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November 13, 2013
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6 New English Teaching Projects

Six projects across England have been awarded £6m in government funding to teach English to the public using non-conventional methods.

They competed for funding with the aim of reaching 24,000 non-English speakers in so-called priority areas across London, the Midlands and the North.

The projects will be given funding initially but then encouraged to become self-sustaining.

Councils have been told they must encourage people to speak English.


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November 11, 2013
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Random Facts About English I Bet You Didn’t Know

Amaze at Dinner Parties and Fill Awkward Silences with Awesome Random Language Facts!

The three infographics below just might illuminate you in ways that may or may not be useful, but are certainly interesting and often comical.

At the very least, they will fuel you with fodder for those inevitable moments of uncomfortable silence, or make you the center of attention at the next cocktail party.


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November 8, 2013
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Applying for a UK visa? You can now Provide Feedback

If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell the authorities about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.

The survey is currently open to customers making visit, work, study, family and permanent migration applications in the UK. It does not include intermediaries (such as sponsors, representatives), asylum applicants or cases dealt with by our immigration enforcement team.


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November 8, 2013
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Visa4UK Unavailable from 14 November 2013

The Visa4UK website will be temporarily unavailable from 08:00 GMT on Thursday 14 November 2013, while the site is upgraded. You will be unable to apply for a visa online during this time.

The service may be unavailable for up to 48 hours, however the outage will be shorter for most locations.

If you need to apply for a visa online, please complete your application before Thursday 14 November, and book an appointment if you are required to submit your biometrics.


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November 8, 2013
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Be Vigilant Against UK Visa Scams

We know that criminals around the world are trying to use the UK Border Agency name to steal money from people. They use a number of tricks, often known as ‘scams’. This page tells you about the tricks we know about and gives you advice on protecting yourself.

If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the UK Border Agency, it may be a scam.


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November 8, 2013
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Now Closed UKBA Still Faces Criticism

Only 1.5% of reports alleging illegal immigration result in a person being removed from the UK, MPs have said.

The Home Affairs Committee also said the now-defunct UK Border Agency had a backlog of 432,029 immigration and asylum cases when it was scrapped at the end of March.

Its chairman, Labour MP Keith Vaz, urged the coalition to take “effective action” to amend a “poor record”.


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November 4, 2013
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Chinese Teachers Face UK Visa Woes

First Minister Alex Salmond has accused the Home Office of “sabotage” after visas were denied for two Chinese teachers returning to work in Scotland through a partnership programme.
Mr Salmond, who is currently on a visit to China, has lodged a protest.
He said the move amounted to sabotage of Scottish government efforts to build cultural links.
The Home Office promised a review and said the situation was being treated seriously.


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October 30, 2013
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50 Strange but True Language Facts

Visual Graphic of ‘Awesome’ Language Facts
Did you know Pinocchio is the second most translated book in the world after the Bible?
How about that sign language speakers have accents?
Or that a kid in his bedroom started a micronation with its own language of 35,000+ words!
These and other intriguing language-related tibits have been incorporated into the infographic below. I thought it would cool and interesting for readers of our blog, so I’ve posted it below..
Language Infographic
The infographic provides a visual way to take in fifty facts about languages, including info on world language figures, endangered languages, artificial languages, language translation/cooperation and some linguistic records (biggest, smallest, oldest, etc) – all eye candy for language enthusiasts!
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