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It’s not beautiful and it’s not noble

The death of critical pedagogy? It starts in Harrogate (not the death, but the thinking) On Wednesday afternoon, we sit and we listen to a talk that questions some of the basic foundations of our profession. The status quo, as it is on many initial teacher training...

A list of changes

I’m writing this post two weeks before my last day in my current job. It’s actually amazing and actually quite scary to say that. I can’t quite believe it. At one moment, it didn’t seem like it would ever happen, but in the end things came off...

Sugata Mitra at IATEFL 2014 – my reaction

OR ‘When an IATEFL plenary pushed people’s buttons in a major way’ Saturday 4 April 2014 saw the last day of the IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate. As is customary with plenary talks at this conference, an annual occasion when 2000-odd English language teachers...

Some core tenets for teaching unplugged

This post has been written as part of a professional development project that is being run by Adam Beale at the school where he works in Spain, IH Madrid. You can follow posts from the project here: http://teachingunpluggedweek.wordpress.com To give a bit of...

#corpusMOOC week 2 – struggling to keep up

This post continues from where I left off, having described the start of the MOOC I am currently enrolled on Corpus linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation which has been put together by Tony McEnery and a team at Lancaster University and is hosted on the...

#corpusMOOC – Corpus linguistics week 1

#corpusMOOC underway I’m currently following a massively open online course (the MOOC you see above) being run by the University of Lancaster and other partners and through the FutureLearn MOOC platform. The course I’m following is called Corpus linguistics: method,...