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  • ELTeach Certificate Ceremony in Costa Rica garners media attention

    12/16/2014

    On December 10, 2014, a Certificate Ceremony was held to mark the completion of the first ELTeach implementation in Costa Rica, attracting local media attention.

    136 teachers of English, from Pérez Zeledón, Coto, Aguirre, and Grande de Térraba, were awarded their Certificates for completing the ELTeach: English-for-Teaching coursework and assessment between March and September 2014.

    The program was offered in partnership with Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano (CCCN) and sponsored by the Costa Rica and USA Foundation (CRUSA).

    TvSur Canal Catorce was on hand to cover the day's events.




    136 teachers graduate after receiving a virtual program

  • ELTeach Featured at Conference for Learning in the Digital World

    7/29/2014

    ELTeach was featured at Palestine's International Conference for Learning and Teaching in the Digital World, on March 30, 2014.

    The session, titled ELTeach: Online Professional Development for English Language Proficiency and Professional Knowledge, and presented by Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Regional Marketing Specialist, National Geographic Learning, examined the concept of teacher language proficiency as it is linked to professional knowledge needed for ELT.

    Participants explored a new theoretical framework, based on the notion of "language competence-for-teaching" that emphasizes how teachers can develop greater command of the situtational language of the classroom and thus build confidence in using English producively for pedagogic purposes.

    Mrs. Jennings-Robinson introduced the framework, explained how it was developed, and discussed how it has been used to develop ELTeach.

    She followed with a report on the piloting of the program in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, using survey data showing teachers’ responses to its effectiveness for increasing language competence and confidence to use what is learned in practice.

    Date: March 30th 2014

    Location: An Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine

    Conference Overview and Details of Patron: http://elc.najah.edu/node/35

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  • National ELTeach Tour in Pakistan Draws 700 Attendees

    5/31/2014

    A national tour promoting the recent implementation and successful completion of the ELTeach program in Pakistan was held in the cities of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi, from May 27-30, 2014.

    The events were sponsered by NTS Pakistan, Cengage Learning's exclusive ELTeach partner in Pakistan, and included seminars on the 'Professional Development of Teachers' as well as certificate ceremonies for the teachers who successfully completed the ELTeach coursework and assesssments in March. 

    Over 700 participants attended across all three cities, including government officials, public sector educational policy makers, representatives from NGOs, faculty and staff from higher and further education providers, private schools and colleges, national and regional ministries of education, and representatives from teacher education projects.

    Key speakers at the events included Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO, NTS Pakistan and Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Regional Marketing Specialist, Cengage Learning. Additional speeches were given by invited honoured guests.

    Chief guests for each city included:  

    Islamabad: Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
    Lahore: Mr. Rai Haider Ali Kharal, Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on Literacy
    Karachi: Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Minister for Culture

    www.nts.org.pk


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    Prof. Dr. Muhktar Ahmed, Chairman of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, and Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO of National Testing Services Pakistan at the Certificate Ceremony in Islamabad.

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    Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, Mr. Rai Haider Ali Kharal, Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on Literacy, and Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO of NTS Pakistan, present a Certificate of Completion and Achievement to a teacher for ELTeach in Lahore.

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    Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Minister for Culture, and Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, in Karachi.

  • IATEFL 2014 - 'New Knowledge Constructs in Teacher Education'

    3/11/2014

    Forum on Investigating New Knowledge Constructs in Teacher Education

    Chair: Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor

    Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
    Time: 5:10 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate, UK

    What: Donald Freeman, Anne Katz, and Anne Burns, Senior Academic Advisors for ELTeach, will present a series of 3 papers and moderate a forum on investigating new knowledge constructs in teacher education. 

    Paper 1: Investigating Professional Confidence in Teacher Learning and Development
    Presenter:
    Donald Freeman

    The presentation introduces concepts of professional confidence, along with knowledge-for teaching and teacher agency, as different ways to conceptualize teacher learning. The paper outlines the operationalization of these ideas in self-access teacher education materials and assessments, and discusses a global trial of the materials and assessments with 4000 teachers in 10 countries.

    Paper 2: Investigating Professional Confidence in Developing Teacher Classroom Language
    Presenter:
     Anne Katz

    This presentation examines a new framework for describing teacher English proficiency in the classroom. ‘English-for teaching’ is based on a language competence model that supports teachers in building confidence in using English. The presenter discusses how this framework informed the design of online learning materials, drawing on pilot survey data to illustrate its effectiveness.

    Paper 3: Investigating Sources of Familiarity in Developing Professional Knowledge
    Presenter:
     Anne Burns

    In the global enterprise of teaching English, quality is an important factor. A key aspect is the nature of professional knowledge teachers bring to the classroom. Successful professional knowledge development means building from what is known or familiar. The presenter discusses how the concept of familiarity was operationalised and tested in the development of new online professional development programme.


    Visit Us:

    If you are responsible for teacher training in your country/institution and would like to learn more about ELTeach, please visit the National Geographic Learning booth at IATEFL 2014 or contact Kelly Jennings-Robinson at kelly.jennings-robinson@cengage.com to make an appointment.

    Website:

    IATEFL 2014


  • TESOL Arabia 2014 - 'Myths We Live By in Engish Language Teaching'

    3/6/2014

    Plenary Session

    Title: Myths We Live By in English Language Teaching
    Presenter: Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor

    Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Time: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Hyatt Regency, Dubai

    Abstract:

    As a field, English language teaching is full of prescriptions for what ‘good’ teachers ought to know and be able to do; these are myths that we often take for granted in ELT. Many of these prescriptions are professionally based: some come from research, while others are historically inherited. Other prescriptions seem to be commonsense, which means essentially that they come as part of the social expectations of the work of teaching. In this talk, I want to re-examine several of these key prescriptions-- or myths-- that we live by in ELT. In particular, I will look at myths about what English is and how it works in the 21st century, and then what ELT students can (and can’t) do with it. I then examine what these mean for the job of the English teacher in the classroom. I argue that if they are left unchallenged, these myths can erode teachers’ professional confidence, so re-examining them is critical to establishing professional confidence and classroom competence.

    Visit Us:

    If you are responsible for teacher training in your country/institution and would like to learn more about ELTeach, please visit the National Geographic Learning booth at TESOL Arabia 2014 or contact Kelly Jennings-Robinson at kelly.jennings-robinson@cengage.com to make an appointment.

    Website:

    TESOL Arabia 2014 Plenary Sessions


  • Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam adopts ELTeach

    10/3/2013

    Thai Nguyen University, one of five Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) approved Regional Foreign Language Centers in Vietnam, has implemented the ELTeach program with public elementary school teachers drawn from surrounding provinces.

    The teachers began their coursework in Summer 2013, all participating in the English-for-Teaching course. Their TEFTTM Assessments will be administered in October.


    For more information, please contact IIG Vietnam: Contact Us

    www.iiglearning.com

    www.iigvietnam.com

  • Mexico's State of Tamaulipas implements ELTeach

    10/3/2013
    The Secretaría de Educación Pública of the State of Tamaulipas in Mexico is implemeting ELTeach with approximately 1,000 primary and secondary teachers of English, offered through the support of ELTeach partner Review Quality.

    The teachers began their ELTeach coursework in the beginning of September, with over half taking English-for-Teaching and the rest Professional Knowledge for ELT.
     

    Tamaulipas coursework will continue into the fall and winter, with their TEFTTM and TPKTM Assessments scheduled to be administered in March 2014.
     
    For more information, please contact Review Quality: Contact Us
     
    www.toeic.mx

  • Bureau of Education in Shenzhen, China implements ELTeach 

    9/26/2013
    The Shenzhen Futian Bureau of Education, in China’s Guangdong Province, is implementing ELTeach with primary school teachers of English in its district, offered through the support of ELTeach partner Shenzhen SeaSkyland Technology Co. Ltd.

    The teachers began their ELTeach coursework mid-July, with all participating in both the English-for-Teaching and Professional Knowledge for ELT courses.
     
    An opening ceremony for the Futian ELTeach project was held on July 10th. Mr. Wang, director of the Teachers’ Training Center in the Futian Education Bureau, said in his opening speech: “[I] hope this special project can improve our teachers’ teaching skills and bring the teaching quality up to the international level.”
     
    Futian coursework will continue into the fall, with their TEFTTM and TPKTM Assessments scheduled separately. The TEFT assessments will be administered in October, followed by the TPK assessments in December.
     
    For more information, please contact Shenzhen SeaSkyland Technology Co. Ltd.: Contact Us


    www.seaskylight.com  | www.elteach.com.cn



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  • ELTeach featured at 'Teaching with Confidence' seminar in Chile

    8/12/2013
    ELTeach was featured as a key program for building professional confidence in language teaching during the 'Teaching with Confidence' academic seminar in Santiago, Chile on August 10, 2013.

    Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor, explained the importance of professional confidence in the language learning classroom and provided steps teachers could take now to improve their own confidence levels.

    The seminar was sponsored by Seminarium Certificacion, an ELTeach partner. 


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  • U.S. Embassy Sponsors ELTeach Trial in Pakistan

    8/7/2013
    Pakistan's Higher Education Commission (HEC) is implementing a trial of the ELTeach program with 100 public school and college teachers of English in all four provinces of the country, offered under the English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) Project.

    The trial is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States, Islamabad, and funded by the Public Affairs section.

    The teachers have the opportunity to take either the English-for-Teaching course or Professional Knowledge for ELT.

    Coursework will begin in September 2013 and assessments will be administered in November and December 2013.

    The ELTR Project was launched by the HEC in July 2004 with the goal to bring qualitative improvement in English Language Teaching and Learning in order to build capacity for effective and sustainable development of English Language Teachers in higher education in Pakistan.

    Higher Education Commission, Pakistan - Learning Division
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