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Friends who Travel

It was with a sigh of relief that I unpacked my bags after a year teaching English abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Yes, the kids were cute. 558 more words


Corpus and the Principles of Good Design

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It isn’t a secret that I am not enamoured with the use of corpora in the language classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea and I do use them from time to time, but my beef is with how they are designed. 1,599 more words


Disrespectful Students

I was incredibly blessed in my first year of teaching. I had amazing students that were eager to learn, they received feedback with open arms, and most importantly, they wholeheartedly respected their classmates, as well as me. 474 more words

Work Life


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I can’t believe it’s been twenty years since I completed my initial TESL certificate program. A lot has happened in that time, but I remember it so clearly. 1,298 more words

The beginning, which really is no beginning at all

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” –

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Corpora and Collocations

At the last BCTEAL Conference in May, a colleague of mine gave an interesting talk on collocations and made mention of the use of some websites to help students understand what words normally go together. 1,345 more words



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A number of years ago, I decided to convert an audio book on CD into MP3 files so I could listen to them on my iPod as I walked back and forth from work. 2,451 more words