Newsletter July 2016

Newsletter July 2016

 
 

Ask the expert: Tools for digital learning

We offer a range of support materials and products to help learners and teachers of English on theirCambridge English journey. In this article, Geoff Stead, our Director of Digital and New Product Development, talks about his role at Cambridge English and some of the digital tools he is working on.

What is your role at Cambridge English?

I run a newly formed department dedicated to creating innovative new digital learning tools and resources. We are working with assessment colleagues to explore new ways to assess language, and with our teaching experts to create digitally smart tools and support for teachers and students.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I’m a learning technology geek, with a special enthusiasm for using emerging digital tools for learning. My background is computer science and learning technology, and I’ve spent most of my career combining those two. Along the way I’ve created some unusual tools, including positional (ibeacon) apps to explore museums, mobile toolkits used in South African schools, educational app stores for enterprise learning, and the world’s largest augmented reality artwork!

What exciting digital projects or products are on the horizon for Cambridge English?

That’s top secret! But if you’d like to get the inside scoop on all of our beta product development, please sign up at lab.cambridgeenglish.org and we’ll keep you informed.
As a sneak preview, one of them is Weekly – a fantastic exam prep planner. Just tell us which exam you are preparing for and how long you have got, and Weekly will put together all the lessons plans and resources you need.

Can you tell us more about the new MOOC that Cambridge English has recently launched?

Absolutely! On 6 June we launched our first big MOOC. This one is aimed at people interested in a career in ELT: www.futurelearn.com/courses/explore-elt – if you know any possible candidates, send them our way. It is free and might be the start of an exciting new career. After that, our next one will be a MOOC to help IELTS learners. It’s due later this year – watch this space!

 
 
 

Scholarships for IATEFL 2017

Cambridge English and the IELTS partners are offering three 'all-expenses paid' scholarships to attend the 2017 IATEFL Conference, the leading event in the English Language Teaching calendar, from 4 - 7 April 2017 in Glasgow.

The scholarships provide a rare opportunity for teachers who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference to network with other professionals from around the world.

Find out more:

Cambridge English: Dr Peter Hargreaves Scholarship 

Cambridge English: John Trim Scholarship IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship

 
 
 

Futura Schools in Peru signed an agreement of adoption of exams

The private network of schools FUTURA SCHOOLS and Cambridge English Language Assessmentsigned an agreement of adoption of exams, under which teachers and students on the network will take advantage of the benefits of international examinations offered by the University of Cambridge, throughCambridge English. The agreement was signed on 13 June by Gonzalo Galdos, CEO of FUTURA SCHOOLS - Peru Educa, and by Mercedes Muratorio, Regional Director of Cambridge English Language Assessment for Cono Sur and the Andes.

After signing the agreement, FUTURA SCHOOLS announced they would continue with their teaching and learning projects towards the development of communicative skills in English for students and teachers in their 10 branches around the country, in order to prepare candidates properly to sit theCambridge English exams. It is expected that during the first year of the agreement, more than 70 students of the network sit an international exam for the first time.  In this way, students will have the possibility to verify the high quality of English provided by FUTURA SCHOOLS, and candidates will be able to demonstrate that their proficiency levels in English are those of international standards ofCambridge English and the Common European Framework of References for Languages.

 
 
 

Interview with Colombia's "Compartir al Maestro" Awardee Fabián Padilla

Senior Business Development Consultant, Olga Gualteros had the opportunity to meet Colombia's "Compartir al Maestro" Awardee Fabián Padilla. This public school English teacher talked about how his life has changed over the past few weeks after he got the news that "he was the best Colombian teacher of the year 2016": he has been in the covers of regional magazines and newspapers, he has been on TV, received the Citizen of Barranquilla Medal in the Gold category from the hands of the city's Mayor, and will soon travel to the UK as he was also granted with a scholarship to improve his English skills.

Teacher Fabián Padilla won the award after participating with hundreds of teachers nationally, and after many years of hard work leading his school's project to become a National Bilingual Public School, a model for the whole country. This inspiring teacher, with the support of the school's principal, also managed to get parents involved into the project and convinced them to give their outstanding children the opportunity to certify their English language competency with Cambridge English: Preliminary English Test. This is how he summarized his students' experience with PET:
"It changed my students' lives! Two of them got a level B2 certificate and they received scholarships to spend a month at an English Camp in Canada. The other 12 students were so confident about their English that they got incredible "Saber 11" results in the English component, and entered immediately into the selected group of "Ser Pilo Paga" recipients... The results also provided us (the school) with the evidence that we were on the right path, as well as important feedback to intervene and improve our project".

At the end of our interview, I was proud to learn about the positive change that Cambridge EnglishExams bring to education in the world. This time by the hand of a great Colombian teacher.

 
 
 

Cambridge International Examinations Outstanding Learner Awards 2015

The yearly “Outstanding Cambridge-ESSARP Learner Award” and the “Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award” took place in our region on 14 and 16 June. In these much awaited ceremonies, Cambridge, together with our local Associates, ESSARP (Argentina) and Dickens (Uruguay) recognised learners who achieved the “Top in Argentina” and “Top in Uruguay” for various subjects at IGCSE, AS and A Level in the 2015 examination sessions.

This year, 64 awards were presented to learners in Argentina (including three “Top in the World”) and 28 awards to learners in Uruguay.  Hundreds of people attended these ceremonies, and it was a pleasure to witness the pride and joy in the faces of teachers, students and their families and friends.

Richard Gilby, Regional Director for Latin America, said “As always I am in awe of the hard work, talent and commitment reflected in the awards ceremony. Our associates, ESSARP and Dickens, create a wonderful environment of support in which great schools and great educators can do their work. Parents bring a lifetime of love to the process and students work very hard to achieve this academic level. It is a privilege and a humbling experience to be a small part of this.”

 
 
 
 

Cambridge English Prepare! Where English meets Exams

Did you know that Prepare! is the only official course for schools with exam content validated byCambridge English Language Assessment?

Its unique approach is driven by cutting edge language research from the English Vocabulary Profile and the Cambridge Learner Corpus. It combines general English for school-age learners with Cambridge English exam preparation.

This flexible course brings together all the tools and technology you need to get the results you expect.
Whether teaching general English or focusing on exams, Prepare! leaves you and your students genuinely ready for what comes next: sitting for a Cambridge English exam or facing real life situations in which the use of English is required.

For further information visit: www.cambridge.org or contact your local consultant.

 
 
 
 

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