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ILAC to publish books with Oxford University Press

The books will be available from January 2016. Photo: flickr/Fatboo

Oxford University Press is providing ILAC teachers with professional development training

The deal, which was finalised last month, will see a series of books published for the school’s General English programme, tailored specifically for ILAC students.

“We just feel like we’re customising our books for our students specific needs”

According to Jonathan Kolber, executive director of ILAC, the price tag on the deal is “in the millions”.

“We just feel like we’re customising our books for our students’ specific needs,” he told The PIE News.

“Our students are international students who need to focus on communication and exam practice,” he said, adding that they “tend to be fairly well educated in English reading and writing skills”.

This is not the first time ILAC has worked with this publisher.

Julie Wade, director of English/Language Teaching at Oxford University Press in Canada helped the school to develop its first textbook series when it opened in 1997.

In addition to publishing the books, Oxford University Press is providing ILAC teachers with professional development training.

“This is the beginning of a long term relationship,” said Kolber.

The books will be available from January 2016, and are not exclusive to ILAC.

“They are available for some of our partners who run language programmes worldwide,” Kolber added.

Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press and currently publishes more than 6,000 publications a year.

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