English teachers win professional development courses

18 February 2010

Teachers of English from five different countries have won places to study on Bell Teacher Campus Cambridge this summer. Almost 2000 teachers entered the Cambridge ESOL English for Schools competition to win a two-week teacher development course. The competition was open to all non-native English language teachers with intermediate-level English working in compulsory education.

Their challenge was to write 150 words on how a Bell course would help them become a better teacher. In their answers, entrants said they wanted to ‘gain new ideas to help students become smart listeners and better speakers’, ‘connect with experts and other teachers’ and ‘learn about British life and the British way of looking at things’.

Choosing a winner was no easy task. ‘The standard of entries received was very impressive,’ said Ian Cook, Cambridge ESOL’s Marketing Manager for the School Sector. ‘The five winners all showed enthusiasm for their subject, dedication to their students and a desire to learn more.’

The final winners were Monica Eberle from Argentina, Xuan Hang Le from Vietnam, Pei Jin Tsai from Taiwan, Weronkia Salandyk from Poland and Marina Kirichenko from Kazakhstan. ‘I am convinced the teacher development course will benefit me and my students,’ said Monica, ‘I strongly believe that to keep on learning is the best way of becoming a better teacher.’

 ‘We’re looking forward to meeting the winners and hearing about their individual teaching experiences,’ said Bell Head of Teacher Development, Jim Scrivener.’ Bell teacher development courses are a wonderful opportunity for teachers to share ideas and learn new techniques and methodologies.’

The winners will arrive in Cambridge in July 2010 and will be taking the Language and Methodology Refresher course, with a focus on developing young learners. As Teacher Campus participants, they will live and learn at Homerton College, which is part of the University of Cambridge. It is also a great place to relax, tour historic colleges, go to the theatre or simply chat with native speakers.

They will be among teachers from 29 different countries, who have already booked their places on this year’s Bell Teacher Campus. A few places are still available.


Media and press enquiries:

Caroline Davidson
PR and Marketing Executive
Bell International
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Cambridge, CB2 0QU

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Notes to Editors

About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

About Bell Teacher Campus Cambridge
Bell Teacher Campus offers two week residential Teacher Development courses. These courses are delivered by Bell in the grounds of Homerton College, which is part of the University of Cambridge.

About Cambridge ESOL
Cambridge ESOL is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. It is part of the Cambridge Assessment group, Europe’s largest assessment agency. Cambridge ESOL provides exams in English language for over 3 million people every year, in 130 countries, as well as a range of qualifications for language teachers.


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All courses take place at Bell Teacher Campus in the grounds of Homerton College which is part of the University of Cambridge.
All courses take place at Bell Teacher Campus in the grounds of Homerton College which is part of the University of Cambridge.