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Overseas Excellence

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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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EL Awards

Matt Salusbury writes


AUSTRALIAN HONOUR


Sue Blundell, executive director of English Australia from 2002–15 and occasional Gazette contributor, has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia. Her decoration, for ‘significant service to education, particularly to the teaching of languages, and to professional learning and tourism bodies’, was announced in the Australia Day Honours List on 26 January. As well as heading English Australia, Sue has served as a member of the Ministerial Coordinating Council for

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EL Middle East 2017: From Mountains To Medinas

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British Council Morocco’s Paul Harvey explains what has kept him in the country for eleven years, and what the future looks like for ELT

Kasbahs, ancient cities, labyrinthine medinas, Roman ruins, deserts, mountains and very, very long coastlines – Morocco really does have all these things and … there are also two British Council centres. One is in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, and the other is in Rabat, the capital and an hour and a half north, both on the Atlantic coast. Casablanca is Morocco’s business hub, but Rabat has the feeling of a large town rather than a metropolis. I have been working at the British Council, Rabat for eleven years, initially as a full-time network teacher and now as a freelance member of staff.

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ESU recognises speaking skills

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Matt Salusbury finds tigers and dinosaurs among this year’s winners
A YouTube channel and a book of printed activity games and worksheets were among the winners and runners up in last year’s English Language Awards for outstanding ELT resources. The awards, run by the English Speaking Union (ESU), were announced at an awards ceremony at the end of November. Scott Thornbury, coordinator of the masters in Tesol at the New School in New York, gave a keynote speech on the history of the teaching of speaking in English. He noted that until relatively recently, teachers ‘postponed’ letting students do any meaningful speaking in English until late in their learning journeys.

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EL Middle East 2017: Saudis struggle with flagship programme

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Jefferson Youth investigates why so many Colleges of Excellence in Saudi Arabia, run by foreign training providers, are now closing

It’s no secret that the English-medium technical, vocational, education and training sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been struggling with its flagship Colleges of Excellence programme, with many of the problems arising because Western partners failed to anticipate the specific challenges of teaching in the country. The Technical, Vocational, Education & Training Corporation – a provider under the supervision of the Ministry of Labour – runs technical colleges in the KSA and owns a 40 per cent stake in the Colleges of Excellence (CoE) colleges network.

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