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Julie Pratten offers seven top tips that everyone should know when starting off a career in ELT, and reminds teachers why they went into the profession in the first place

As someone with three decades of teaching experience in over 25 countries I realise how difficult it is for EFL teachers to find work that truly inspires them and makes their heart sing. Ideally, we should all be spending our lives doing what makes us jump out of bed in the morning. What I have realised is that we really should do what we love – we need to think about it and not just go with the flow. Like many other teachers, I started off wanting to be a ‘proper’ teacher and trained as a primary school teacher; however when I completed my training there were absolutely no jobs and I was forced to look elsewhere.

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Tracking ELLs achievement

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Claudia Civinini looks at ELL outcomes in primary schools in England
According to 2016 figures from the Department of Education, 18 per cent of 11 year-olds in England did not have English as their first language (L1). How are they doing and where are they achieving their potential? The achievement gap between English as an additional language (EAL) speakers and native-English-speakers is narrow. Gender and, more especially, socio-economic status and special education needs show a stronger effect. On average, 53 per cent of all pupils achieved the required standard in reading, writing and maths – the achievement for EALs was 50 per cent.

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Overseas Excellence

p6 international school award winners british school kathmandu left principal john moore and gemma caines head of 6th form

Matt Salusbury writes


Overseas Excellence

The winners of the British International School Awards for ‘excellence in British schools overseas’ were announced at a ceremony in London in January, attended by the Gazette. The award-winning initiatives by British schools reflect the fact that these institutions don’t just serve expatriate communities – they increasingly cater for local families seeking a British curriculum education.

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Following global flows

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Claudia Civinini analyses the recently released Unesco figures on international tertiary-level mobile students.
Unesco has updated its data on global flows of students in tertiary education. Some of the most recent figures from their dataset are from 2015, while others are from 2014. Below we analyse the main source countries (where students come from) and destination countries (where they’re going), and then look at some specific markets.

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EL Awards

Matt Salusbury writes


AUSTRALIAN HONOUR


Sue Blundell, executive director of English Australia from 2002–15 and occasional Gazette contributor, has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia. Her decoration, for ‘significant service to education, particularly to the teaching of languages, and to professional learning and tourism bodies’, was announced in the Australia Day Honours List on 26 January. As well as heading English Australia, Sue has served as a member of the Ministerial Coordinating Council for

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