European Stereotypes Revisited – update from a small peninsula

Hey, y’all! Greetings from the peninsula. It’s a hot weekend here in Iberia. And rather than go out and get sunburned, I figured I’d revisit an old theme

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Translating DOS-Speak: What your director of studies is really saying

Wanna know what your Director of Studies really means when he talks? You’re in the right place. So here goes… I guess you’re teaching English in Spain –

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How to Make Money as a Language School Owner: Pimping for Fun and Profit

What do an escort service and a language school have in common? More than you might imagine. For one thing, they both semi- or illegally employ a lot

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In Which the Author Realizes He’s Out of Touch with the Youth

At the hamburger restaurant in downtown Vigo there’s a guy eating alone at the next table. I’m doing my usual thing of talking much louder than most other English

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Is Spain a Country? Important facts about Spain and Europe

Is Spain a country? Well, it depends… No, actually, it doesn’t. Spain is totally a country. But you can read on to find out the whole story. See,

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Social Media Manual for Online Educators

As social media creeps into every facet of our lives, many teachers and educators are interested in incorporating these new technologies into their lessons. In order to help

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Conversation in the language school #3: Who’s the Governator of Texas?

A conversation from the language school in Madrid… Student 1: Who was the best governator of Texas? Me: Well, um… Governator is a term that’s only used for

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Is spelling fascist?

Readers, I’m sick of this. This fascist spelling, propagated by (white, male, middle-class) dictionary editors. It’s bad enough that our public schools are teaching people “proper” English and

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Wall Street Intsitute, Madrid: “Spain needs que you hables inglés de verdad”

Here’s something I found here in the barrio. Nice ad, huh? “Spain needs que you hables inglés de verdad.” Yes, right here in Madrid, Wall Street Institute is making their

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Teacher Trainers Are Missing the Point

A lot of my students are non-native English teachers. Some of them have extremely high levels of English. And, I hate to say it, but some of them

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