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The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Seven simple statements


On the seventh day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  seven simple statements Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Eight talks worth watching


On the eighth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  eight talks worth watching Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs... Continue Reading →

#ELTchat Summary: Dogme & Formal Assessment – the odd couple?


At first glance, the free-wheeling Dogme approach to teaching and formal assessment do not sit well together.  Rather they would appear to occupy opposite ends of the spectrum, representing as they do either “winging it elevated to an art form”... Continue Reading →

What to do with Wikis – an ELT perspective


The wiki can be an often overlooked teacher tech tool.  The piece below is (as you might be able to tell!) an adapted version of an assignment submitted for the Technology & Language Learning module of my MA. This article... Continue Reading →

Are you worth your learners’ attention?


One of the contributors to the debate on student fees in UK universities raised an interesting point the other week.  Roger Moss, in breaking down the fees students pay when compared to what they get, calculated that they paid approximately... Continue Reading →

Making Mistakes & Error Correction


Simon Thomas answers the question "What causes ESL students to make speaking and writing errors? " quite comprehensively in a recent blog post at efl-resource.com. He looks at the differences between "mistakes" (lack of knowledge or understanding) and "slips" (performance... Continue Reading →

Essential Criteria for Effective Learning?


This was the question posed the other week on my MA discussion boards:  "Based on your teaching experience, write down the criteria you think are essential for language learning."  And it's a good question.  In many respects the ultimate teaching... Continue Reading →

Not everybody has smart boards…


A fact that was brought home the other day when a training seminar got rescheduled because half the projected attendees didn't have Interactive Whiteboard technology available to them..... So here's a nice post from Vicky Saumell's Educational Technology in ELT... Continue Reading →

Are Flashcards an Effective Learning Tool? (Voxy Blog)


The Voxy Blog has an interesting infographic for teaching and teacher development, examining the question: "Are Flashcards an Effective Learning Tool?" .  I suspect most YL teachers (especially those at Primary level) are thinking "well duh" at this point. The infographic... Continue Reading →

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