The International House Journal of Education and Development was founded by Charles Lowe (then director of IH London) and Matthew Barnard, in 1996.

The original intention was to provide a forum for debate, a platform for creating new ideas and re-floating old ones, debunking myths and generally generate a sense of adventure for people teaching TEFL or teaching English as a Second Language.

The new digital IH Journal is published twice a year, in autumn and spring, and aims to include some of the best and most stimulating thinking in language teaching in a variety of modern languages.

We hope to be readable but serious, though always with room to be lighthearted as well. We are always on the lookout for new materials ideas, papers, photos and articles. We always want profiles and pictures of your school and its teachers, so get on to the computer and start writing! It might be the start of something big – who knows, maybe you will be the next Ruth Gairns or Michael Lewis!

IH History

This section of the IH Journal was compiled by Brita Haycraft, co-founder of International House. John Haycraft was, of course, the original chronicler of IH stories, Babel in Spain (Hamish Hamilton 1958) and Babel in London (Hamish Hamilton 1965) and Adventures of a Language Traveller (Constable 1958).

We have included articles written by Brita herself, some of which have appeared in previous editions of the IH Journal, along with anecdotes and memories from those who were part of the first ground-breaking years of International House. The articles follow the journey of International House as chronicled by Brita and others from its beginning in Cordoba when the first school was opened in 1953.

Fifty Years of IH in Broad Brush Strokes
Cordoba: cradle of International House
IH in Covent Garden: then and now
IH in Shaftesbury Avenue – the formative years 1961 – 1966 with recollections from IH contemporaries from that time