CET news

With ever changing environments we are engaging with both the domestic and international community to meet the growing needs of delivering high quality English language programs. Below is just some of the news we are involved in to meet global demands.

Australian TESOL Experts Collaborate with English Language Teachers and Students in Russia

Russian universities have shown an interest in improving ties with Australian Higher Education institutions. The 2014 Global Education Program, a presidential scholarship initiative, will allow 3,000 Russian young professionals to undertake studies at universities worldwide. Sydney is an increasingly popular destination among these prospective global citizens due to its exciting and dynamic student lifestyle, high standard of education, natural beauty, great weather and multicultural business and networking opportunities. “Russian students studying in Sydney are natural ambassadors for our wonderful city when they return to Russia. The students and teachers we meet when we visit Russia to work with local universities and schools are very eager to hear about how their fellow compatriots experience their time in Sydney,” notes Patrick Pheasant, Director at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching. “They see the sun, the beach, the harbour, the university campuses, the opportunities for international students in our city and they are in love with Sydney!”

A delegation from University of Sydney consisting of Patrick Pheasant (Director, Centre for English Teaching – CET), Professor John Shields (Associate Dean, Postgraduate Coursework Programs, The University of Sydney Business School) and Emmet O’Sullivan (Regional Manager for Russia) visited eight universities in Moscow, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Novisibirsk in March 2014 to share Australian best teaching practices and highlight scholarships and education opportunities for Russian students considering studying at the University of Sydney.

Throughout March the University of Sydney, conducted across Russia a series of complementary Teacher Training Workshops on Innovative Teaching Techniques as professional development and idea exchange for university lecturers, language and high school teachers of English, as well as free Master Classes in English for students. Sydney’s Centre for English Teaching has a history of sharing best teaching practice with Russian universities. In 2012, it ran a successful Teacher Training Program for delegates of the Far Eastern Federal University, from Vladivostok. The most recent series of workshops were received enthusiastically by more than 450 ESL teachers, academics and young Russian professionals, on campuses of highly regarded universities such as Moscow State University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “Learning and teaching English in Australia is really different to our experience in Russia. The focus is on helping us to achieve true competence as global citizens and future business leaders,” says XYZ, student XYZ Russian university.

The University of Sydney plans to share best practices and collaborate with schools and universities through targeted English Language Teacher professional development programs again in late 2014. “We are extremely interested in learning through collaborative exchange about the excellent English language teaching practice that is occurring in Russia at universities, high schools and language schools and the renewed focus on developing young Russian professionals”, notes Patrick Pheasant.

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