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How to cash in on Scottish independence – a guide for TEFLers

I have no idea what it might be like for an independent Scotland or the remaining “rump UK”, but the Scotch going it alone could be a real boon for people in TEFL like us. Here are some ideas how … Continue reading

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21 signs that I was fated to be a TEFLer

When I left university I had no particular desire to live abroad and absolutely no desire to teach, but looking back it seems that long before that all the signs were there that I was destined to be a TEFL … Continue reading

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What student compliments really mean

Thank you for your patience. – You almost managed to conceal your irritation. My classmates were very patient. – It was classmates who actually taught me./ Why didn’t you spot I was in the wrong class and move me?/ You … Continue reading

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What you should be and really are thinking in class

They learnt a surprising amount from that textbook listening/ They were surprisingly unbored by that textbook listening How much are they learning from this activity?/ How much are they enjoying this activity and how long can I keep it going? … Continue reading

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TEFLtastic attempts at humour in 2013

Not many this year, but a couple were among the most clicked on ever. In approximate order of how popular they were: 100 things for TEFLers to do before they die My lesson planning process Hiberno English to become official language of EU after Brexit … Continue reading

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Bulgaria and Romania fret over possible flood of UK TEFLers

The Prime Minister of Romania and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria yesterday publically expressed their concerns over the expected sudden influx of low skilled, semi-nomadic TEFL teachers from the UK from January 2014 following the end of visa restrictions, many of … Continue reading

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Libertarians protest linguists’ monitoring of their language use

Proponents of freedom of speech and thought on both the right and left have recently kicked up a fuss about how their conversations, online communications, etc are being tracked and stored by linguists. According to Marvin Hassler of human rights … Continue reading

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Useful TEFL-based euphemisms for your everyday life

Especially useful if your response to the double whammy of hitting your midlife crisis while still a TEFLer was to start an affair with a colleague or student (rather than the even worse option of starting a TEFL blog) and … Continue reading

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If you are feeling down about someone quitting your class

…to make you feel better, don’t worry, it’s probably not your teaching. Instead, it could be because: – they were so embarrassed by a grammar mistake they made that they can never show their face in your class again – … Continue reading

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100 things for TEFLers to do before they die

Although it’s been inevitable for ages, I have yet to come to terms with the fact that I will die a TEFLer, be it tomorrow or when I’m in my nineties and still yet haven’t saved enough to retire. For … Continue reading

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