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New Competition Launched by Association of Language Learning

A new competition is being launched for all the language teachers in the United Kingdom, called the Association of Language Learning (ALL) International Challenge Award 2006.

The ALL, in collaboration with MondoChallenge, a company which is distinguished by its career breaks in the developing world, is offering the language teachers from all sectors of education a new contest. The winner of this competition will then have the opportunity to teach English to local children and adults in a developing country such as Chile, India, Gambia, Sri Lanka or Tanzania.

Chance of a Lifetime

Today, more and more importance is given to the work experience of each individual. Particularly in the area of teaching, the more communication and “convivial” skills one has, the higher the chances of getting a better job and the better one’s ability to deal with other people’s difficulties in learning. This career break is an amazing opportunity for teachers to refresh their ideas, be able to teach in a complete different environment, have another enthusiasm for teaching and also to travel abroad.

ALL Director Linda Parker stated that: “Career breaks for teachers are becoming more and more popular and for language teachers a chance like this is particularly life-enhancing. This is something many teachers have considered doing. It’s a chance to give a lot, as well as having some fantastic new experiences.”

Contest Information

The first prize is the trip to a developing country. The trip will have a duration of between six weeks and three months, between July 2006 and September 2007, and is fully-funded by ALL and MondoChallenge. In addition to the first prize, there are other advantages for all contestants, such as a 25% discount on MondoChallenge Projects, reductions on packs of language learning resources from the publishers Routledge and a discount on the entry of the ALL’s Language World Conference, which will take place in the University of Manchester on the 7th and 8th of April 2006.

To stand as a candidate for this competition, language teachers have to fill in an application form, describing and expressing why volunteering to be a teacher in a developing country would be an amazing opportunity for them and what they would gain from it. All language teachers to be considered for this contest must be members of ALL. The closing date of the competition is the 1st of May 2006.

Joana Lage

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