Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Until we meet again

Hello everyone, the conference has now finished and I survived my presentation. We won't be using this blog for a few weeks but the next time we're out and about we'll come back and add some more.

In the meantime, why not join in with our other blogs on our main website

Here are the links to our blogs and some other interesting areas of our website.

The Blogs
1) The Student Blogger

2) The Teacher Blogger

Other Interesting Links
1) How to (a functional English online series

2) The Flatmates (an interactive online soap)

3) Talk About English - a weekly webcast

4) Talking Business (a guide to the language you need to succeed in business)

Saturday, 21 April 2007

Saturday - Paul's presentation day

Only three hours to go but I've been too busy to be able to finish my presentation. It's almost there but I need to edit some audio. Will I get the time or will I bluff it? Will my nerves hold out for another three hours? Will I have an audience - it seems very busy here but I'm not on stage until 17:45pm and there are plenty of planes, trains and automobiles going somewhere between then and now.

An update on the presentation tomorrow ... if I survive

Friday, 20 April 2007

The growth of Spanish

We had a visit from a colleague from the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish equivalent of the British Council. He explained that demand for Spanish tuition is outpacing supply, so the Cervantes is looking to further develop its distance learning and online offers. We showed him and he suggested we should look at and compare notes....


Everyone has just disappeared off to lunch and important meetings, so it's very busy at the moment (in fact this has been written in stages!). We've had visitors today from Mozambique, Estonia, Germany, Norway, the UK, the Netherlands....

Some photos of us working

Friday - the busy day

Almost 12 and this is the first opportunity to try and blog today. I'm not sure how long I will be left alone so this could be very very short.

First, a magnetic sentence. Make of this what you will...

"When a chat quizzes you take answers that ..." (anonymous)

Can you complete the sentence?

And another, "is he a teacher or a student?"

Gotta go, back later

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Professor Chen Lin at BBC stand

Prof Chen Lin of Beijing Foreign Studies University at the BBC Learning English stand at IATEFL with Andrew Thompson. Prof Chen reminded us that he negotiated the first broadcast of Follow Me, the BBC television ELT series presented by Kathy Flower, on China's main network, CCTV, in the 1980s. Prof Chen also designs English courses for the Chinese Ministry of Education, and is an adviser for China Daily and the Chinese Open University, CCRTVU.