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Fine words butter no parsnips


Melanie Butler argues the problem with text books is the text.

The endless reports of the death of the ELT course book have, like reports of Mark Twain’s death, been greatly exaggerated. General English text books make up 80 per cent of all UK ELT book sales and their sales have remained constant for decades. Though, as our graph shows (below), many of the best-sellers are looking rather elderly, on average the first edition of the first version of a current top ten series was published nearly twelve years ago.

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Bring the world into your class

global issues piece

Linda Ruas explains how global issues can inspire students
I asked one of my Esol students – a retired neurosurgeon from Syria – what it would take to make the world a fairer place. ‘Only through education,’ he said, ‘can we change the future. Only by discussing and understanding other people’s worlds can we find solutions.’ As his teacher, I was quite proud of his inversions! As a human being, I agreed with his words.

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Pearson ELT Teacher Award

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by Claudia Civinini

On Wednesday 5 October 2016, Unesco World Teacher’s Day, Pearson launched its first ELT Teacher Award to celebrate ‘dedicated and innovative teachers around the world’. Almost 1,400 nominations and 34,000 votes later, five first-prize winners and five people’s choice winners were chosen. The first prize winners will receive an all-expense-paid round trip to an Iatefl or Tesol conference. The jury was composed by academic and author David Nunan, Pearson’s Amar Kumar and our own Melanie Butler.

Asia & Oceania

Winners in this part of the world tackled student motivation and inclusion.

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Learning from the children left behind?

Dyslexia pic credits Daniel Friedman

Melanie Butler comments on the mixed messages emerging from Madrid’s bilingual programme.

For the last decade the largest language learning experiment in the world has been taking place in the state-run schools in Spain. The laboratory has been the regions which speak standard Castilian Spanish, rather than a local language. The intervention was the introduction of bilingual teaching of academic subjects, usually English and Spanish, in the school system from the first year of primary.

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Overseas Excellence

p6 international school award winners british school kathmandu left principal john moore and gemma caines head of 6th form

Matt Salusbury writes

Overseas Excellence

The winners of the British International School Awards for ‘excellence in British schools overseas’ were announced at a ceremony in London in January, attended by the Gazette. The award-winning initiatives by British schools reflect the fact that these institutions don’t just serve expatriate communities – they increasingly cater for local families seeking a British curriculum education.

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