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Feedback (read between the lines)

Today a colleague of mine stopped by to observe one of my lessons. She’s a very nice, compassionate person and she never splits hairs when giving feedback. Still, I somehow wanted to show off a bit to prove that my students … Continue reading

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The Alligator River story

Earlier today I gave my students a version of the well-known story below.  The story is an example of a moral/ethical dilemma. THE ALLIGATOR RIVER STORY There lived a woman named Abigail who was in love with a man named … Continue reading

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On Homeland, identity and authenticity

I recently got hooked on a TV show called Homeland, of which I’ve just started watching the sixth season. What I love about the series is the fact that it takes place in many parts of the world, such as … Continue reading

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In the zone

Why does each workday have a different vibe even though I teach the same classes in the same classroom (mostly)? Today was one of those days when I felt in the zone. Most of the time, I felt fully absorbed … Continue reading

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Identity theft

Here’s a report on another no-prep activity I tried with a couple of my classes.  As the title reveals, I call it Identity theft. The inspiration came from spy movies. The story usually goes like this: to assume the identity and … Continue reading

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Speech recognition listening activity

Speech recognition (also known as “automatic speech recognition”, “computer speech recognition”, or just “speech to text”) enables the recognition of spoken language into text by computers. If automatic captions are available (on YouTube, for example), they’ll automatically be published on … Continue reading

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The Return of Translation – action research

The other day I watched an interesting presentation on YouTube called – The Return of Translation. Philip Kerr begins his talk with an overview of the arguments for using L1 in language teaching and then looks at a range of … Continue reading

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