Red Balloons, London T-Shirts and Open Doors: The Experiences of an Oral Examiner

“Look at the following pictures. I would like you to describe them for me please,” I asked as I handed the candidate the photos. As he spoke, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would have said if our positions were reversed. Some pictures are so vague, I actually feel sorry for the test takers. How long and to what extent can you describe a red balloon? The student had already started trembling as I urged him to continue with his description, so as to meet the time restrictions imposed by the university. To his merit, he did quite well as he expanded the description to how the image made him feel.

By Katherine Reilly, Author, Teacher Trainer

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Improve your Teaching and Get Qualified at ACE TEFL

ACE TEFL is a centre for teachers of English as a foreign language: a place where teachers can learn, develop and get qualified. ACE TEFL was founded in January 2021 by George Vassilakis and Alexander Makarios, two teacher educators with many years of experience of working with teachers in various contexts and capacities.

ACE TEFL offers a range of services to prospective and practising teachers of English and school owners , including:

  • short seminars, webinars and workshops for teachers on specialist topics
  • longer courses on various aspects of English Language Teaching
  • a range of consultancy services for language schools.
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Lifelong Learning and Educators: Do We Really Need to Pursue Further Studies?

By Katherine Reilly, Author, Teacher Trainer

‘Accomplished’ is a word used most often than not to describe fulfillment or the realization of one’s goals. Although the maximum potential reached in any endeavor is clearly of a subjective perspective, the demands of both the current and emerging job markets have become quite challenging, thus rendering further education an essential element to keeping abreast not only in the workplace but in an ever-evolving society. ‘Lifelong Learning’ as it is now widely known, has become a staple in further advancing our own education as well as establishing an even stronger presence in class. Perhaps the most crucial question an educator might ask himself is, “Do I really need to further my studies? I already have a job!”

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