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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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‘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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Creative Challenge

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When his parents said they wanted him to become a lawyer, he threatened them with a career as a musician to make teaching sound like a sensible choice. But for Chaz Pugliese, now a teacher, trainer and author, creativity is not just a way to solve family impasses. It is the key that could give teachers access to the classroom’s holy grail: student motivation. Below, Chaz talks to Claudia Civinini about his philosophy, his work and his latest book – Creating Motivation.

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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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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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