Category Archives: Teaching English

Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (3)

Li Yang’s ‘Crazy English’ method. It involves memorisation and pronunciation practice through repeated, powerful verbalisation – shouting, essentially. I actually think this is probably quite a good way to learn – reading aloud seems to have fallen out of favour … Continue reading

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Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (2)

Tuition fees are between £300 and £1200 a year for forty-five minute classes, and on top of that needs to be added the inevitable splurges on merchandising and software that it all drives towards. The fetishing of new learning technologies, … Continue reading

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Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (1)

Mormon Temple, Seoul Following on from its conversion drives in Latin America which used the same technique (e.g. 1880s Mexico, 1930s Argentina, 1970s Bolivia), the Mormon church is currently using free English lessons as a means to proselytise in South … Continue reading

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Currently reading

Amitav Ghosh – The Glass Palace. Nineteenth and twentieth century reimagining of Burmese and Indian history, with long descriptions of the harvest and trade of teak, oil, rubber, and so on, which are both beautifully written and pretty terrifying. Juan … Continue reading

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El callejón de los milagros

“¿Qué es esto?” “Lo básico del inglés, güey” In Naguib Mahfuz’s Midaq Alley (or El callejón de los milagros – Alley of Miracles – as it’s known in Spanish), two of the main characters seek to better themselves and their … Continue reading

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A Coda: Makerere

A short addendum to my review of A.P.R. Howatt’s A History of English Language Teaching. The Commonwealth Conference at University College of Makerere, Uganda, has been seized on as as a symbolic point in the history of teaching English (which … Continue reading

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The future is international…

… so exams must take this into account. From Cambridge Proficiency written exam Now write your letter/ proposal/ report/ essay

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