Saturday, January 9, 2010

ESOL Cambridge Funded Professional Development Course Competition 2010

Dear All,

Below are the details of a competition for ETs who teach the English Language in schools. You only need to write a maximum of 150 words in an essay about professional development.

Do take part as you have nothing to lose! You may win an almost fully paid professional development course in Cambridge, England. But you have to hurry as closing date is on the 15 January 2010.

ROdney Tan
Competition deadline - 15 January 2010
06 January 2010

Win two weeks in Cambridge - deadline approaching!
English language teachers from around the globe are being asked why a professional development course in Cambridge would benefit them and their students, as part of a competition launched by Cambridge ESOL. The School Sector team at Cambridge ESOL is offering five top prizes of a residential language and methodology course for teachers for the best stories received.
Each prize includes: two weeks of tuition from Bell, en-suite accommodation at Cambridge University (Homerton College), morning and evening meals and travel costs up to a maximum of £200. There are also 100 runner-up prizes of Cambridge ESOL teaching materials for use in the classroom.
The competition is open to all non-native English language teachers working in compulsory education and entrants must have at least an intermediate level of English (CEFR Level B2) – such as the First Certificate in English (FCE).
To enter, teachers need to submit up to 150 words on why a teacher development course in Cambridge would benefit them and their students.
For an online entry form and full terms and conditions, please click here.

The closing date for entries is Friday 15 January 2010
Winners will be notified by Friday 29 January 2010
Courses run from Sunday 18 July to Saturday 31 July 2010.
Click here to learn more about the professional development courses for teachers at the Bell and to hear the 2009 winners talking about their time in Cambridge.

Friday 15 January is also the deadline for members of the European Union to apply for COMENIUS FUNDING, for courses running between April and August 2010. See further information (below) for more details.

1. For more information on courses running throughout July and August, visit the Bell Centres website at:

2. Comenius Funding For EU Nationals
Are you a European Union national?
Are you a language teacher, trainer, inspector or advisor?
If so, you are eligible to apply for funding to attend a teacher development course, including those offered by Bell Centres, as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
For more information about Comenius funding, visit the Bell Centres website or contact your local agency via the European Commission website. Funding is not guaranteed for all applicants.
For courses between April and August 2010, applications for Comenius funding must be received by Friday 15 January 2010.



  1. I have submitted a story for this competition. Today is the day for notifications. Where should I see them?

  2. Dear All,

    For all who took part in the contest, here are the official results from the wwebsite:

    Cambridge ESOL is pleased to announce the five winners of their recent English for Schools competition which aimed to find the best stories from English language teachers around the globe. Around 2,000 teachers took up the challenge by writing 150 words on how a teacher development course in Cambridge would benefit them and their students.

    "I strongly believe that to keep on learning is the best way of becoming a better teacher," was an example of the type of inspiring words from Argentina’s Monica Eberle – one of the five winning entries.

    The full list of winners is as follows:

    Monica Eberle, Newlands School and St Michael's College, Argentina

    Xuan Hang Le, Tan Hao School, Vietnam

    Pei Jin Tsai, Chien-Long Elementary School, Taiwan

    Weronkia Salandyk, Szkola Podstawowa Filomata, Poland

    Marina Kirichenko, School Gymnzium # 7, Kazakhstan

    "The standard of entries received was very impressive," explains Cambridge ESOL’s Marketing Manager for the School Sector, Ian Cook. He continued, "the five winners all showed enthusiasm for their subject, dedication to their students and a desire to learn more."

    The winners have been awarded a teacher development course run by Bell International in Cambridge in July 2010 and will be residing and studying at Cambridge University's Homerton College. This will not only help them to develop their teaching skills, but will also give them a chance to discover new perspectives and approaches from their peers – as Poland’s Weronkia Salandyk put it:

    "No matter how many books or articles I read, the only way for me to develop is to see things from a new perspective, through the eyes of other people and through the words of their experience".

  3. I believe, learning is to go through the phenomena of knowing things, and come up through the medium of once personality as how they are incorporated, developed and appear in a refined form, for the advancement and anticipation with the changes to come.