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All Articles from 2011

January, 2011

Jan 01 Welcome to 2011. Will this year be the death of publishing?
Jan 04 Grammar guru Brett Reynolds to present in Tokyo this coming Sunday
Jan 11 Nova University?
Jan 12 January 2011 edition of Language Travel Magazine available free online
Jan 13 OUP's Teaching Workshops start Sunday, February 6th in Sendai
Jan 17 Jason Renshaw critiques the Big 4's ELT websites
Jan 18 De Agostini releases partwork English comedy drama series for Japanese consumer market
Jan 20 The 2011 WE CAN! ELT Spring Forum
Jan 25 John and Liz Soars receive MBEs for services to English language teaching
Jan 26 Takeda Pharmaceutical mandates high TOEIC scores for new hires
Jan 31 Critics of English education misguided; English hegemony must be overcome - Kumiko Torikai

February, 2011

Feb 01 Roundup: Sony releases radio • India market booming for CUP • Tests are good for you
Feb 02 ELT book service gets makeover - best on planet?
Feb 03 Roundup: Oscar-nominated animator on new kids English program • ALC releases premium version of Eijiro • Osaka mayor boosts TOEFL study
Feb 04 Livemocha, world's largest language learning community, partners with goFLUENT
Feb 07 Welcome to the world, Lou Reich!
Feb 07 Results of wide-ranging survey of attitudes to English released
Feb 09 Japanese prefer Glaswegian accents...
Feb 10 Private English conversation lessons for less than ¥100...
Feb 14 English school teams up with famed U.K. soccer academy
Feb 15 Former JETs defend program
Feb 16 68% of elementary school teachers lack confidence in teaching English
Feb 17 Roundup: Eikaiwa, yakuza links • Fukuoka teacher on trial • Latest Language Travel online • TED talk on babies and language acquisition
Feb 18 Proposal deadline looms for the Extensive Reading World Congress in Kyoto
Feb 21 Urban Planet Mobile wins Global Mobile Award for for Mobile Learning
Feb 22 Roundup: The Bible and English • English is stupid • Publisher calls for spicy EMEs • CELTA Top Ten
Feb 23 Japanese students feared trapped in Christchurch earthquake
Feb 23 Fewer Japanese students studying abroad
Feb 24 Christchurch Earthquake: Ninety from English language school unaccounted for
Feb 25 British Council ELTon Award goes to ABAX's Fiction in Action: Whodunit
Feb 28 Roundup: Free job ads for school owners • Exam cheats • Hope for Japanese kids

March, 2011

Mar 02 Newsletter Editorial: A Deeper Understanding of Strippers, Thieves, Right-Brain Rubbish and Getting Kids to Read
Mar 03 Numbers steady at study abroad event in Tokyo, UK most expensive study destination
Mar 04 Kodansha International to close doors (Japan Times)
Mar 04 Cambridge ESOL releases new placement test
Mar 08 Stats Corner: The Market for Kids' English in Japan
Mar 09 Newsletter Editorial: Are University English Exams a Sham?
Mar 11 Free books from the Extensive Reading Foundation...
Mar 12 Earthquake: Map of Japan to explain where you are
Mar 12 Earthquake summary for teachers in Japan
Mar 16 Earthquake / Nuclear Plant Situation Summary, Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Mar 18 Earthquake Update: March 18th, 2011
Mar 19 No current health issue, even modest radiation issues in Tokyo extremely unlikely – British government
Mar 23 Pearson donates $25,000 to Japan, matches employee, teacher donations
Mar 25 Dates announced for David Paul's One-Day Certificate courses

April, 2011

Apr 01 Round Up: Cengage donates $100,000 • Pearson fund hits $300,000 • McGraw Hill matches employee donations
Apr 05 People on the Move: Steve King joins Heinle
Apr 06 DISCO starts selling Versant
Apr 07 Cerego closes free learning service Smart.fm, rebrands (again)
Apr 08 The Economist: Who speaks English?
Apr 12 Popcorn Readers available in Japan from June
Apr 13 Studying with a dictionary more popular than classroom lessons, Twitter, mobile phones
Apr 14 Simon Allen new Chief Executive of Macmillan Education • Sue Jones out as head of Macmillan ELT
Apr 19 Mike Guest rebuts Torikai's Asahi Shinbun claims on English
Apr 20 "Shameful" ~ Let's Japan denounces GaijinPot, language schools, for exploiting Tohoku earthquake
Apr 22 Around the Blogs: Cleaning up Tagajo after the earthquake
Apr 25 J-SHINE providing teacher training and certification for elementary school teachers
Apr 28 Berlitz eyes expansion of online lessons after earthquake

May, 2011

May 02 DELTA recognized as being at same level as Master's degree*
May 09 NHK references CEFR for TV syllabus
May 10 Roundup: Adventures, records, pandas, apps and lost ships...
May 11 Roundup: New UK visa rules and tests • Singing to children • New CFO for ETS
May 19 New ELT publishers group to support areas affected by the March 11 disaster
May 23 British Embassy, British Council offer English classes to North Korea defectors
May 25 Green alien shows language hardwired into our brains
May 26 ECAP Conference this Sunday at the British Council in Tokyo
May 30 Cambridge bullish on iOS app market

June, 2011

Jun 06 Japanese theme park KidZania gets kids working in English
Jun 07 IELTS hit by fraud as testing monopoly ends in Australia
Jun 08 Rosetta Stone sales plummet in US; company "in transition" says CEO
Jun 09 Napoleon studied English whilst in exile
Jun 10 Pearson employees donate $180,000 to earthquake relief; amount matched by corporation
Jun 13 Oxford celebrates 20 years of Let's Go; travels Japan
Jun 14 ETJ to affiliate with JALT, cooperate
Jun 15 Roundup: David White • eigoTown apps • Mickey Mouse credits • 40 years for ALC flagship
Jun 16 New Writing Award offers cash prize and publishing potential with Cambridge University Press.
Jun 17 Free copies of Kung Fu Panda reader from ELTBOOKS.com and RIC Publications
Jun 23 Earlybird deadline for Extensive Reading World Congress approaches
Jun 24 Japanese high school teacher beats out 2,000 competitors to win professional development course from Cambridge ESOL
Jun 27 Macmillan launches major new children's course for Japan
Jun 29 Nakata, Hoskins, Paul and Matsuka join forces for seminar on teaching children

July, 2011

Jul 04 Kumiko Torikai calls for the scrapping of current teacher training system for Japanese English teachers
Jul 05 Japanese education companies target China market
Jul 06 Research shows power of practice
Jul 07 Kumon takes charge of TOEFL Junior in Japan
Jul 08 South Korean textbooks to go 100% digital by 2015
Jul 11 Compass Media sold for $15 million to Woongjin
Jul 14 Japan's English not good enough for global business?
Jul 18 Japanese English teachers head to US for training
Jul 19 CLAIR offers grants for teacher certification
Jul 20 Daiwa Foundation Tohoku Scholarships launched in partnership with British Council in Japan
Jul 21 Roundup: Cengage acquires and partners • Benesse chairman • CUP opens digital platform
Jul 22 Teachers, clubs and study abroad needed for English improvement says MOE panel
Jul 25 British Council Japan launches free iPhone app, chance to win trip to UK
Jul 26 Macmillan fined £11.2 million for "unlawful conduct" by Serious Fraud Office
Jul 27 Pearson ties up with DISCO on Versant speaking test

August, 2011

Aug 01 Torikai, Akashi at odds on use of English at Rakuten
Aug 02 Extensive Reading World Congress provisional schedule released
Aug 05 Canada offers free study placements for youth affected by March 11th disaster
Aug 08 Gaba to be sold to Nichii Gakkan for $127 million
Aug 09 Roundup: What's in a name? • Free access to TESL Canada Journal • Willis at ERWC • Todai offers courses in English
Aug 10 British Council renews weekly articles on Britain, adding notes in Japanese and glossary
Aug 12 Poll: Akiko Yamada or Yamada Akiko? What do YOU think?
Aug 22 Learn English with pillow talk: there's an app for that..
Aug 23 OUP posts profit of £122 million, increase of 25%
Aug 25 David R. Hill to call for replacement of "four mistaken concepts" at Extensive Reading World Congress
Aug 29 The Economist: Japanese firms waking up to hiring globe-trotting Japanese
Aug 31 Extensive Reading World Congress: Vaughan Jones on "Extensive Reading in the Digital Age"

September, 2011

Sep 06 British Council Japan: A Brief History of Time Lords
Sep 09 Extensive Reading World Congress overwhelming success
Sep 13 McGraw-Hill to spin off education division
Sep 14 CUP wins big at at 2011 Language Learner Literature Awards for graded readers
Sep 15 Cengage rebrands ELT division as National Geographic Learning
Sep 20 Dates for Your Diary...
Sep 21 ETS buys English learning software publisher Edusoft
Sep 22 TESOL changes name, introduces new logo
Sep 26 "Reverse JET" scheme proposed to encourage young to go overseas
Sep 27 British Ambassador praises JET Programme
Sep 28 The inescapable case for the Oxford comma...
Sep 29 "English crisis" in Japan leads to increase in sales of learning materials

October, 2011

Oct 03 Pearson to hold teachers' conference in Tokyo on October 10th
Oct 05 Roundup: Heroic teacher • Macdonalds English • Noda English • Rock Gods
Oct 06 Charity sale of 36 million yen's worth of books for Tohoku begins
Oct 07 Famous manga character's British Museum adventures now in English
Oct 12 TOEIC website now in Japanese, other languages
Oct 13 British Council calls for entries for its ELT awards
Oct 17 Shane & Z-Kai team up on TOEIC training
Oct 18 School owner from Kitakyushu wins iPod touch in survey draw
Oct 22 In memory of Sam Lee
Oct 25 ETJ / JALT Expo in Sendai this coming Sunday
Oct 26 JALT's Task-Based Language Learning SIG calls for papers for international conference in May 2012

November, 2011

Nov 01 Jonah Glick appointed managing director of Compass Publishing Japan
Nov 02 November issue of Study Travel magazine available free online
Nov 04 Roundup: Publishers on the move • Panda Books • OUP Bookworms apps • Chubu ETJ Expo
Nov 07 Daily Mail covers English as a Lingua Franca issues
Nov 12 ELTBOOKS.com launches free catalog delivery service
Nov 14 ELT for Tohoku Wine and Cheese Party at JALT
Nov 15 Macmillan to move to London from Oxford
Nov 22 Pearson buys English testing service in China for $294 million
Nov 25 Online preparation for Cambridge English will have everybody speaking
Nov 28 Virgos not wanted – Chinese English schools hire by star sign...

December, 2011

Dec 01 English Attack! launches Japanese interface version
Dec 02 Award-winning English teacher from Japan takes new language skills back to classroom from Cambridge
Dec 05 Learning languages in the kitchen
Dec 07 AJET announces winners of scholarship program
Dec 13 British Embassy in Japan offers scholarships for postgrad study in the UK
Dec 16 Japan's "UK Expert 2011" is Takako Yamaguchi
Dec 18 English teacher in Japan makes Independent's top 50 Britons list
Dec 21 eigoTown releases bi-lingual "Elly the Reindeer" iPhone app for children
Dec 22 Have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

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