Results tagged “esl”

Budget ESL in the Philippines

By Tdol on Nov 19, 2012 | | 6 Comments

There have been a number of articles about the growth of ESL teaching in the Philippines like this, but some of what they are stating don't strike me as right. The Philippines does have potential and in the drive to reduce costs, it is clearly a place to watch out for.

Forums- The Joy

By Tdol on Jun 20, 2012 | | 0 Comments

Our site reached its tenth birthday this year.  Technology has changed a lot over that time, but the basics of forums have remained, and are still the best thing going for me on the site.  When I was doing my MA, learner-driven was a buzzword, but forums are all that.  And more besides.  The simple act of communicating works.

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Who will judge the ESL Judge?

By Tdol on Jan 15, 2008 | | 14 Comments

ESLJudge claims to be a site that 'allows ESL schools and teachers to resolve disputes professionally and fairly', which is a laudable aim.  However, it certainly does not live up to its lofty aims and is unlikely ever to do so.  It was launched far too early, which in itself is probably enough to strangle it at birth. 

Job Adverts in our Forum

By Tdol on Dec 13, 2007 | | 3 Comments

We will delete any ESL job adverts that appear in our forum. Our forum is for language discussions and not a free place to advertise jobs.

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Lingro- a translation tool

By Tdol on Nov 20, 2007 | | 4 Comments

Lingro is a site that offers a useful translation tool. Enter the URL of a site or page, then choose the language you want to translate words into and you can click on the words you don't know and bring up a pop-up box with a translation.

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I am Spartacus

By Tdol on Oct 29, 2007 | | 2 Comments

Over at the TeflTrade blog, Sandy McManus has received another legal demand for material critical of a school to be taken down from his site. This time, his blog host received a letter alleging defamation from Mr Paul Lowe of Windsor TEFL, who appeared in this blog here and also replied to what I said here. In the first case, Abbey College, Malvern demanded that a post that contained a critical description of their summer schools was removed. The original text had appeared on Dave's ESL Cafe and Sandy had reposted it after it was pulled from Dave's.

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Nova

By Tdol on Sep 27, 2007 | | 5 Comments

When I was living in Japan, it was virtually impossible to avoid Nova advertising; they were all over the subway, in my newspaper and on TV. For the last few months, the company, the largest of the eikaiwa schools in Japan, has been in free-fall, ever since they got into trouble over their refund policies. The company now seems to be in its death throes.

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Crash and burn

By Tdol on Jul 4, 2007 | | 0 Comments

Though the term information superhighway seems to have been consigned to history, the internet, in many ways, resembles a demolition derby more than a sleek road. Every year I clear out the dead links from our ESL links database; even though we add a new link most days, we now how forty fewer links than we did at the start of the year.

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Interactive whiteboards

By Tdol on Jul 2, 2007 | | 0 Comments

Interactive whiteboards, heralded as a breakthrough in teaching, have come under fire as possible risks to eyesight. While the claims that TV and computer screens would ruin people's eyesight have largely not been shown to be the case, it is possible that there is a risk here.

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The plot thickens

By Tdol on Jun 15, 2007 | | 11 Comments

An extremely lengthy thread about Mark Smith and Smith's School of English, Japan on the AACircle ESL Blacklist was closed by the administrator on the grounds that he had seen 'indisputable documentary evidence' that Mr Smith was innocent of all the accusations made against him.

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IATEFL

By Tdol on Jun 1, 2007 | | 3 Comments

Sandy MacManus of the popular TEFLTrade blog recently wrote to IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, asking them what they were doing to protect ESL teachers in the UK.

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ESL, EFL & ESOL Blogging

By Tdol on Apr 26, 2007 | | 0 Comments

A few years ago, many ESL bloggers were claiming that blogging was going to change the face of ESL on the web. I always thought that these claims were excessive; many bloggers were coming into IT without many technical skills and were evangelical about what they could do without understanding the ideas behind Web 2.0 or what was happening on the web already.

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The worst in ESL?

By Tdol on Mar 9, 2007 | | 0 Comments

The TEFL Blacklist has had its version of the OSCARS for the worst in the ESL/EFL world. It's an interesting and idiosyncratic selection, with some obvious choices of old friends and some quirky and unexpected choices.

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Windsor TEFL Courses

By Tdol on Feb 8, 2007 | | 3 Comments

There is a lot of debate at the moment on whether the Trinity College London TEFL (TESOL) Certificate courses offered by Windsor TEFL are accredited.

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ESL & EFL Blacklists

By Tdol on Jan 24, 2007 | | 4 Comments

The TEFL Blacklist, set up by Sandy of TeflTrade, has been taken over by someone known as Inspector McHammered of the Lard, who has re-invigorated the site.

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Exam help on UsingEnglish.com

By Tdol on Nov 10, 2006 | | 2 Comments

We are adding a new section to the site that will be text-based, with texts and comprehension exercises. It is new, so it is still very small, but we will be adding to it on a regular basis. Please free to contact us to make suggestions or correct any mistakes.

Big change

By Tdol on Aug 30, 2006 | | 1 Comments

I was reading a book about how people use the internet and it said that the average search length has gone from 1.1 to 2.8 words in the last few years. The numbers may not seem to represent such a huge change at first look, but the more I think about them, the more astonishing the change seems. I have also just finished teaching on a pre-sessional course in a university in the UK where I have taught for many years and there have been similar changes that display a very profound change as I see it.

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Visa mills

By Tdol on Jul 3, 2006 | | 2 Comments

The BBC has recently reported on the visa scams going on in some UK English Language schools, though this has been going on for years and has never been a secret within the ESL profession. The problem seems to have come to a head because the DfES (the Department for education and Skills) introduced a registration scheme, despite repeated warnings from professional bodies that their criteria for inclusion were not stringent enough.

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Cracking up

By Tdol on Jun 12, 2006 | | 0 Comments

I have just cleaned out our links database, which I do once a year. About 10% of the links were broken, similar to last year. Unless ESL is particularly bad for this, it doesn't bode well for the web. So much of the web is dependent on links, yet such a high breakage rate means that after a few years much of it will be unreadable, and particularly in areas like blogs where people tend to respond to things they have seen on the web and post their thoughts and the link.

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Smoke and mirrors

By Tdol on Feb 8, 2006 | | 2 Comments

ESL training courses on the internet are a problem. While there are presumably courses that are worth the money, most seem a waste of time and money. Apart from the obvious defect of not having any observed classroom teaching, many are quite simply rip-offs and there is a problem with recognition, as many have set up their own recognising bodies.

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