IH Trust scholarships

As part of our remit to improve standards of language teacher training throughout the world, the IH Trust provides a number of scholarships to give teachers and trainers in the UK and overseas access to resources that they might not otherwise have access to. Scholarship rewards vary but all scholarships include assistance for the winner to attend the IATEFL conference.

Below is a list of winners for the 2016 scholarships. For more details on each scholarship please see their individual pages or visit the IATEFL website.

International House Brita Haycraft Better Spoken English Scholarship

This scholarship focuses on the teaching of pronunciation and was created in honour of IH London co-founder Brita Haycraft. The award consists of a year’s IATEFL membership, registration for the Pronunciation SIG Pre-Conference Event and IATEFL Annual Conference and £1,500 towards conference related expenses. 

2016 winner

IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Sue Sullivan

Sue Sullivan, New Zealand

Talk: Real live language - speech stream and the brain box

I'm a Kiwi who spent about twelve years teaching in Europe - seven at a Germany university and a couple in France and Italy. When I met Asian students on my return to New Zealand, I decided to try and create better learning pathways for their speaking and listening. That involved a postgrad stint at university and lots of working on exercises that helped my students succeed.

I love my job creating exercises that work in the real world for my students, and I’m fascinated by the way our linguistic networks, both conscious and subconscious, can work for our advantage - or, if we're not wary - our disadvantage. I'm dying to come to England and talk to all those teachers who are interested in this area too. 

International House Global Reach Scholarship

Each year we award two scholarships for practising teachers who live and work in countries far enough away from the UK that travelling to the IATEFL conference is prohibitively expensive.

Successful applicants are given a year’s membership to IATEFL, are registered for the conference and a pre-conference event of the winners’ choice and get £1,500 towards conference expenses.

2016 winners

IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Ayukabore Simon Agbormbuoh

Ayukabore Simon Agbormbuoh, Cameroon

I was born in Nchang, Mamfe, in the Manyu Division of the present South West Region of Cameroon. I’m married and a father of three boys and a girl. I attended GSS Eyumojock and GHS Mamfe. Then moved to the University of Yaoundé, later renamed Yaoundé University, where I obtained a BA in English language, Maîtrise in African Literature and the Higher Teachers’ Diploma (DI.PES II) from ENS Yaoundé 1 in 1996. I am also a teacher of English Language and Literature in English, Vice Principal in a bilingual Grammar School Molyko Buea and the Executive Editor of DAWN CHORUS. I am currently a research student in African Literature, the immediate past president of the Cameroon English Language and Literature Teachers Association (CAMELTA) South West chapter and now Vice National President for Membership. I am the Fako Divisional coordinator for UNESCO Clubs and Associations. I am also a regular facilitator in CAMELTA Congresses for the past eight years and an Ordinary Level Literature in English Examiner with the Cameroon examination Board

Equally, I am a budding poet with many unpublished manuscripts and I am the author of "Initiation into reading for nursery and primary schools", which was published in 2015. I am interested in new knowledge (reading and conferences), travelling, dancing, acting and making new friends.

IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Mehriniso Musinovna Rakhmatova

Mehriniso Rakhmatova, Uzbekistan

I am from Uzbekistan and live in ancient Bukhara. This city is the birthplace of Avicenna, situated on the Great Silk Road and has 2500 years of history. I have been teaching EFL and ESP in higher educational institutions for 15 years. I am very much interested in teaching, assessment and developing materials for ESP and CLIL. My special research interests include cognitive analysis of age and language acquisition, digital literacy of language teachers and language technologies.

International House John Haycraft Classroom Exploration Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two applicants who present research into the relationship between learners and teachers in the classroom. Named in honour of International House London co-founder John Haycraft, winners receive £1,500 towards conference expenses, access to the IATEFL conference and Research SIG event and a year’s IATEFL membership.

2016 winner

IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Maria Barberi

Maria Barberi, Greece

Talk:Motivating Students into Creative Writing through Art and Literature

I work as an English Language Teacher for a State Secondary School in Greece, West of Athens, teaching young teenagers.  My postgraduate studies in Comparative Literature informed my interest in Creative Writing, Literature and the Arts. Seeking ways to apply my various interests, I try to introduce new materials, techniques and ideas in my teaching, evaluating, at the same time, my students’ responses towards them. This has been a highly rewarding, moving and inspiring experience which has contributed to my personal and professional development.

During the last four years, my focus has been on experimenting with Creative Writing techniques as a means of producing student-generated material and improving its quality and quantity. More recently, I have started exploring ways through which visual materials, as well as various forms of literary texts, can motivate students to develop Creative Writing skills; a research project that I now wish to conduct more systematically. Other areas I wish to explore in the future are the relationship between Creative Writing and Music, as well as Storytelling. I hope that my work will prove useful for ELT colleagues in my country and beyond.

IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Monique Simpson

Monique Simpson, USA

Talk:  Zen Zone: Meditation in EFL classes

There are days, all one can do is sit and hope for a spark of inspiration to be the change that is sought in our society. My spark often comes via motivational videos on YouTube. The voices and images are unknown to me; yet the message is universal – within each of us, there is the power to be great and contribute something meaningful to society. It is with this inspiration that I returned to teaching abroad last year.

In August 2005, after graduating with a Masters in Professional Writing (Nonfiction), I left my beloved hometown, Los Angeles, to explore our world and write a great novel. For two years, I taught English to elementary and middle school students in the countryside of Japan with the JET Programme. Then, I taught adults and youth at the American Binational Center in Santiago, Chile. Finally, I instructed college students in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and South Korea. During those eight years, I worked diligently, yet I lacked a strong connection to teaching.

When the opportunity to teach at the new public university in Ecuador arrived, I knew I could use my teaching skills to participate in a social solution to a social problem. Yachay Tech is part of a revolutionary idea to move Ecuador from an economy based on agriculture and petroleum to a high-tech and knowledge-based economy. It is an ambitious goal that when achieved will create the “Silicon Valley of Latin America.” Thus, I viewed my work as helping Ecuadorians help themselves and improving our global community.

Unfortunately, while teaching advanced English, I noticed many Yachay students dreaded writing in English. As a writing enthusiast, I sought to make students more excited about expressing themselves on paper/computer screens. After reading an EFL article on meditation, I decided to research the effects of five-minute meditation on students’ writing anxiety. Presently, I am reviewing the data from the pilot research with the hope of implementing a proper research study in 2016.

In addition to research, I am creating a writing center in Ibarra, Ecuador. There is a strong need for better training in English writing. “Writing Made Simple” will feature one-on-one services, teacher training courses and teaching material.

I am happy I returned to teaching abroad. Ecuadorians have shown me that I am making a difference in their lives and their country. Now I know I am the change that I wanted to see.

International House Training & Development Scholarship

2016 winner

Mercedes Foligna
IH Trust Scholarship Winner 2016 Mercedes Foligna

Mercedes Foligna, Argentina

Talk: Englishphobia among secondary school students: diagnosis,  symptoms and treatment

Mercedes Foligna is a certified English teacher and holds a diploma in Educational Management.  At  Instituto Superior Palomar de Caseros in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she  is responsible for the Teacher Training internship for secondary education. She has an interest in the issue ofaffective filteramong learners of English as a second language as well as in the development of strategies to improve the teaching of English at state-run schools.

At Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero she is in charge of general English courses  and she also trains students for  Cambridge ESOL exams. She has presented talks in Argentina related to teacher development, curricular design, films applied to ELT and affective filter. 

Her talk discusses the problem of secondary students at state schools in Greater Buenos Aires who equate English to Grammar exercises, which leads them to suffer from "Englishphobia": lack of motivation and utter rejection of the language. This means that teacher trainees in their Practicum encounter a massive wall that separates them from their students.  Her presentation therefore aims at sharing conventional and unconventional strategies to treat this condition.