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Resources and ideas for English teachers in South Africa, courtesy of St Alban's College Library
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▶ AXE for Long-Term Relationships | by Pocketwatch

Published on Nov 17, 2014
AXE got you the girl. Now what? Introducing AXE Chillz Long-Haul, the only male body spray scientifically engineered for long-term relationships.

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Axe commercials are often pretty sexist. This sketch goes for a nice parody of the product...

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Furballs - Testicular Cancer Canada

Published on Nov 18, 2014
How the heck do you raise awareness of testicular cancer and encourage men to check their...er.."furballs" regularly?!? This Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Testicular Cancer Canada shows how.

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Okay, this doesn't have much to do with teaching English but was just so funny and such a clever way of dealing with a sensitive (ha!) subject I just had to include it...


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The Texture of Shadows: Beyond anger and retribution

The Texture of Shadows: Beyond anger and retribution | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

21 Nov 2014

Mandla Langa's moving, memorable novel explores the life of ANC soldiers in exile and their return to SA shortly before Mandela’s release.

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▶ War of words at the Scrabble world championships

Published on Nov 21, 2014
Scrabble is played by millions of people worldwide.And nowhere is the game being taken more seriously right now than in London. Hundreds have turned out for the world championships.

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▶ KINNE - THE NO RHYME RAP - YouTube

Comedian Kinne points out that some recent Rap stars don't even try to make the lyrics rhyme...and demonstrates with this pretty funny song. Might be useful?

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Republic of Hout Bay Cordoned Off, Declared World’s Deadliest Suburb

Republic of Hout Bay Cordoned Off, Declared World’s Deadliest Suburb | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

a14 Nov 2014

CAPE TOWN – Following the photographing of a giant cobra on Hout Bay beach, international media have been quick to label it the deadliest beach in the world, what with a gargantuan snake frolicking so close to waters positively teeming with sharks. But locals say this is not the full story.

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Some nice satire from ZA News...

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▶ World's Worst Football Coach - A Bit of Fry & Laurie - BBC Comedy Greats

Published on Nov 20, 2014
If you're a parent, and you want your child to be a premiere league footballer, you want to send your children to the Dave Wilson School.

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

17 Nov 2014

It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I Used to Push Back on Being Identified as Black

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I Used to Push Back on Being Identified as Black | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

3 Nov 2014

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes a common experience for many immigrants: pushing back against “black identity” in the U.S. “I found myself taking on a new identity, oh, no rather I found a new identity thrust upon me,” Adichie tells journalist Michele Norris who founded The Race Card Project to foster candid conversations about race.

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Band Aid 30: clumsy, patronising and wrong in so many ways

Band Aid 30: clumsy, patronising and wrong in so many ways | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

11 Nov 2014

Bob Geldof is right: Ebola must be stopped. But is the revival of Do They Know It’s Christmas?, with those lyrics that haunt me year after year, really the best way to help?

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The Last Viewing - StoryCorps

Published on Nov 10, 2014
Allen Hoe served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War, and his two sons continued his legacy of service. His oldest son, Nainoa, eventually became a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army's 3rd Battalion. In January 2005, while leading his men through Mosul, Iraq, Nainoa was killed by sniper fire. He was 27.

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StoryCorps animates simple yet moving stories. Their series on memories from the September 11th bombings are particularly poignant.

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Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
3. Try to meet a poem on its terms not yours. If you have to “relate” to a poem in order to understand it, you aren’t reading it sufficiently. In other words, don’t try to fit the poem into your life. Try to see what world the poem creates. Then, if you are lucky, its world will help you re-see your own.
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Steve Hofmeyr Confirms Apartheid Was Caused By Black People

Steve Hofmeyr Confirms Apartheid Was Caused By Black People | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

24 Oct 2014

Publishers of the history journal in which the tweet is to be developed into a paper, OUP – Orania United Press, have kept mum about the contents, but history departments around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The years of researching the root of apartheid, draining university funds, may finally be over.

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Up In Smoke

Up In Smoke | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

24 Nov 2014

There was a sphincter-clenching advertisement in last week’s Sunday papers. It came with a WARNING and featured a giant photograph of a thug pointing a revolver directly at my head. WARNING. Sounded serious. The gangster with the gun looked pretty damn serious, too.

I thought the advert was going to advise me on what to do this festive season should I be confronted by a street smart sociopath suffering from dangerously low self-esteem and a violent drug-induced psychosis. But, no. It was a warning not to buy illegal cigarettes. Excuse me? Was this desperado going to hunt me down and shoot me if I bought a box of black market fags?

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▶ Talking While Female - NPR

Published on Oct 24, 2014
How and why is the female voice different from the male voice? What happens when women try to change the way they sound? What do our voices say about self-image?

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Getting under the skin of the new SA with Masande Ntshanga

Getting under the skin of the new SA with Masande Ntshanga | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

21 Nov 2014

Nick Mulgrew sat down with Masande Ntshanga to discuss one of this year’s most startling novels, 'The Reactive’.

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▶ If You Loved Me

Published on Jan 5, 2014
It's time for us to have an honest conversation about sexual assault: why it matters, why it happens, how to stop it.

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▶ LIEWE WIT MENSE - ZANews

Published on Nov 14, 2014
A South African take on “Dear White People” and why Blackface shouldn’t even be a discussion.

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The sad tale of Independent Media by Chris Whitfield

The sad tale of Independent Media by Chris Whitfield | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
News that Dr Iqbal Survé’s consortium was about to take control of the company was received with great warmth.

It soon became evident, to me anyway, that Survé had little feel for the nuances of newspaper ownership and the niceties of editorial independence.

He signalled his political intent by repeatedly warning that he would not turn his back on what he liked to call his “struggle background”, and adding that the newspapers needed to be more “balanced”. Any editor will know what balance means to politically aligned people.
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23 maps and charts on language

23 maps and charts on language | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

17 Nov 2014

"The limits of my language," the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, "mean the limits of my world." Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.

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Death of the English Language

Death of the English Language | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
It started out innocently enough with text messaging. Suddenly, we all started to LOL with our BFF. We politely alerted people when we were AFK by announcing BRB. When asked, we IMO told people what we were thinking (yes, that haircut was a bad idea), and when someone ticked us off (which they inevitably do) we declared in our most exasperated way of typing WTF!
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Looking through the glasses darkly

Looking through the glasses darkly | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

12 Nov 2014

"Over the last three decades Mandela has been transformed from a man into a concept and finally into a kind of sentimental pulp, used to plaster over the widening cracks in our national psyche; but this doesn’t help us get any closer to his – and therefore our – humanity. We need to know that Mandela could be proud and angry, that his beautiful smile could become a tight, disapproving scowl. It is healthy for us to know these things."

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Misnomers

Misnomers | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Michael from Vsauce takes a look at the frequent use of the wrong words and names to describe things. And that comparing apples to oranges might not be such a bad idea afterall. As usual, he’s on to a completely different topic by the end.

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Truly, Madly, Deeply Avoiding Adverbs – Lingua Franca

Truly, Madly, Deeply Avoiding Adverbs – Lingua Franca | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
Pity the lowly adverb. Like the adenoids (I had mine removed, at age 4) or the appendix, it is regarded by rule-mongers as unnecessary, left over from a time when the body of language needed this now-useless organ to process niceties of language that we now handle by way of verbs. Or nouns. Or the effectively placed period.
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