It's Hot Potatoes charity month

The following is a message from Martin Holmes, the creator of Hot Potatoes, which is probably the best tool for creating online teaching exercises and one I’ve been using for years:
May is Charity Month for Half-Baked Software, which means that for the whole of this month, we’re donating all the money we receive for Hot [...]

‘One-answer’ IELTS comes under scrutiny

United Kingdom: Academia’s leading language exam has won favour among immigration authorities, but that could be about to change if calls for more diversity in assessment gain a hearing, reports Max de Lotbinière at the Guardian. With international student mobility has booming in recent years, so has the number of candidates taking the Ielts test [...]

Methods of teaching foreign languages PDF

‘Methods of teaching foreign languages’ is the latest in the series of free downloadable articles giving background information on the TEFL profession.This article looks at methods of teaching foreign languages: The grammar translation method, The direct method, The audio-lingual method, Communicative language teaching, Language immersion, Minimalist/methodist, Directed practice, Learning by teaching [...]

Bilingual babies get a head start before they can even talk

Here’s an interesting finding from the National Geographic:
Even before they can babble a single word, babies in bilingual households may get a head start in life, according to a team of scientists in Italy. Rather than confusing babies, hearing more than one language gives newborns a mental boost, according to the new study, which tested [...]

Pearson purchases English teaching business in China

United Kingdom & China: UK publishing group Pearson is buying Wall Street English, one of China’s top English language-training companies, for $145 million (in cash) to cement its position in a critical growth market, according to Reuters. Pearson, the world’s biggest educational publisher, will combine Wall Street English’s training centres for adults in seven Chinese [...]

Old post revisited: Was your Four-week TEFL Course Worth it?

This again is in reponse to an article on big Alex’s TEFL Tastic blog questioning the merits of doing the CELTA course. The respondents, of which I was the first, seem to agree that the author’s opinions need to be counterbalanced by looking at some of the benefits of doing such a course. In this [...]

Shuttles from JFK to NYC

I’ve talked in the past about my wish to get back to the Big Appe at the soonest opportunity, and it’s now good to know that I can travel in the knowledge that I can relax when I eventually land thanks to the car service jfk airlink shuttle service from the Airlink Shuttle website. [...]

Aviation English training set to 'take off'

First of all, sorry, that pun is so lame I’m embarrassed to have put it in the title. Now, down to important business. Do you know your autonomous integrity monitor from your airborne data link processor? What do you mean ‘no’? Well, if your knowledge of aviation tertms isn’t up to scratch, China may not [...]

British Council launches portfolio of newservices at TESOL Arabia 2009 – Dubai

United Kingdom and UAE: Those loveable rogues the British Council, the world’s infamously largest English language teaching organisation, has launched a range of new global English teaching and learning services, debuting the new services in the UAE, at the TESOL Arabia 15th annual International Conference which concluded on 14 March.
These new services, most of which [...]

Online conference anyone?

The 7th Annual International Online Conference (IOC) for Teaching and Learning takes place March 30-31, 2009, completely online and features keynotes, presentations and workshop sessions by and for education professionals.
IOC includes a variety of ways to connect with and learn from colleagues. Each day of the conference features several live online sessions during which [...]

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