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Learning from the children left behind?

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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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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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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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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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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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