Overview of IDP in English Language Teaching (ELT)
IDP has been involved in the teaching and testing of English
since 1988 when it opened the first Australian-initiated offshore
ELT centre in Bangkok, known at that time as the English Language
Centre of Australia (ELCA). Since then, IDP has been engaged
in various activities to support the teaching and testing of
English internationally. Today, there are around 8,000 students
studying English with IDP.
IDP’s involvement in ELT is a natural fit with our focus on
the “international student journey”. Students often begin
their international education experience with study of English in
an IDP English centre, then demonstrate their level of English on
an international testing instrument such as IELTS, and then
seek IDP’s professional placement service in finding the best
course for their study abroad.
Apart from English Language Teaching, IDP also organises an
international TESOL conference, the CamTESOL conference. This conference
attracts around 1,300 participants from approximately 30
countries. Around 300 papers and workshops are delivered
annually at CamTESOL.
IDP also publishes the Language Education in
Asia journal series. This is a peer-reviewed journal
published online twice a year. It has a large and diverse
international editorial board. Each issue of the journal
contains papers on practical topics of teaching, papers based on
research and a commentary on a contemporary subject.