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Comment: The hotter the better?

Russ Mayne looks at one student feedback site, and is unsurprised to discover that the most attractive teachers get the best ratings

The top-rated teacher on ratemyprofessor.com currently is Douglas Klutz, a law professor from the University of Alabama.

Reading through the student comments, which include such insights as ‘hes [sic] so hot’ and ‘Great class.

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Point of View: Life through a new lens

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Paul Walsh asks what is preventing an open discussion of stagnant or declining working conditions

In John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi film They Live, a man finds a pair of sunglasses. He puts them on, gazes up, and takes a deep breath, unable to believe what he sees. The advertising billboards in front of him display a series of morbid commands: ‘Obey’, ‘Consume’ and a dollar bill reads: ‘This is your God’. It’s a conspiracy!

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Out of the box: Let’s push the balance back towards CLT

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Students’ needs have taken a back seat to those of the industry itself.

Most ELT professionals would locate their practice beneath the broad umbrella of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT).

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EU special: Into the Unknown

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The only thing that is certain about Brexit, is that everything is uncertain, writes Melanie Butler.

This time next year, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. Right now, that is all we really know for sure.

Will Britain remain a member of Erasmus? Will EU students still be able to study at UK universities for local prices? Will English even remain an EU working language?

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EU special: Valencia’s English course plan leaves UK and Irish language schools cold

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Plans to boost Spanish teachers’ English with trips abroad could prove ineffective and impractical, writes Melanie Butler

One thousand teachers from Valencia are to be given a month-long all expenses paid English language course in the UK or Ireland this summer, the Spanish region’s education department has said.

Teachers will travel abroad for one full month, either July or August, and will be expected to attend classes for 25 hours a week. Valencia, which is introducing trilingual schooling, already pays for teachers to attend English classes at their state language school.

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