Monthly Archives: November 2009

How to survive the world of TEFL #1: Never volunteer for anything

One of the great fallacies of the twentieth century was that it was somehow wrong to be a pessimist. The idea that one is in the wrong if you view the proverbial glass as being half empty rather than half … Continue reading

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Do you ever lie when people ask you what you do for a living?

Sometimes there are questions that make you stop and think, ‘Wow, does that apply to me?‘ As soon as this thread started at the ELT World forum (thank you 31), I knew that it would result in some fairly emotive … Continue reading

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Philippines: Teachers blamed as English standards fall

English standards in the Philippines are slipping, according to the results of a ‘major international testing system’. This can only mean one thing, the teachers are to blame, of course. This ‘major international testing system’ also showed Malaysians have taken … Continue reading

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