Monthly Archives: October 2009

A quite frankly excessive promo flyer for a conference

Not only can you win prizes, you can even attend presentations. BTW, I actually know one of the people in the pictures. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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The TEFL ‘Catch 22′ and how we can escape it (update)

I promised a Part 2 and it’s on its way. I’ve been ill with swine flu so please bear with me. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Thailand: In tune with English?

The not entirely optimism-inspiring named Enconcept E-Academy, established in 1994, is now considered, apparently, to be a new ‘breed’ of English cram school. Are you already worried? It has a range of ‘interesting’ and ‘pragmatic’ methods to attract more and … Continue reading

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Germany: Non-traditional names linked to teacher ‘discrimination’

Halten sie kinder. Wie heissen sie? Apologies for my crap German, but if the answer is Charlotte or Chantal, you could be in trouble. From the moment they first read the school register, exclaims The Local (Germany’s news – in … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Government mulls 2011 implementation of new policy to teach science and maths

The Malaysian government, still not content about the amount of damage it’s done, is considering bringing forward the implementation of the new policy to replace the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) to 2011 for Year … Continue reading

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The TEFL ‘Catch 22′ and how we can escape it (part one)

A couple of recent Alex Case articles have addressed the issue of pay in TEFL and its implications. I greatly enjoy Alex’s blog, as those of you who come here regularly will know, but I feel I needed to respond … Continue reading

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South Korea: British Dulwich to Offer 3 Language Courses

Not that offering courses in three (that’s 3) different languages is any kind of record, but prospective students of Dulwich College, scheduled to open in Seoul in 2010 will have a chance to learn three languages at the same time. … Continue reading

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United States: Winooski refugee influx brings praise and concern

Vermont: The Burlington free press reports that ‘History is repeating itself in Winooski in the form of a wave of new immigrants. About a third of the students in the Winooski public-school system are English language learners, School Superintendent Steve … Continue reading

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China: Online English tutor is a lesson in adaptive advertising

Here’s how it goes… “I have a regular salary,” he says, reading lines off a computer screen. The voice-recognition software evaluates his answer: 100 per cent. “Would you describe your work as stable?” continues Lucy. “Yes. How long will it … Continue reading

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Hungary: Government to remove support for bilingual education

Hungary: In the kind of news that, to use a Turkish phrase, makes you want to eat your head, support for bilingual education in Hungary will be discontinued next year under the current draft budget, despite schools saying this would … Continue reading

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