2003 - issue 9/03
to the September Newsletter.
are in sight for us - hence the early delivery this month.
We're off for a couple of weeks of beach, snorkelling, food
& relaxing. For those of you who also subscribe to the
Weekly Tip, it will be back on Monday 15th September.
we go, here's the slightly abbreviated September offering
- articles, plans & a review plus a few links to both
teacher-related & non-teaching related stuff.
have a lesson plan, an article, a training session -anything
that might be interesting for an ELT-teacher audience, please
send it in to mailto:email@example.com .
a DOS job & China? There's a DOS job going in Qingdao,
China. Contact Mark for details - see the Job section below.
THE SITE - plans & articles
CVs & JOBS
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PS - Internet/computer-related links
SPEECH: A Course in Listening and Pronunciation for Advanced
Learners of English - An electronic publication that aims
to solve the problem of the misrepresentation of speech. http://www.speechinaction.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
like to buy a Streaming Speech course you will receive a discount
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articles on the site:
Crisis and Criticism by Dimitrios Thanasoulas
seminal book, "Language and Ideology," Hodge and
Kress (1979: vii) say that 'disciplines, unlike cows, yield
least when most contented' - and theirs is a legitimate contention.
The very moment something, anything, be it a theory, a philosophical
system, or a relationship between two individuals, is taken
for granted, it is vitiated; it becomes fractured and cannot
yield anything. For some people, what is taken for granted
may have been exalted to the status of an axiom, which obviates,
even pre-empts, the need for constant negation and reconstruction.
Yet, axioms are the result of a long and rigorous process
of such reconstruction; they are not mere labels tacked onto
theories and things. Rather, it is on the basis of the Hegelian
notion of Aufhebung that process can be made. Knowledge is
a negation on a previous negation (a process that I call crisis),
and the attempt to examine the validity and viability of previous
knowledge paves the way for new knowledge (a process that
call criticism). Apparently, criticism generates crisis and
crisis necessitates criticism. In the present paper, we will
draw our attention to a number of theories, notions and contentions
that permeate pedagogical practices, approaching them from
a, more or less, critical perspective.
read the article
Grammar at Upper Intermediate Level by Sam Smith
Evaluating my experience of teaching grammar, I have realised
that it has been an area I have paid too little attention
to in general. In this paper, I hope to set out an outline
of theoretical and practical ideas for me to follow, with
a particular focus at upper intermediate level, when focusing
on grammar and when practising it. I hope to do this by answering
the following questions.
is grammar? Why do we need it? Should it be taught? What happens
if we don't pay enough attention to it? What does learning
it involve? Some points to keep in mind when teaching it.
How should we go about teaching it?
read the article
The lesson plan is for upper intermediate students & the
aims are as follows:
To raise awareness of 'would' and 'used to' signify repeated
actions and habits in the past, 'used to' for states and past
simple for 'one off' events.
To provide receptive (aural and written) and productive (spoken)
practice of above forms.
To highlight the difference between 'used to' in the past
and the present.
To practice listening for checking predictions and for overall
To practice perception and production of target language in
connected speech, with attention to weak forms.
To provide personalised spoken practice in the context of
past habits and repeated actions.
read the plan
Thanks to Dimitrios & Sam.
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this in the mail: Thought you would like to know about The
Language Show, which is happening on Friday 14th and Saturday
15th November at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London. There is
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learning from the Language Centre at the Hong Kong University
of Science & Technology.
teach English for Science & Technology, Ruth Vilmi has
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the links on Ruth's site was to the Mad Scientist Network
- Welcome to the laboratory that never sleeps! MadSci Network
represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers
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oddities and other ends as well.
budding cooks amongst your students - a glossary of culinary
of word games.
& Everyday Expressions - explained.
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CVs & JOBS
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Metro Education, Shanghai, is seeking qualified native
speakers with experience of teaching in companies or for Business
English examinations. Good conditions and pay rates are being
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opportunities available now, August 2003. Please contact Eileen
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Director of Studies - China
International House Qingdao International House Qingdao is
looking for a DOS to start as soon as possible. Must be DELTA
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PS - Internet/computer-related links
Project - interesting idea but doesn't seem to be taking the
world by storm.
to match some colours?
for Union Pacific - good for predictions?
the Mensa workout.
the ultimate tool for scoring and ranking web pages by their
Buzzosity a measurement of buzzword density. Buzzwordometer
will examine any page you submit, and give it a score on the
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