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Out of the box: The power of public speaking


A few years ago, at the English language centre I was in charge of, our students would work on presentations quite frequently. But very often we felt those presentations didn’t benefit the students as much as we thought they would.

It seemed our students often treated those presentations as yet another classroom activity that needed to be completed before the lesson was over.

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All pedants and correct


Social media has created a huge outlet for predatory nitpickers desperate to correct bad English – but has it gone too far? Gizzelle Sandoval investigates.

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Point of view: Take a taxi to the top

taxidriver Jonny Hughes

Qualifications specific to EAP are fast becoming the best way to land a job at a university, says Paul Breen. Back at the start of my English language teaching career, I assumed that I would use the experience mainly for travel, and eventually do other things. Teaching English provided opportunites to live in places such as Japan, Australia, South Korea, and even a couple of sweltering summer months spent in Shanghai on a summer break from Korean university teaching. One day, at the close of my travels, I’d go home and write a film script, open my own business, or engage in drudgery, divorced from such exotic adventures.

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Inspector Gadget


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


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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