The requirement for a 7.0 in IELTS Writing is stopping nurses in the Philippines from travelling to the UK, and is proving a headache to the National Health Service. Dr Victoria Clark describes how her team is analysing the problem and coming up with solutions.
Andrew Stokes explains the vision behind ELTons finalist Practical Writing: helping students with all the texts they write (including WhatsApp); and finding a rationale to match technology to activity type.
‘We like your online placement test,’ said the teacher at Taiwan’s Asia University, ‘but with 1,000 freshers and only 20 computers, we’d be halfway through the first semester before we could even sort out our classes.’ Read more
Teacher involvement is fundamental to the success of online resources. Julia Ker from the University of Surrey talks to Andrew Stokes about how the Language Study Area makes a success of self-study resources through awareness building, advice and, above all, teacher participation.
Paul Liu from the Future Education Research Center in Guangdong discusses the role of online learning in China, and considers the uneasy relationship between teachers and computers.