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For any teachers coming to Shanghai, here are directions to Zhongshan Park, where your initial training will take place.
COD Observations is something which might help CODs observing lessons.
Last summer, somewhere 37,000ft above the Middle East, in line for the bathroom, I overheard these words: "They're so rude. They never say please or thank you."
You get no prizes for guessing who the flight attendant was complaining about: the hapless Chinese passengers on the VS251 from Pudong to Heathrow.
Every year China spends $2.1 billion on English language education to help its people interact with the rest of the world and every year 100,000 foreign teachers move to China…Continue
Who do you think the following exchange is taking place between?
A: What are you doing this weekend?
B: What are you doing this weekend?
A: Maybe I’ll go to the cinema.
B: Maybe I’ll go to the cinema.
Were the participants:
1. Person A and their talkative parrot?
2. Person A and their annoying younger sister?
3. Person A and their English Language Teacher?
Sadly, the most likely scenario for…Continue
How many of us start lessons by asking students to put their mobile phones away? Probably too many. The vast majority of our students come to class with a computer more powerful than all of NASA had in 1969. NASA used their technology to put men on the moon with a rocket. Our students use their technology to fight zombies with plants. Doesn’t that sound like a waste?
Mobile phones dominate how we interact with each other and access information. Phone usage continues to…Continue
You can’t hear learning taking place, can you? You can’t hear the cogs in students’ brains turning as they try to get their heads round a new language concept, can you? You can’t hear the humming of a learner’s’ brain as they internalize a new word, can you? Well, I think you can. The best classes I’ve ever observed and taught all had this sound in abundance. You’ve heard this sound before. You know what it sounds like.
What’s the sound?…Continue