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CESA E-Newsletter

November 2013

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Featured Contributions

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From the President, Kathleen McKenzie

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LinkedIn

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Why I Like Teaching English

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What are MOOCs?

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Today’s Workplace Space

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Back to Grassroots

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From the President
Kathleen McKenzie

This is our second CESA Newsletter for 2013. You are all probably getting ready for the summer break, and winding down at work. Yet, there always seems to be a lot of work to be done in order to get some relaxation.

As you can see from our newsletter, there are a range of subjects that have been covered. Some may be more interesting to you than others. I was hoping that as members of the Society, you would like to contribute a small piece to our next newsletter which can be written and sent any time before April 2014.

Read more . . .

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of June 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 225 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.

In January 2013, LinkedIn introduced a new focus on development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics.

Read more . . .

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Why I Like Teaching English

I have been teaching English language skills for more than 10 years. I have taught in a variety of environments from private language schools to public vocational and higher education institutions as well as church groups and on Skype. I have also taught general English language, beginner skills, academic English and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) exam preparation, Business English and pre-university English. I also include specific language programs for exchange students and study tour students.

Read more . . .

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What are MOOCs?

MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Courses. The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, as one example, uses courses from the largest universities around the world.

Course delivery is simple — you just watch them online.

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Today’s Workplace Space

Today the traditional work space in companies is changing. The conventional work space was always made up of offices with allocated seating and stationary desktop computers or meeting rooms. The changing dynamics of today’s workforce are driving this progress.

Companies such as Microsoft, Bankwest, KPMG, PwC, Macquarie Bank and Commonwealth Bank have all moved to mobile devices and seating according to the activity or project that they are working on.

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Back to Grassroots
Boyer Lecture 2013

I was invited as President of the Commercial Education Society of Australia to represent the Society at the Boyer Lectures 2013. The speaker was Her Excellency, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The lecture, titled Back to Grassroots, was a reflection of her philosophy of the importance attached to the issues of human rights in building neighbourhood, community and citizenship.

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The Commercial Education Society of Australia was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. The Society has been accorded the patronage of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and honoured with a grant of arms by the Earl Marshall of England. The Society was the first recognized body to offer examinations for vocational education and training (commercial education).

The Society provides a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. It has a tradition of providing low cost educational opportunities without discrimination of any kind. It is dedicated to helping and encouraging colleges and staff to improve their teaching standards through networking with other members. It encourages students and individual candidates to strive for high standards and to reach their potential. The Society offers exams both nationally and internationally.

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Copyright © November 2013 Commercial Education Society of Australia

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