‘Communal crystal ball gazing is very useful’
Created: Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:55
Richard Day, owner of English in Chester, talks about how language schools have been working together to raise standards and tackle upcoming challenges in the UK market.
Tell us a bit about who you are and your role at the language school English in Chester.
I am the owner and current director of marketing. Over my 41 years at the school I have worked in and led all departments. I handed over the role of principal to Nigel Paramor 10 years ago. Nigel is in charge of running the school and this leaves me with time to represent the school nationally, regionally and internationally and focus on developing the business.
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Mastering the art of motivation
Created: Thursday, 15 June 2017 09:57
International programmes keep academics in touch with ‘realities on the ground’, Dr Martin Lamb, senior lecturer at Leeds University, tells EL Gazette
Tell us a little about your early career, your VSO experiences and what led you finally to Leeds University.
After a disastrous early foray into the business world, I did a PGCE in history. But then I thought I’d put some distance between me and my future school pupils by teaching English abroad for a while. I didn’t return for seventeen years!
First I was in Sweden, then I joined VSO and was sent to Indonesia for a couple of years and stayed on for four more with the British Council. I did a masters degree at Lancaster in 1990–91, then spent five years in Bulgaria, again with the BC, before a further three years working on a big ADB-funded language centre development project in Sumatra.
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