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Esol for Work

Posted by Tom Roper on October 23, 2007

The Guardian reports on ESOL for Work, the government’s new ‘quickie’ courses for migrant workers.,,2196880,00.html 


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English Teaching Professional: Second Life, podcasts and wikis

Posted by Tom Roper on September 3, 2007

The new issue of English Teaching Professional has articles on using Second Life in teaching by Howard Vickers of Avatar Languages, on podcasting by Peter Travis of Splendid Speaking, which lists some useful EFL podcast sites, such as and and Russell Stannard on wikis. For the last article, Russell has cerated a reader’s wiki (registration with PBwiki required) and provided some training videos at:

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As you like it: Demos on English

Posted by Tom Roper on March 15, 2007

Widely but inaccurately reported as calling for the abolition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Demos report As you like it: Catching up in an age of global English is available as a pdf on their website

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Blogs in EL Gazette

Posted by Tom Roper on March 12, 2007

The latest issue of EL Gazette contains a piece on blogs, which discusses, among other things, the controversial Sandy’s UK TEFL blog, strapline: “Dishing the dirt on Britain’s tacky TEFL trade…”,, where an EFL teacher uses a blog to give feedback to students, An ELTNotebook, Blog-EFL, Eric Baber’s blog, TEFLlogue and a meta blog using SuprGlu that brings together feeds from a number of EFL blogs, though the URL quoted in the article gives an incorrect hyphen.

The article is not available on EL Gazette’s website and an attempt to use the search button returns a message saying “ELGazette Search Engine is Coming soon“…a curious use of upper case.

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Foreign wars: the privatisation of English language teaching

Posted by Tom Roper on February 21, 2007

The Guardian ran a story yesterday on the privatisation of English language teaching in universities, particularly in English for academic purposes and foundation courses. Private sector companies such as INTO, Kaplan and Study Abroad are trying to establish a presence on campuses.
The University and Colleges Union is campaigning vigorously to keep higher education public.

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