Against Dogma: Peter Medgyes at TESOL Spain 2017

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Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 13:15
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Peter Medgyes brought to TESOL Spain a quirky plenary which somehow managed to be poetic, theatrical and intellectual at the same time. The performance amused and enchanted the audience, myself included – I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, it left some puzzled as to what it was about. As one teacher commented to me, ‘What is ELF, and why is it important?’.

“The Customer is Always Right”? Silvana Richardson at TESOL Spain 2017

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Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 13:30
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TESOL Spain 2017 finished up with a compelling plenary from Silvana Richardson on native-speakerism and bias in ELT. She covered the topic from many angles, but out of all of them, I would just like to focus on one – the use of the phrase “native-speaker teachers” as a pull-factor in advertising language courses. Why has this come to be seen as a good thing - if indeed it has been?

Hancock McDonald ELT Reveiw

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Happy to see a review of our website in IATEFL Voices Issue 253, by Jennifer St.John of the University of Ottawa. Here are a few excerpts

Empower C1

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In this General English coursebook for Adults by Doff, Thaine, Puchta, Stranks and Lewis-Jones, I wrote a video script storyline and accompanying page spreads in the book to highlight functional ev

TESOL Spain 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 09:15 to Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 14:15
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We're off to the north of Spain this weekend for the 39th annual TESOL Spain convention, which is taking place in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Mark will be presenting a complete pronunciation workout.

French teacher's course in Manchester

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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 09:15 to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:30
Bridgewater House, Manchester
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Stephen Krashen at TESOL France

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 18:00
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For myself and many other ELT professionals, Stephen Krashen is a legend. In the words of Wikipedia, for instance ‘He is credited with introducing various influential concepts ... including the acquisition-learning hypothesis, the input hypothesis, the monitor hypothesis, the affective filter, and the natural order hypothesis’. So naturally, he is a big pull at a conference.

Carol Read at TESOL France

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00
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Carol Read’s plenary at TESOL France was titled, ‘Reflections on How to be a Highly Effective Teacher’. I’ve seen her give a number of conference presentations, but for me this was the best – a broad view of the field underpinned by good references, and a vivacious delivery.

An Atlas of English Language Teaching

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An Atlas of English Language Teaching

In a profession of many specialist interests, it's important to keep the big picture in mind in order to maintain a balanced and proportional outlook. Enthusiasms are great, but need to be kept in context. With this purpose in mind, I have been developing conceptual maps of aspects of ELT - so it's beginning to turn into an atlas. Click below for:

Sugata Mitra, ed-tech evangelist

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Sugata Mitra argued with evangelical flourish that, given the right resources, children will learn without schooling. He said that the right resource has now come into existence and is potentially available to every child: the internet. To support this argument, Mitra described what have become known as “the hole in the wall” experiments.


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