Deserts, Ski Resorts And Oil: A Tefler’s Guide To Kazakhstan
Created: Monday, 09 January 2017 13:59
Olga Kravchenko looks at opportunities for English teachers in the Central Asian nation
Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia and the ninth-largest country in the world, with vast steppes and immense deserts covering two time zones. The hardest part of any teaching assignment in Kazakhstan may actually be getting there. Kazakhstan is isolated geographically. If you’re offered a flight as part of a job package, insist on an international airline or national carrier Air Astana. According to UK Foreign Office advice, other Kazakh airlines have such dodgy safety records they aren’t even allowed to land in the EU. Travellers living and working in Kazakhstan report a warm and kind-hearted population. Its people tend to be well-read and politically conscious, while the country itself has large oil and gas reserves, which make it the richest country in Central Asia. Currently there is a high demand for EFL teachers in Kazakhstan. The government invests heavily in language schools and courses in an effort to change the local business language from Russian to English.
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The danger of gender imbalance
Created: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:02
Nicola Prentis proves that gender equality in ELT is not yet a reality
Here’s a thought experiment. Close your eyes and picture a room full of EFL teachers at a conference, waiting for the opening plenary to start. In walks the speaker, and the room goes quiet. In your imaginary room, how much of the audience are female? What gender is the speaker?
After a year of counting plenary speakers at ELT conferences worldwide, I can tell you that the reality is that 55 per cent of plenary speakers are male. And that 42 per cent of conferences have more male plenary speakers than women, 32.5 per cent have more women and 23 per cent have equal numbers.
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