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“Teach English Online” course launched on Udemy

I’m pleased to announce the launch of “Teach English Online”, a 3 hour, 15 lecture course (and soon to be expanded!) on the learning platform Udemy. This course will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to quickly

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Busted! 7 Myths of Language Teaching

English language teaching is strewn with various people’s pet theories and claims about what it takes to teach English. A lot of these ideas are absolute nonsense or have been disputed by research, but unfortunately, some of them have taken hold

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Scott Thornbury on teaching methods through the ages

Here’s a fascinating and highly entertaining talk by Scott Thornbury, who looks at how English teaching methods have changed over the last hundred or so years. He illustrates the changes in methods by looking at the content of coursebooks he

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8 Great Reads for online English teachers

The Practice of English Language Teaching, Jeremy Harmer This is a guide to the task of teaching English and is always recommended to people embarking on teacher certification courses like the CELTA and for all new teachers. People often describe

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Plan Ceibal: online English teaching in the classroom

In many countries around the world, it’s very difficult to find English teachers. This is one of the reasons why online English teaching is growing so rapidly: simply put, it helps people who want to learn English find someone to

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Today at the IATEFL Conference

IATEFL Online Manchester 2015

  I’ve just been watching an interesting discussion at the IATEFL conference in Manchester about a whole bunch of issues related to English language teaching, and especially teachers. They discuss the issue of native versus non-native speaking teachers of English and

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10 steps to becoming an online English teacher

Here’s your ultimate cheat sheet to becoming an online English teacher. It’s a step-by-step guide of how to get your first paying student quickly. Of course, it’s only one approach, and other successful online teachers may have their own ways,

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Follow IATEFL Online

Here’s a wonderful opportunity for online professional development online. It’s the 2015 IATEFL Online conference, being streamed from Manchester over the Internet. Several hours a day, over 4 days, of presentations and interviews about teaching English. Here’s a link to their

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Put student language at the heart of your online lessons with the reformulation approach

The Reformulation Lesson

How can you help your student improve their English rapidly, and ensure that your lessons are focussed on their needs, wants and interests? How can you do this, and save planning and resourcing time? Here’s a great approach known as

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