If you read Stories from the Front Lines of EFL, and thought, “I’d really like to be part of this project, but I’m not sure anyone would be interested in my story” then this post is for you. Answering just a few important questions can give you the confidence to share your thoughts and ideas [...]
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Soon after I moved back to Japan, I had coffee with Kazu Nakamura, the new (at that time) president of Oxford University Press Japan. During our conversation, Kazu outlined his goals in regards to OUP’s educational mission. Part of the conversation, paraphrased in my memory, went like this: Kazu: I want us to provide teacher [...]
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I’ve always believed in the power of people to be able to come together to create something much bigger than any one of them individually. Here is a story about a bunch of teachers (myself and Barbara included) who are coming together to create something new called The International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). Share the [...]
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I thought that a one month TEFL course and the fact that I am a native speaker of English would be enough to equip me to teach English. As I started to teach in Nepal, and later in India I slowly learnt many lessons myself. The most important lesson I learnt was to be genuine [...]
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The way to become a teacher is to be a teacher. It is a truism in education that the way we become good teachers is through experience. The things we learn in certificate programs and grad school help, of course, but it is the act of teaching that gives us the skills we need. [...]
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Like many native English speaking teachers of English, when I started out I’d had no real training in teaching young learners. I’d had training in teaching adults (CELTA) and happened to quite like children – but it didn’t make me qualified or prepared for the YL classroom! Looking back nearly 15 years later, I can [...]
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Sendai was the first stop for this year’s OUP Teaching Workshop series, and what a great place to begin! Share the post “Back from Sendai, with souvenirs!”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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What do your students call you? Does it matter? Share the post “What’s in a name?”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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This year Try something that makes you feel foolish. Something that guarantees you’ll make mistakes. Something that frustrates and overwhelms you. In other words, do something that helps you remember what it feels like to be a beginner. Share the post “2011 Challenge: Become a Beginner (again)”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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It’s the last day of 2010, and a good time to reflect on the year that’s nearly done. This is the 110th post since I began this blog in June of 2009. I know that’s not a lot compared to really prolific bloggers, but it’s enough to thrill me. I began [...]
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