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blog posts, articles and sundry items - February 2012
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Demanding Higher in a Conversation Class

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  One of the conventional wisdoms says don’t correct or interrupt the flow during a conversation class. We can see the point and it’s fine as far as it goes. But the danger is that it develops into...
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Adrian Underhill questions "Don't interrupt - it's a fluency task" guideline

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Responding to shocking comments from students

How do we deal with hate speech in class? And what consistutes hate speech? Is our job just to teach English?

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A lesson from my great grandfather’s ELT coursebook: extensive reading and vocabulary

A lesson from my great grandfather’s ELT coursebook: extensive reading and vocabulary | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it

The pictures show my great grandfather, who was a teacher of English as Foreign Language in Geneva at the turn of the last century, and one of the ELT Books he wrote ...

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Past to present, reading to lexis, Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)!

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Don’t drill! Drill it! Drill it now!

Don’t drill! Drill it! Drill it now! | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it

Why don’t teachers like drilling? This post explores this question a little before describing some drilling techniques.

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5th Grade Rocks, 5TH Grade Rules: Posting Plurals

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A simple way to practice (irregular) plurals with your pupils

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G is for Grammar syllabus

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Scott Thornbury attacks Grammar syllabus in this video post and cites at least eight reasons why teachers would be ill-advised to follow it.

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Multi-tasking, unitasking, myths – and language learning?

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Jeremy Harmer ponders whether we can multitask with regard to language learning, for example, learning new vocabulary items: can learners attend to form and meaning at the same time? 

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A rose by any other name…?

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The Dogme debates intensifies but is it a method, an approach or... attitude? 

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Using texts constructively: what are texts for?

Amidst the Dogme debate raging in the ELT blogosphere, Michael Swan revisits texts as a vehicle for language learning.

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E is for eCoursebook

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What is the future of the textbook? E-textbook or teaching without textbooks (teaching unplugged). Thought provoking as ever, Scott Thornbury blogs about Apple's controversial plan to monopolise the e-textbook market

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Can you have a normal life and work in ELT?

Can you have a normal life and work in ELT? | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it
The car races along the road at 90mph / 145kmph, overtaking slower moving vehicles by forcing them to the side and even causing white vans to leap aside in panic.   As it roars through the outskirt...
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Dealing with colleagues: How to handle the cynics in the staffroom - TES New Teachers

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Each To Their Own.

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It’s fairly typical to have different levels of learner within language schools. Whether or not you agree with the thinking behind this, it is common in most contexts. However, I doubt there ...
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The Other Things Matter: It's not teaching, if you're not noticing

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Teaching reading to remedial students

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The Dogme / Coursebook Teach-Off

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Dogme and coursebook go head-to-head in this unprecedented experiment at International House London. Read Chia Suna Chong's daily reports

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Outside my comfort zone (2) – Slippered for not backing a book…

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Ken Wilson has been persuaded to make a speech at his grammar school Old Boys’ Dinner and is now having grave second thoughts about his choice of topic: categorising teachesr into three types. Which one do you remember most?

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Do students need to learn lower-level factual and procedural knowledge before they can do higher-order thinking? | Dangerously Irrelevant

Do students need to learn lower-level factual and procedural knowledge before they can do higher-order thinking? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it
There is a prevailing conception that students must learn facts and procedural knowledge BEFORE they can then engage in so-called...
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The ‘m’ word.

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Multi-tasking. As a word, we either love it or hate it.

In response to Jeremy Harmer's post, Fiona Mauchlin aka Macapella claims that we all multitask... sometimes.

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Motivation Stations

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Sandy Millin explains how she created an engaging discussion lesson to keep students on the 'intermediate plateau' motivated.

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Even Better Than You Think: More Good News for Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition

LINGUISTIC RESEARCH

 

Stephen Krashen has always argued that we learn vocabulary through reading and this recent study seems to confirm it. If you missed Krashen's webinar earlier this month, you can watch the recording here:

http://yltsigevo2012.wordpress.com/

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Blog around the Clog - Happy Food Allergy and Intolerance Week

Blog around the Clog - Happy Food Allergy and Intolerance Week | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it

The TeachingEnglish blogathon is well under way and blogathon runner 821 (Barri Silverberg) provides some ideas to teach INtolerance in the classroom... To food that is.

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Leoxicon: Teaching vocabulary out of context: is it worth the time?

Leoxicon: Teaching vocabulary out of context: is it worth the time? | Best of the ELT Blogosphere | Scoop.it

Is decontextualised vocabulary teaching suitable for all levels? My mini action research with interesting results and conclusions.

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