At the Wimbledon School of English we’ve been offering blended learning for a number of years, but until now it was mostly through our online learning platform e-Wimbledon. Our students get free access to e-Wimbledon during their course, three months before and three months after it, but need an internet connection to do the online exercises. We launched our own app to allow our them to improve their language skills on the go, even when not connected to the internet. The app is also available free to the general public and we hope lots of users around the world will download it. Read more
Stephen Shortt, Managing Director of Alpha College of English, looks forward to an interesting debate on how technology is challenging – or facilitating – the relationship between schools and agents.
With the proliferation of third party data and information based on social media profiles and location, schools have more power than ever before to identify and target individual students around the globe. So how can agents still stay involved in the student recruitment process?
Join us at this seminar during the IALC Workshop in Leeds this week as our panel of industry software experts discuss the greatest challenges in school-agent software integration.
We’ll also explore the non-technical elements being brought to bear in the decisions taken by schools on how to market and promote their courses through their network of partners around the world, pairing local knowledge of the student and the school.
Gary Bulgin from Class by Infospeed, Sudesh Prasad from Intrinsiq, and Nicolas Miller from Edvisor will be discussing the technical elements of integrating systems so schools and agents can effectively communicate and collaborate, as well as the underlying elements that make such integration possible in an increasingly globalised industry.
The debate kicks off at 2 pm in the Marriott Hotel in Leeds on Thursday, 7 April. See you there!
Stephen Shortt, Managing Director, Alpha College of English:
Stephen has been involved in the language travel industry from a young age. Focussing mainly on marketing, international communication skills and technology, Stephen has presented many industry seminars and workshops on using social media marketing and creating audio visual marketing material for language schools. Stephen is actively involved with industry bodies such as IALC, Eaquals and MEI as well as other international marketing and business bodies.
Chrissi Florides gives a glimpse into her annual activities as director of studies with Globe English Centre.
Teacher training is an integral part of what we do at the Globe English Centre. With courses in CLIL, Primary, Secondary and adult education, we cater for all teachers and trainee teachers, offering creative and imaginative courses to inspire and promote personal reflection. We also offer bespoke courses for specific groups such as early years and vocational teachers, but in order to be inspiring, we have to be inspired ourselves, so this is just a little taster of what I (and my colleagues) have done in the last 6 months and what we plan to do in the next 6. Read more
Good Hope Studies Centre Manager Desirée McCall on why CPD is replacing INSETT in the ELT staffroom.
CPD is the latest staffroom acronym being rigorously exchanged between those in teaching and teaching management. The reason CPD has become so popular today is that it is a more holistic approach to teacher development than the INSETT (In-Service Training) programmes of yesterday.
As with any profession, language teachers, as well as CLIL teachers, should take up as many opportunities for high quality continuous professional development as they can. One of the most popular choices is a teacher development or refresher course at a language school. Sometimes these may be funded, or part funded, by the teacher’s school, local education authority, region or state, or by international programmes such as Erasmus+ for EU citizens.
Megan Domenichelli, Director of Studies at Global Village Victoria, shares her research and practical experience in CPD for teachers in the ESL/EFL field.
Professional development includes both formal and informal education and training which increase capabilities of staff. In the field of language teaching, ongoing instructor professional development plays an integral role in improving student learning and enhancing the overall student experience. In my role as Director of Studies at Global Village Victoria, I have found that not all PD activities result in improved teaching practices and the transfer of knowledge into the classroom. I have admittedly received lukewarm responses to some approaches I have tried over the years, but I have also seen a great deal of success with others. Read more
You may be surprised to find out that Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world, but indeed it is. Ahead of Chinese, Japanese and German, Italian confirmed to be one of the most loved languages by foreigners. How to explain this success? We have interviewed some of our students, of different ages and nationalities, and here it is a list of the main reasons why they study Italian.
There is a trend these days about people learning a second and in some cases a third language. What statistic shows is that the second language learned by the vast majority is Spanish. Here are some facts to explain why Spanish has increase its demand in the previous years and will continue with this tendency in the following:
Even though a majority of Asians study Japanese language in order to enter Japanese universities, many Westerners’ main intention is to experience Japan itself, often without particular strong plans for the future. Read more