From resorts to ancient ruins
Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:46
Melanie Butler takes a trip through England’s South West to discover what makes the picturesque and historic region a perfect language study destination
The South West of England has long been a favourite holiday destination of the British and offers a picture-postcard vision of Britain: ancient ruins, seaside resorts, historic market towns, cathedral cities – and of course the famous cream teas. Officially starting where Bournemouth ends, the region encompasses five counties – Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. So let’s explore the region, visiting all the locations of English UK South West member schools, to discover why Brits love it so much.
Driving due north from Bournemouth, we first come to the cathedral town of Salisbury – a hop, skip and a jump from the ancient monument of Stonehenge – well known for its street markets, arts centres and charming individual shops. One of the most famous tourist attractions in the area is Longleat, a stately home and safari park just outside the historic market town of Warminster, in the Wylie Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. To the south-west, in the county of Dorset, lies Sherborne, one of Britain’s most beautiful medieval towns, with its ancient abbey, two castles and cluster of historic schools.
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Open the door to Ecuador
Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:43
Jenny Mill urges teachers not to overlook the considerable charms and opportunities in the lesser-known neighbour of Colombia and Peru
Ecuador may be dwarfed by its larger and better-known neighbours Colombia and Peru, but for Tefl teachers considering a move to Latin America it has much to offer: Andean mountain peaks, tropical rainforest, colonial cities and palm-fringed beaches, not to mention a booming demand for English teachers.
Lourdes Machado is an Ecuadorian national with a masters in Tefl who has been teaching English in the country for eighteen years. She now works at two universities in the country’s biggest city, Guayaquil. ‘The demand for English teachers is constantly increasing, especially in three of the main Ecuadorian cities: the capital Quito, the main commercial port, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, a beautiful city in the highlands,’ she explains. ‘For instance, the university where I work has doubled the number of students in its English language programme in the last two years. The same is happening in schools, high schools and language institutes because parents want their children and teenagers to learn English.’
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