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The Complete Alternative Dictionary of ELT and Linguistics

Or at least I hope this is as complete as it ever gets seeing as there are already nearly 400 entries in it… ARELS – Association of Reasonably good English Language Schools Academic word list- A secret list of words … Continue reading

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An Alternative A to Zed of ELTed Part 28

A continuation of what is without any doubt the longest running and/ or most pointless series in the whole of TEFL. Also the least original, as I learnt when English Droid was reborn. Still, gives us all (especially me) a break … Continue reading

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TEFL jargon from this month’s ETP

They do pretty well in English Teaching Professional with cutting down on jargon and explaining what they do use, but I found a few which I thought could do with some clearing up. Academic word list- A secret list of words that teachers … Continue reading

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The complete guide to ELT Jargon Part 26

Update: Complete collection now here. Chat bots- Teachers who are reduced to automatic expressions of “interest” by a student who keeps on going on and on Cognitive strategies- Ways of avoiding having to think in class Connectionism- Knowing enough people … Continue reading

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Alternative TEFL jargon August 2009

Perhaps to prove that I’m still blogging like it’s 1999, have churned out The Alternative TEFL Jargon Dictionary Part 145. Take that TEFL!* discourse management- (also “discourse with management”) needing to make polite conversation with your boss (English) native speaker … Continue reading

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TEFL and Applied Linguistics jargon June 09 Part Two

This time all from Rules, Patterns and Words by Mr Willis*, a book I will droning on a lot about (sometimes even seriously) for the next week or two academic discourse- learning how to slag off other researchers adjunct- a “bad … Continue reading

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ELT Jargon June 2009

behaviourism- the idea that the kids not being naughty is about all you can expect from a kindergarten English lesson Communication Accommodation Theory- the discredited idea that host families in the UK actually speak to the students who are staying … Continue reading

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The Alternative ELT Jargon Dictionary Part 22

appropriacy- the noun of appropriate + priapism aspect- ass and pecs aspiration- mouth to mouth resuscitation of a student who was so stressed when speaking English that they forgot to breathe colligations- the offspring of a collie and an alligator … Continue reading

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The Alternative TEFL jargon dictionary Part 21

Monophthong – only one pair of pants Note-taking – a way of stopping budding classroom romances Paragraphing – going beyond graphs Phoneme – the smallest sound in the language, made by making the opening of your mouth tiny as if … Continue reading

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The alternative ELT jargon dictionary Part 20

Affirmative (also “a firmative”) – Viagra Antonyms – trying to learn all the names of the swarms of tiny kids in a kindergarten you work at Appropriacy – only taking off your clothes in the right kinds of classes Authentic … Continue reading

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