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Teachers take care: tomorrow is translingual

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Research showing the majority of EFL students plan to use their English alongside other languages in the future could have implications for teaching.

The majority of adult EFL students believe they will use English in close conjunction with other languages in their future lives and careers, a study conducted in the United Kingdom has found.

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An inspector calls


Paul Fear tells Melanie Butler about a new accreditation scheme aiming to raise standards outside of the English speaking world.

‘Accrediting EFL courses is not something we went looking for.’ Paul Fear, chief executive of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), is talking about the handful of English language course providers it accredits under its short courses scheme.

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Nirvana for non-native teachers?

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The ‘native’ vs ‘non-native’ speaker debate is seen as outdated in Hawaii, which is embracing English teachers from all backgrounds, Claudia Civinini reports

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Out of the box: A whinge of authors


We need coursebooks that aren’t swayed by the winds of endless focus groups

In the old days of ELT publishing, new coursebooks often used to be identified by the author’s name: Alexander, Robert O’Neill, the new Kingsbury, the latest Leo Jones. If written by (usually) a two-person author team, the book title was often used as a badge of pride by teachers.

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Point of View: ‘The need for good English teachers across the world is immense’

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The English education industry can transform lives, says Sarah Cooper.

Can you remember a teacher who made a difference to your life? I can and I bet we all can. Flip it – I also bet every teacher remembers certain learners. I certainly do.

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