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English Learning in Italy: models for C21 learners.

 Welcome to Italy: a world of contradictions Italy is a world of contradictions, sparkling aquamarine seas and dazzling snowy summits, barren areas of parched wasteland and green forests. Areas of natural beauty haphazzardly crossed by shaky looking electrical cables. It … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Blog Challenge: which model?

June Blog Challenge Since it’s the first Monday in June I thought I’d kick off the week with a Blog Challenge about models of English, which is something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot. Obviously, we all use English … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of Babes…

We all know what the expression “Out of the mouths of Babes” means: that children often reveal the bare truth that adults might dress in the famous emperor’s new clothes. This is also true of candidates doing Cambridge Speaking exams, … Continue reading

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Do learners want to speak English… or not?

Do learners want to speak English… or not? Most learners, if asked why they are studying a language, will answer that they want to learn to “speak that language”.  In fact, in English we collocate the ability to use a … Continue reading

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Blended learning as a Social Process, Sugata Mitra at Iatefl and the Aftermath

Blended Learning: face to face interaction with support from the digital world. If you look at this image, you will see the essence of what I think of as learning in action. It isn’t a mill drill, it is meaningful … Continue reading

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An Energy Dip: approaching high demand teaching (Part One)

After all the excitement of Iatefl last week, I hit reality back in the classroom this week, and what with all the to do about Sugata Mitra’s ideas and the need to make up a whole series of lessons I … Continue reading

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So, what do you think?

Hi everyone, I decided today that rather than give the highlight of the sessions I went to I’d talk to people at the conference to find out their thoughts about the conference. I aksed the people I spoke to just … Continue reading

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The Demand keeps growing higher, and higher…

Quality teaching means helping the learners to learn without feeling stressed. The theme of High Demand has stayed at the back of my mind all day today, beginning with Katherine Graves’ plenary this morning, when she spoke very eloquently about … Continue reading

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Highlights from My Day One at Harrogate Iatefl 2014

So the first day has finished and it seems to have gone by in a whirl or ideas, discussions, meetings with old friends and encounters with new ones. I said in a previous post that a theme tends to emerge … Continue reading

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Plenary, plenary, plenary

Why do we have Plenaries? Plenaries are a recognisable feature of most conferences, but what makes us go to them and what do we get out of them? I think I can say that over the years I have learned … Continue reading

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