Behind the words

February 02, 2010

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Last Friday Tony Blair was questioned about his decision to support the invasion of Iraq. Reports subsequently spoke of his appearance at the enquiry in theatrical terms,...

Getting organized

January 28, 2010

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Of course a DOS needs to be well organized, but often it seems as if juggling skills are needed. It is part of the job description that you have to handle ...

The three pillars of academic management

January 22, 2010

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I would like to develop some of the points from my earlier post about career progression. If you want to become a DOS, then it is essential you feel confident in being able to handle the three ...

Planning your career

January 19, 2010

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A reader asked recently for further advice on how to progress in an ELT career. He specifically requested information on additional qualifications. Others may disagree...

What do you see?

January 15, 2010

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Now that President Obama has been in office for a year, it is interesting to look back at his interpretations of key issues to understand how he sees the situations. Politicians try to shape ...

What rhymes with bankers?

January 13, 2010

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I’m no financial wizard. All my working life I have just about earnt enough to keep my life ticking over and at various points in the year there have always been times...

Snow in winter? There's a surprise.

January 07, 2010

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So, the UK is at a standstill because we had a few inches of snow. In my part of the country even the city schools

are closed...

Reflections

January 06, 2010

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Let me first wish all readers a happy, peaceful and successful New Year...

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

August 12, 2009

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I sometimes think that in our desire to teach, we lose the fascination of language as a concept. Of course, concepts may not be of much practical use in the classroom. But I do believe that we need to consider the phenomenon of language in the abstract if we are to understand why some groups of students find it difficult to...