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Teachers must be encouraged – I almost said ‘freed’, to pursue an education that strives for depth of understanding. [Howard Gardner] Speaking from bitter personal experience, I’ll never forget looking at the traffic-infested road I had to cross on the day of my first formal observation at IH San Isidro, and half hoping that I wouldn’t actually ...

Introduction When I arrived in Doha as the Academic Director of the new IH school last January, I was prepared to offer our academic team a fairly standard package for teacher training in an emerging market, including: the FTEB for Business English the IH Young Learner Certificate training to teach IELTS and TOEFL. According to Malderez and Wedell (2007), there ...

Does business need culture? You bet it does. As business globalises at increasing speed, companies large and small are sourcing new supplies, seeking out new markets and new clients and engaging in JV’s (joint ventures) and mergers and acquisitions in countries from China to Kazakhstan. International research suggests that up to 70% of new international ...

As a Director of Studies, I don’t get to teach as much as I’d like to these days but this does mean that I observe a lot.  One of the definite perks of the job is that there are so many brilliant things that I’m lucky enough to see everyday – an enormous variety of ...

Imagine you walk by a classroom and see this: students walking around the classroom, speaking to each other in pairs, then walking away, then forming new pairs, talking, then splitting up again... What on earth is this? In case you have no idea, you’ve just witnessed a mingle, one of the best-known activities in ELT. The ...

When we were twelve, my best friend and I used to mix English and Romanian, our mother tongue when we spoke to each, to the point where Romanian would only make up about 10% of the language spoken. It didn’t cross our minds what we sounded like to the people around us in the ...

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” is a well-known idiomatic proverb which refers to the importance of working hard when things are difficult, and the phrase seems to have an ever-present and continued meaning in organisations around the world today. It seems that in today’s reality, hard work never ceases, whether things ...

J’ai été agréablement surprise, durant la dernière formation de professeurs à laquelle j’ai participé, d’entendre un des stagiaires commencer ses commentaires sur sa première leçon par “je les ai trouvés bien ce soir. Ils étaient actifs, ils étaient contents...” Le stagiaire parlait...des étudiants ! Une toute première pour moi... ou plutôt l’opposé des commentaires que ...

If the culinary industry is a dog-eat-dog world, then ELT may be as far from that as you can possibly imagine.  I have yet to come across the teacher’s variation of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and thank goodness for that: imagine a CELTA training course where the tutor is liable to lash out at the ...

Confused by all the different frameworks, methodologies, approaches etc. that are around in TEFL? Never fear! Bovine TEFL will clarify everything for you! (Based on the popular ‘Bovine Economics’ that was circulated a few years ago (source unknown). PPP The farmer shows you how to milk a cow, even if you already know quite a lot ...