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Matt Salusbury

OVER 15,000 Thai teachers are now using English more often in their classes, following a three week ‘boot camp’ run by the British Council. Over 90 per cent of attendees reported their ‘subject knowledge’ of English had improved.

Teacher Training News

Matt Salusbury

 

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School prize giving in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Pang Yu Liu, Creative Commons licence

TAIWAN has announced scholarships for 1,000 Taiwanese English teachers to study abroad as part of a major recruitment drive which will see the English language teaching workforce on the island increase by nearly 10,000.

Teacher Training News

Matt Salusbury writes

WITH THE profile of the trainee and the contexts they work in changing dramatically, what is the future of training for English language teachers?

Opening the two-day London conference, Brita Haycraft, co-founder with her husband John of International House, remembered how the language school they had started quickly blossomed into a centre for teacher training.

‘Very soon we had to get an office just for the teacher training,’ she told the 150 teachers and trainers from Europe and beyond.

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The flag of the 'Turkish Republic of North Cyprus' (right) and the only nation to recognise it - the Republic of Turkey - (left), on the Turkish side of the Green Line, the UN-administered buffer zone that divides the island of Cyprus. Image: Adam Jones, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Licence

MANY Zimbabweans studying in the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) have been lured there by ‘dubious’ agents, only to discover their ‘scholarships’ were fake, Zimbabwe’s minister of government scholarships Christopher Mushohwe has warned.

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Eagle huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiypkyzy (in hat, centre), Kazakhstan minister of education Yerlan Sagadiyev (left),  Almagul Koksegen, mother of the Eagle huntress (on the right, with flowers) meeting in Astana in September 2018. Image: Courtesy Kazakhstan Ministry of Education

Aisholpan Nurgaiypkyzy, the ethnic Kazakh from Mongolia celebrated in the film The Eagle Huntress, is to start a three-year English course. She has been awarded a scholarship at Spectrum International School in Astana in preparation for studying at Harvard.

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The 'Fleurdelise', the flag of the majority Francophone Canadian province of Quebec, here seen flying in downtown Montreal. Image: Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Licence

 

‘English is not a foreign language in Quebec,’ Francois Legault, new premier of the Canadian province of Quebec, announced following the recent election victory of centre-right party Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ).

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Matt Salusbury

Nine Inlingua language centres in Florida closed ‘abruptly’ in November, stranding over 500 students. Staff remain unpaid and students appear to have lost the fees they have paid in advance.

One student outside the Doral branch told the Miami Herald they’d lost the $6,000 paid for a course they’d recently started.

Teacher training news


Matt Salusbury


Over 100 trainers ran 92 workshops for 1500 public sector school teachers in a one-day event in Oklahoma.
The mass training day, designed to help mainstream teachers to cope with the needs of English language learners (ELLs), took place at Putnam City North High School in a suburb of the state capital, Oklahoma City.

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The government of the Caribbean island of Bermuda is currently implementing a policy that requires English language tests for foreign workers, following a public consultation in October, as reported in Bernews.

Matt Salusbury

Flag of Malaysia (left) and flag of the Malaysian State of Sabah (right). Image: Government of Sabah

In the first case of its kind, a former secondary school student in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is suing her former English language teacher for ‘refusing to teach the English language’ to her, reports the Daily Express.

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