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Oxford University Press recognizes inspirational English teachers

Oxford University Press recognizes inspirational English teachers

21 July 2016

Four inspirational teachers from around the world have been awarded a scholarship at Oxford University for the impact their English teaching has made on their students’ lives.

Oxford University Press ran the Teaching Changes Lives competition in September 2015 to give English teachers across the globe the chance to demonstrate how their teaching has changed lives for the better. The competition received inspirational stories from 600 teachers in 63 countries.

The top prize, won by four teachers, is a two-week professional development scholarship at Worcester College in  Oxford. Eight runners-up won an online professional development course from Oxford University Press.

From a high-security prison in Russia to a small rural neighbourhood in Colombia, the winners’ stories demonstrate the impact of learning English when it’s taught by passionate and creative people. As Carolina Barriga, a teacher from Colombia, summarises in her video entry: “Giving a child the opportunity to be educated, to learn how to read and write, to learn English, means giving him or her the tools to create a better future, the tools to be able to imagine a new world.”

Peter Marshall, Managing Director, said: “These inspiring stories remind us of the transformational impact learning English can have on people’s lives. It makes us all very proud to see OUP’s mission brought to life in such vivid, and often emotional, ways.”

See their stories here: www.oup.com/elt/slt.