Capital News

British Council ELTons Awards Finalist!

Capital School of English is a finalist of the 17th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching 2019 in Excellence in course innovation. Future Success course has been selected as a finalist by a panel of experts from among 150 international products, publications and services as meeting the stringent criteria for innovation and practical application.

Winners of the 17th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching will be announced at the award ceremony in central London on Monday 10 June 2019.

Thanks to all our partners around the world that have supported our vision. For more information about how to work with us and represent us, enabling your clients to be part of our innovation please contact us.

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Gold, Silver & Bronze winners at BH Stars 2019!

Capital School of English has incredibly won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in ‘Education & Mentoring’,  ‘Learning Experience’ and ‘Innovation & Future Proofing’ at the 2019 BH Star Awards at a glamour-filled awards’ ceremony held at The Lighthouse, Poole on 14th March 2019.

OET Ready – Capital launch OET preparation courses

The future for testing English and making sure overseas healthcare staff are language-ready for work is the new Occupational English Test (OET). From May 2019, overseas healthcare staff will be able to take a one-week intensive course and OET through Capital School of English in Bournemouth, speeding up entry into much needed NHS jobs.

Since it was approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in November 2017, many more nurses are successfully passing the OET because of its focus on healthcare-specific language. The previous International English Language Testing System (IELTS) available to healthcare workers focused heavily on testing linguistic ability and not the ability to successfully practice safely in health and care services. This prevented competent overseas nurses from taking up posts at NHS Trusts that were desperate to fill vacancies.

The OET is now available in more than 40 countries worldwide and there are 14 test venues in the UK, now including Bournemouth. The nearest test centres to Bournemouth are Bristol, Portsmouth and London. The benefits of the OET include:

– it is more relatable to overseas nurses, meaning they are more likely to learn new and useful
communication skills along the way
– it tests language and communication skills within a healthcare context with nursing candidates asked to do tasks relevant to everyday practice, including role plays where they interact with patients
– a much higher pass rate first time round
– it reduces the time for skilled healthcare professionals to return to practice
– a higher proportion of nurses who sit the OET test going on to achieve the required standards for NMC registration – grade B in speaking, listening, reading and writing

Shortlisted at the 2018 British Youth Travel Awards.

The British Educational Travel Association (BETA) was established in 2003 as a not for profit membership association and now represents some of the biggest and best-known businesses in the youth, student and educational travel industry.

Since then we have pro-actively created a platform and network for businesses engaged within the sector, to meet, network and trade. BETA’s role is to represent and co-ordinate the interests of this fast growing and dynamic industry.