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The Ideology Gap


As teachers, we all have a good idea of what we should be doing when we walk into the classroom.  We have been trained, mostly in fairly similar ways to each other, we are aware of pedagogical theories and philosophies... Continue Reading →

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The Myth of the Good Student


Not so long ago I found out that two of my teenage students have been having a competition in my classes.  Apparently they've been trying to see who can say the word "genitais" the most in class - this means "genitals"... Continue Reading →

Secret Teacher Guest Post: Professionalism Problems


There are quite a few secret teachers out there in the world.  People who have spotted things that need changing in their environment but whose ideas or suggestions are brushed aside or dismissed out of hand.  This blog was contacted... Continue Reading →

Mentor Me! (or can I just get on with it?)


What do you want from a mentor?  As a mentor, what do you want from your mentees?  These two expectations don't always meet in the middle and it can be a cause of professional friction when that happens. I recently... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Complete First


Complete First Guy Brook-Hart Cambridge University Press,  2014. As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook review: Objective First


Objective First Annette Capel & Wendy Sharp Cambridge University Press 2012 (3rd Ed.) / 2014 (4th Ed.)   As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Ready for First


Ready for FCE Roy Norris Macmillan Education 2013 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Gold First


Gold First Jan Bell and Amanda Thomas Pearson Education 2014 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam. Reviews are also... Continue Reading →

#IATEFL 2014: Together in Electric Dreams – Pondering the Future of EdTech


Gavin Dudeney’s talk took a quick look at the possible future of technology in ELT – pulling out a number of technologies and trends and asking the audience to think of them in terms of whether they represented a Strength,... Continue Reading →

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