Yearly Archives: 2010

Would you have done this for a job?

Simple question: would you have done what this person did to try and get a job in the Gulf? She flew me to Qatar on a 1-way ticket (despite my several written requests for a return ticket since it seemed … Continue reading

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Dave’s ESL Cafe banned in Saudi Arabia?

Fate, it would seem, is not without a sense of irony. So, one wretched hive of scum and villainy bans another wretched hive of scum and villainy. OK, that’s a bit unfair, I don’t know if I should label Saudi … Continue reading

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Fresh herpes!

Happy Christmas to all who celebrate it. Hope that if you get herpes, it’s at least fresh (none of that frozen stuff). Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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China: Shanghai police crack down on illegal foreign teachers

Recently, the Minhang Police Entry and Exit Administrative Department of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau began renewing efforts to combat the “three illegalities” for foreigners: illegal immigration, illegal residence and illegal employment. It has recently been discovered, notes eChinaCities website, … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka takes measures to alleviate its shortage of English teachers

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education has focused on the dearth of English teachers in the country’s schools and taken measures to launch a special programme to train more English teachers. Deputy Minister of Education, notes ColomboPage website, Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza … Continue reading

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Bitch festival… anyone?

I can tell you that I for one will be in attendance. If they’re fooling me and it turns out to be a beach festival, I’ll be very disappointed. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Egypt: Online program connects students across cultural and national borders

Universities around the world are looking for ways to give their students a more international outlook, notes the Chronicle of Higher Education, in order to prepare them for a future that will increasingly involve global problems and partnerships. ‘There is … Continue reading

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United States: Getting teacher assessment right – What policy makers can learn from research

Given the experience to date with an overwhelming focus on student achievement scores as a basis for high-stakes decisions, policymakers would do well to pause and carefully examine the issues that make teacher assessment so complex before implementing an assessment … Continue reading

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ELT World TEFL Website of the month: Jason Renshaw’s Weblog

English Raven: Jason Renshaw’s Weblog Following on from October’s winner, Kalinago English and last month’s worthy champion Breaking News English, comes one of the best TEFL blogs out there. Attention all English lovers of cricket! Surely there has never been … Continue reading

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Evaluations that help teachers learn in the U.S

United States: A good system of teacher evaluation must answer four questions: How good is good enough? Good enough at what? How do we know? and… Who should decide? Read more about this at the ASCD website… Post Footer automatically … Continue reading

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