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Action research: how it can help your EFL classroom   Leave a comment

Oxford University Press

cathryn-lavery-67852Martyn Clarke has worked in ELT classrooms as a teacher and trainer for over twenty years and in more than fifteen countries. He has taught English at all levels and in many contexts from one-to-one in financial institutions to rural schools with classes of eighty students.

A classic model of teacher development involves learning about the latest ideas on our practice, and applying them to our classrooms.

Action Research takes the opposite approach. In this process we find out what happens in our own classrooms so that we can understand them better and so make better-informed teaching decisions.  In other words, the teacher carries out the research, and if necessary as a result of what they find out, identifies possible strategies to engage with the reality.

It is different from scientific research. It doesn’t try to come to universally applicable conclusions or models of action. If you conduct an action…

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Posted March 31, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

‘The Native factor’ what’s next after Silvana Richardson’s IATEFL 2016 plenary   Leave a comment

TEFL Equity Advocates

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It was Day 2 of IATEFL 2016. 9am. Silvana Richardson gave her plenary ‘The Native factor – the haves and the have-nots’. A plenary that is bound to go down in history. One of the best things that could have happened to our industry. It’s a plenary that should be a must see for all future plenary speakers. It received a standing ovation. It was interrupted several times by loud applause from the audience. Some had tears in their eyes when it finished. A perfect mix of pathos, ethos and logos. So if you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it now. I’ll wait for you.

Amazing, wasn’t it?

It’s probably not surprising then that the social media have exploded with blog posts about the ‘Native factor’. Lizzie Pinard wrote a great summary of the plenary. She also wrote a follow-up post which really hit the nail on the…

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Posted March 30, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Easter resources for your EFL classroom   Leave a comment

Oxford University Press

shutterstock_377717329Spring has arrived here in Oxford, and Easter is on the horizon – it’s a perfect time of year to bring some seasonal activities and worksheets into your language learning classroom. Our former contributors Vanessa Esteves, Julietta Schoenmann, and Christopher Graham have come up with a range of Easter-themed lessons for young learners and secondary level learners through to adult learners that we hope you’ll enjoy.

Young Learner Resources:

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Easter Card Template

Secondary Resources:

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Adult Resources:

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Posted March 29, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

We’re Hiring! Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

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Job title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities

Job reference: P55843

Date posted: 24/03/2017

Application closing date: 27/04/2017

Location: Exeter

Salary: The starting salary will be from £33,943 within the Grade F band (£33,943 – £38,183).

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type: Research

Job description

College of Humanities

This permanent, full time post is available from 1st July 2017.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

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IATEFL 2017 and the native speaker debate   Leave a comment

TEFL Equity Advocates

Yes, it’s this time of year – IATEFL 2017 is almost here. Last year we had a phenomenal plenary from Silvana Richardson about the prejudice many ‘non-native speaker’ teachers suffer from in ELT, which I wrote about here. There were also several really interesting workshops and talks on the topic of ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’. So I was really looking forward to seeing what there is in store for those of us interested in equal professional opportunities for ‘non-native speakers’.

It turns out there isn’t much.

Apart from the talk I’m co-presenting with Dan Baines and Karin Krummenacher, which I’ll talk a bit more about in a moment, there is only one other talk that mentions the acronym NNEST (Non-Native Speaker Teacher) in the abstract:

Title: Sink or swim? Preparing trainees for the EFL jobs market.

Time and date: 4th April 2.35pm – 3.05pm

Speaker: Dita Phillips (British Study…

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Posted March 29, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Quakers say it loud: the poster collection of the Library of the Society of Friends   Leave a comment

Quaker Strongrooms

The Library’s latest reading room display focuses on our poster collection. The posters are a historic visual record of Quaker values. These values – or ‘testimonies’ – of peace, equality, simplicity and sustainability, and truth and integrity are the founding principles of Quakerism.

Quakers live out their faith, acting according to these testimonies in their everyday lives. Quakers are perhaps best known for their peace testimony, which leads them to ‘witness’ against all war and violence.

Quakers have a history of publishing, which dates back to the days of the Society’s founder, George Fox. Early Quakers called themselves the ‘First Publishers of Truth’ and spread the faith by preaching and writing.

In 1656, while in prison, George Fox wrote: “Let all nations hear the word by sound or writing. Spare no place, spare not tongue nor pen, but be obedient to the Lord God and go through the world and be valiant…

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Posted March 29, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

We’re Hiring! Professor in Digital Humanities   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

Professor in Digital Humanities

Job reference: P56392

Date posted: 24/03/2017

Application closing date: 27/04/2017

Location: Exeter

Salary: Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience.

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type: Academic

Job description

College of Humanities

This full time, permanent post is available from 1st September 2017.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

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Posted March 29, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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