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A Resource for English Language Teachers

We are teachers, teacher trainers, and materials writers.  To us, the English language is a living, breathing creature, always on the move, elusive, and endlessly fascinating.  98 more words


It's a word "thing"

Our students love certain words because they are familiar to them.   However, when working within the register of academic English, they begin learning that some of these words are less appropriate because they are too informal or vague. 449 more words


Defining left libertarianism

I occasionally contribute to the editing of Wikipedia pages, including those relating to left libertarian political traditions. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of cranky libertarians involved in Wikipedia, so pages you  edit there get swiftly re-edited. 1,499 more words

George Orwell

Focus on error: a proposal for creating oral accuracy sessions

The students were sharing stories in a circle. They had practiced for several days, and were fluent enough; however, in the telling almost none of these low intermediate English learners actually used past tenses to describe past experiences. 1,222 more words


Colin Ward on changing the state through behaving differently.

Colin Ward. “Contrary to our interests”. Originally published in ‘Freedom’ magazine volume 18, No. 21 (May 25, 1957). Found in “Autonomy Solidarity Possibility The Colin Ward Reader. 234 more words

Community Engagement

Editing through sound and movement

Teachers understand the value of active listening and active reading. In a writing class, there is also great value in active editing.

For example, some teachers tell students to read their paper out loud to themselves in a quiet room. 557 more words