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Out of the box: Know your funsultant from your cruffin


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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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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Are bilinguals now the new model teacher?

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A language school advert calls for teachers with at least a C2 level of English and fluency in the local tongue – but it might struggle to find many, argues Melanie Butler

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Point of View: The great disruptor

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Virtual reality technology could bring top-quality education to millions of learners, argues Mark Steed

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Why Tefl needs the right kind of troublemakers


Professionalising language school management will help reduce the number of dubious teachers attracted by a sector lacking regulation, says Melanie Butler

I first came across the name Seamus Ruddy in 1986. As a freelance journalist in those pre-internet days I spent much of my time in the BBC World Service News Library searching among the news clippings held in a special file entitled ‘Britons in trouble abroad’.

Quite a few of the Britons in trouble turned out to be Tefl teachers. Around half were the troublemakers, drug mules mostly, trying to scrape together the plane fare home.

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