Category Archives: TEFL heroes- Jeremy Harmer

Something chewy from Jeremy Harmer

“…before you get too starry-eyed about the functional-notional approach… it would be good to remember Chris Brumfit’s worry that teaching formulaic ‘doing-things-with-language’ was a way of trying to force students to say things that WE wanted them to say, rather … Continue reading

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Some nice quotes from the last ELTJ

As promised, proof that I do pay some attention when reading TEFL magazines: A possible explanation for why Mr Bean and TEFL go so well together: “An adult learner has noted that what [textbook character] Arthur and learners in the … Continue reading

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7 things you probably didn’t know about me

1. Dave Sperling still owes me ten Euros he borrowed off me at the TESOL Spain conference 2. The EF school in Eastbourne had the alternative word for the “F” part of its sign that me and my friends graffitied … Continue reading

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25 ways to be the best TEFLer you can be

1. Only write in phonemic script If you have to teach everyone else the script before they can read your will, medical reports etc, all the better! 2. Limit everything you write to Elementary level vocabulary i.e. make sure your … Continue reading

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25 motivational messages for TESOL teachers

Positive messages to chant to yourself in front of the mirror or record on your iPod include: 1. “I will make my students love English so much that they cry when they can’t come to class” 2. “Having no money … Continue reading

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rumours of big name transfers in the EFL league

So, Thierry Henry finally going to Barca, eh? And in the season when everyone had got so bored of the rumours that they had almost stopped talking about it. So maybe British Council Jeddah really are going to swoop for … Continue reading

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