Jan Tinbergen College in Roosendaal has been an Anglia Member for many many years. School principal Mr Charles van Wettum recommended his colleague Petra Baaten for our Monthly Pie.
As a result, Anglia Manager Sander van Haarlem visited Jan Tinbergen College and surprised Anglia Coordinator Petra Baaten. With this pie we want to thank Ms. Baaten for her hard work and dedication.
She has been encouraging and guiding over 1,500 students to join Anglia, and to invest in learning English. In April, a new group of approximately 150 students will take part in Anglia exams. Good luck and many thanks!
We are very happy that a group of Anglia students will be coming in on Monday to test our English escape room. English Education Group director Arnold Augustijn came up with the idea for an English Escape room several years ago. The plan was to use the attic in the building we are residing in but we wanted this escape room be part of the English Experience Days we host in Parrotia and to be part of the English Summer Experience weeks. This meant we needed to develop an escape room that can travel. After lots of sweat, laughter, inspiration highs and lows, we are ready to present the English Escape Room! We hope that our beta testers will love what we developed and will also be able to escape coming Monday!
On April 8 and 12 we welcome 2 big groups of students from Wartburg College, Rotterdam, who will be the first ‘real’ users of the Escape Room, it being part of the English in Action Experience Day, here in Roosendaal. We can’t wait!
Speaking English in an impressive flow of masterly combined words, in a natural way, convincing and understandable. It was a joy to be on the jury of the Regional Rounds of the Junior Speaking Contest 2019 at RSG ‘t Rijks school in Bergen op Zoom last week.
Two groups of about 10 candidates each, in two age categories. It was interesting to see the difference between the 13 and 14 year olds, many of whom use the Anglia step by step method of learning English or follow the CEFR levels. The candidates were to be judged on content and structure, the opening impact of their speech, grammatical correctness, idiomatic range and register, pace, intonation, diction, pronunciation, volume, contact with audience, use of gesture and body language.
On top of that, all candidates had to answer two questions after delivering their 3 minute speeches. The two winners, one in each category, will join the national Dutch Finale later this year.
Perhaps we can consider a similar contest for PIE Schools, from various countries, using big screens around the world. Please contact us if you are interested.
Our Sound Bites were first introduced at our Summer Schools in July and August 2016. Some friends working for a Theatre company and a Speech Therapist helped us to shape the exercises and make it a fun experience. Three years later we are again working on the development of the Sound Bites, but this time we want to use modern technology to make it even more effective.
We strongly believe in PMP, Practice Makes Perfect. The only way to get better at speaking English is to speak it. So in addition to our popular Grammar Points on the Member Pages of our websites, we are now thinking of adding Sound Smoothies, for all 44 Sound Bites. A Sound Smoothy is the opposite of a Tongue Twister. It does not want to make you feel stupid about speaking English, but it wants to help you feel more confident. So we are looking for nicely balanced sentences like “The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains.” If you or your students are the creative writers of Sound Smoothies, please contact us and we will send you the list.
Materials will be tested in October 2019, so we can put the definite versions on our websites in November. Of course we have a nice present for the contributors.
We have been working on a new website in English and Dutch for months and are very happy and proud having gone live 2 weeks ago. Our new website(s) lists all the courses and activities that we offer to children, students, schools, teachers, adults and companies.
We are also gearing up for our 15th Summer School season with 9 English Summer Experience Weeks locations in the Netherlands and our 4th year in Khust, Ukraine. Some of you have already seen our new website as we have received quite a few registrations in the past two weeks. Very exciting!
Do you want to join our programme from abroad? If you need accommodation, please fill out this registration form. We will contact you within 2-3 working days. The price for an English Experience week including accommodation starts from €445,- for individual students staying with a host family.
Interested in coming with a group to the Netherlands? Send us an email for more information and a quote.
Participants should send their answers, including their name, school, city and country to email@example.com before 25 April 2019. Winners will be announced in the next PIE News on 29 April 2019. The winner will get a book at A1 or A2 level, to be collected at a local bookshop. If there are more participants with the right answer, we will draw a winner.
Why should students in Ukraine take part in Anglia Examinations?
All Ukrainian students need to pass an Independant Test in order to get access to university. Anglia Examinations are a great and affordable opportunity for studetns to prepare for their Independant Testing. The Anglia Membership is very useful for schools, because it gives them access to a variety of materials, and support.
How important is international communication for kids in Ukraine?
Many Ukrainian schools are looking for European and global partners to cooperate with. They are interested in student exchanges and want to take part in international projects. The English Education Group can help Ukrainian schools to find that cooperation. In Ukraine, the image of a school depends on the number of foreign contacts, the posibilities for students to connect with other people, and of course; a high level of language education.
What do you expect from Building Bridges?
Building Bridges is the way to build strong connections with schools and partners around the world. Teachers can use Building Bridges to enrich their methodology of teaching and be part of global network.
Grammar Points have always been an important element in the preparation for the exams. Traditionally, the pages were linked to other websites, as the offer was very big and it seemed illogical to write our own exercises. “Technology has changed, however, and it is now easier to use modern formats to make it more interesting for the pupils to work on grammar exercises.” explains Sascha. “You can now drag and drop and match sentences halves, a lot of options.”
All Grammar Points are now safely behind user name and password, so that only Anglia Members can use them. All exercises are automatically marked and students can also see the right answers. “A big improvement, but only the first step. We are quite ambitious and want to expand the number and kind of exercises. We also want to add Vocab and LOL, Learning Out Loud.” These new elements are scheduled for November 2019. If you have any suggestions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 60 people applied for the vacancy of EFKF Coordinator. Over the past few weeks several interviews have taken place and many inspiring ideas have crossed the table. Starting point of the new EFKF strategy is a 160 pages report which Avans Breda students presented on 11 January after 5 months of research. “A solid report, with clear guidelines.” says EFKF Board Members Marcel de Jong who guided the 4 Avans students.
Most important conclusion was that EFKF has a bright future, because the aim to help underprivileged children communicate in English is shared by many people around the world. “Improvements are possible though, especially in marketing and communication. The EFKF message is not always strong enough, we need to be less modest.” explain the students, who have compared EFKF to other charities in The Netherlands and other countries.
New staff will play a key role in the fresh approach. “Motivation letters were full of inspiring ideas and the colleagues that have made it to the last round of interviews brim with plans to use modern technology not only in the learning of English, but also in approaching possible partners and supporters. We are confident that EFKF will get a big boost and that the new staff will put EFKF back on the map.” EFKF Strategy plans will be discussed in the next Board Meeting on 12 March, after which the new staff will be presented.
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