The small independent putting the fun in testing
Created: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:33
Andrew Stokes, managing director of the Hong Kong-based EFL software company ClarityEnglish, talks to Melanie Butler about testing on mobile phones, the perils of unanswered emails and high tech toasters
Clarity always strikes me as an ELT disruptor, a company started by two guys, a Tefler and a nerd, in a spare bedroom in Hong Kong. This year you went handheld – producing a placement test for mobile phones. Are you taking on the edtech giants?
No, I don’t think so. We are quite happy as a small independent publisher with the freedom to take on projects we enjoy and which we think will be useful. For example, we are currently working on an online course to help nurses in the Philippines get the 7.0 in Ielts Writing that they need to work in the UK. That’s way too small for an edtech giant.
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Racism in ELT is ‘widespread and well-documented’
Created: Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:58
Varinder’s personal story of a non-white woman teacher in white male dominated transnational ELT shows how deeply discriminatory the profession has become. It shows that being perceived as a ‘native speaker’ has often nothing to do with your mother tongue, but everything with being white and Western-looking.
This might shock you. You might think that Varinder’s story is but one unfortunate example. And we can’t generalise from it. Surely such a nice profession as ELT can’t be that racist?
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