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Language and empathy, Part 3: Making choices about language

This is the third and final post in a short series to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with

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Language and empathy, Part 3: Making choices about language

This is the third and final post in a short series to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with

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Language and empathy, Part 2: English from another point of view

This is the second in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others

Language and empathy, Part 2: English from another point of view

This is the second in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others

Language and empathy, Part 1: Why learn another language?

This is the first in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody interested in developing their

Language and empathy, Part 1: Why learn another language?

This is the first in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody interested in developing their

Teaching unhugged

There is no more pressing question in any field of education than: what is the best way to learn? Another popular question with a similar intent is: why isn’t student X learning? Or: why isn’t method X working? For some time

Teaching unhugged

There is no more pressing question in any field of education than: what is the best way to learn? Another popular question with a similar intent is: why isn’t student X learning? Or: why isn’t method X working? For some time

Mental health (in ELT)

Yesterday, I found postcards like these (see left) scattered around the coffee area at work, along with leaflets, badges and teabags! I was intrigued, so I picked one up. It turns out that the postcards (and the rest) were reminders that

Mental health (in ELT)

Yesterday, I found postcards like these (see left) scattered around the coffee area at work, along with leaflets, badges and teabags! I was intrigued, so I picked one up. It turns out that the postcards (and the rest) were reminders that

Accents in ads: from the sublime to the ridiculous

This morning on the London Underground, an ad caught my eye. Well, several did — but this one held my attention a bit longer because it mentioned accents, a particular interest of mine. And this wasn’t the only recent advertising

Accents in ads: from the sublime to the ridiculous

This morning on the London Underground, an ad caught my eye. Well, several did — but this one held my attention a bit longer because it mentioned accents, a particular interest of mine. And this wasn’t the only recent advertising

Learning, living and loss

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. I’ve been trying to work out the connection between thoughts that have been floating around in my mind, sometimes coming up to the surface for closer examination and sometimes sinking back down to

Learning, living and loss

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. I’ve been trying to work out the connection between thoughts that have been floating around in my mind, sometimes coming up to the surface for closer examination and sometimes sinking back down to

DON’T forget about the price tag…

Or rather, let’s not forget the real cost, costs and value of teaching and teachers. Earlier today I posted this. It was an April Fool. (Gotcha!) But it did have a serious underlying message, and when I quoted the Secret

DON’T forget about the price tag…

Or rather, let’s not forget the real cost, costs and value of teaching and teachers. Earlier today I posted this. It was an April Fool. (Gotcha!) But it did have a serious underlying message, and when I quoted the Secret

UK Linguistics Olympiad 2014

Hooray!  I’ve just received an email reminding me that I’m officially on the list of volunteer markers for this year’s UK Linguistics Olympiad! I think this may be one of the best things I’ve arranged to do in 2014.  This event

UK Linguistics Olympiad 2014

Hooray!  I’ve just received an email reminding me that I’m officially on the list of volunteer markers for this year’s UK Linguistics Olympiad! I think this may be one of the best things I’ve arranged to do in 2014.  This event

11 things

I’m flattered to have been tagged by no fewer than 4 people for the latest blog challenge!  Thanks Josh, Ceci, Divya and Wiktor. Here’s how it works: 1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger(s). 2. Share 11 random facts about yourself. 3. Answer the 11 questions the

11 things

I’m flattered to have been tagged by no fewer than 4 people for the latest blog challenge!  Thanks Josh, Ceci, Divya and Wiktor. Here’s how it works: 1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger(s). 2. Share 11 random facts about yourself. 3. Answer the 11 questions the