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First EBET (Excellence in Business English Training) award goes to London-based winner

29 04 2013

First Excellence in Business English Training
award goes to London-based winner

News Release

April 29 2013

The winner of the inaugural Excellence in Business English Training award is Ed Pegg, of the London School of English.

The EBET award, which is designed to raise awareness of the high standard of specialist trainers in the UK, was presented to Ed at the annual Business English Trainers Conference on Saturday (April 27).

Ed was one of four finalists in the Business English UK sponsored award, along with Julie Humble from Lydbury English Centre, Claudia Marr of the London School of English and Alan Cargyl from International House.

Introducing the ceremony, Huan Japes, Deputy Chief Executive of English UK said: "This is to recognise those outstanding contributors to the development of Business English teaching. We are talking about teachers marching in step with their institution to develop excellent Business English teaching. The idea is these people will inspire others but ultimately the learner counts. The positive impact on their learning is the overarching objective in this award."

BEUK was considering expanding the award into new categories next year, possibly including the innovative use of technology, said Mr Japes.

Winning trainer Ed Pegg said: "I think the award has already changed my teaching. I got quite a lot from the process, when I wrote my proposal. When you are teaching every single day it is difficult to find time to reflect, and writing down specifics of what I do is a brilliant way to focus on what I am doing,  what my strengths and weaknesses are, and  what I could do better in the classroom.

"I would encourage people to apply. It's been a wonderful experience. The personal growth opportunities are massive  and through the application process you can improve so much. I didn't really want to enter but I am pleased I did. I came to this event primarily because of the award, but the development opportunities
from something like this are amazing. Even if I hadn't won it was a positive process."

Ed, who began his career teaching children in Poland eight years ago and fell into Business English training by accident when his director of studies asked him to work with a German CEO because he had a degree in economics, is passionate about his work.

"I absolutely love my job: every day is different. Most of the students I teach are only there for a week which means you meet people from all different walks of life. Recently I had a rocket scientist here to do business with satellite manufacturers. I worked with him on English to prepare for the meeting, accompanied him, helped with the meeting.  I was part of his life, and  the relationship we develop is really important to both of us.

"I can't imagine any other job. It's really easy to get up in the morning  and go to work:  it's a wonderful job."

His boss Peter Thompson said Ed had a very clear interest in soft skills training. "I think there's a world of talent out there and with this award we are tapping into it and showing what our teachers are able to do. The teachers should get something really important and sustainable and beneficial from it.

I'm hoping it will put Business English on the map more generally, and raise  raise the profile of the school. "

Sarah Wang, international manager of BEUK, said the award had attracted an high quality entry and
she hoped more would come forward next year.