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      Editorial - The future of TeachingEnglish

      At TeachingEnglish, we are always looking for ways to develop and improve the site to make it easier for you to find what you need for your classes or for your professional development. 

      One of our current projects is to look at reorganising the site structure. We have a lot of ideas, but we also want you, the people who use the site, to be involved in this process.

      Help us shape the future

      If you have 10-15 minutes, go to the following link:

      https://navigation.optimalworkshop.com/optimalsort/z0wnn6i5

      It's a sorting exercise which asks you to group all of our content in a way that seems logical to you.

      You should try to create your own headers and then move the cards on the left into each section you make.

      Feel free to be as creative as you like!


      Thanks,

      Paul  (TeachingEnglish website editor)

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      New Special Educational Needs (SEN) network in the YLTSIG for IATEFL

      A new network within the IATEFL YLTSIG is about to be set up. It is intended to draw together teachers, heads and coordinators from around the world who are interested in sharing ideas and resources to better the English language provision for students with any kind of specific learning needs.

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      IATEFL Harrogate Online is now live!

      If you can't attend the 2014 Harrogate IATEFL Conference in person, follow the event online! Coverage will feature talks, sessions and recorded interviews with conference presenters and delegates.

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      British Council announces shortlist for ELTons Awards 2014

      The British Council have announced the shortlist for the ELTons 2014, the annual awards celebrating innovation in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world. Now in their twelfth year, the awards which are run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment, are the only international awards to recognise innovative ELT products, services and research in English language teaching around the world.

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      IATEFL Special Interest Groups

      With the IATEFL annual conference fast approaching, we look at some of the Special Interest Groups who work year round to provide development opportunities to teachers around the globe.

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      A focus on materials development - live webcast

      Watch the webcast of 'More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials' with Rachael Roberts, followed by Adam Kilgarriff talking about 'Corpora in the classroom without scaring the students'.

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      How to become an ELT materials writer - EnglishAgenda free webinar

      The EnglishAgenda Continuing Professional Development webinar series will be looking at ‘How to become an ELT materials writer’ with Sue Kay, author of the ‘Reward Resource Packs’ and ‘Inside out’, and Karen Spiller. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 5th March 2014, at 16.00 UK time. A recording of the webinar will be available after the event.

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      CLIL policy and practice: an invitation-only policy workshop to draft a new strategy for CLIL in Europe

      The British Council has convened an invitation-only policy workshop to draft a new strategy for CLIL in Europe, to take place on 10-12 March 2014 by Lake Como. With support from ministries of education and sector specialists throughout Europe, the key objective of the gathering is to draft a set of recommendations for the European Commission.

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      Demand rockets for English

      New software packages are cracking language learning codes across the spectrum, from literacy in English all the way through to Mandarin ... 

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      Note to homeschoolers: Don’t be psychotic!

      On March 17, Stephen Downes, a senior researcher with the National Research Council who also writes and speaks extensively on education issues, published a brief entry on the court ruling in California in which he essentially equated homeschooling with abuse... 

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      Open Educational Resources: the Way Forward

      The document, Open Educational Resources: the Way Forward, is the fruit of the community's collective reflection on how to advance the OER movement. 

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      Student won’t be expelled over Facebook study group

      A Toronto university student will not be expelled for running a Facebook study group that his school had argued constituted cheating... 

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      Fixing Humpty Dumpty

      Tim Gill is interested in what he calls 'the shrinking horizons of childhood'. 

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      Khuraman Safarova's picture

      Khuraman Safarova
      Azerbaijan

      I think this network will be a great material for any kind of teaching


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      monroebetty
      Turkey

      Hi dear people !

      I am student in Turkey and I have visually impaired students, I am...
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      saima bhatti
      United Kingdom (Great Britain)

      Hello,

      I've just read about the survey that you'd like to do, and wonder if I could...
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