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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:16:42 +0000

The following post was first published on in March 2016. Bob Dignen, the author of Communication for International Business: The secrets of excellent interpersonal skills, is known to have said that a common goal that many learners have is to speak like a native speaker and that this implies that native speakers are the best communicators, which … Continue reading "5 more reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally"(image)

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:31:00 +0000

The following post was first published on in March 2016 and quickly became a topic of controversy even amongst native-speaking English teachers. This post went on to win the British Council Teaching English blog of the month award, and is the first part of a 5-parter. Perhaps it’s important for me to clarify before … Continue reading "5 reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally"(image)

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IATEFL Manchester Pecha Kucha Photo Creditschiasuanchong

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:00:11 +0000

Here are the credits and links to the photos I have used via Creative Commons for my Pecha Kucha presentation at IATEFL Manchester 2015.   Heart, love and gratitude – ELTpics, photo by Hana Ticha Students in class with teacher reading – by Ilmicrofono Oggiono Point and laugh – by Ross Pollock Happy students – … Continue reading "IATEFL Manchester Pecha Kucha Photo Credits"(image)

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The Misuse of Silencechiasuanchong

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:47:39 +0000

First of all, I must apologise for the silence on this blogsite for the last year. Aside from starting a new family, I also have been blogging fortnightly for and therefore have taken a break from this blogsite. However, I’m back from the silence with a re-post of this blogpost, first published on … Continue reading "The Misuse of Silence"(image)

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Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:07:20 +0000

First of all, allow me to apologise for the long hiatus I have taken from this blogsite. I have been blogging regularly, but for the website and would now like to make up for my absence from my own website by re-blogging some of my previous posts published on The first of which … Continue reading "In-Company training versus In-School training"(image)

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IATEFL Plenary – Susan Barduhnchiasuanchong

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:57:31 +0000

Prof. Barduhn, who gave a talk about expatriate teachers, once said, ‘If English were a drug, expatriate teachers would be the dealers…’ In her talk entitled Language Dealing, she starts by looking into the definition of ‘the drug’. Are dealers necessarily drug takers themselves? Drugs can serve to imprison but are drugs necessarily bad? Could … Continue reading "IATEFL Plenary – Susan Barduhn"(image)

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IATEFL Part 6 – Shelly Terrell on BYOTchiasuanchong

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:26:43 +0000

In a talk entitled ‘Transforming Trends – a journey into the work of BYOT’, Shelly starts talking about the importance of allowing teachers and students to bring in their own tools so as to overcome the economic obstacles that might be faced by the school and the students. Taking an audience poll, it was clear … Continue reading "IATEFL Part 6 – Shelly Terrell on BYOT"(image)

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IATEFL Plenary – Deniz Kurtolu Ekenchiasuanchong

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:01:05 +0000

Greeted by PowerPoint slides featuring moving animation of dancing flowers and rainy islands, The audience were treated to other novelties like a strategically placed umbrella right next to the podium and a pair of pink-petal led shaped sunglasses worn by Dr Eken herself as she started her talk with the metaphoric title ‘The ELT Weather … Continue reading "IATEFL Plenary – Deniz Kurtolu Eken"(image)

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IATEFL Part 5 – Willy Cardoso on a dynamic ELT Curriculumchiasuanchong

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:41:59 +0000

An introduction to Willy and his blog was followed by Willy taking us through the two types of lessons he has come across – the book lesson and the conversation lesson. He questions the falseness of the accuracy-fluency dichotomy that has been created, and might be even considered offensive due to the complexity of language … Continue reading "IATEFL Part 5 – Willy Cardoso on a dynamic ELT Curriculum"(image)

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IATEFL Part 4 – Luke Prodroumou on self-esteemchiasuanchong

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:50:42 +0000

Luke Prodromou has Aretha Franklin’s Respect playing as the audience filters in. He then asks what each of letters mean. R for respect and rapport. E is for esteem and evaluate (positive evaluation). S is for self, special. P for principles and practice, patience. E is for empathy and emotion -feeling that you deserve the … Continue reading "IATEFL Part 4 – Luke Prodroumou on self-esteem"(image)

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