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Who’s excited about #TesolFrance ? MOI!

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  When I was teaching for a few years in a little lost corner of China (one of those small unknown towns of 5 million) I often longed to be surrounded by two or three teachers who really cared about professional development.   I had been teaching for 3 or 4 years already but was really ready to grow and wanted to exchange, but there just wasn’t much going on either there (or much that I could find online).  Funny to look back on those years and see how much has changed! This brings me to one of the most (…)

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Two New Edulang #ESL Applications Now Online

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  What’s the best way to learn English?… “… To see and hear people using it in practice, to understand it… And to use it yourself!”   This is the catch phrase for our new application, Citizen of the World.   Developed by professors at the University of Wolverhampton this application is slightly different from other Edulang resources as Citizen of the World uses a video approach, pinpointing specific vocabulary needs for a wide range of situations.  All the same, it’s still based on the same pedagogical roots of 1) pre-language exposure, 2) focus while listening/viewing 3) confirming understanding, and then 4) (…)

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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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