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Teacher training and Development

Student made games

Market produced and teacher-prepared games have an important role to plan in the language classroom. Enjoyable and engaging, they draw attention away from too much preoccupation with accuracy and create the need to talk, spurred by the desire to play and, of course, win! However true this may be, the language used by learners in…
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Exemptions and credits to DELTA holders on related MA level courses

Ofqual, the exams regulator of the UK government, has confirmed that Cambridge ESOL’s Delta qualification for teachers is at the same level as a Master’s degree or a professional diploma in the European Union. This is a result of Delta being placed at level 7 of the UK government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), making…
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Can Teachers Do Research?

<![CDATA[Research and what teachers have to do with it, whether they should be doing it and, if so, how, has been a topic often discussed on #ELTchat on Twitter, a weekly discussion of teachers meeting online to talk about a topic of their choice. I help moderate this online discussion and in reviewing our summaries…
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Are you a Good Language Learner?

<![CDATA[  In this post-method era, when so many approaches and methods to language teaching have come and gone, where reflective teachers are no longer thinking in terms of which ‘label’ to follow or which apostle to bow to, it has become more and more evident that TEFL needs to stop contemplating its own navel and…
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N is for New Information

<![CDATA[This is the first of a series of posts  intended to introduce some basic concepts of Discourse Analysis and to illustrate them in a fun, if possible, way. N is for New Information Screenshot of front pages Definition New information is information that is assumed by the speaker not to be known to or assumed by the addressee,…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 1

   Having discipline problems? Which of these learners are your learners? Made with wordle.net – the words in the word cloud have been taken from http://www.disciplinehelp.com/ But why do students behave “badly”? There will be many different expressions of undisciplined behaviours; teachers of adults will find they have different problems to teachers of very young learners…
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#ELTchat Nominated for an ELTons Award!!! Don't miss our Symposium today!

<![CDATA[Did you miss us today (Wednesday)? We know some of you turned up for lunchtime chat.  Sorry we’re all at IATEFL enjoying the conference and getting ready for our symposium toDAY!!!!!!. We’d love you to join us online. We’ll be holding an #eltchat from 15.50 to 18.20 GMT on the topic of social networking and…
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P is for Politeness in Conversational English – a Discourse Perspective

<![CDATA[Many teachers who have had the opportunity to read discourse analysis either at University or on a PD course such as the Cambridge DELTA,  express great interest in this way of studying connected text or talk, but just as many find it  hard to incorporate it into their teaching; apart from an occasional lesson focusing…
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aPLaNet – Promoting Teacher Autonomy

<![CDATA[  aPLaNet Online!!!! I am writing these lines while our third meeting is in progress in Brno, in the Czech Republic.  So far we have generated a lot of interest amongst the members of our PLN who have joined our Ning and our Facebook group And we have been working very hard and have produced a great variety…
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Dyslexia Checklists

<![CDATA[How does it feel to be a dyslexic student? Watch this video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEpBujdee8M&w=560&h=315]   Checklist 1 taken from Dyslexia Action    If the answer to most of the following questions is ‘Yes’ it would be wise to seek advice: All ages 1. Is he bright in some ways with a ‘block’ in others? 2. Is…
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