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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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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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Lessons from My Office Hours

What is the point of Failure and what can it teach us?   I know this title sounds pretty bleak but it is partly the result of an episode that happened this week during my office hours, and that I … Continue reading

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Grammar? Who needs it?

Not many peole in my classes really like grammar. They may think they need it, and they get a lot of satisfaction in ploughing through exercises, because we all know that when you get the answers right you feel good, … Continue reading

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#ELTCHAT Summary for November 30th 2011 How to Improve Speaking Skills using Critical Thinking (CT) without Spoon feeding.

#ELTCHAT Summary for November 30th 2011 How to Improve Speaking Skills using Critical Thinking (CT) without Spoon feeding. Hi everyone, I’ve been trying to keep up with the fast flying tweets on #eltchat recently, despite rather too much work. This … Continue reading

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Halloween will soon be here

The leaves turn and our thoughts go in the direction of Festivals Autumn and Spring are the in between times and for some reason that really appeals to me. I like the crisp feeling in the air, in autumn, the … Continue reading

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Blooming Phrasal Verbs

The title of this post, of course, may well have you nodding in sympathy for all those generations of learners who curse about phrasal verbs. The focus, though, as you may have noticed, is green and when I say “blooming” … Continue reading

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Where English has Taken Me a reply to Vicky Loras’ Blog Challenge

Yesterday I was inspired by Vicky Loras’ blog challenge and I sent her this little video I had made of my own story told through my English related wanderings. I’m afraid the beginning is a little weak but it gets … Continue reading

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