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

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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

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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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