Author: James Hoyle

Technology: friend or foe?

How are advances in technology going to impact on teaching and learning? At the IATEFL conference in Harrogate last month I attended a talk given by Mark Osborne, whose company, L2, is dedicated to developing and publishing innovative language learning solutions

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What exactly are we trying to learn? Is it really English?

Do you speak English

I recently attended the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, which is the International English Teaching event of the year. This post draws on a presentation given by Fiona Mee, CEO of York Associates , with whom I share a similar vision

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Artistic inspiration

the-snow-queen-Julie Kuyath

Art is a great source of inspiration and no doubt has been used by many a teacher as a springboard for a class. Obviously you can take recourse to famous artists. One of my personal favourites is Chagall and I’ve

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Change – Richard Gerver

In my last post I spoke about Richard Gerver’s presentation at the BETT conference in London last month. I was impressed enough to buy his book, Change, on Amazon. Worth a look for anyone who has to think about or

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BETT conference in London, January 2014

sharing knowledge

I attended the BETT conference in London at the Excel centre last week. Anyone who was there will know that it’s the biggest education trade fair in the UK by a country mile. Michael Gove caught the headlines with his

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Organising (Language) Training & Optimising Limited Resources

If you’re a training manager you’re probably under pressure to satisfy the complex training needs of employees (your clients) with pressure on the budget available to you. In addition there is now and a fast changing range of training options

BESIG IATEFL Conference in Prague November 2013

Thanks to everyone who came to my presentation at the BESIG IATEFL conference in Prague on Saturday 9th November. Attached here is a copy of the presentation slides. To summarise the message: We have developed our own Blended Learning courses

Canterbury Language Training: use of online flat screen

Recently I had the chance to spend some time with John Miles, who has over 30 years experience in Education Management in TOEFL. John runs Canterbury Language Training, a small, beautiful academy dedicated to Residential Immersion courses for professional people.

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Training: one way to ‘engage’ staff after re-structuring

Engage with your workforce

Here in Spain, many medium and large sized companies have undergone re-structuring in the last 18 months. As we all know ‘re-structuring’ is a euphemism for cutting jobs and cutting salaries. The employees who remain have lived through the stress

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The Image Conference Satrurday 8th June

For anyone interested in the use of images, film, video and gaming in ELT, this is a real opportunity to hear what some of the best talent in the industry has to say. The Image Conference takes place on Saturday 8th

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