Category Archives: TEFLtrade

Ten blogs that are dead (to TEFL) but are still worth reading

I’ve been nominated by a couple of people to take part in‘vale a pena ficar de olho nesse blog’. This translates as “Try to find ten blogs that no one has nominated yet, like a birthday boy who is having … Continue reading

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A fireside chat with Sandy McManus

He’s been the most famous/ notorious online TEFL figure for around five years, and the age of Twitter doesn’t seem to have calmed him down at all. In this exclusive TEFLtastic interview, Sandy shows his sensitive side

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The TEFLtasticest attempts at humour 2008

You know one of those episodes of Malcolm in the Middle or The Simpsons where they splice together lots of old clips with a few new bits and a dubious storyline? Well, this isn’t like that … because I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Bruce Veldhuisen interview Part Three- TEFL and TI update

Hi Bruce, welcome back to TEFLtastic. It’s a shame we never get anyone from TEFL International contributing to TEFL.net when it isn’t connected to teacher training. Let me know if any of your trainers are interested in writing book reviews … Continue reading

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The greatest TEFL soap opera?

Candidate number one Involves me, and Paul Lowe’s threats to sue me for never mentioning him on my blog (!?) or something, still can’t quite work it out. “Bizarro!” as TESall.com put it. I thought, what the hell if I’m going … Continue reading

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Sustainable TEFL blogging Part One

I really should wait until I’ve been blogging for 3 or 4 years before I presume to give lessons to the overly keen and/ or angry TEFL bloggers who have quit the game recently, but haven’t got anything else to … Continue reading

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Why should I be a professional in my unprofessional school?

So, you’ve come in early to cue the tapes and you still have to desperately search for the place on the tape while the students are looking because when it becomes time to rewind and play again, you realise that the school has bought CD … Continue reading

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TEFLtastic policy document and manifesto

Having been attacked by another person who has worked in a national university in Japan (what is wrong with these people- too much time on their hands or no one to talk to because the Japanese staff freeze them out??), … Continue reading

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TEFL Insider Part Two- EFLUK this, I’m off!

There seems to be a bit of TEFL gossip floating around that is so juicy that I am going to have to take the broadsheet-newspaper-reporting-on-Big-Brother approach here and comment on the coverage rather than the story, which you can get … Continue reading

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