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Ideas and thoughts on how teachers and managers can develop professionally in the TEFL / ELT / TESOL world
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Teaching English in Taiwan: some ethical issues

"a blog for expat women living in Taiwan"
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Biggest linguistics experiment ever links perception with linguistic history

Biggest linguistics experiment ever links perception with linguistic history | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Back in March 2014, Hedvig Skirgård and I wrote a post about the Great Language Game.  Today we’ve published those results in PLOS ONE, together with the Game’s creator Lars Yencken. On…
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12 Tips for training older teachers to use technology

12 Tips for training older teachers to use technology | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Teacher trainer Nik Peachey shares his top 12 tips for training older teachers to use technology in the classroom
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From Target Language to Model Language – the mind shift that has transformed my teaching

From Target Language to Model Language – the mind shift that has transformed my teaching | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
1. Target vs Model Language : a hair-splitting distinction of much consequence for input design In 1997, on my MA TEFL at the Reading University’s Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) I was introduced by one of my lecturers to Michael Lewis’ book ‘The Lexical Approach’, possibly the most innovative and inspirational piece of Applied…
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81 ways to make your ESL Speaking Class awesome

81 ways to make your ESL Speaking Class awesome | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
81 ways to make your ESL speaking class as awesome as possible. Check out these ideas for conversation and general English classes.
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Ask These Questions Before Teaching English Overseas

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Teaching English in a foreign country sounds exotic and exciting, but before you do it, you must prepare for many unexpected realities.
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En route to spoken fluency via task repetition – the ‘4, 3, 2 technique’ and ‘Market place’

En route to spoken fluency via task repetition – the ‘4, 3, 2 technique’ and ‘Market place’ | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
(this post was co-authored with Dylan Vinales of Garden International School Kuala Lumpur)   Introduction In this post I will concern myself with two  fluency-enhancing techniques that I got acquainted with 15 years ago during my MA TEFL through this very useful article by Nation (1989) but I have only started using regularly last year,…
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How to Resurrect a Lost Language

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Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakers
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E is for English

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  The fact that the winner of this year’s Eurovision contest sang his sister's song in his native Portuguese, and not – like the majority of contestants – solely or partly in English, has attracted comment in the European press. In fact (according to a Guardian article that appeared in advance of the final) only four…
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7 Steps to Creating a Successful Business by Teaching English Online - EFL Magazine

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7 Steps to Creating a Successful Business by Teaching English Online.The internet has revolutionized the way students learn. I am positive that
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10 Ways to Earn Extra Money with Foreign Language Skills

10 Ways to Earn Extra Money with Foreign Language Skills | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
It is the dream of many to earn extra money with foreign language skills and passions. Check out this infographic and discover all new opportunities.
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Five things to love about teaching English

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Here are Five things to love about teaching English
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My Biggest Regret After Teaching English Abroad for 15 Years TESOL TEFL ESL - Trending Education

My Biggest Regret After Teaching English Abroad for 15 Years TESOL TEFL ESL - Trending Education | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Learn how I made a killing teaching ESL abroad and retired early. http://benteachesenglishoverseas.com After spending a few years in Japan, I was hooked. I knew there was no way I could go back to the US. I searched for jobs nonstop on the internet and would do anything it took to stay abroad. Over time …
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Practical Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction to Corpus-Based Language Analysis by Martin Weisser - ielanguages.com blog

Practical Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction to Corpus-Based Language Analysis by Martin Weisser - ielanguages.com blog | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Practical Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction to Corpus-Based Language Analysis is a great introduction to textual analysis for digital humanities scholars.
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S is for Speaking (2)

S is for Speaking (2) | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
  Following on from last week, here are five more of my favourite speaking activities that I included (or planned to include) in my talks in Palestine. As in the last batch, they require minimal materials, promote a good deal of productive language use, and have elements of task rehearsal and repetition built in.  …
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Which language would ease our way in the post-Brexit world?

Which language would ease our way in the post-Brexit world? | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
European leaders tell us: ‘English is losing importance.’ So which language should students learn to give themselves the best chance of success?
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4 Foolproof Steps to Become a Teacher Trainer - Barefoot TEFL Teacher

4 Foolproof Steps to Become a Teacher Trainer - Barefoot TEFL Teacher | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Have you ever asked a teacher trainer exactly how they became a trainer? There are many paths, so here's my foolproof method to becoming a teacher trainer.
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M is for Mediation

M is for Mediation | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
"Teachers don’t read research." This would seem to be a fairly uncontroversial claim, but it generated a fair bit of heat on social media when I made it at last month's IATEFL conference - see for example, the Dynamite ELT blog. Why don't teachers read research, as I claimed? Simon Borg (2009) reports that lack of…
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11 New Podcasts To Refresh Your Summer Playlist

11 New Podcasts To Refresh Your Summer Playlist | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Philosophy, travel, curse words, random bits of knowledge — it's all here.
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Main Historical Stages of the English Language Formation - ESL TEFL TESOL articles | English Teaching Information

The main vector of the Old English language in the history of the English language was formed with settlement of Germanic tribes of Angles, Saxons and Jutes on the British Isles in the 5th century, who came to Britain, which was the Roman province during 400 years, and settled there after the breakdown of the Roman Empire. The original geographical names that had survived since that time, originated from the language of the Celtic population of Britain subjugated by the Anglo-Saxons. At that time, the population of Britain communicated basically, like all Roman provinces, in Latin - simplified official Latin language. The Germanic tribes that had replaced the Romans, actively adopted the Latin lexis. At that time, Christianity was actively spread in Britain, and during the 6th century the Latin alphabet had already replaced the Old German runes, and influence of the Latin language reflected on the English lexis. Given close interaction with related dialects of Scandinavian tribes -
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How does teaching make YOU feel?

How does teaching make YOU feel? | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Andrew Dilger is Managing Editor in the Professional Development Publishing team. In this post he reflects on an activity we carried out at the recent IATEFL conference which asked teachers to describe how teaching makes them feel. The job of teaching English has never been harder. In today’s EFL environment, the challenges are considerable: large…
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Cognitive collaboration

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Some have voiced fears that artificial intelligence could replace humans altogether. But that isn’t likely. A more valuable approach may be to view machine and human intelligence as complementary, with each bringing its own strengths to the table.
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Mother country fails in English language teaching study

Mother country fails in English language teaching study | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
It might be the land of Shakespeare, Austen and the Oxford Dictionary, but is England the best place for children to learn English?
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Mingis on Tech: How linguistics can help catch cyberattackers

Mingis on Tech: How linguistics can help catch cyberattackers | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
When it comes to tracking down the bad actors behind malware and ransomware, cybersecurity firms are turning to linguists.
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7 tips for teaching English to beginners

7 tips for teaching English to beginners | TEFL Professional Development | Scoop.it
Teaching beginners can daunting, but it can also be one of the most rewarding levels to teach. Here are 7 tips for teaching English to beginners.
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