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Business English Trainers nominated for first-ever industry award

04 04 2013

Business English Trainers nominated for first-ever industry award

The Excellence in Business English Training is the first award ever for teachers in this specialised and highly professional sector.
In its first year, the award has attracted a number of nominations from BEUK members. After the first round selection, four candidates have been short listed and the winner will be announced at the Business English Trainers Conference on April 27. Business English UK manager Sarah Wang says she is delighted with the response.
"We wanted to create an award which would highlight an area of English language teaching which isn't as well known as it could be, and to celebrate the fantastic work being done for businesses from all over the world by our trainers and centres. The quality of the applications has been absolutely outstanding, and we hope the momentum will mean an even bigger pool of entries next year."
The three centres whose nominees have been short listed are the Lydbury English Centre in Shropshire and two London-based centres, the London School of English and International House.
Lydbury English Centre's nominee is Julie Humble, its training manager. She says: "Clients who are used to their professional status feel at a huge disadvantage if they can't express themelves. We do everything we can to help them boost their confidence or promote more effective communication. They are here on very short course, so what we do is establish their priorities and generate realistic outcomes and try to help them continue to improve after they've gone back to their jobs. We cover confidence, awareness, helping them to notice how language works."I do a lot of teaching as well, and I love my job. It's fantastic to be recognised with this nomination."
Centre director Duncan Baker says: "It's not just language skills -- Julie knows the strengths and weaknesses and learning styles of the students and the trainers and is very good at putting the right trainer with the right students."
The London School of English has nominated two trainers, Claudia Edwards and Ed Pegg.
Claudia, who develops role-play modules and works on the Young Business English course, says: " The classroom becomes a company, so it's kind of workshop and they learn about the world of work and language of work in that narrative. In all the learning workshops they are giving presentations in English, doing role play. It's been so successful and the students always love it. We have a bank of the modular sessions and each week do a different one." Colleague Ed Pegg, who works on the business communication course, says: "There are some really interesting people who come. They are from amazing industries, with amazing lives. I've become  friends with nuclear physicists and people in sales. It's a wonderful experience. This week six wonderful amazing people came and next week another six more with different needs and requirements will come."
Alan Cargyl, the nominee from International House London, came to English Language teaching relatively late in his career, which included working as a civilian radio control officer in a busy police control room. He says: "Most of my knowledge of how companies operate come from the people I teach because helping them to do their job involves talking to them and them  a lot them explaining to you what they do. It's fun helping people all the time.I've got no ambition to move."
The 2013 EBET award was only open to trainers working in Business English UK member centres, who had to be nominated by a senior member of staff. The award panel will include five BEUK committee members and Huan Japes, the Deputy Chief Executive of English UK.