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Afghanistan signs new ELT agreements

Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai has signed two agreements with the British Council to ensure training for 16,500 of the country's estimated 45,000 English teachers and to support the Ministry of Higher Education's goal to move Kabul’s public universities towards an English curriculum.

UK: Language learning inspires art exhibit

Language Testing 123 – a Cambridge-based English language training (ELT) consultancy group –has launched a language focused art exhibition to inspire learning through art and image. It has also opened the gallery to host ELT students in sessions where they learn through creating images.

Pearson to host UK growth strategy panel

Stakeholders from the UK's English language teaching (ELT) industry will convene next week to discuss the UK's new growth strategy for international enrolments and its likely impact on the sector at an event hosted by education giant Pearson. The new industrial strategy includes exporting UK ELT standards as the global benchmark and promoting the UK as an English learning destination.

Bell English repositions with new strategy

Bell English, one of the UK's largest English language brands, will not be renewing contracts with its overseas franchise network as it embarks on a new international strategy focused on strategic partnerships and projects abroad, The PIE has learned. The company says it will focus on developing its teacher training and young learner programmes.

Twin Group wins Chinese summer school bid

Education-travel chain Twin Group has won a bid to run English summer schools for Chinese students in the UK. In March, it beat eight schools to run “drama-focused” English camps for the Guangdong Student Association of Arts and Sports – part of the Education Department of Guangdong Province.

Indian ELT market “to double” by 2015

Presenting new opportunities for foreign providers, the ELT market in India is set to nearly double by 2015 according to a report by The British High Commission in New Delhi. The vocational training (VET) segment of the market has the most potential, the report claims, as the government endeavours to up-skill the labour market.