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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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A Flying Start to a New Year

Happy New Year! I know it’s September, but for most teachers this is the start of a brand new academic year, and here in Northern Italy the heat has abated and we can all breathe and even think again so … Continue reading

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How important is it to “Achieve your Aims”?

I was just wondering how much we as teachers notice when we are in the classroom, whether we can achieve our aims at all, and whether this actually matters. There has been a lot of discussion recently about dogme or … Continue reading

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Correction or Feedback?

Correction or Feedback? Last week I wrote a few thoughts on correction and how both oral and written language can be corrected meaningfully, in a separate stage from “within the task itself”. One advantage of doing this work as a separate … Continue reading

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Is it an Error not to Correct?

To correct or not to correct? Different teachers have different views on this question, sometimes based on well thought out theories, or observation of learning in practice, and sometimes… Well, sometimes not. Being corrected: how does it feel? The thinking … Continue reading

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Playing with Fotobabble

As we have all been saying, we need to evolve constantly and not only. What is really important is to be able to integrate new ideas and tools into our own systematic approach to teaching so here’s my latest foray … Continue reading

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