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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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Well-connected

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Barbara Zielonka, who was one of just ten finalists in the $1m Global Teacher Prize, writes about embracing the power of technology.

In 2007, I earned my master’s degree from the University of Silesia, Poland. I knew that I would like to move abroad. I had visited Norway several times, and it felt natural to move there and start one of the biggest adventures in my life.

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Interview: Plug into the digital zeitgeist

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Digital tools for the classroom should be ‘quick and dirty’, focusing on four key areas, Thomas Strasser tells Melanie Butler

An academic once told me that if you think long enough, you can explain anything simply. If you can’t explain it simply, you haven’t thought about it hard enough.

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The proof is in the (remote) pudding

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A UK company is plugging a teaching skills gap by using videoconferencing technology to deliver English lessons to state school children in South America, Irena Barker reports

When the pupils at the Nucleo de Convivencia Menino Jesus supplementary school attend English classes, they never quite know what to expect.

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An inspector calls

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Paul Fear tells Melanie Butler about a new accreditation scheme aiming to raise standards outside of the English speaking world.

‘Accrediting EFL courses is not something we went looking for.’ Paul Fear, chief executive of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), is talking about the handful of English language course providers it accredits under its short courses scheme.

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