Tag Archives: English

Freebies for #ELT professionals

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    Every Saturday I go to the local market and I know very well why I go… 1) The produce is better and a cook like me knows how important that is. 2) The folks that sell it depend on their direct clients and there’s a more colorful relationship than with the supermarket around the corner.   Also, one my favorite thing about these local markets relationship is the “freebies“, or the age-old offer of a taste of watermelon, ya know that “try these new strawberries I got in”, or the, “well you’ve bought so much fish, I’m going (…)

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What’s new in your classroom this semester?

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    Fun question and I can’t wait to hear from the PLN… but first, let’s qualify this question: A classroom typically used to have four walls and 10,  20, or even 400 students.  Nowadays, it can be anywhere and even a joining of many anywheres— your office, your online students’ living rooms or a cybercafé just as much as it can be a traditional classroom or a private school’s one-on-one meeting space. Likewise, when I say something new, I’m not necessarily referring to an object, but it could be that; or, it could be a new type of approach, (…)

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Do you have a teacher’s oath?

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  Physicians have an oath, as do lawyers and politicians.  Many organizations have mottos. What about teachers?  And really, what about you? What words or beliefs bound you to your students and to your work? At Edulang, I have the pleasure of meeting teachers from all around the world and many of them seem like truly wonderful people and must be such a pleasure to have as a teacher in the classroom or online. I always wonder if folks have a certain philosophy, promise, a set of words that they hold to, that help guide them… Feel like sharing yours? Pretty (…)

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How English learners can learn to READ their testing FUTURE

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  Have you ever played with that Mattel fortune-telling ball called the 8-ball®?   Ya know— Ask a question, any question…. then shake it… and then magically it will randomly give you 1 of 20 answers that will amuse most children or even teens all day long. EX:  ”Will I be teaching Oral English again this semester?”… shake, shake… “Outlook good!” Ever thought of bringing it into the classroom?  I did and I promise you that any activity working with questions will immediately become more entertaining  (oh and if you can’t find a real 8-ball… there’s an app for that!… (…)

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Hacking Tips for English Learners (and their teachers)

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    Before going any further, I want to draw the line of hacking legality very clearly… Unfortunately, specifically to the issue below, it’s grey and there hasn’t been a legal precedent, just speculation (more here) and I think it’s important that we push such soft boundaries as internet citizens so that they don’t close in on us too fast.  My two cents.   WHAT IS A VPN? While living in China, if I wanted access to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, ANY blog or other such ‘borderline’ sites, I had to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network (services which (…)

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