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What will students want?

April 10, 2005

Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day issues of running a school that we forget to think ahead. Does that happen to you? In today's dynamic world, though, I think we really have to keep an eye on trends to ensure continued success. I came across this interesting report recently that gives some clues about how we should be organizing for the future.

English Teaching Professional magazine has published results of a survey of teachers in over 110 countries on their opinions on the future of English language teaching. Sixty-six percent of teachers thought there would be an increase in the importance of English as a global language over the next ten years and over 80 percent thought that the numbers of students would increase accordingly.

Almost all the teachers thought students would want an English qualification as a result of their studies-either in general English or in a specialist English subject.

Ninety percent of teachers believe technology and the Internet will grow increasingly important in the classroom. The message for schools seems clear: gear up for exam classes and make sure you are up to date with technology-based resources!

I'd like to know what you think.
Bye for now,
Patricia.

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  1. Robert Marquardt Says:

    I sense that what your saying is very true. I am the director of new language and computer institute in Ciudad Guzman, Mexico. We opened the school with english classes for all ages in September. This is a city of about 100,000 people, and our registration for the first semester was 174, There are at least 4 other private english schools here in Guzman. The need and desire to learn English here in Mexico is astounding. The biggest problem is quality, quality teachers, quality materials, quality facilies. Mexicans are so used to paying for second rate, that they hunger for a first rate school. We strive to offer them a different and first rate place to learn English.

    We start with native english speaking teachers who are certified to teach, Cambridge materials that are not copied, and modest but adequate facilities.

    Keep up the good work!

    Dr. Robert A. Marquardt

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