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Job Interview Practice


Job interviews can be pretty tough in your first language but imagine doing one in your second! You need to be well prepared and the more “real” you can make it, the more successful your practice will be. As someone who believes in video as a great medium to bring “reality” into the English language […]

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Is “Long form” dead?


A number of recent events have had this question swirling around in my head. First and foremost, the recent ELT Blog Carnival I hosted and promoted. Not too many entries and not a lot of interest from those I emailed about it. “Too busy” everyone politely replied (and then they were off to check their […]

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5 Card Flickr – Storytelling….

Yesterday on twitter, I was pinged and asked about “Storyboards”. I offered my own collected resources, including Story Dominoes. Both fine resources with photos which students can use to either tell or write a story. A wonderful activity (and always make sure to get students to share their stories, the final part of the learning […]

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Teachers Talking About Teaching


I just finished up my school year, sending off a new group of teachers into the possibility that is teaching / education. This year in my course, my students did some reflective journal writing using my book Zen And The Act Of Teaching.  I spent many happy afternoons reading their amazing entries about their lives in […]

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Disappointed Books

Books will always be with us and like poetry, will be valued more as they become less… They are personal and secret things – therein lies their power. I’m busy writing another one, always busy with “the word”. Today, looking at my book shelves and feeling good that I have my books together in one […]

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Language “Starters”

One of the major skill sets of a great language teacher is the ability to “prompt” students so they will generate language. It isn’t easy and with time a teacher becomes better at replying, prompting, leaving unfinished their utterances so that students are put into a position of “having to communicate”. It is a skill […]

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Text Messaging Game (Big Screen)

I’m really proud of some of the creative games I’ve made. One that I really think is stellar is “Transl8it”. I’ve recently updated it and get it through a now available “Big Screen” version. It is simple as pie to play and students love it. Maybe even get them to make their own games by […]

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The Idiot’s Dictionary – early release


I mentioned this book previously. Now, releasing it early – I’ll have a hard cover, POD (Print On Demand), for purchase version shortly. Download The Idiot’s Dictionary.doc I’ll only say thank you to my niece Gabriella, who painstakingly went over the copy and edited everything. Thank you! Here, I’ve reprinted the short forward (the print […]

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The Proust Questionnaire in the EFL Classroom


Last week, I made a simple flash presentation for teachers that list all the questions used in Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire. Also, listed the resources I’ve made for pairs to use the questionnaire (it is a kind of “reading role play” where one person is a celebrity and the other interviews).  Further for fun, got the […]

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We keep what we give

I’m a confirmed, addicted, “sharer”. Been that way for years and I’m sure its caused it share of incredulity. Many people just don’t operate on and of the same mental construct – believing as I do that knowledge is not something created nor owned. It is air and for all. But that is okay – […]

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The “power” of possibility – change the lyrics.

I’m a big fan of always exciting students with “possibility”.  By that I mean, designing a lesson so that they can change and interact with the content in creative, personal ways. They can be touched by possibility – much like we are when online and using Web 2.0 tools. One easy way to do this […]

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On Brevity

The age of twitter and FB stimulation, is upon us. Quickness, brevity. Nobody take “the time” any more. It’s all about me or more to the point, “give me”. Talked with someone while testing my conference rooms this morning. He mentioned my blog posts are too long. I responded by

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The #1 … (Quick and Easy Adv. level lesson)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. I heard it through the Grapevine Let’s face it, many times as a teacher, we are faced with having to pull a lesson “out of our hat”. Last minute, we have to teach a new class or left our lesson materials at home. Or […]

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The #1 ….. (place to have your students blog)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Edublogs I guess this one is pretty obvious, seeing that what you are experiencing right now IS Edublogs. However, I do expect this pick to be contentious and I do agree there are many alternatives however, I still think beyond the pale, Edublogs is […]

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Top 5 blog turn offs (for me)

I usually stay FAR away from blogging about blogging. Not that I don’t find this kind of introspection, fun or revealing/engaging. Far from it. I just don’t feel comfortable doing it and if there is one BIG rule when it comes to blogging, it is, blog about what you are comfortable with. There you go, […]

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The #1 …. (creative writing site online for language students)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Storybird Without a doubt. It features beautiful illustrations which students choose to create a “story bird” or book. Sharable, beautiful, motivating – they really, really unleash the creativity and language of students. It is the ultimate story writing site. I use this with my […]

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Zen and the Act of Publishing a Book (part 2)

Lately, I’ve been learning lots about self publishing a book. For many reasons, mostly just to see what is possible and to discover if the process is accessible and profitable for teachers. I believe it is. [this is a sequel to Part 1Read the backdrop there.] Self-publishing has gotten dramatically easier and though (like with […]

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Zen and the Act of Publishing a Book (part 1)

Jeremy Harmer made a comment in defense of big publishers the other day.  He said, “the cost of producing a book is horrendous these days, the investment staggeringly high.” I took that as a challenge so within 8 hours I CREATED and PUBLISHED a book. Not some frothy, blablabla book but something substantial and which […]

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Blogging – “What set you off?”

Blogging is something so valuable, especially for “education”. No longer are we reliant on “the expert” and the “paid”.  We can hear the voices of the many “grunts” like you and us. We can hear those voices and learn, change, respond, be engaged, in a word – grow. Karenne on Kalinago English recently blogged about […]

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Writing Tips from Bukowski.

I’ve always loved Charles Bukowski. Though much of his writing is “off” when he hits it – he’s dead on. God like. I was reading today, thinking about the writing process and Bukowski’s wonderful poem, “IF I Taught Creative Writing” came rushing back to me. So here it is below. Along with a recent Bukowski […]

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