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October 15, 2015

Teacher Development

Win an all-expenses-paid trip to Oxford next Summer with Headway and OUP!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Headway in 2016, Oxford University Press has launched a competition to win a 2-week teacher training course at an Oxford University college, all expenses paid. To enter the competition, teachers need to describe how Headway has helped them improve their teaching skills and the way it has helped their students learn English. The deadline for entries is 11th January 2016 and the course will be held at Exeter College, Oxford in July next year.

For full details, visit the competition page.
 See also: • Interview with John and Liz Soars from 2001 article • John and Liz Soars receive MBEs for services to English language teaching article • Buy Headway from

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October 10, 2015

Japan | Teacher Development | Secondary Level | Primary Level

This week is Japan Teacher’s Week

To celebrate International Teacher's Day, NPO Teach For Japan, with the support of the Ministry of Education and others, has organised Japan Teacher's Week 2015.

The week started out with a discussion hosted by Yusuke Matsuda, founder of Teach For Japan. Items under discussion included: the life of the typical teachers in Japan; the experience of teachers in Japan vs that of those in other countries; career paths for teachers; and the impact of new initiatives from MEXT.

Other events happening during Japan Teacher's Week include:
- A free exhibition "Teacher's Voices" being held at MEXT in Tokyo until the 9th October and in Ebisu from 5th to 12th October;
- TEDxTokyo on 10th October with the topic "Igniting Curiosity".
All events are in Japanese only.

Also during Japan Teacher's Week, Japanese recruitment website DODA is also featuring education related job posts from 5th until 18th October.

More information on Japan Teacher's Week can be found here.

About Teach For Japan:
Teach For Japan is a non-profit organization founded by Yusuke Matsuda in 2012 with a vision to tackle education inequity in Japan by recruiting, training, and supporting teachers and appointing them in various schools to reach out to underprivileged and troubled children and inspire them.

To learn more about Teach for Japan, click here.

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January 24, 2014

Malaysia | Teacher Development

Malaysia: 1,022 teachers take Cambridge Placement Test

Malaysia's Daily Express reports on the country's latest measure to improve the standards of English language education.

A total of 1,022 English teachers are now undergoing the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) in their respective districts in Sabah.

Education Director Datuk Jame Alip (pic) said on Wednesday the course is aimed to improve their English skills and teaching pedagogy methods.

"They are being trained by the British Council in their respective districts," he said.

CPT is a course introduced by the Education Ministry with the collaboration with the British Council in a bid to boost the implementation of the Education Blueprint.

Deputy Prime Minister cum Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in June last year announced that 9,000 teachers will be selected for the CPT course nationwide.

A special entity called Education Implementation and Performance unit (Padu) has been set up to monitor and ensure the success of this initiative.

Read the full article from the Daily Express.

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December 18, 2013

Teacher Development | Japan

Tokyo to boost teachers’ ESL for 2020 Olympics

The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News reports on Japanese government plans for its English language teachers to undergo 'Olympic' training.

As of next year, high and junior high school English language teachers in Tokyo will be required to spend three months abroad, in a bid by the Tokyo Board of Education to raise the standard of English teaching in schools as the city prepares for the 2020 Olympics.

Through the programme, teachers will study on a TESOL course, and live in a homestay in order to gain an understanding of different cultures. The project will launch with its first intake of 200 teachers in their third year of teaching in April 2014, provided the ¥600 million (USD$5.9 million) annual budget is approved by the Tokyo Metropolitan government.

Eventually, all of Tokyo’s high and junior high school English teachers will have to spend three months abroad, though the locations have not yet been decided. There are currently around 3,300 eligible teachers in the prefecture.

At the moment, there is no national study abroad programme for English teachers, and overseas study is not a prerequisite for teaching.

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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November 25, 2013

Teacher Development | Saudi Arabia

US experts to train Saudis in ELT

The Saudi Arabian government has invited specialists from Colombia University to train Saudi teachers in English language teaching.

The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Colombia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

They will also visit public schools to elicit the views and opinions of students and teachers on the curriculum.

The specialists will conduct surveys during their visits to schools and interact with staff and students to gather information on the benefits they have derived from the present curriculum and methods of teaching.

This initiative has been taken within the framework of the Project of King Abdullah for Public Educational Development, for which international educational companies aim to develop a curriculum in schools for next year.

Sources said reports submitted to the Ministry of Education had stated that students were weak in the English language.

This prompted the Educational Services Development Company (ESDC), appointed to develop the English portfolio, to sign contracts with international universities specialized in training teachers and supervisors teaching English at school level.

Read the full article from Arab News.

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November 18, 2013

Japan | Teacher Development

Tokyo teachers to study abroad

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will send some 200 Japanese and other non-native English teachers to study at foreign universities for three months in fiscal 2014, Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose announced.

The capital will lead state reforms in English-language education in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics, Inose told a news conference Friday.

The dispatch will cover junior high and high school teachers who have been working for at least three years. The city hopes they will learn effective teaching methods and everyday English while abroad.

Tokyo will also hike the number of full-time assistant language teachers at high schools to 100 in 2014 from just five at present. That number will rise to 200 in the following year, so that all of these schools are staffed with native English-speaking ALTs

Read the original article from The Japan Times.

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November 12, 2013

Oman | Teacher Development

Oman - 169 English teachers take knowledge test

One hundred and sixty nine Omani primary and secondary school English teachers attended a graduation ceremony at the residence of the British ambassador to the Sultanate on Monday after completing their Teacher Knowledge Essentials programme.

The programme was run by the British Council from September 2012 until April 2013 and the participants wrote the internationally-recognised Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) examination. Officials from the Ministry of Education and the British Council, who contributed to the success of the collaborative project, were present on the occasion.

The TKT project provides Omani English teachers with a valuable professional development opportunity and an indication of their current level of teaching knowledge.

Original article appeared in Oman Tribune.

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September 16, 2013

Malaysia | Teacher Development

Malaysia: All about change

malaysia-all-about-change.jpgThis is the latest of many articles in the Malaysian media recently about ongoing and high-profile changes to English language teaching in the country.

The winds of change have blown through various schools in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan over the past two years with the introduction of the British Council’s English Language Teacher Development Project (ELTDP).

Teachers who once found teaching the English language to students a challenge because lessons were teacher-centred, have developed new perceptions and changed their approach so that lessons are student-centred and engaging.

Now, members of the public can read about the teachers’ experiences in The Book of Change, a collection of over 100 short stories written by the project’s mentors and teachers.

The book along with a series of short films on the ELTDP were recently launched by the British Council in Putrajaya.

Read the full article from The Star Online.

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September 12, 2013

Teacher Development

10 commandments for new teachers

tips-for-new-teachers.jpgA recent article from the Teacher Network section of The Guardian: From the power of Google to ditching the monotone, secondary teacher Lulu Kuper shares her proven tips on how NQTs can get the best from their students.

For some new teachers it's bewildering as to what it takes to be an effective teacher. To teach so that students actually learn in your class you need to know the secret procedures and routines that will make you efficient in the classroom. I can almost guarantee that if you have them in place your lessons will run smoothly.

It is no exaggeration to say teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers. If you save one kid, it feels as if you've saved the entire world. Every teacher has the capacity to make the world a better place and give someone the ambition to become somebody. Yet if you're new to the profession, before you can do this you need to master the old fashioned craft of how to teach… with a modern twist.

Many passionate graduate teachers encounter a hard to crack merciless class and feel they have been eaten for breakfast. You can find these teachers slumped in the staffroom often in tears. This guide is for anyone, new or experienced teachers, who want to know the secrets of the classroom.

1. The secret to learning anything is enjoyment

As Albert Einstein said: "That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don't notice that the time passes." Sadly if you have ever followed a student around for the day in school you will realise for young people it's incredibly dull and boring. At a time of life that you are quite literally full of life.

Using a bit of imagination – cellotape, cereal boxes, water, sticks, paper and each other can transform your lessons. Enjoyment and learning can be hard to get right, but if you can do this your students will appreciate you.

Read the full article from The Guardian.

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August 27, 2013

Pakistan | Teacher Development

Islamabad - ELT workshop for seminary teachers begins

pk.pngThe Express Tribune reports on an ELT workshop for Islamic scholars in Pakistan, led by international teaching trainer Don Johnson.

A two-week “Madaris Teachers’ English Training” workshop jointly by the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and the US embassy, Islamabad, kicked off here on Monday.

Renowned international teaching trainer Don Johnson from the US and Dean Faculty of Language and Literature, IIUI, Dr Munawar Iqbal Gondal are the resource persons while Student Affairs Adviser Dr Safeer Awan is coordinating the workshop, said a press release.

Around 40 seminary teachers from Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Peshawar, Mohmand Agency, Malakand, Islamabad and other areas of the country are participating in the workshop.

The workshop includes communication language teaching, teaching pronunciation, vocabulary, lesson planning, teaching writing skills, teaching grammar and reading skills and interactive sessions to improve English language proficiency and pedagogy.

Read the full article from The Express Tribune.

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July 29, 2013

India | Teacher Development

Delivering a jolt to India's teacher training

teach-English-in-IndiaThe New York Times reports on Muktangan, an organization that is taking a whole new - and effective - approach to teacher training in India.

Samidha Shetya, a mill worker’s daughter with a 10th-grade education, was among the first group of women to start working as teachers for a private group called Muktangan in 2003.

She is now among hundreds of teachers who initially had no formal training, much less university degrees in education, working with children from low-income homes.

When Mrs. Shetya began at Muktangan, she was given three months of training and told to find children she could enroll in kindergarten; she began with two classes of 30 students each. Having studied only in the Marathi language, she had to use a translator to get through Muktangan’s English-language curriculum.

Read the full article from The New York Times.

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July 18, 2013

Chile | Events | Teacher Development

ELTeach aiming to boost teacher confidence in Chile

elteach-logo.jpgELTeach - a new teacher training and assessment initiative launched by Cengage Learning and ETS - will be the focus of a seminar for English language teachers in Chile next month. The 2nd Academic Seminar - Teaching with Confidence event will be held August 10, 2013 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, Santiago.

The seminar will feature presenters Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor; Mary Jane Abrahams, Director TESOL CHILE; and Richard J. Tannenbaum, Ph.D., Senior Research Director for the Center for Validity Research, Research & Development, ETS.

The event is co-organized by local partner Seminarium Certificación. For more information or to register, get in touch by phone: (562) 2490-26-10/2490-26-15 or email.

Run by Cengage Learning, ELTeach is an online, integrated Professional Development, Assessment, and Certificate program, supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments. Pilots program have been run in over a dozen countries worldwide in 2012-13, making it one of the biggest teacher training projects done on a global scale in the ELT industry. With more than 6,000 teachers involved, it's a significant move into the teacher training and assessment space by Cengage and ETS. Implementation programs are beginning now in several countries.

ETS is the company that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million TOEFL, TOEIC, and GRE tests annually in more than 180 countries.

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July 11, 2013

Vietnam | Teacher Development

Pygmalion effect unlikely to propel Vietnam's English upgrade plans

English-Teaching-in-VietnamAn ambitious government project aimed at churning out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 has failed to enthuse experts who doubt Vietnam will be able to accomplish in 7 years a task that took its better-off neighbors several decades.

THANH NIEN NEWS: Hundreds of thousands of students sitting for their university entrance examinations this week would have been surprised to know that many of their teachers were sharing their acute anxiety.

“I just feel extremely nervous,” said Nguyen Duc Nghiem, a junior high school English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City. “The upcoming test is wearing me down,” he told Vietweek.

Nghiem is among some 86,000 English teachers across Vietnam who are taking European standard exams aimed at gauging if they are competent enough to churn out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 as part of an ambitious government project. The tests for the teachers are being carried out gradually until 2015 and those who fail the screening can face dismissal.

“I only wish we had more time to get prepared for such tough tasks,” Nghiem said.

The timeframe of the project has been severely criticized by independent experts, who doubt Vietnam will be able to accomplish a task that took its better-off neighbors several decades. Other things about the project do not add up as well, they say.

Read the full story from Thanh Nien News.

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July 09, 2013

India | Teacher Development

Indian region teams with British Council to improve teaching

English-Teaching-in-IndiaThe British Council is teaming up with regional government to raise English teaching standards in Maharashtra, a state in the western region of India.

INDIA TV NEWS: Maharashtra Government has tied-up with the British Council to enhance English language teaching skills of teachers of the state-run secondary schools.

Education Minister Rajendra Darda said that his department in collaboration with the British Council would implement ‘English Language Initiative for Secondary Schools’.

“Specifically, teachers who teach students of VIIth to Xth class would be trained in English language. Around 20,000 teachers from the state will be trained by the government and British Council,” Darda said.

Last year, education department had signed an agreement with the British Council to train teachers from government-run primary schools.

Darda said that education department has opened a corporate social responsibility (CSR) cell, which will provide platform for corporates to invest in school development programmes such as upgrading school infrastructure, setting up libraries, laboratories and so on.

“We are not asking them (corporate houses) for money. We are just providing them CSR platform,” the minister said.

Report from India TV news.

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June 28, 2013

Online | Teacher Development

The changing face of English, or is that Englishes?

myth-of-planet-english.jpgThe British Council this week published two pieces of interest to anyone who's ever asked the question, "What is English?" In his seminar The Myth of Planet English, Dr Christopher J Hall explains why the idea that there is just one correct and unchanging form of English is a myth. And the Changing Englishes online, self-paced course from York St John University is designed to help teachers cope with the many aspects of a language constantly in flux.

The Myth of Planet English
English tends to be conceptualised as a monolithic entity, more like a planet than a galaxy. We talk about ‘the’ English language, ‘the’ grammar of English, and ‘the’ vocabulary of English, as though it was all one neat system. But linguists have long understood that this is no more than a convenient fiction. In the 21st century, the global diversity of Englishes and uses of English is revealing that the fiction can be rather inconvenient on many levels, especially in parts of the world where native speakers are scarce.

Most English is used now as a lingua franca between non-native users in diverse global situations, and research suggests that the native-speaker norms of Standard English (SE) aren’t always the best solution for effective communication. It’s relevant, then, to investigate teachers’ beliefs about English. What kind of thing do they believe English to be, such that it can be taught, learnt, and used? And how do their beliefs help or hinder the disparate needs of their learners?

Read more or watch a video of the seminar on the British Council website.

Changing Englishes
English, like all languages, is constantly changing. But in these globalizing times, it is changing at a faster pace and in a greater number of contexts of use than ever before. 'What is English?' has become an urgent and important question for teachers. The Changing Englishes online, self-paced course is designed to help you meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of new ways of thinking about our profession.

Unlike many resources and discussions in ELT, it concentrates on what we teach, and how it is learnt, rather than on how we teach it. Both experienced and trainee teachers, as well as teacher trainers, will benefit from its provocative ideas and stimulating exercises.

The course includes opportunities to:

  • reflect on your own beliefs about English, and engage with new ideas and data
  • complete exercises and try flashcard quizzes as 'concept checks' of your understanding
  • collect and analyse data in your own local contexts
  • contribute your own findings, reflections, and resources to a Discussion Board and read postings by other users of the course

Changing Englishes is published under a Creative Commons Licence. This means that if you decide to use any of the materials in your classes, or re-purpose them as workshop materials, you are free to do so.

Find out more about the course on the York St John University website.

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June 27, 2013

UK | China | Teacher Development | Business

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, 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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June 25, 2013

Malaysia | Teacher Development

Don't be hazy when it comes to English proficiency

Teaching-English-in-MalaysiaColumnist Satiman Jamin writes today in the New Straits Times about the issue of English proficiency among Malaysia's English teachers. The country's education minister was at a small university on Saturday for the launch of "Let's Talk and Let's Go Global", a programme to help raise the English language proficiency of secondary school students.

(Minister) Idris said similar programmes would be conducted by other universities and teachers' training institutes around the country.

However, his acknowledgement that English proficiency among students in schools suffered because of the lack of qualified teachers indicated that something must be done to ensure that the universities roped in to help the schools do not have the same problem.

"As reported in the newspapers recently, our 60,000 English teachers sat for the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT), and the results showed that two-thirds of them did not have the required qualification to teach English," he said.

Read the full article from New Straits Times

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June 12, 2013

Oman | Online | Teacher Development

Honoring E-teachers in Oman

Teaching-English-in-OmanThe Times of Oman reported today on a group of local English teachers who availed of an online programme by U.S. universities.

The US Embassy in Muscat honoured 24 Omani participants of its E-Teacher Scholarship Programme, at a function on Monday.

The E-Teacher Scholarship Programme offers English teaching professionals living outside the United States the opportunity to take innovative, online, graduate-level classes through the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Oregon.

The courses explore major areas of the academic speciality of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

During the ceremony, US Ambassador Greta C. Holtz congratulated the E-Teachers for their successful completion of the 10-week online courses and presented them with certificates.

Read the full story from the Times of Oman.

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June 06, 2013

Teacher Development | Qualifications | Primary Level | Pre-school

OUP to launch Teachers' Academy in Japan

Teaching-English-in-Japan"Oxford University Press recently announced the upcoming launch of the Oxford Teachers' Academy in Japan, starting with a first course about "Principles of Teaching Young Learners" to be held from July 13-15 in the OUP office in Tokyo. The course will cover such diverse topics as "How children learn," "Classroom management," and "Using songs and chants." It is open to all English teachers, though participants require an English level of intermediate (TOEIC 600/ CEFR B1) or above.

Oxford Teachers’ Academy provides short courses, endorsed by and created in collaboration with the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, with lasting benefits to teachers. Courses contain 18 hours of content delivered over 3 days (from 09:00-17:00) to groups of 20-35 teachers. Participants who successfully complete the programme and provide evidence of learning will receive a certificate issued by OUP and endorsed by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Oxford Teachers’ Academy has run courses in over 30 countries, making a difference through education and learning to thousands of teachers and students.

Read more about the course and instructors.

Register now for the course.

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