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What if I make a mistake?

This week two 4th grade students came to my English group for the first time. The first thing they told me was that their English isn't very good, and they asked if I would get mad if they made mistakes. I told them of course not, they're here to learn, I only get mad at […]

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Research Against Research

This post was inspired by the recent article More Research is Needed – A Mantra Too Far? in Humanising Language Teaching by Alan Maley, co-founder of The C Group. Judging by the length of the article and bibliography as well as the language used, Maley appears to be an experienced academic professional and researcher. Using academic methods, he claims that […]

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Breaking Down the Barriers

I frequently have conversations with English teachers who ask me for advice about teaching children who hate English. The fact is, it's almost impossible to teach anyone who refuses to learn or who doesn't believe that they are able to learn. The first step is to show them that English isn't scary, threatening or impossible […]

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Testing, testing

Although it's not officially part of my job, occasionally I find myself helping to supervise or correct tests at school. It can be quite a humbling experience, discovering that my English is less than perfect according to the Ministry of Education. Last week I corrected a sixth grade test. Had I been taking the test […]

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The Emperor's New Standards

Our story begins in the 20th century. One day, the emperor asked for new standards. "Who can bring me standards which will tell me how much students learn, how much they know and how well the teachers are doing their job?" he asked. Experts from across the kingdom brought him all kinds of tests and […]