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CET Monthly Bulletin | End-of-Year 2017

December 2017
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ABC Education Forum

Jennifer Lang, CET’s Student Experience Officer, and Iris Loba, CET’s Public Relations & Events Coordinator, attended the ABC Education Forum earlier this month with a group of CET students and alumni. Students and participants were asked to share their thoughts and ideas on how ABC could develop their content strategy and improve the access to information. CET students shared great insights on how tips and advice for everyday life would be helpful for international students. Find out more on the event: here

CET Leaders Network Farewell Lunch

CET celebrated the hard work and achievements of the CET Leaders Network by a lunch celebration earlier this month. The CET Leaders developed and delivered student-led events and activities and have supported various CET initiatives. They have been extremely helpful in welcoming new CET students and facilitating their integration to the Centre and the University. Find out more on the CET Leaders Network: here


December marks the end of another busy year for the Centre. CET welcomed over 4,000 students across a variety of English language, teacher training and academic preparation programs . The Centre also inducted 26 new teachers.

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Awards & Recognition

CET has been commended throughout the year with staff members being awarded recognition and awards in several categories.

  • For their incredible work on producing a series of online courses, the MOOC team was awarded three awards: the University of Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Educational Engagement & Innovation; the English Australia Award for Innovation and the NEAS Premium Product Endorsement.
  • CET student Jingya (Kymia) Wang was awarded the NSW International Student of the Year Award in the ELICOS category.
  • Robert Chasse, CET’s Education Manager (Services) was a finalist in the NSW International Student Community Engagement Award for the implementation of CET Connect, CET’s student engagement program and app.
  • CET teacher, Marcella Robertson was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, by the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.
  • CET teacher, Keren Stead-Bomfim won the English Australia Action Research Award for her research project entitled "How can teaching phonological awareness impact on students' listening (and note-taking) skills?"
  • CET teacher, Aaron Jolly won the English Australia Bright Ideas Video Challenge with his research on "Listening to Real Life Presentations: A guided listening approach to extensive listening with TED Talks”, by encouraging students to listen to TED talks to improve their listening and note-taking skills.

Global English Launch

In January 2018, CET is launching a brand new English language program: Global English. The new and innovative language course creates a meaningful learning environment by connecting the outside world with the classroom. Global English is preparing students for the global world by focusing on 3 learning outcomes: language skills, global skills and 21st century skills.
Find out more on Global English: here

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Customised Programs

In 2017, the Centre welcomed 781 students in fully customised and hybrid programs. In 2018, CET is expecting 353 students for season 1, from January to March 2018.
Find out more on Customised Programs: here

CET Strategy for 2018

After a busy 2017, the Centre is looking forward to welcoming 2018. Here are a few words about next year’s focus points from CET Director, Katherine Olston: “2018 promises to be another year full of innovation and change, with the imminent launch of the new Global English program, a renewed focus on research-based curriculum design and the development of our capacity to leverage learning analytics to track student progress and inform curriculum development”.

Closedown dates for the holiday period

The Centre for English Teaching and the University of Sydney will be closed over the holiday period, starting from Saturday 23rd December until Sunday 7th January 2017.


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