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Terry’s Tricks Of The Trade


Management consultant, trainer and coursebook writer Terry Phillips reveals four things he wishes he’d known before he started his language school. I entered my first ELT classroom in the summer of 1974, and a mere ten years later started my own language school with my wife, who had only been in language teaching nine years at that time. The school was in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Bristol Cream: dreams do come true for the Duncans


Since EL Gazette launched its rankings, ELC Bristol has always been a Centre of Excellence based on the British Council’s inspection reports. But achieving the perfect score and becoming the number-one-ranked school out of more than 500 British-Council-accredited centres was the realisation of a dream for John and Margaret Duncan, the principal and director of the school. Below, John explains what makes the school special.

In many ways, there is nothing special in the sense that we don’t run a wide range of courses, just intensive general English and Cambridge and Ielts exam prep for students who are sixteen and over. What has been key is that the school has always attracted and retained a core of Delta-qualified teachers who, along with the students, have been at the centre of everything we do.

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Follow your heart to succeed

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Julie Pratten offers seven top tips that everyone should know when starting off a career in ELT, and reminds teachers why they went into the profession in the first place

As someone with three decades of teaching experience in over 25 countries I realise how difficult it is for EFL teachers to find work that truly inspires them and makes their heart sing. Ideally, we should all be spending our lives doing what makes us jump out of bed in the morning.

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Catch the Cambodia craze

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Irena Barker interviews Ashley Irving, Principal of Australian Centre for Education (ACE), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Australian Ashley Irving first travelled to Cambodia in a bid to reduce his tax bill. Thinking he would stay several days to attend a Tesol conference he could then log as a business expense, he was offered a job and stayed. Many might have thought it was a risky move. But Irving, who had given up a career in finance to become an English language teacher some years before, had a suspicion it might pay off. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the country and plans to eventually retire there.

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Six things we wish we’d known

Six things

Well-known ELT authors Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley have opened a language school – what have they learned along the way?

1. Discipline

We hesitate to simply say it’s important to work hard, because so much of what we do with both our writing and our school is massively enjoyable. That said, there are some aspects of the job that can be a bit tedious, but which are essential. In writing, this might be getting the rubrics right, writing your review units or checking and re-checking work, while with the school it may be admin and finance or arranging and dealing with extras beyond the class. What you have to realise is that all these things need to be done – and done well!

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