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TESOL Rome 2014: a moment of sharing and meeting.

TESOL ITALY 39TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE The annual TESOL Italy Conference has been going on this weekend, in Rome against a backdrop of blue skies and political agitation in an Italy characterised as ever by contrasts. Even being able to attend … Continue reading

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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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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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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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So what’s next? Web 3.0?.. Second Life? Or human beings communicating with each other?

So what’s next? Web 3.0? .. Second Life? Or human beings communicating with each other? Most people have some idea these days what we generally mean by Web 2.0 even though Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 … Continue reading

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My thoughts on Digital Literacy

I’ve recently been thinking quite a lot about digital literacy and not only because we are studying the concept at the moment on my MA course but what it means to my learners too. So I thought I’d share my … Continue reading

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Using Video, Screencasts, Blogs and Wikis

Hi everyone, I’m afraid the magic carpet took off and then had technical trouble in October over West Yorkshire, where I was grounded for some time due to family problems. However… The MA is going on and I’m getting back … Continue reading

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