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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The 6 sweetest words in the English teacher’s vocabulary

Today there’s a Metro strike in Madrid, and I spent nearly two hours walking to class. I could have taken the Metro anyway, because the government mandates a

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Frank McCourt teaches English

One of my biggest pet peeves with educators is the idea that if you’re going to be a teacher, you need to be as boring and neutral as

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Conversation with an EFL Student … English minimal pairs

Student: Pardon me for just one minute, Daniel. I’m going to take a shit… (searches for word) Me: (Incredulous laughter.) Student: From the printer. (Exit.) Me: (Incredulous laughter.)

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27 Phrasal Verbs Que Debes Conocer (Segunda Edición)

My first book about ESL is out on Amazon Kindle, iBooks and other places. 27 Phrasal Verbs Que Debes Conocer is a bilingual book that helps intermediate level students

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My Students Are Awesome

Today I had two new students. 1) An architect who was working on a project for a university in Tripoli, until NATO invaded Libya and they evacuated everybody.

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Now that I’m a Famous Internet Guy

Since I’m becoming something of a well-known figure in the online ESL world, I’m getting some strange emails. The other day I got one from a Spanish girl

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Conversation in the Language School

Nothing’s more irritating than somebody who doesn’t speak English trying to teach me English. Student A: I’m studying a Master’s degree in VAWlin. Me: In what? Student A: A Master’s degree.

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Teaching for Dropouts

I became a teacher when I was 21. Newly arrived in Europe and just (dropped) out of college. My new boss gave me a textbook and said good

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