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Egypt: recruiting EL teachers

Teaching Egypt

Faye Nicholls and Erica Dirou describe the challenges and opportunities for teachers with the expanding British Council operation in Egypt

The British Council is recruiting in Egypt, advertising for ‘newly qualified teachers’ (and more experienced teachers too) and will take non-native speakers with C2 CEFR-level English. The vacancies are for the Council’s growing network of teaching centres in Cairo and Alexandria. Most of the vacancies are in Cairo, where there are now four branches across the city, including its newest branch, which opened on 6 September inside a large shopping mall.

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Teflers opt to remain in the EU

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Claudia Civinini finds that British teachers working in Europe intend to stay on after Brexit.

Friday 24 June started early for many people – it was the day of the EU referendum result. Awake since the small hours, EU citizens on the islands of the UK and British citizens on the continent of Europe were united by the same worried question: what now? The same uncertainty affects the ELT industry both in the UK and the EU. But while information about the referendum result’s possible damage to the ELT industry in the UK is already plentiful, the consequences within what remains of the EU are not yet clear-cut.

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On A Mission For The Masses

Hujiang’s Yue Yingchun tells Terry Philips how an e-learning philosophy is connecting teachers around the world to millions of Chinese students

Hujiang seems to be one of those secret Chinese giants like Alibaba and WeiBo – huge in its home market, less well known abroad.  How big is the company and what exactly does it do?

It is a very interesting phenomenon. Given China’s population and growing need for online commercial services, the volume of business has an obvious advantage of becoming a giant if the products and services are of excellent quality and reasonably priced. However, Hujiang wasn’t born to become a business. It was born to accomplish a mission: to make education easier, fairer and more enjoyable through the internet. Hujiang is an online education company with more than 110 million users, over 20,000 courses and in cooperation with over 500 schools and organisations. It has evolved into a leading professional e-learning platform in China.

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False freelance fightback

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Matt Salusbury asks if UK EFL teachers can have ‘freelance contracts’

A disturbing trend is proliferating within private-sector EFL – at least in London. EFL teachers working in the capital’s less-prestigious language schools with whom the Gazette is in contact tell us ‘freelance contracts’ are all they’re offered these days.

In many other countries, it’s perfectly legal to be a freelance teacher. In many European countries, for example, it is a high-status position offering genuine tax advantages. In the UK the term ‘freelance’ has no legal meaning and it was completely illegal to hire teachers on a self-employed basis until 2010. Even now, it is rare for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the government’s tax authority, to allow it – if they find out.

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Empowering The Next Generation

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Paul Woods on the challenges Saudi Arabia has faced with its vast new technical and vocational training college network – especially the English-medium instruction

The Saudi government has spent over $1 billion setting up a network of more than thirty English-medium technical and vocational training colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, using a public–private partnership model in which fourteen top-level international providers and consortia have invested to develop programmes using facilities provided by the Saudi government.

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