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About hartle

Although I am originally from Yorkshire, UK, I live in Verona and work at the universities of Verona and Bolzano, where I teach general English at all levels and some ESP too. My interests include technology in learning, e-learning and autonomous learning.

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Our Digital world after Reading “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

Thoughts on Our Digital World As anyone who knows me is aware, I’m definitely an advocate of technology, using digital tools for work and running training sessions to help others blend their teaching techniques, but recently I’ve felt a growing … Continue reading

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EFL Advent Calendar Activity 2014

Hi everyone, A couple of years ago I made a Powerpoint Advent Calendar for my students, which would work just as well this year. You can also use the Powerpoint as a template to make your own if you’d like … Continue reading

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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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Moodle MOOC 4 on How to Teach with Technology

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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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A Comment for Lizzie Pinnard and David Petrie’s Discussion of the Bleak future for ELT

Photo Credit: bigal101 on Morge File Free Photos I have just finished reading David Petrie’s bleak vision for 2034 English language learning, and Lizzie Pinnard’s reply to this. David’s vision is of a bleak world (for language teachers at any … Continue reading

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