Category: In The News

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The Blues, New Orleans, TESOL

I’m just on my way home from a great conference in New Orleans. Refreshed by many conversations with fellow teachers (but have lost my voice!). The small talk and conversations were even more important than any of the presentations I attended or gave. Really and...

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Being a teacher during a disaster

The recent tragic events in Japan have brought back memories of the 2005 tsunami when I was teaching grade 4 at Rose Ave. P.S. in Toronto. I’ve previously written about this multicultural school and the impact it had on my own teacher development. The tsunami...

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TESOL New Orleans 2011

Just a shout and quick post about TESOL New Orleans 2011. I’ll be there and it should be a great time of learning, laughing and listening in the “Big Easy”. I’m looking forward to all the presentations and a busy 3 days, March 16th –...

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22nd EFL / ESL / ELL Blog Carnival

EFL Classroom 2.0 will host the 22nd EFL / ESL / ELL Blog Carnival April 1st. Submit your entry in our handy Blog Carnival Submission Form. There will be special prizes to all entrants and the entries will get special attention on FB – Facebook....

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For the video minded….Teach | Learn

Sorry to keep harping, but made this rather quickly and amateurishly but alas, it IS from the heart. A 4 min. review of the textbook I wrote. Here are the samples / links to view at your leisure.

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My own “Egyptian” moment

“He not busy making his students come alive, is a busy not teaching, a busy dying”. I’ve been watching the events in Egypt with intense sentimentalism and empathy.  An extreme desire and understanding. You see, I’ve seen it before and don’t want it to turn...

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Viva la (textbook) revolucion!

I’ve been, like I’m sure many other have, watching the ongoing events in the Middle East with sheer fascination. The power of normal people to say – “we aren’t going to take it anymore”. The invigorating energy given by technology to inform and empower the...

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Coming Soon

Teach – Learn is almost ready! It will be here soon and to be used and enjoyed instantly with students. 36 complete “student created content” lessons with an abundance of extra materials / blackline masters and clickable online lesson extensions / ideas.  Also, an online...

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Interview with myself

{ I think this a great reflective activity for any teacher. Going to make this  part of the curriculum in some of my future courses, for sure } What subjects have you been teaching? What types of students do you have? I’ve been teaching TESOL,  both...

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Affordable, “on the go” eteaching

Previously, I wrote and got a lot of great feedback (thank you those who responded!) about a video conferencing system I was creating and making available. Well, finally it is on the horizon…… I think it quite timely given that Dimdim is being wiped from...

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My Year in Review

Yes, that time again.  Time for all the “reviews” of what happened in 2010.  Time for all the pundits to come out of the closet and do their thing. I won’t bore you by doing much the same. However, I do think that those new...

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Listening for Gist – the 5 Ws

Listening is one of the most overlooked skills, especially in the initial stages / levels of language learning. (see my blog post here about this and download the activities ebook). Using authentic listening materials combined with the 5 Ws, really makes a great multi level...

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Age and ELTing

Let me start by asking this – do you love your teaching job? Let me now ask, can you imagine teaching until you die? I can. I really can. I don’t know what the future holds but right here, right now, I can imagine being...

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Language and Power – WTF?

Today, I watched a CNBC episode of their new series “What the Future” (WTF).  I’ll refrain from commenting on their narrative and how they provide pleasant propaganda to the masses about helping those less fortunate. I find their message of “choice not charity” rather simplistic...

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Edublog Awards – My thoughts.

I’m a competitive person so this post is REALLY hard for me. I’m the kind of guy who will compete to see who can stand on one leg the longest. I’m hyper competitive and work hard because I love doing so but also because of...

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Making a book of your blog

I recently took the #1 series of posts here and made it into an ebook! (see it below). What’s great about this, is how sharable/portable it is. Everything is clickable and fully hyperlinked. Put it on a memory stick or with a click, send it...