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Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

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

<![CDATA[  This is the first part of a short series of blog posts on the topic of Discipline.  My first encounter with discipline problems was in my very first year of teaching – untrained, naive, ignorant as I was, I had to deal with two major crises: The first one was the appearance of two…
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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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Going to Conferences, Connecting with Fellow Teachers – #TESOL France

<![CDATA[  My online life has become a source of continuous Professional Development and constant contact with my Personal Learning Network (PLN), which includes inspired and inspiring educators from all over the world. I talk to them on Twitter and Facebook every day. We hold organised discussions on Twitter every Wednesday. But meeting with them in…
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From Critical Pedagogy to Disabled Pedagogy

<![CDATA[ As promised, here is the inaugural post for the Blog Challenge with the title A Disabled-Access Friendly world: Lessons for the ELTclassroom written by Luke Prodromou, author, teacher trainer, inspired and inspiring conference speaker at conferences and valued friend of old! He is my very first guest blogger and I am very happy and…
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