

And speaking of Japanese education, David Namisato is publishing a series of wonderfully drawn cartoons on some of the more amusing aspects of being an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan. Take a look.

Reported by: Russell Willis

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