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A Joyous Non-Denominational Holiday Season to You Allnowaintthatsomeshit

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:01:10 +0000

Very quickly, before things get really ugly this week (“‘Tis the season to grade papers, fa lala lala, lala la la”), I thought I’d honor a timeworn tradition here at $4MT for the non-denominational holiday season, i.e. “Xmas crap!”  Besides, I haven’t posted anything even remotely useful for a while, and it is better to […](image)

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“Lottery curse” Conditionals, “I wish” etc. (Advanced)nowaintthatsomeshit

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:40:42 +0000

Recently Alex over at TEFLtastic has been pondering questions such as “Why are Advanced level textbooks so crap?” and “Do you need to be able to discuss globalization to be Advanced?” Regarding that first one, various commenters at the post in question were quick to point  to factors such as 1) “weird grammar bits and […](image)

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“Future Thoughts” Lesson Plannowaintthatsomeshit

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:33:15 +0000

So, not long ago I was talking at length about the SEETA online course on YouTube, led by Jamie Keddie.  And I completely forgot to include perhaps the most amazing thing I discovered there.  I think you’ll agree that you don’t have to be a fan of M.O.P., or of roughneck mid 90s NY hip-hop […](image)

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“Viva la vida” Coldplay song – used to/would lessonnowaintthatsomeshit

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:47:51 +0000

It’s been a while since I posted any songs up here–I got started “bloggifying” my blog (making it less about posting materials and more about posting about other’s people’s posts, and posting about posts about other people’s posts, etc.) while I was out of commission with the flu, and now I’m better and ready to contribute. Level: […](image)

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Classics: “I saw you…”nowaintthatsomeshit

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:14:36 +0000

So I’ve just decided to start a series of articles on $4MT dedicated to the classics.  No, not Homer or Aristotle or none of them cats–I’m referring to classic English teaching activities that every teacher has probably used (or could probably use) and which in my own experience I’ve made use of time and time […](image)

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“The Burgundy Loaf” video and discussion (restaurants)nowaintthatsomeshit

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:41:00 +0000

Want to spice up a dull food-and/or-restaurant-related unit with your Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate students?  Or you want to set up a unit related to language for making complaints?  Or perhaps you just want to give your tourist-industry class a quick laugh and have a little discussion. If any of the above are true in your case, then […](image)

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“Why not?” pairwork speaking activitynowaintthatsomeshit

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:40:39 +0000

You may have noticed I’ve changed “themes” on the blog.  I’m not 100% convinced, but it’ll work I think.  Opinions from the peanut gallery? In the interest of starting off the “new season” of $4MT with something simple, here’s a little something that occurred to me in a pinch in one of my one-to-one classes […](image)

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The Killers “Mr. Brightside” Phrasal verbs and collocationsnowaintthatsomeshit

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 16:08:22 +0000

As promised last time, another song. (Note: I do not like the Killers.  They are definitely not my thing.  Apart from the fact that $4MT has had a strong hip-hop/R&B bias in its musical slant, I should note that the Killers for me are well on their way to dethroning U2 for the post of […](image)

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The Lonely Island “We Like Sportz” Sports vocabulary songnowaintthatsomeshit

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:51:43 +0000

I’m back!  What?! What y’all know about that? What?! What?! Oh, ahem.  Hi, hello there.  I’ve not been doing much posting as of late.  To make up for that, I’m gonna try to double up here. As things wind down to a close and the kids finish their schoolwork and take their exams, we’re left […](image)

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reflective teaching journal failnowaintthatsomeshit

Mon, 25 May 2009 06:32:54 +0000

My god, it’s been ages since I posted anything here.  Almost a month.  Christ almighty, where is my motivation? Well, I guess part of it can be chalked up to that seasonal syndrome of motivational dysfunction known as “spring fever”.  Maybe it’s really a physical, neurological/endocrinal phenomenon related to the change in season.   (Maybe one […](image)

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