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The Learning Style Debate


I am sceptical about learning styles.  Much is made of them, CELTA and DELTA trainees are required to learn about them and to plan their lessons taking into account activities that cater to the visual, auditory or kinaesthetic sensibilities of... Continue Reading →

Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.


It's that time of year again, where classes are winding down and courses are effectively finished in all but name and teachers round the world are looking for interesting things to do with their students for the last few lessons... Continue Reading →

A passion for teaching?


Recently a colleague emerged from a particularly trying cover class experience, having decided that all of the problems that were experienced in the lesson could be traced back to a single overriding fault - the teacher's lack of passion for... Continue Reading →

Is reading allowed, aloud?


Many years ago I had something of a disagreement with a colleague who, in a class I had watched, had the learners read aloud from a chapter of Roald Dahl's autobiography "Going Solo".  Paragraph by paragraph, they went round the... Continue Reading →

Working Conditions in #ELT – survey


About a month ago I put up "A brief survey of working conditions in ELT".  The survey is still live, so if you haven't contributed and would like to, then feel free! The initial results of the survey have been... Continue Reading →

End of Year Reflection


Today is the last day of the academic year.  On Monday the school summer courses will begin but that's next week and it's Monday's problem - for now it's enough to know that we have survived another year without too... Continue Reading →

Special Needs and ELT


I wonder what experience many EFL teachers have of working with learners with special needs. My own experience is fairly minimal - about seven years ago I did a placement test interview with a student who was partially deaf.  It... Continue Reading →

Ten Things Worth Further Investigation (#03)


More items emerging from the black hole of the internet that is my “Further Investigation” folder.  These are the links to various interesting things I've saved to look at later and which have languished there unremembered until today. Where remembered,... Continue Reading →

A brief survey of Working Conditions in ELT


The response to one of my recent posts on whether it's possible to have a normal life and work in ELT was quite strong and very heartfelt - clearly there are a lot of teachers who are feeling themselves to be... Continue Reading →

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