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          Celebrating 50 years of teacher training Classroom Matters Listening and self-access: a perfect partnership – Arizio Sweeting Politeness and pragmatics in NNS interactions – Chia Suan Chong Surviving your first year as an ELT teacher: what the CELTA doesn’t prepare you for as a NQT – Lewis Waitt Management Matters Delegation – Letting go or losing control? – Maureen McGarvey Teacher ...

2012 is a year of celebrations in London- the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Not to be left out, IH London is celebrating its own golden jubilee – 50 years since the first ground-breaking teacher training course took place.  To mark this very special year, IH London has organised a variety of celebratory ...

Have you ever asked yourself why your learners perform well in listening activities in the classroom, but do poorly in listening tests at the end of the course? Surely, if they are able to perform competently in listening practice in class, they should be able to do well in listening tests too. Ironically enough, this ...

I am a teacher and teacher trainer currently working at International House London. This article is a brief summary of my MA dissertation: Non-Native Speaker Perceptions of Requests – an empirical study in politeness. There has been a lot of research into politeness over the last few decades in the fields of pragmatics, intercultural communication, ...

When planning this article I had a very simple intention: to show that you are not alone when feeling under-prepared and over-whelmed for your first year of ESL teaching. The CELTA is an incredible qualification and gives us the license to drive; but with the benefit of hindsight, I can honestly say nothing prepares us ...

Delegation is something which many managers feel they do, and think they are good at doing. Ask their staff though, (especially those to whom they delegate) and you may get a very different answer.  Delegating effectively brings with it obvious benefits for the manager, the delegate and the organisation. Yet too often, delegation deteriorates into ...

What is the sound of one finger clapping? If you’d been at the world’s first IHWO Teachers’ Online Conference (TOC) on Friday 25th  November last year, you’d know…. well, ok, technically the online platform Blackboard Collaborate (very kindly provided by Oxford University Press) remains silent when an audience member presses the “applause” button, but if there ...

Oh no, not an observation!  Every teacher will doubtless be able to tell you about a nightmare observation in which everything went wrong and to which the resulting dreaded feedback was every bit as critical as feared (I know I could). Such anecdotes often reveal inherent problems in the observations procedures in a school in the ...

CPD seems to be one of the ELT buzzwords of 2012.  The annual IATEFL conference seemed to have a greater emphasis on it than ever this year, with everyone from the publishers through to exam bodies (re)launching initiatives aimed at CPD and the language teacher.  In case you don’t know, CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development; ...

淤泥 (Yu Ni) = a fertile sediment that builds up along river banks or at river deltas (silt) SYLTs (Shanghai Yunnan Local Tutors) = one of the results of IH London‘s involvement in education projects in China, since 2005. Origins of SYLTs Back in 2010, the IHL-GP Shanghai team faced a number of challenges in connection with the ...