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Two Wimbledon aces

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Jane Dancaster and Fiona Dunlop of Wimbledon School of English explain how they became the first school in the UK to achieve a perfect score in two British Council inspections in a row.

Take one family-owned school in a leafy historic village just 20 minutes from central London, add a team of super-qualified teachers and a reputation for throwing great parties and you have the recipe for a great language school. Is it that simple? Not according to Jane Dancaster and Fiona Dunlop of Wimbledon School of English, and they should know.

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Pride and Pronunciation

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The glitzy annual ELTons awards saw an often-neglected aspect of language teaching enjoying the limelight

There is always a moment, amidst the glitz and glamour of the ELTons awards, where even the most cynical observers feel proud of our profession.

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‘Staff and students know this school is different’

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IH London prides itself on its sense of community, a commitment to teachers and the quality of education it provides, its new management team tells El Gazette.

‘When you walk into this building, you get the sense of the scale of what happens here.’

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‘It’s not a freak show out of some dystopian novel’

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Ronny Mintjens tells the EL Gazette about his unique experiences teaching English to trainee tour guides in North Korea, and why he is now asking other teachers to join him.

When did you first develop an interest in travelling to North Korea and why?

In 2007, I got the opportunity to join a small group tour to North Korea and we visited Pyongyang and Kaesong (including the Demilitarized Zone).

During these four days we had very little interaction with the local people and I was left with more questions than answers.

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Interview: ‘Regard it like an MOT test’

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School inspections needn’t be scary, Ann Matsunaga tells Melanie Butler

Ann Matsunaga has had nearly every job in ELT, not to mention her time in mainstream education. She has been a teacher, teacher trainer and even opened her own language school in Japan when her Japanese husband was deployed back home by his company.

‘It was only a small school,’ she says, ‘but I built up a good reputation.’

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