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by Fiona Thomas I’m sure that many readers will have heard of the name Net Languages by now. Something to do with online language courses? Some sort of connection to International House? Whether Net Languages rings any bells or not, now is the time to find out more about what Net Languages is and how International House ...

by Sulaiman Jenkins As a result of accumulating tremendous wealth from oil exports, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been able to undergo massive development in infrastructure and in its economy. Moreover, government officials have been keen to use the country’s resources to maintain its development as they strive to be competitive in an international ...

The Fonix, run for the first time in 2008, is a competition for students of English. It is also a marketing opportunity for schools. I caught up with Jonathan Dykes, the Chief Executive of the IHLS Group, to find out more. Ed: Where did the idea come from? What were the main aims of the project? JD: ...

by Mark Lowe Introduction Many scientists interested in the origins of language believe that language and music evolved together. Here, for instance, is Charles Darwin: We must suppose that the rhythm and cadences of oratory are derived from previously developed musical powers…We may go even further than this, and …believe that musical sounds afforded one of the bases ...

by Mark Forehand The Issues Here at International House Kyiv we are in the first year of implementation of a program of English for Lawyers (EL). The current program consists of a class of 10 learners meeting Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The class is designed for four six-week semesters. Learners take an ...

by Christina Smolder Odds are that as a language teacher, you have already had a hand in several aspects of curriculum design. Every time you write a lesson plan or create your own materials you are faced with several key curriculum questions like What do I want my students to learn? What materials am I going ...

Focus on Feedback: Examining Alternative Methods for Efficiency and Effectiveness Gabrielle Bonner and David King ... there is compelling evidence that learners expect feedback.  In a major investigation of the learning preferences of adult ESL learners, error correction by the teacher was one of the most highly valued and desired classroom activities (Willing: 1988, in Nunan: 1991). Introduction After ...

The Tale of Babel en España by Brita Haycraft A blow to Casa Internacional in Cordoba In May 2006, an email from someone unknown to me in Cordoba arrived. A Spanish publisher wanted to publish John’s book Babel In Spain in Spanish and would I give permission to have it translated? I was stunned. This book had ...

Andrew G. Scott

Welcome to the International House Journal of Education and Development. To celebrate the Issue 25, IHWO is publishing a collection of articles from the first 25 issues. ‘Best Practice in language Teaching: an IH perspective’ features work from writers across the organisation and influential figures from the world of English language teaching. The book will be ...