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An English teacher in Moscow interviews John

In January of 2019, I taught a live on line course for iTDi dealing with my obsession: exploring teaching and earning. There were a number of teachers from around the world but the majority were from Russia and the Ukraine. One of these teachers was Alexandra Chistyakova who teaches English in Moscow. Shortly after the […]

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The juxtaposition in the title of motivation and lying, meaning cheating, not lying on the grass, probably sounds a bit strange to many of you. I hope as a result the juxtaposition has aroused your curiosity. I also hope that by the end of my blog you will understand the connections between lying and motivation. […]

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Before you read more, please think of a couple of words you would write between Never and phonics in the title of this post that reflect your beliefs about phonics. Here are words others write on the dotted line between Never and phonics: 1 criticize 2 ignore 3 teach 4 neglect 5 encourage 6 forget […]

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0. Overoming the tyranny of Power Point NEW

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0. Overoming the tyranny of Power Point NEW

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Some years ago I wrote a book titled Huh? Oh. Aha! in which I described activities for learners that required them to ask a series of questions. Fortunately, the publisher cancelled the contract. I used a lot of jargon that got in the way. In Small changes in teaching, big results in learning, I have […]

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A few weeks ago, Alexandra Chistyakova, an English teacher in Moscow who had taken a live on line iTDI course with me in Jan. 2019, interviewed me via Zoom. Zoom is an application we used for the live on line course in Jan. as well as a live on line course I had taught in […]

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I just read a piece by Mario Rinvolucri in the summer edition of The Teacher Trainer, published by Pilgrims and edited by Tessa Woodward. He quotes the retired head of the Civil Service in the UK which came from an article in The Guardian Weekly: “An addiction to exams is fueling stress, anxiety and failure […]

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Dear fellow explorers. I wrote this blog ages ago but I did not put in a title so it was not I think posted. David e-mailed me a couple of times and said that a title is needed in the title line. Well, as I have said many times, the obvious is difficult to see! […]

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Dear Fellow Explorers, When I did a blog a few years ago many who read what I was talking about sent questions and comments. These days it seems teachers tend to read blogs rather than read them and react or ask questions. As you can see, I am attaching The Table of Contents for Small […]

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