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Freebies for #ELT professionals


    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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Are your #ESL students hearing diverse input?


    Well… do they? And… well… is really that important? And if they are, where are you getting those ‘diverse’ materials?   For what it’s worth, the data shows that it might just be important; David Graddol’s report English Next states that 75% of interactions in English take place between non-native speakers.   It always make me think of the problem of students understanding the teacher VERY WELL after a few months, but then falling behind a bit with international exchanges with speakers of different accents as described in the paragraph below.     If you’re lacking in a bit (…)

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Why Would a Major International Publisher Resort to Plagiarism?


Imagine a company with thousands of employees and hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal, and yet, instead of creating new publications, they plagiarize the work of a small publishing company from Western France with whom they already have a commercial partnership.   It’s hard to believe, and I must admit I was shocked to learn of the controversy brewing between Edulang and ETS Global, a branch of ETS. A first article portraying the incident came out saturday in Le Télégramme and it announced a “war” in the making. In 2006, before choosing to develop 100% English materials, Edulang (…)

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How do #ESL students find a teacher online?


  Did you know that every 48 hours we produce as much content as the entire human race did from the birth of history to 2003? Yep.  5 extabytes to be precise.  Last year, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google blew us all away with this fact, saying that people weren’t “ready” for the technological revolution ahead, and that the pace was only going to increase.  Scare tactics? Things are moving fast these days, and there’s just SO MUCH out there!  So, the big question is “how do we find quality“? With that I mind I’ve been wondering how ESL online students are (…)

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Update on the Edulang Certificate of English: new features


  One of the beautiful things about being in web development these days is the collaboration between users and developers.  At Edulang, I get to be the go-to-guy when teachers or students have ideas for how we could add new features or take our materials in new directions. Since we launched the Edulang Certificate of English, our 100% online English assessment, a number of teachers and schools have asked for a few tweaks and I’m happy to announce that we’ve put them in place within our very unique “pay what you want” offer. 1) Some European institutions are more interested (…)

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