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May 11, 2011

Roundup: New UK visa rules and tests • Singing to children • New CFO for ETS

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Study-Travel" New visa rules for students wishing to study in the UK are being introduced. Students will need to be sponsored by institutions that have been accredited by a statutory education inspection body and those with student visas studying at private institutions will no longer be able to work. Those studying on degree courses will be able to work for 20 hours a week during term time while those at public sector FE colleges will be able to work for 10 hours a week. Study Travel Magazine has the full story.

In a related story from the Guardian, the UK Border Agency has reduced the number of approved language assessment providers. English ability must be confirmed through an approved test from Cambridge ESOL, Pearson, ETS, City & Guilds or Trinity College. The list of approved tests is here.

Parents should sing to their children every day to avoid language problems developing in later life, according to a director of the private Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology quoted in the Guardian.

ETS, the world's largest educational measurement and research organization and creator of the TOEFL and the TOEIC has appointed Jack Hayon, as chief financial officer, replacing Frank Gatti, "a key figure in many of ETS's successes over the past 13 years", who retired May 1.

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