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The Value of Knowledge Today is on the Decline

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    Yesterday, I was inspired by a great post by Chris Wilson on How to Survive the Teacher Apocalypse.  I thought about it all afternoon especially as it touched upon thoughts I had had on the cost of knowledge.  The interesting turn for me came when I started reflecting more on the Value of Knowledge because realistically the costs of knowledge have and will continue to drop rapidly (despite the efforts of gatekeepers) due to digitalization and other market factors, but something is rising in counter weight…   BEFORE I go further, a quick historical interlude…   2000 years ago, access (…)

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Tesol Greece Blog Challenge

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    Tesol Greece has just launched a blog, and started off the interaction with a challenge: ” During an economic crisis, resources (books, budgets, infrastructure) are limited but high standards and qualifications are required so that learners can survive on the job market. Can the use of technology help learners and teachers overcome this problem? If so, how?”   My answer, without any doubt, is YES, especially if the concerns are budgetary. Technology in and of itself is a tool, and the current tool of the Internet is providing opportunities that very few language-learning tools have ever been able (…)

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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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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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7 things you should let go of to become a happier teacher

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  It’s that time of year when we reflect on our classes and wonder how we can become a better teacher and yet at the same time, maybe we should also ask ourselves how we can become a happier teacher. So, without further ado: 7 things you can do to become a happier teacher and please add YOURS in the comments below. (Credit where credit is due—“The 15 things you should give up in order to be happy” on Purpose Fairy by Dana was shared over 1,125,000 times, so I’d say it’s worth checking out)   1) Let go of (…)

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