Saturday, May 18, 2024

Thinking ahead

Read on to find out everything you need to know to make your summer plans

If you’re wondering what to do with the warmer months this year, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a teacher looking to bolster your income and broaden your horizons or a language school agent wanting to know what’s on offer and where, our Summer School supplement, pages 15-29, will give you all the inside gen you need.
It kicks off with the UK summer school rankings, so you can see at a glance who offers what and where their strengths lie. Then our resident expert, Melanie Butler, dives into what gives British boarding schools the edge when it comes to residential learning. For older students – and for teachers – she explains why a summer university experience could be the perfect feather to go in the cap of anyone’s CV. And, on the subject of employment, she also gives universities the thumb’s up. Find out why on page 25. There’s also good news for British teachers on page 23, but while one hand gives, the other takes away, or so it seems in a post-Brexit world. Turn to pages 26 and 27 to discover why this is, along with a hand-holding walk through the visa maze.

“More institutions that are breaking EU laws are being brought to book, 
but there’s still a long way to go”

We also take a long hard look at discrimination in ELT, from native speakerism (see page 6), to sexism and racism (pages 32 and 33). Fortunately, more institutions that are breaking EU laws are being brought to book, but there’s still a long way to go from the ground up, as English UK has discovered in a recent survey. However, the organisation is taking steps to rectify
this and is actively aiming to support those teachers adversely affected. Be up to date on what it has planned and how to seek help.
For classroom teaching tips, turn to page 30. An innovative teacher has come up with comprehensive ways to integrate watching films into lesson plans. He explains how to do it, including which films to watch and how to make the most of the learning opportunities they provide. A must-read for those wanting to up the engagement and motivation of their students.
There’s also a fascinating insight into how English language teachers in Egypt have been coping through the pandemic (page 34), the latest research into the English language (page 8), the potential end of native speakerism (page 7), business news (page 10), the next addition to your bookshelf (page 36) and updates on teacher training (page 12).
It’s an information-packed issue, so get reading.

Image courtesy of Michael D Beckwith
Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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