Creative Kids Make Intelligent Adults

Written by Alberta Johnson

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Why do language training programs fail?

Written by Gordon Graham

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Appoint a class representative who can communicate directly with you in an open and frank way. Listen to feedback, and act on it—even if it may seem ridiculous to you.

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We hope you found these useful, and don't forget thatrepparttar 109472 success of a class is dependent on active involvement from you,repparttar 109473 trainees and management.

Gordon Graham is a site developer at, an online classified ads site for businesses and trainers in Asia. Gordon has spent 10 years training in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. He has post graduate qualifications in TESOL and is currently completing an MSc in International Marketing at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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