Monday, 29 September 2014

Education meets overseas travel with the spirit of Eurovision

The above description represents how many young learners felt about the European Unions Erasmus program, and up until quite recently there was still a hint of youthful idealism about the scheme, albeit mixed with some essential life skills for the next generation.

More recently however, the newly branded Erasmus+ appears to have a more clearly defined strategic purpose. With youth unemployment throughout Europe at record levels, around 6 million young people out of work, it is one of the European Unions toughest challenges. It is probably no wonder then, that the budget for Erasmus+ has been increased by 40% in order to help fight youth unemployment. The main problem, according to some sources, is the fact that skills held by the young and unemployed do not match the jobs available. According to European Union sources, there are currently 2 million job vacancies within the EU where employers cannot find people with the right skills.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

English is good for your love life

According to a recent European Commission study, you are more likely to be able to improve your employment and career prospects by studying a foreign language. What is more, you are even more likely to get the job you desire if you have studied a foreign language such as English in England. The same applies for Spanish in Spain, German in Germany etc. The study examined the lives of more than 80,000 people who had participated in the Erasmus program and suggests that the experience of studying abroad has far reaching influences, such as giving people an international outlook. They also found that around 40% of participants also went to live and work abroad after graduation.

The study also suggests that employers view applicants with international experience more favourable than those without, there appears to be a lower rate of unemployment in people who have studied abroad, when compared to those who have not, they found.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Exploring English: Language and Culture - update!

I mentioned this course back in August, and have since been actively involved and running it with some of my students, and I have got to say, it has been a great success! So, if you have students who are not only interested in learning about English but also want to explore British culture, there is still time to join and catch up with the course.

We're now on week 4, of a 6 week course. So far we have covered the following:
  • English as a Global Language
  • The British Music Scene
  • Exploring the British Isles
  • British Literature
So come on, join us. Follow the link HERE.

The Teacher Abroad.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

You can't beat an actual experience

There is an article I recall reading some time ago about iPads being given out to pupils at UK schools to be used as a teaching/learning aid in the classroom and beyond, and I was reminded of it by a website I recently found advertising all sorts of educational apps and whatnot aimed at school age children, and all designed to work on an iPad. I did a quick Google search and literally millions of results popped up, it seems that everyone has an opinion on the subject of iPads and their educational benefits.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Delivering a lesson in the rain

Earlier this year I wrote about why a lesson might work so well with one student and not the next. I still do not have a definitive answer to this question, but my little experiment to see if the weather can affect my moods, lesson planning and how I deliver a lesson has been insightful.

I know that there can be a multitude of reasons why a lesson doesn't go according to plan, everything from sleep deprivation, eating far too much and disagreements or problems can all have a negative impact on moods and effect how I work. However, there are also lots and lots of things that happen every day that can have a positive impact, and one of those things, I have found, is the weather.