New boots and an earring of gold

January 10, 2008

Hello again,

The joys of i-tunes never fail to amaze me. I can buy and download just...

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008

January 06, 2008

Hello again,

As we start a new year it is perhaps a good time to think about how teaching English enables an ever-burgeoning number of people to talk to each other. It struck me that, whatever the rights and wrongs of linguistic imperialism, in such troubled countries as Pakistan and Kenya, the prevalence of English has allowed many people to expres directly to the wider world how they are affected by the unfolding events. Having a common language gives us a real opportunity for mutual undrstanding, a fact that is celebrated in 2008 in Europe by...

Lesson ideas

May 08, 2007

Hello again,

I was talking to some teachers recently and they were largely in agreement with me that the course book, slavishly followed, has a stultifying effect on both students and teachers. But, they quite reasonably ...

Are journal subscriptions doomed?

October 17, 2006

Is it worth budgeting for journal subscriptions when so much is free on the Internet?

Hello again,
Somebody recently told me that they didn’t think it was worth subscribing to print journals for their staff library because so many articles were available free of charge on the Internet. I can understand this attitude but think it is mistaken. I don’t want to denigrate...

Welcome Brenda to ESL School!

February 24, 2006

Greetings ESL experts,

Allow me to say thanks to Jake for his introduction of me and for giving me the honor or presenting to you the newest member of the ESLemployment team, Brenda Townsend Hall, PhD.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with her work, Dr. Townsend Hall is a communications consultant trainer and course designer. Now, she’ll be blogging for ESL School and writing for the ESL Expert newsletter. She offers face-to-face and distance training in the fields of interpersonal communications, business English, written communications and cross-cultural awareness. She also has runs a distance-learning training course, Teach Business English, for teachers wishing to enter the field of business English . . .

[the] English-Blog [.com], a New Space for Lovers of English

December 22, 2005

A new English blog that you might be interested in has recently surfaced.