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Going the full distance

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Pam Womack, Celta trainer at British Study Centres Manchester, tells Melanie Butler about the pleasures and perils of blended teacher training courses.

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5 things you need to know about China’s summer school market…


Europe has long dominated the junior summer school market. Now, however, the Chinese are arriving in the UK in numbers, replacing the cash-strapped Russians and set to overtake the Italians. But where are they going and what are they looking for? The language travel department of the Chinese education provider New Oriental supplies the answers

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Summer superstars


How do you choose a good summer school for under 16s and do you pick a homestay or residential centre? Melanie Butler investigates

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In a world where teachers hate being observed, how do you observe 30,000 teachers?

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How do you convince Chinese teachers it is useful good practice to have their lessons scrutinised? There is a way, Jocelyn Wang writes

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Keep it all in the family

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Melanie Butler speaks to one of the owners of a language school that has transformed people’s lives

‘CLAC has changed my life. I don’t do what I do for money. I do it because I love it.’

For double Bafta-winning documentary maker Oggi Tomic, these words are not empty rhetoric.

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