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Free TEFL Course

I’ve long had the idea that there should be a very basic, low cost, online course for TESOL. For teachers around the world who need to think again about their teaching or especially for new teachers heading abroad without much idea of how to teach English. So I did it. Here’s the introduction to the […]

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Using Songs in the EFL Classroom

This presentation has always been a fav. of teachers. Here, I add a voiceover and summarizing some of the main points (ever so quickly). Click on the presention to listen and use the slideshow underneath to go to resources highlighting each point (by clicking on the photos). Additionally, the “song” tag gives post gives with […]

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Then and Now…….

“Where is the life we have lost in living?” – T.S. Eliot As a teacher trainer and workshopper, I have had the honor and pleasure to interact with a lot of new teachers over the last  10 or so years. Energizing and invigorating. One thing however that seems impossible to convey to them, is just […]

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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 truly, a conference is about all the little things and […]

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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 – 19th. I’ll be giving a few presentations and also supporting […]

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Insights about SLA …..

I’ve recently been updating articles and resources on the TESOL Teacher Training page/course. One article that I read several years ago has always stood out for me. What do we know about learning and teaching second language – Implications for teaching. Written by Francis Mangubhai, it is somewhat technical but still can be read by […]

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TESOL Teacher Training Presentations

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding to this list below. [Update: these presentations are now available in total HERE, with training videos] I am starting up a School of TEFL offering an accredited TEFL Certificate and also courses in educational technology. (site open Feb. 1st / Classes start March 1st) The courses will […]

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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 old and teaching, loving teaching. Now let me ask – […]

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The Art of Questioning….

{this is part of the “Captive Mind” series of blog posts – publishing online and de-commercializing thought.] ———— Teaching and the Art of  Questioning [Also see this post .   Download:   Teaching and the Art of questioning handouts] Developing the art of questioning can be as simple as practicing. It is with practice that we […]

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English teaching activites using a textbook

Andrew Finch will be speaking at this weekend’s KOTESOL conference in Seoul, Korea. He’s done wonders for promoting humanistic teaching and student centered (cooperative) learning. I’ve long advised teachers to purchase his book “Tell Me More” , full of great activities. Get a sample of it HERE. In these videos below, he describes and outlines […]

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The #1 …… (person answering grammar questions)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Richard Firsten – Grammatically Speaking Richard has been answering grammar questions from teachers for years. They are all collected on one nice page and you’ll find the answers to most anything that has puzzled you about the use of the English language. I’ve been […]

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The “buying” of knowledge

This is a reply I posted to Pearson’s “new” social networking site. Hired guns drumming up business and time of hard working teachers. The post speaks for itself. I’m not against Jeremy Harmer or even Pearson. Just the notion that you can hire people to promote yourself without them explicitly noting they are paid and […]

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Teaching is ….

This is an abridged version of my closing graduation speech I recently gave (and blogged about) where I work. Words to those entering the teaching profession. Something more heartfelt and personal. Sorry for the bad audio but I did this in one take and without any notes…. just thoughts in my head. FULL SCREEN Here […]

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The “draw” of drawing in class

As a language teacher, I often use drawing as a way for students to “learn” language. Students love drawing and it is a very motivating tool that almost every student enjoys Even those students who have difficulty drawing can have fun given a teacher that shows their own inept drawing ability and keeps things “light”. […]

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Graduation: Closing speech. Teaching is ….

I just came home from attending our graduation. I gave the closing speech, sending off all the teachers to adventures in classrooms in Korea and around the world. Another honor I’m humbled by and my speech below (not the exact speech, I actually always get “off topic” and it is there where a lot of […]

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ELT only “social” Search Engine

We have a new “Swicki” – a custom made search engine. Now, you can search and get really specific English Language Teaching results!  PLEASE spread the news and support this “new” and powerful idea. WHY is the needed? Technology is allowing us to harness the power of “many”. I’ve been waiting patiently for the day […]

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Teaching Writing – Activities and Ideas

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” — Jules Renard “ideas to get your student’s pencils moving” DOWNLOAD THIS Writing is and isn’t an easy thing to do in the classroom. Especially nowadays when students don’t have long attention spans and are more and more “digital” and visual learners. However, it is a […]

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Getting your students “speaking” – Some Strategies.

It isn’t easy to get students speaking sometimes. But it is well worth it! It is truly the road towards a fluent, confident speaker of English. I remember when first confronted with a “silent” class. They were really passive and not willing to speak. After lots of trial and error I finally came into class […]

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