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Truth wrapped in humour

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Malachi Rempen, creator of web comic Itchy Feet, tells us about the humorous side of the English language and the educational value of mistakes.
Growing up I always had a language-sized hole in my heart. My dad is German and my mother, though American, speaks fluent German – but they didn’t pass it on to my brothers and me as kids. I was jealous of other bilingual kids, and that’s why I ended up moving to Europe: I wanted to fill up on foreign languages.

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Terry’s Tricks Of The Trade


Management consultant, trainer and coursebook writer Terry Phillips reveals four things he wishes he’d known before he started his language school. I entered my first ELT classroom in the summer of 1974, and a mere ten years later started my own language school with my wife, who had only been in language teaching nine years at that time. The school was in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Catch the Cambodia craze

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Irena Barker interviews Ashley Irving, Principal of Australian Centre for Education (ACE), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Australian Ashley Irving first travelled to Cambodia in a bid to reduce his tax bill. Thinking he would stay several days to attend a Tesol conference he could then log as a business expense, he was offered a job and stayed. Many might have thought it was a risky move. But Irving, who had given up a career in finance to become an English language teacher some years before, had a suspicion it might pay off. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the country and plans to eventually retire there.

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Bristol Cream: dreams do come true for the Duncans


Since EL Gazette launched its rankings, ELC Bristol has always been a Centre of Excellence based on the British Council’s inspection reports. But achieving the perfect score and becoming the number-one-ranked school out of more than 500 British-Council-accredited centres was the realisation of a dream for John and Margaret Duncan, the principal and director of the school. Below, John explains what makes the school special.

In many ways, there is nothing special in the sense that we don’t run a wide range of courses, just intensive general English and Cambridge and Ielts exam prep for students who are sixteen and over. What has been key is that the school has always attracted and retained a core of Delta-qualified teachers who, along with the students, have been at the centre of everything we do.

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Follow your heart to succeed

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Julie Pratten offers seven top tips that everyone should know when starting off a career in ELT, and reminds teachers why they went into the profession in the first place

As someone with three decades of teaching experience in over 25 countries I realise how difficult it is for EFL teachers to find work that truly inspires them and makes their heart sing. Ideally, we should all be spending our lives doing what makes us jump out of bed in the morning.

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