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TEFL Matters · 9M ago

What kind of School are you working for? (A Questionnaire on the ‘micro-climate’ of an institution)

This is a response to many  readers and trainees who talk about the frequent frustration befalling newly (or not so “newly”…) trained teachers finding themselves teaching in an environment.....
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

Seven Questions for Alan Maley

“Life would be dull without creativity”, and “Creativity encourages risk taking”, Mr. Maley said in his talk at the launch of the most recent volume on creativity, Creativity in the English ...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

Xtranormal has become Nawmal

Bringing the glad tidings that my favourite animation tool seems to be coming back! Xtranormal was a hugely popular video making tool with hundreds of teachers making videos for free, choosi...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

Is it Free?

I very often talk to teachers about online apps and great new tools and the standard question always is: “Is it free?'” And of course it’s natural for teachers – who are... [[ This is a con...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

CELTA and Technology – With or Without it?

Giulia Forsythe via Compfight In a recent end-of-course evaluation report,  one of our CELTA candidates suggested (complained is perhaps a better word) that her expectations of a higher grad...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

IATEFL Manchester 2015 – five years on

Pre-Conference Events with the Special Interest Groups For me, the high point of the conference is always the Pre-Conference Day with my chosen Special Interest Group. Since 2015, I have bee...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

IATEFL 2015 in Manchester

IATEFL 2015 Once more, the time of the year for IATEFL International has come round. If you are going to be at IATEFL, please make sure we meet up and talk! If not, at least make sure to fol...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

Digital Storytelling for Younger & Older Learners

Digital Storytelling & Young Learners  Picture this: …a teacher holding up her laptop or tablet and a circle of children listening to her and following the digital images of her... [[ This ...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

From Images to Words

Pictures generate talk, a fact well appreciated by all teachers. This short post hopes to review some well known ideas as well as give you some new ones on using images to develop your stude...
TEFL Matters · 9M ago

Teaching styles and lesson outcomes

  This is the first of a series of guest blog posts from members of my online ‘family’, my PLN. I am thrilled and  honoured to have Marjorie Rosenberg write her reflections on this... [[ Th...