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June 27, 2013

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TEFL Scotland seals China training deal

tefl-scotland-logo.jpgThe BBC reports on a Scottish company which "began life in a garden shed" and has won a million-pound contract to develop training courses for English teachers in China.

Under the deal, TEFL Scotland will partner Zhi Bo Hong Yuan Co - a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Website for Primary and Middle School Teachers' Further Education.

It is one of China's largest online training providers for teachers.

The deal is worth an estimated £1m over three years.

TEFL Scotland and Zhi Bo Hong Yuan Co, which operates as teacher.com.cn, will jointly develop and promote TEFL distance and classroom training and international culture exchanges to English teachers across China.

Read the full story from the BBC.

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A follow up news story from China Daily reports that:

Training approximately 5,000 teachers worldwide a year through its online and classroom courses, TEFL Scotland looks to extend its services to English teachers and teachers of other subjects in China by offering educational tours abroad — particularly to the UK — in addition to its internationally recognized TEFL courses, after it entered the Chinese market last year.

About 20 English teachers from middle and high schools in Beijing will join the first training tour to the UK at the end of August, he said.

As part of the tour, teachers will have the chance to visit at least six different regions of the UK and have TEFL training in London during a 10-day trip, he said.

Full story from China Daily: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-06/27/content_16673238.htm

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