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I have been teaching English for the last 33 years either formally or informally.

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I promised to let some of my professional beliefs fly around for you to shoot at.

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Connected with my comments on what constitutes a successful lesson/teacher, is Earl Stevick's now famous riddle from his book,...

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Continuing my researches into the history of methodology, here are some more gems

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Currently I'm working on an extended paper on language teaching methodology, which will form part of an edited collection on...

  • Here are half a dozen rather disconnected thoughts to start with (more in the next blog). I'll be interested to know how far you agree or disagree, and why.1 We should beware of anything called 'The … method' or 'The … approach'. This may well...
  • Connected with my comments on what constitutes a successful lesson/teacher, is Earl Stevick's now famous riddle from his book, Memory, Meaning and Method: "In the field of language teaching, Method A is the logical contradiction of Method B: if the...
  • Continuing my researches into the history of methodology, here are some more gems:“One cannot really begin to learn the grammar of a language until one knows the language itself” (Jespersen, O. 1904. How to teach a foreign language, p.126)  “The old...
  • Currently I'm working on an extended paper on language teaching methodology, which will form part of an edited collection on applied linguistics topics, pitched at MA students. The exercise is fascinating, if time-consuming. For a start, how do you...