Regular interviewee (!) Jason West of LanguageOutThere is launching an online campaign against Oxford University Press. Here is the promised interview in which he explains how and why: What exactly is your complaint against OUP? Without using legal terminology the … Continue reading ?
Posting this now was prompted by a comment by Darren Elliott in the post below. That and the fact that it is very odd indeed, and from a British owned company too…
This video made me bust my gut laughing.
Inspired by the song “Something for the Weekend” by Divine Comedy, a list of all my talking about the weekend worksheets for Monday (or even Tuesday) lessons. No time to hyperlink them properly before Monday as I spent the time I’d budgeted to do that watching the National Express video by same Divine Comedy (the [...]
This video made me bust my gut laughing.
David Crystal explains why “Bob” is such a strange, and therefore funny, name for a girl in the best episode of Blackadder 2 (and why “Pretend your name is Keith” is not nearly as funny in The Chicken Song) “if I were a scriptwriter, and I had to think up the most inappropriate name for a [...]
And you thought Sexy ELT was an attention grabbing blog post title! This post was prompted by the infamous Bosomgate incident and agreeing to censor the word “tits” in my contribution to the Birds in ELT series on Kalinago English. I must say that I was genuinely shocked to hear that “tits” is an offensive expression [...]
A few really nice one for kids at the top here, though I say so myself, the first hilarity without technology in my classes for a while. Sometimes feels like I’m the only person in TEFL still teaching in their normal job, now it’s nearly August, but if not give them a try (and if [...]
If you think that this many tips on time management just to find time to write an unpaid TEFL blog is a bit anal, my answers are: 1) And? 2) They also work for finding time for lesson planning and studying for a DELTA, MA etc. 3) I don’t know if too much love will kill you, too much time [...]
I’m reading The Developing Teacher by Duncan Foord, the latest title from the always interesting Delta Publishing (get hold of free TEFL books like this yourself by clicking here) and it popped into my head that teacher development does provide a way of getting satisfaction and a feeling of progress out of your career but also [...]
Hopefully nobody comes here for special expertise or definitive answers, because my teaching is a continual struggle to work out what is best for my students just like it has been from day one and I’m going through a particular crisis at the moment with my kids’ classes as I’m rejecting most of the games [...]
This is meant to accompany Inside Out Upper Intermediate Unit 11 (Sell!) but would also probably be good with Business English and ESP lessons on marketing or modals. It’s the easiest video lesson in the world. You play the ad (making sure you start it and get it onto the full screen mode before they [...]
Ars Technica reports that MPAA: teachers should videotape monitors, not rip DVDs. Basically the MPAA thinks that having teachers record a video using a camcorder videoing a tv is a good way to not pirate. Isnt’ this essentially the same...Show More Summary
Were the Nazis grammar nazis?- Downfall of Grammar (genius!) Will Smith tries to cope with Japanese English Grammar of the F word Japanese computer program (?) teaches vocabulary in context railer for the documentary Mad About English The...Show More Summary
“For the first 4 weeks of our honeymoon I was actually studying full-time for a CELTA degree in Rome ” You can read how much his wife liked that here. I shouldn’t laugh, it took us nearly a year after the wedding before we got a holiday on our own with no family members to take to [...]
by Karenne Sylvester of Kalinago English: “When I was about 14, we went on vacation to the US. We were there to do some very serious shopping and my mother had a list of clothes, shoes and stuff for school – things we had little to no access to in Antigua. When we arrived at [...]