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The secrets of a happy partnership


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by Claudia Civinini

Durham University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) department has been piloting a project which sees international students actively involved in shaping the curriculum.

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“Make teachers aware of the basic principles of science”


 by Claudia Civinini

The Gazette spoke to a number of experts about how time could be better spent on teacher training courses instead of learning about discredited educational theories such as learning styles.

Professor Paul Kirschner said that teachers should be better trained in ‘human cognitive architecture’ – how the brain learns and processes information. ‘This would be much more useful than worthless and actually harmful tricks such as learning styles.’

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Fine words butter no parsnips


Melanie Butler argues the problem with text books is the text.

The endless reports of the death of the ELT course book have, like reports of Mark Twain’s death, been greatly exaggerated. General English text books make up 80 per cent of all UK ELT book sales and their sales have remained constant for decades. Though, as our graph shows (below), many of the best-sellers are looking rather elderly, on average the first edition of the first version of a current top ten series was published nearly twelve years ago.

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Bring the world into your class

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Linda Ruas explains how global issues can inspire students
I asked one of my Esol students – a retired neurosurgeon from Syria – what it would take to make the world a fairer place. ‘Only through education,’ he said, ‘can we change the future. Only by discussing and understanding other people’s worlds can we find solutions.’ As his teacher, I was quite proud of his inversions! As a human being, I agreed with his words.

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Teach In Spain

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Teachers are often attracted to jobs in Spain because of its reputation for sunny weather, delicious cuisine and a rich cultural life. But after the 2008 economic crisis, what are the chances of getting a job and developing your career? The Gazette spoke to Borja Uruñela from the Andalusian Association of Language Schools (ACEIA) to find out more.

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