Tag Archives: Youtube

Learn English with Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington

I downloaded one of their record breaking previous series of podcasts and literally didn’t laugh once, and unfortunately this looks like more of the same. However, for those of us in the “profession” the fact that if Karl had a degree … Continue reading

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What I just learnt on YouTube

A rare occurence, I know, but this kansaikidsdotcom YouTube channel (of a school called The Learning Tree which I had never heard of- thank you Google!) had lots of little teaching ideas for young and very young learners that I’d never … Continue reading

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Another reason not to jump on the CLIL bandwagon?

“in 1999 a…study by Dr. Allan Bernardo of De La Salle University investigated the effects of different learner and instructional factors on solving arithmetic word problems among grade school students. The results showed better comprehension and solution performance when the … Continue reading

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Youtube for TEFLers May 2009

Were the Nazis grammar nazis?- Downfall of Grammar (genius!) Japanese computer program (?) teaches vocabulary in context trailer for the documentary Mad About English complilation of Engrish signs (mainly from the classic http://www.Engrish.com, but easier to watch as a video) More … Continue reading

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TEFL joins the North South divide

“International House Newcastle – The only school in the North of England that is accredited by British Council” All the other school oop North were banned because of health and safety concerns with the presence of racing pigeons and whippets … Continue reading

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Letter from a reader- Getting started with teacher training

Dear Alex, I’m an English teacher from Brazil. I’ve been teaching for 9 years now and I’ll start Teacher Training. Do you have any advice? Regards, Valeria Garcia ———————————————- I almost certainly do, especially as I was full time teacher … Continue reading

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The voice of the “free TEFL course” speaks

After my disbelieving post about the truth of claims of free TEFL training (followed by disbelieving comments by my regular readers, both of them), I got a reply from someone in the parent company and sent off some questions that … Continue reading

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TED.com for TEFLers and linguists Part One

Here goes with another blog post of the type I like to call “Google with an opinion”, which I highly recommend as a method of improving your own internet use and getting a free blog post out of it. Basically, I have … Continue reading

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TEFL conspiracy theory of the day

Talking of TEFL jargon , am I the only one to notice that since Scott Thornbury wrote “An A to Z of ELT” his other books have suddenly become full of more jargon than you can shake a dictionary at? … Continue reading

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An alternative dictionary of ELT Part 16

androgogy- teaching like a girly man behaviourism- the theory that making your students pretend they have stiff upper lips will make them act and speak like Englishmen, and wearing a crown in class will make them speak Queen’s English co-hyponym … Continue reading

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