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November 27, 2013

UAE | Education

Cambridge praises Abu Dhabi school for ELT achievements

ae.pngA school in Abu Dhabi has been praised by an expert from Cambridge University at a ceremony to mark the English language achievements of a group of its students.

Fifty students from the Al Murooj Scientific Private School in Abu Dhabi recently passed Cambridge English exams. They were presented with their certificates at a special ceremony attended by the students and their families, along with representatives from the school and Cambridge University.

Speaking at the event, Angela Wright from Cambridge English Language Assessment – a department of Cambridge University – said:

‘I’d like to congratulate the students who achieved excellent results in their Cambridge English exams. They have proved they can use English to international standards, which will put them in a really good position when they start looking for further study opportunities or employment. Their achievements would not have been possible without the support of the teachers at the Al Murooj Scientific Private School, who made sure that the students were well prepared for exam day.’

The Al Murooj Scientific Private School has been preparing students for Cambridge English exams for two years. The successful students took a range of school-age exams including Cambridge English: Young Learners and Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools.

The ceremony took place on 24 November at Al Murooj Scientific School in Abu Dhabi.

Read the original article from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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September 13, 2013

UAE | Employment

Expat teachers escape austerity-hit Europe for booming UAE

brighton-college-uae.jpgAusterity measures in Europe are forcing many language teachers to look further afield for work, and some are heading to the Middle East.

Teachers from austerity-hit Europe have been unpacking their bags and starting out in new schools in the Emirates this week, drawn by the promise of a booming economy.

Ruth Forsythe, a 35-year-old music and performing arts teacher from Northern Ireland is one of hundreds of men and women who have taken the plunge to move their families to the emirate from Europe in search of career opportunities and a new life.

Mrs Forsythe, who left her job as head of music at a school in Northern Ireland to come to the UAE, this week started her new role as director of music at Abu Dhabi’s Brighton College.

“In the UK and especially Northern Ireland teaching jobs have become very static with teachers staying in positions for longer, leaving fewer opportunities for those just qualifying,” she says. “As a family we decided on a life change and as teaching is universal, my career opened the door to Abu Dhabi.”

Her colleague, Andrew McLoughlin, a 36-year-old Canadian who has just taken up a post at Brighton College as an English teacher, agrees.

Read the full article from The National UAE.

Photo: Ravindranath K / The National

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