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April 02, 2015

Technology

New Cloud based language school management system

A new Cloud based language school management system for schools that teach international students called SchoolManager has just been launched. SchoolManager deals with accommodation, visas, transfers and agents. It feature drag and drop scheduling and easy completion and creation of certificates, progress reports and assessments. More information is available at www.schoolmanager.eu

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March 19, 2015

Vietnam | Technology

Improving English Language Instruction with Innovative Solution

More Than 1,400 Teachers in Vietnam Develop Classroom English Language Proficiency Using National Geographic Learning’s ELTeach

Collaboration between Cengage Learning’s NGL and the National Foreign Languages 2020 Project provides innovative solution in ELT professional development

Boston, MA – February 24, 2015 – Demonstrating a shared commitment to providing quality professional development for teachers of the English language, National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of global education company Cengage Learning, and the National Foreign Languages 2020 (NFL2020) Project are working together to improve English language instruction in Vietnam. Using NGL’s ELTeach, an online, integrated professional development, assessment and certificate program developed in partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS), more than 1,400 teachers and trainers in Vietnam have participated in professional development opportunities under the NFL2020 initiative. As a project by the Vietnamese government to build national foreign language capacity, NFL2020 provides initiatives to evaluate and improve English curriculum and English teacher education curriculum.

Through the collaboration, 600 teachers of English were selected from ten Departments of Education and Training (DoETs) across Vietnam to complete the ELTeach English-for-Teaching online course and assessment. Another 838 trainers also took part in a training of trainers (ToT) program using ELTeach, which included face-to-face training delivered by NGL to provide the skills necessary to train large groups of teachers moving forward. In September 2014, the participating teachers and trainers took the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT™) Assessment developed by ETS and received a score report and certificate from NGL and ETS upon completion.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the NFL2020 Project to help Vietnam achieve its English language education goals,” said Dennis Hogan, executive director, National Geographic Learning. “Since its release in 2012, more than 10,000 teachers spanning 19 countries have successfully completed courses using ELTeach. These teachers, and the teachers and trainers in Vietnam, are joining a global community of leaders in English language teaching that are better equipped to teach English in English and are more confident in the use of educational technology. In fact, an interim efficacy report from the Vietnam collaboration notes that of those surveyed, 89% of teachers cited increased confidence in using English in the classroom and 98% of ToTs reported more confidence supporting and coaching teachers.”

"After this course, I have the energy and confidence to start a new school year and an eagerness to apply what I have learned from the ELTeach program,” said Ho Thi Phi Phuong, Bui Thi Xuan Upper Secondary School, Hue city. “I hope that in the coming years, the government could create more opportunities for English teachers to take part in professional development courses, like ELTeach, so that we will have chances to connect with native teachers, using updated teaching methods."

ELTeach is an online program supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments in English-for-Teaching and Professional Knowledge for ELT. ELTeach is designed to ensure that teachers of English have the language and professional knowledge necessary to implement their national English curriculum successfully and confidently. It helps teachers to build professional confidence through learning and practicing language and concepts in the context of what they already know.

For more information on ELTeach, please visit elteach.com. To view other products from National Geographic Learning, visit ngl.cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide. www.cengage.com.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.

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November 26, 2013

Technology | Publishing | Online

New Skins for Potato Pals: From Page to iPad

potato-pals-app.jpg ELT News regular Patrick Jackson has written a piece for eltjam on the new iPad app incarnation of his own Potato Pals series.

… the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

These days, Dylan’s words ring true in the ELT world. How we deal with change is at the forefront of everybody’s mind. There will be losers and winners but, as Nick Robinson writes, ‘if we all chose the most adventurous path, the industry could be quite an interesting place in a few years’. I’m happy to be able to announce some good news from my own neck of these woods – news that may have you rooting through your drawers.

For the past five years I have been working full time as an ELT author, pretty much exclusively with one of the major publishers (OUP). I have, like everyone in the business been watching developments with interest and wondering which way the wind will blow, whom it will blow away and what sort of jetsam it will cast up on the shore. All my work for OUP has been in the traditional way, for advances and royalties and that’s the way I would like it to remain. It keeps one invested in the project from start to finish as well as motivated to be involved on the marketing and professional development side of things, which I very much enjoy. I would urge Pearson to have a long hard think about what they are doing as they attempt to cast their authors adrift. Or maybe they did have a long hard think and this is a one hundred million dollar masterstroke that will create the new tomorrow. I hope not.

Read the full post on eltjam.

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