Enter With International Education Grants

Everybody does not hail from an affluent family. The lucky ones can easily get themselves admitted in institutes of their choice. But there are some who do not have the option to make a choice. It is these students who need the education grants most.

These grants can help students who need financial assistance for getting themselves admitted into good colleges and universities. Those who want to move out of their countries and get admitted to some institute outside their home countries can opt for the international education grants.

There are number of such grants that are available. Most of these grants are categorized on the basis of the stream and the degree that you wish to get. Asian students can get scholarships from various sources. You can visit the website Scholarships 4 Development. Here you can find lists of various types of international education grants.

There are scholarships for various streams. These scholarships can help the students of the developing countries in getting the benefit of international education. There are masters scholarships for students at the University of Westminster. This scholarship program is for getting a Masters degree.

This scholarship would enable a student from an Asian country to study in the UK. Those students who want to get into business sector can go for the scholarships for MBA. There are international development scholarships in MBA at the University of Cranfield. If you want to complete your education in Japan then you can opt for the Japan Human Resource Development Scholarships or the JDS.

The Japanese Government gives this scholarship. Australia is another place where many students want to complete their education. If you are also one of them then you can opt for the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships Awards. This scholarship program will let you complete your masters and also will help you with your PhD.

There are several other options of international education grants on this page. One thing that you will have to pay attention to is the deadlines of the applications. You must make sure that you apply for these scholarships before it becomes too late for you.

Project Management App – How to Use Today’s Apps to Streamline a Project

A project in today’s world can mean anything from unveiling a new marketing campaign for a product to planning a special event. No matter what task you are charged with completing, it’s a good idea to follow the basic procedures of project management to break it down into smaller tasks. This is particularly true if working with a team, because if you don’t have smaller tasks to assign to others, the process can be sloppy and confusing. Fortunately, there are now apps that can make the process run more smoothly. A project management app can perform a variety of tasks, including helping you create and assign projects, monitor progress, and communicate more effectively.

To get started with figuring out how to use a project management app to best suit your needs, it’s helpful to take a look at what is involved with managing a project. A project differs from what is defined as business as usual because it usually requires a temporary team to be assembled to complete one specific goal. There is a higher emphasis placed on teamwork when working on projects, so the best apps will address this issue. You can use an app to communicate with members of the team, upload and share documents that pertain to the project, and keep a calendar of important dates and events.

Some other ways to use a project management app include its ability to monitor progress. When you log in to an app, you can see a centralized dashboard area that will show you the current progress, and any daily or weekly tasks that need to be completed. You can communicate with other team members, and stay up to date on the projects that need to be accessed. Email notifications can be sent when new information is available, so that everyone is informed about what’s going on. These are just a few ways to stay organized and work the application to your advantage, so that your team finds the tasks more manageable.

In addition to thinking about organization and communication, security is another feature to look at when you are using a project management app. A good app will let you customize it with your own company logo and colors, and will store your information in a secure database. If you are the project manager, you will have full access to all portions of the software, but can pick or choose who to dole out permissions to.

Singapore Heritage Centers – Reliving History

Singapore heritage centres actually represent a snapshot of each of 2 ethnic groups living in Singapore. From guided tours to exhibitions, this is a journey of education, diving through the rich histories of the Chinese and Malay populations – their past, their present and their potential future. Get a glimpse of their lives, their practices and the quirks that make them who they are today, all in a single location.

Put on your rice hats and step on over to the Chinese Heritage centre, a story told in living colours and lights as well as the passing smells of some of the best roasted, steamed and fried cultural delights. Go back in time to the black and white days of the early Chinese in Singapore and feel first hand the cramped living conditions these early settlers had to put up with – disease stricken, over crowded shop houses and busy, dank and sometimes dangerous streets. Now, he heritage centre sits pretty in its newly restored location, but it still remembers what it used to be.

The centre is a multilevel experience, and each time you ascend or descend, you get to experience a variation in the history and cultures of the early Chinese. You can almost imagine vividly by looking at the exhibitions and the displays of how life used to be, the decadent life of opium smoking, dens and places of gambling and prostitution that used to overcome this poor estate. This place is not just a re creation of history, it is sculpted by true stories to paint a picture that is both real and inspiring.

We cannot forget the Malay Heritage Centre, for Singapore was once a small and cosy Malay fishing village before the invasion of the colonial powers, who changed the course and destiny of this tiny island in ways the early fishermen and farmers could not have imagined. Find out how Islam came about and the pivotal role of learning and religious education on the early Malay community. Experience the kampong life and relive the old living conditions of the Malay community through guided tours and see how it changed from its humble beginnings to modern Singapore today.

Get dragged in to the culture and life through the daily festivals and performances by troupes and actors in the heritage centre. See how they used to defend themselves with silat, a traditional Malay martial art and sit down and waft with the sounds of Malay instruments of old.

These heritage centres play a very important role within Singapore. For the local population it reminds us where we came from and how humble we our beginnings and how much we have struggled from then till the comforts we are living in now. It also serves as a glimpse into our individual culture and tells us the story of the generations before us and how they lived.

For visitors, it plays the part of a theatre play and educational, informative lesson set in an interesting landscape. Understanding us better is one of the key features that these centres try to impart on tourists, as the most valuable souvenir of all is the one they take back in their hearts and in their minds.

Education, Healthcare and Energy Independence

This current administration is piling on trillions of dollars in debt onto our already weakened economy while trying to convince us this is the proper way to reach its objectives of improving our education system, providing affordable healthcare and energy independence, not to mention turning around the economy. Don’t get me wrong, I am also for improving education, affordable healthcare and energy independence but the way this administration is trying to reach these objectives is like giving a hungry person a chicken sandwich without deboning the chicken first. When they bite into the sandwich and chip a tooth they are left with more dental bills than the sandwich was worth.

Better education, affordable healthcare and energy independence all sound great but are they worth the debt that we are piling up now? What good will it do anyone if we accumulate more debt in the process of achieving these objectives than these programs are worth? I would like to see this administration set priorities with a clear explanation of how the priorities were established and how they intend to achieve them. If our economic downfall was a direct result from toxic loans where individuals accumulated more mortgage debt than they could repay, then how does this administration intend to turn the economy around and reach its objectives by this same principle, that is, accumulate more debt that you can repay?

Improving Education

Our current public education system is a government ran education system where the government dictates which public school, according to school district, a student has to attend. If our current school system is in disarray then it is a direct result of government intervention. How do we expect to see an improvement in our education system by allowing the government to have greater control over our education system? In order to mandate so called improvements the government is going to want greater control.

I have often heard that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. If a government ran education system resulted in a poor quality of education for our children then how do we expect more government involvement to improve the system? I for one would like to see the government completely removed from running our education system and let parents make decisions regarding their children’s education. If parents make the decision of which school their children will attend then schools will have to raise their education standards to parent’s standards and not the governments.

If we take the tax dollars that we are currently spending on education and give it to parents then parents are going to place their children where they feel their children will get the best education. The schools that are providing a better education will attract more parents and these schools will have more funds to pay teachers. Schools can then pay teachers according to performance levels and quality of the entire education system will improve. Parents have this freedom with child care and college and yet in between these years our government somehow knows what is best for our children.

Affordable Healthcare

As I was preparing this article I heard a report on the radio about how the health care industry was going to have layoffs due to losses from investments. What caught my attention was the statement that layoffs were due to losses from investments. I thought the healthcare industry was in business to provide healthcare and not manage investment portfolios. Why is it then that layoffs are driven by investment losses and not from losses resulting from rising unemployment?

It has been widely reported that skyrocketing healthcare costs are a direct result of paying for the uninsured and yet staffing requirements are driven from investment values. Which brings me to another point that caught my attention, while the rest of the country has been struggling with economic turmoil the healthcare industry apparently has an investment portfolio that is strong enough that it takes until the spring of 2009 before its value effects significant layoffs.

The healthcare industry has claimed that high costs are related to the number of uninsured as if everyone without healthcare insurance is a burden to the healthcare industry. If I own a store I may have to increase my prices to cover the losses from theft. It would not be ethical of me to increase my prices based on the number of people who enter my store that don’t have enough money to pay and not base it on the actual losses from stealing.

What is the bottom line for conducting business in the healthcare industry. The formula is a simple one. Revenues minus costs equals profits or losses. If you make enough money to manage an investment portfolio then you are making a profit. If our government wants to get involved with controlling health care costs then why can’t it investigate the actual cost structure for the health care industry and quit feeding us information about the number of people that are uninsured. When the government finds occurrences of overcharging then heavy fines will get everyone’s attention.

Energy Independence

Our country depends heavily on foreign oil and if our nation were energy independent then the money that we are paying to have oil shipped into our country could remain in our economy. This disparity of paying foreign nations to provide the majority of our oil has been coined the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world and yet our nation still does not have a plan in place to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Our politicians are grid locked in a debate as to whether drilling for our own oil is the answer. We are told that if we started drilling now that it would take several years before any of the natural resources would be available for public consumption. Some politicians tell us that we need renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, but it will also take years to reach this objective. In the meantime our nation still needs energy to conduct day to day activities.

Drilling now may not be the comprehensive answer to solving our energy independence problem just as building the blue ridge parkway did not solve future mass transit problems. The construction of the blue ridge parkway did provide immediate jobs though and our nation was in desperate need of jobs during the great depression. Drilling now will provide immediate construction jobs to erect platform rigs. These platform rigs will need construction materials which will provide manufacturing jobs and these materials will need to be delivered to the construction sites which will provide transportation jobs.

We may not be able to drill our way to energy independence but we can drill our way to immediate job creation and shouldn’t job creation be a priority in a struggling economy. Our automobiles of the future may indeed be powered by renewable energy and our current automobiles will subsequently become antiques. These antiques will however be part of our heritage and if we want to preserve our heritage then we will want a way to fuel these antiques. Who knows? The drilling that we start today may be the energy requirements that we need to preserve our heritage of tomorrow without dependence to foreign oil.

Plan B Homeschooling

Is homeschooling a “Plan B” for you? Every homeschool family should have a Plan B, but it may not always be one that you resort to. More aptly, it should be one that you start with, and if you already homeschool, it’s always a good time to reassess your plan. Your Plan B should look something like this: Plan B-efore you B-egin to B-e a homeschool family.

There are several personal things to consider before you begin homeschooling, and things to keep in mind as you move through the years in homeschooling. Each child will be different and your family’s needs may change, but have a goal in mind. Start with a family or homeschool vision statement. What is the purpose of your homeschooling, and what do you hope to gain from choosing this method of education? Who do you want your kids to become academically and emotionally? Be sure that you know, so that you can help them develop into the person of character that you desire for them to be.

Next, remember that you will need to be flexible in many ways. If flexibility is hard for you, be cautious about your choice to homeschool. For instance, you will need to be flexible and creative about the ways in which you gain access to extra-curricular or social activities. There are plenty of options out there for homeschooling families, and often more options than families have time to participate in, so be sure to match the extra-curricular events to your goals for your children and your schedules. Not all of the options will ultimately fit your goals. A friend of mine shared a saying with me years ago, and I have never forgotten it. It went, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not break.” Plan for being flexible, but know the degree to which you can bend schedules and needs before the breaking point gets too close!

Also, know that you may have resistance from others, sadly. However, it is very important to have a supportive team of friends and hopefully family, so surround yourself with those who support your choice to homeschool, and allow time to be your advocate for those who don’t. If you are doing your job well, your children will be learning and growing, thriving in their new learning environment, and they will be the best spokesmen for homeschooling over time. You do not need to win everyone over in the decision stage, but you have an opportunity, and some would say an obligation, to win them over as time goes on. Be sure that you are being diligent in your job, though, or this won’t happen.

Homeschooling should not be taken lightly or without much thought. The job of homeschooling is too encompassing, too robust, and too important to embark on without a serious investment of your time and consideration from a personal level. For many families, it is the answer to their needs, or goals, or concerns but it is not for everyone, so plan well, and start with Plan B!

How to Finance Homeschooling

Financing homeschooling

  • When people talk about teaching their children from home in the absence of any definite or structured curriculum, it is perhaps natural to think that homeschooling is cheap or at least a cheaper option that traditional or “structured” schooling or education.  This is in fact far from the truth. Although homeschooling in general does not stick to any particular text, this is perhaps more of a bane than a boon, when it comes to finance.
  • When you need to make sure that your children receives state-of-the-art education so that they can compete with regular school goers, expenses will naturally mount.
  • The actual cost of educating a child at home is surprisingly high. Up-to-date textbooks, course materials, a library, computing equipment, lighting, specially designed furniture all cost money. In this case, the cost may be slightly lesser when it comes to homeschooling the second child. Add to this any additional tuition cost for tutors who come to teach subjects that cannot be handled by parents, like higher-level math or science. The total cost can be a bit mind boggling.
  • If you take another important factor into consideration, homeschooling costs may effective triple. The need for having one of the parents tied to the house and fully dedicated to providing education deprives the family of a second earning member. The average homeschooling teacher is usually a lady with a college degree. This means that she can easily bring home a pay of $35,000 p.a. (R350,000,00) or more. It is also interesting to note that research in USA shows that most families that have more than 2 children do not opt for homeschooling at all.
  • But, there are those who have been successful in carrying out homeschooling at low rates. This is dependent on the size of the family, the support group, and the type of materials used and the availability of the material. When successive children can reuse the materials, cost goes down. Much of the course material can be got from vendors of homeschooling materials.
  • A membership in a public library, theatre, concerts, ballets and other cultural events also help in cutting costs. Sometimes, it is even possible to barter expertise. For instance, the mother of an 8-year old gives dancing classes, and her daughter receives drawing classes for free.
  • Support groups allow you to divide the cost of field trips, science projects and fairs.
  • Whatever the cost, advocates of homeschooling say that the benefits far outweigh these considerations. When you are able to decide what knowledge your child receives and when he or she should be taught and to what extent, it gives you a lot of freedom and a lot of power. Both the children as well as the parents benefit from this mutually enriching experience.

Tips

* Make extensive use of the internet and free resources. Download! Download! Download!
* Searching for free curriculum and free workbooks or worksheets on any particular subject will produce for you any number of age appropriate printable materials that will enhance your teaching experience.
* You will soon gain the knowledge and experience to create your own worksheets and before long have an on line storage system that will contain everything you need from A-Z.
* Although preferable, a 24 hour or super-fast internet connection is not vital.
* Utilise the resources you obtain from internet & library research and create your own workbooks, together with your children.
* This has proved for us to be the most effective way of including your child in the studies and promoting him or her to the position of author.
* By the time the child gets to actually work in the draft masterpiece he or she will have gained so much knowledge on the subject that going through the workbook or worksheets will be an easy task for your child, and one of which he or she will be proud of when showing you the final product, content in the knowledge that he or she has played a vital role in creating the learning material.
* Repetition is often necessary, be it in a certain subject on the whole or a certain aspect of a subject. Repetition does not necessarily have to mean monotony.  Repetition does not necessarily mean printing out the same worksheet five times.  An activity can be re-worked in such a way that the results aimed at can be achieved through use of the essential elements within a topic and disguised in various other formats.
* Make every activity fun. Fun worksheets, fun activities, field trips, fun discussions, working together as a team. 
* Make a motto such as “Make learning fun” and  in every aspect of homeschooling you are involved in.
* It is not necessary to purchase expensive Homeschool Curriculum if you are inclined not to do so or not in a position to do so. Everything you require is at your fingertips (or an internet search) and freely available or can be obtained at very minimal cost.

Warnings

* Harsh criticism is never a good thing for any child in a learning environment and can discourage your child from a certain subject. 
* Avoid criticising your child when he or she doesn’t quite grasp a subject.
* Make allowance for the fact that at least one parent will not be earning an income whilst homeschooling the child/children.

International Schools in Mallorca

Bear in mind that many of the international schools in Mallorca have long waiting lists, especially for primary classes.

The thought of disrupting your child’s education, especially during the crucial examination years, can be a real stumbling block for parents planning a new life abroad. Fortunately, the number of international schools offering high-quality education here in Mallorca means that this is not necessarily a problem, especially if you wish your child to receive a British education. In fact, small campuses and reduced class-sizes along with a multi-cultural environment usually means that most children thrive, developing language skills more quickly and effectively and benefiting from the attention of teachers who know the names of every student in the school, never mind the class!

The main difference between the international schools on the island is the language of instruction. Although the majority of the schools here teach in English and follow the British curriculum, there is also a French school and a joint German and Scandinavian college. If you choose your child to be educated in a second language, then obviously he/she needs to either start very young or already have a good knowledge of the language. It’s unrealistic to expect a teenager to integrate into a whole new system of education in a language he/she barely understands and international schools are aware that this scenario is not in the child’s, or the school’s, best interests. Most of the centres require students to sit entrance exams in the core subjects -Maths, English (or another language of instruction) and sometimes Science- and will not accept students who show little understanding of the work their future classmates are doing. Tuition can sometimes provide the answers: if parents promise that their child will have extra curricular language coaching until he/she reaches an acceptable standard, the schools are often flexible. But you have to ask!Also worth bearing in mind is that many of the schools have long waiting lists, especially for primary classes, so it’s better to contact the centres as soon as you know your child will be needing a place. As well as the school fees, there’s often an enrollment fee to consider, payable when you register your child, as well as the cost of any uniform, books and equipment.

British Schools

The Academy was founded in 1985 and is set in seven acres of spectacular grounds, which include playing fields and a swimming pool. Unlike the other international schools, The Academy is situated well outside Palma, but this is compensated by a privileged location with its own sports facilities. The school takes students aged 3 to 16, and from 2007 will offer Cambridge IGCSE exams as well as nursery education for children between 18 months and 3 years old. The language of instruction is English and other subjects offered include Catalan, German, history, geography, Spanish, maths and science.The school offers a huge variety of extra curricular activities, from ballet to guitar, as well as revision and extra help in academic subjects. Students wear a uniform, which is available from the school. For information about current fees, please contact the school.

Baleares International School (B.I.S) celebrates its half century next year. The school offers full-time education to students aged 3 to 18 and follows the British National Curriculum, including Cambridge examinations for students aged 16 and 18. As the school is not licensed to teach the Spanish education system, the majority of the students are English and German and both languages are taught at the school alongside French and Spanish. However, there is also a broad mix of students from many other cultures and countries. Sciences, social sciences, mathematics and computing are also taught, as well as music and art. There is no uniform at B.I.S., although students are expected to dress appropriately for the school environment. Students have some sports facilities on-site, but are also taken to a local sports centre each week. The termly fees start at 1400€, including textbooks, and increase with the child’s age.

Bellver International College was founded in 1950, making it the longest established British school in Spain, and offers the British National Curriculum to students aged 3 to 18. All students are expected to take the Cambridge IGCSE exams at age 16 and the Advanced Levels at 18. The school has students from many nationalities and offers the Spanish system in tandem with the British, so local students are able to take both A Levels and Selectividad (the Spanish university entrance exam, due to be phased out). Students born in Spain also learn Catalan, while those born outside the country take Spanish and French. Extra curricular German is also offered. The sciences, maths and humanities subjects are also offered, with music in the primary school and art in the senior school. The school has limited sports facilities, so all students are bussed to a local sports centre each week. There is a strict uniform code for both normal classes and sports which all students are required to adhere to. Uniforms are sold in the school shop. Termly fees start from 1300€ per term and increase yearly to 2390€ in the last year of school.

King Richard III was known as the American school until 2001 and now teaches the British National Curriculum. Students are taken from 3 years old and continue in the primary school until 11, when they move into the secondary school. At 16 years old, students are expected to sit Cambridge IGCSE exams in the core subjects as well choosing from a range of other subjects from the arts, humanities and sciences. Advanced Levels are taken at 18. The school caters for foreign nationals as well as Spanish-born students, offering both systems of education to Selectividad. Students are expected to wear school uniform and there is a separate sports uniform. Termly fees start from 1600€ and increase yearly as the child moves up the school.

Queen’s College accepts students from 3 to 18 years of age and follows the British National Curriculum. Spanish nationals also have the opportunity to follow the Spanish system. Students study a range of subjects throughout the primary school, before choosing subjects to sit for the Cambridge IGCSE exams, with options including sports as well as the more traditional academic subjects. There is a school uniform and a sports uniform that students wear on their weekly trip to the sports centre.Termly fees start from 1360€ increasing to 2467€.

Schools of Other Nationalities

The College Français de Palma provides a French curriculum based education for students from 3 to 18 years old. The school is licensed and inspected by the French government. Students study English, Spanish and Catalan and all other subjects are taught in French.The majority of the students are native French speakers, although there are a large number of Spanish pupils who are able to follow the Spanish system as well as the French and can take the Selectividad as well as the International Baccalaureate in their final year. Fees start from 830€ per term.

Eurocampus: The German and Scandinavian Schools joined forces in 2003 and now share a site in the El Terreno district of Palma.This small school follows both the German and Swedish education systems for students aged 2 to 14. Although students study many subjects separately according to their nationality, the two schools share Spanish and English classes as well as sports. Eurocampus also works in parnership with the Colegio Français to provide French language classes. The average termly fee is 350€ and only German or Swedish students are eligible to attend.

Learn English Free – 7 Stages Of Language Learning (part 3a)

STAGE 3: GRAMMAR – DOESN’T THE WORD JUST MAKE YOU SWEAT?

I know from experience that above all other points in language acquisition, students in our English courses Dublin fear the word

“GRAMMAR”

Like the elephant in the room, they avoid dealing with it, they hide from it, and yet they think about it constantly. Therefore, before they even begin to start learning English they have created an obstacle for themselves. But like any awkward topic the best thing to do is to introduce that elephant in the room. Normally you’ll find it’s not so scary once you talk it through.
What new learner wants to sit in a class and be confronted with titles like

“PAST CONTINUOUS Vs PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE”

Uninviting isn’t it? It is a dull kind of banner, and while it may address an important topic the approach is not going to excite any student in a meaningful way.
If this type of thing has turned you off learning English, then don’t worry, you are not alone. What we must remember, however, is that grammar is a system of rules that helps us structure our communication. Here are two important points (which should make everybody feel relieved):
1. Language learning does not start with grammar, it starts with listening
2. Grammar is not necessary for communication in English
Language learning really begins with parroting, or repeating what you hear. The meaning is extracted slowly and once you can transmit this meaning you can begin to interchange and exchange the various parts of learned phrases. By experimenting like this your teacher (and your brain!) will help you to assimilate a set of rules.
Another useful angle is to imagine yourself speaking to a foreigner in your native tongue. When you hear non-natives speaking to you and their words are not grammatically correct, you can usually piece together what the person is trying to say. The same is true for you speaking in English. So speak first. Get confidence through improving your fluency. Don’t worry about the grammar. It will come.
At its most simple, the steps to beginning (and continuing) your language learning are
1. Repeat – parrot the phrases you hear
2. Produce – begin to use the phrases to communicate your own information
3. Experiment – play with the structures by exchanging the words.
Now let’s continue and consider the following methods and examples.
Sentence Templates
Take a very simple phrase such as

“What did you do?”
We note from above that the first step is to repeat and learn the phrase. The next step is to begin to substitute different words to learn how to use them.

“What did he do?”
“What did she do?”
“What did they sing?”
“What did they write?”
“Why did they write?”

You can continue this pattern and for all stages of learning. It provides a solid lexical methodology for utilizing your vocabulary while at the same time becoming familiar with a grammar structure. Notice how much faster you can learn using this method. It’s a better way to go and you can apply it to any grammar structure no matter how complex.

In the next article we will discuss the outcome of ULearn’s English schools Dublin poll. We will discuss the very relevant issue of how NOT to study grammar. See you then!

Can Students Get A Speech Therapy Degree Online?

For many students, the convenience offered by online learning and distance education can be very valuable, enabling them to complete or advance degrees on their own schedule, and even while working.

Those entering a medical or therapeutic profession will probably have difficulty finding an acceptable degree course offered in an online format however, since most medical professions need to be taught in a more hands-on, learn by doing manner.

It is not possible to earn a degree online for this very reason, although students who could benefit from taking online courses do have a few options that might help them.

Getting the Right Education in Speech Therapy

In many medical or therapeutic professions, certification is either required, or strongly recommended, both as a way to prove expertise and to allow for career advancement.

In order to become certified as a speech-language pathologist, students are required in most cases to earn a Master’s degree from one of the many accredited college programs available; in some countries such as the UK, approved Bachelor’s degree programs are also available.

Only through completion of an approved program are graduates eligible to take their certification exam, or in the UK, become registered with the national health professional organization.

Online Offerings for Students

Students looking to enroll in an appropriate speech-language pathology program that will enable them to become certified should be prepared to take almost all of the specialized coursework on campus, as there are no graduate programs that offer a speech therapy degree online.

Because of the fact that a degree – just like most other medical or healthcare degrees – requires that students complete a considerable amount of hands-on learning through clinical experiences and other work-study situations, doing so is not possible.

It is not generally possible to recreate this type of hands-on experience sufficiently in any kind of online or distance learning format.

What may be an option for students, however, is taking a portion of undergraduate class work online if the right classes are available.

Since many undergraduate classes required for entry into a good speech therapy program are theory-based prerequisites and general education classes, this can sometimes be a convenience for students looking for other learning options.

Before doing so, students should first inquire from either the program they are interested to enroll in, or from their country’s professional organization as to which general courses they should take, to make sure they actually take classes that will count toward the right undergraduate education.

In most cases, general and prerequisite courses for a degree in speech therapy will be science, math and English classes, social sciences, psychology classes and other courses aimed at either teaching or communications.

The great thing is that many of those classes can be taken online. While this may not be exactly the same as earning a whole degree online, it should at least help somewhat, enabling students the most flexibility during their undergraduate career.

Other Online Learning Opportunities

Students who already have their required degree and certification are generally required to accrue a specified number of Continuing Education credits per year in order to stay certified.

Since these are short courses and professional career building aids that are created with working practitioners in mind, most of them are offered in an online learning format for convenience.

Along with Continuing Education, most higher education for professionals who are interested in advancing their degree are also available online for the same reasons.

Those actively working in their career, and who may be interested obtaining a Doctoral degree, which may enable them to specialize, or gain employment in supervisory or teaching roles, can usually earn their advanced speech therapy degree online since it is assumed these people are working, and cannot simply stop to attend classes again.

Students entering any kind of medical or healthcare profession should understand before enrolling that there are very limited opportunities for distance learning, and prepare to be in class throughout their four-year graduate program.

They will get the best education, and have the most success in their new career this way. However, for those who were hoping to be able to earn a degree online, through careful research and enrolling in the right classes, they can at least usually take a good portion of their undergraduate degree this way, which may be a help.

For information about accredited schools, and the availability of online classes for undergraduate, graduate, CE or advanced education, students should get in contact with their country’s professional organization of speech-language pathologists for guidance.

International Schools

‘International School’ is the term used to refer to an educational institution that promotes ‘international education in an international atmosphere’ by adopting a required curriculum or syllabus which differs from the country where the school is operational.

Such schools function mainly to teach students who are not nationals or citizens of the host country; they are ideally suited for children of people employed in foreign embassies or missions, international business organizations etc. Local students from the region around the school who wish to obtain a degree or suitable qualifications for further studies or a career, are also given admission into schools.

History

The concept of an international school began in the second half of the 19th century when they were set up in countries like Japan, Switzerland, Turkey and some others for families that travelled extensively, like missionaries, NGOs, embassies etc. These schools were set up with the help and assistance of the particular establishment that required the schools – e.g. defense establishments, scientific communities, diplomatic missions etc. – and based on the specific country’s school curriculum.

In due course, globalization and technology have created a spurt in schools around the world to cater to the increased movement of people around the world for work, business and other purposes; such movement has created generations of children living away from their country of origin and has necessitated the presence of international schools. In this context, improved national schools alone do not spell success; the benchmark for success depends on the educations systems that perform best internationally.

Criteria for an international school

In 2009, the International Association of School Librarianship decreed that an international school had to fit the following criteria:

• Multinational and multi-lingual student community

• A moving population of students

• Transferability of the student’s education – e.g. credits – across international schools

• International curriculum or syllabi

• International accreditation – e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB), Council of International Schools (CIS), University of Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), Schools Services etc.

• A multinational and transient teacher count and number

• Use of English or French as medium of instruction with the option of adding an additional language

• Non-selective student enrolment

Such schools have more or less the same curriculum as state and national schools – arts, humanities, information technology, language, mathematics, physical education, sciences etc. The method and mode of education is highly systemized and depends greatly on a technology induced classroom environment; periodical tests, assessments and grading of students are done on an ongoing basis.

These schools allow continuity in education for children of expatriate families, especially as they grow older. In many countries, relocation services and assistance agencies help expat families find the appropriate international school for their children.