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Inspector Gadget

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ELTons award winner professor Stephen Bax reveals all about his career and his passion for innovation

- Before becoming a university professor at the Open University, you had some interesting and varied experiences as a Tefl teacher. Tell us about your career to date.

I started in Tefl in 1981 when I saw an advert for teachers in Sudan saying: ‘Teachers wanted, no experience necessary.’ So from 1981 to 1983 I taught English in a girls’ school in Argo in north Sudan with classes of up to 120, and I loved every minute of it, including learning Arabic.

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We’re not in Kansas anymore

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US students have been learning to empathise with English language learners by being flung ‘in at the deep end’ in South Korean secondary schools, Irena Barker reports.

Teachers often look for ways to empathise with their pupils and understand how their background and experiences can affect learning. And in English language teaching, when pupils can come from far-flung countries and cultures, this is all the more important.

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Out of the box: Know your funsultant from your cruffin

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English is a fast-evolving language and it pays to keep up to date with the latest new words and phrases. Word-lover and journalist Adam Jacot de Boinod does the legwork for English teachers trying to keep up.

Every year new words slip effortlessly into unofficial, informal English. Invariably, to stand the test of time and to find their way into the official dictionaries, they need to catch on. This is most likely if they incorporate brevity, wit or inventiveness rather than simply be a profanity or vulgarism.

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The new British empire

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Setting up a branch abroad used to be an activity for only the bravest, boldest and best resourced independent schools in the UK, Irena Barker writes. 


Harrow School, alma mater of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch and prime minister Winston Churchill, was the first to plant its flag in foreign lands – opening a campus in Bangkok, Thailand in 1998. It now has a ‘chain’ of four international schools in East Asia.

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The moist hated words in the English language

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Claudia Civinini writes

Is there a reason why people hate the word ‘moist’? Research says there is – and it has to do with its semantics more than its sound.
With social media periodically bringing up the topic, we decided to dig for the evidence.

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