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IHWO News – Spring 2011

Lucy Horsefield – Chief Operating Officer,

International House World Organisation lucy.horsefield@ihworld.co.uk


IHWO Conference Season

IHWO started 2011 with a highly successful IH Director of Studies Conference in Maritime Greenwich. Our conference theme ‘On trend. What’s hot and what’s not in language teaching today?’ generated some lively debate and participants from across the globe enjoyed three days of inspiring presentations and workshops. It is always such a pleasure to experience the buzz of enthusiasm generated by so many professional and dedicated academic managers meeting together. We are looking forward to next year already!

Spring is a busy time for IH conferences and our 2011 IH Young Learners conference was hosted by IH Mataro from the 17th to the 19th March. Sixty YL specialists from a wide variety of schools, from IH Lviv to IH New York, converged on the northern Spanish coast for two action-packed days of discussion. Speakers’ sessions covered diverse topics and age groups, from Dennis Akers’ (IH Mataro) analysis of the teenage brain to Jessica Toro’s (IH Zaragoza) discussion on how to think like a Very Young Learner. IHWO also took this opportunity to launch the new, updated IHCYLT course.

New IH Certificate in teaching Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT)

Since its creation in 2001, the IH Certificate in teaching Young Learners has become the most run teacher training course within the IH network. The course was created to prepare Course Participants (CPs) to teach English as a foreign or an additional language (EFL/EAL) to children between 2 and 16 years old. A lot has changed in the world in the past 10 years, not only in terms of language teaching methodologies and approaches but also with regards to technology and attitudes. So in 2010 we decided it was time to revise and update the course.

The IHCYLT is already recognised by several Ministries of Education in EU and IH schools within our network have used the course to train not only their own teachers but also teachers from other language teaching institutions and state schools. The course can be taken face to face or online through the IH OTTI site www.ihonlinetraining.net. The new IHCYLT will be moderated and assessed by the IHWO Assessment Unit. We hope that the course will make an important contribution to raising the standard of teaching Young Learners in the EFL industry at large.

IH COLT course approved for online CELTA trainers


With the Cambridge CELTA Course Online developed with International House London due to be launched this summer CELTA trainers may wish to prepare themselves by taking a course in online training. The IH COLT is a 50 hour course taken over 4 – 6 weeks and has been approved by Cambridge and IH London as a recognised course for online CELTA trainers. To find out more about this course visit http://www.ihonlinetraining.net/ihcolt.html

IHWO You Tube Competition Winners announced


The IHWO You Tube competition set students the challenge of creating a You Tube video about their experience of learning a language with IH. We received some fantastic entries and the judges were really impressed by the creativity and skill demonstrated by the budding film makers within our school network. First prize went to Mariam Haid’s from IH Tripoli entry entitled Wanna Be A Rapper. To see this video and the other entries simply search for ‘Learn a Language with International House’ at www.youtube.com

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