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Mastering the art of motivation

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International programmes keep academics in touch with ‘realities on the ground’, Dr Martin Lamb, senior lecturer at Leeds University, tells EL Gazette

Tell us a little about your early career, your VSO experiences and what led you finally to Leeds University.

After a disastrous early foray into the business world, I did a PGCE in history. But then I thought I’d put some distance between me and my future school pupils by teaching English abroad for a while. I didn’t return for seventeen years!

First I was in Sweden, then I joined VSO and was sent to Indonesia for a couple of years and stayed on for four more with the British Council. I did a masters degree at Lancaster in 1990–91, then spent five years in Bulgaria, again with the BC, before a further three years working on a big ADB-funded language centre development project in Sumatra.

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The hitchhiker’s guide to the (Tefl) galaxy

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Dodging bullets in a civil war was one of the scarier moments in a long and intrepid career, veteran Peter Harris tells Claudia Civinini

Are you embarking on a Tefl adventure? You may not need to bring a towel, but sound qualifications, open-mindedness and a sense of humour are essential, says EFL industry veteran Peter Harris, who has spent forty years in the game.

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‘We help people overcome trauma by developing a sense of control over their lives’

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By Claudia Civinini

The Pacific Immigrant Resource Society, a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping refugees in British Columbia, Canada, has recently piloted a programme for refugee women.
We spoke to the programme director, Dr Amea Wilbur, who has investigated how to make government funded language programmes more inclusive to people who have survived extremely difficult events.

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Under African skies

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‘Leave your assumptions behind’ – a maxim that should be engraved on every classroom door. But it is even more important in sub-Saharan Africa. Teacher and author Jason Anderson talks about the challenges of teaching in the region

Remember last year’s ELTons winner Teaching English in Africa? Its author Jason Anderson tells the Gazette about his experiences.

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A Man Of (Love) Letters

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Jean-Marc Dewaele talks to Claudia Civinini about the power of emotions - and swear words.
Love, anger, anxiety: this is not a summary of Wuthering Heights, but some of the key words on the publication list of Dr Jean-Marc Dewaele, professor of applied linguistics and multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. This quadrilingual Belgian-born academic has interests ranging from foreign language anxiety to code-switching. And one of his core interests is how we express a range of emotions, from love to anger, in another language. Given the significance that his research could have for teachers, the ­Gazette met him to chat about the power of emotions in the classroom.

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