What burning questions have you got about EFL?  You know the ones that are burning away in the back of your mind but you felt too foolish to ask, or those ones that you have asked but never got a decent answer, or even the ones you just never found the time to ask. Well, now there is a way to quickly and easily get them answered. A new project called EFL Talks has been asking teachers from all around the world for questions they would like answered and have...

One of the best parts of my job is working with other teachers.  This can be anything from a one-off 60-minute workshop, to a whole year of regular sessions with everything in between.  There are many ways of approaching this work with a variety of names that all suggest a slight difference in focus: teacher training, teacher development, teacher education, professional development are just some of the different terms you can easily find bandied about.  For some ideas on the differences between these approaches try reading Jack C...

It's something I've heard from other teachers.  It's something a lot of my non-teaching friends seem to believe.  It's something I've even said myself as I am trying to convince myself I am in the right profession: Teaching English is recession proof.  In the good times people need English and have the money to spend on teachers.  In the bad times, people are desperate for English to get or keep a job, so even if they don't have the money, they'll find it. As the hard times seem to be...

It is something of a cliché that the best teachers always learn from their students.  It has become a cliché, though, because it is true, or at least it should be true.  For example, some of the things I have learned this week include why there isn't one standard voltage for all of Brazil from a retired electrical engineer, how to do a cool magic trick from an amateur magician I realised that I like fantasy books, but hate fantasy films, while I love whodunits on the screen,...

My name is Stephen Greene.  I am a teacher.  I live in Curitiba.* I am not a public sector teacher.  Compared to them, I have a pretty cushy life.  I teach private students and so keep all of the income for myself.  I teach in people's houses, at their place of work, at my house or online.  I also do teacher training, and give workshops to teachers.  I provide cultural and communication workshops that have very little to do with English.  I write materials for publishers and a blog...

As anyone who knows me will attest, I have been pretty obsessed recently with mapping the urban linguistic landscape.  As often happens, when we find something we are interested in it colours all aspects of our lives.  When I first started teaching, many moons ago, I couldn't watch a film, hear a song or read a book without wondering if it could be used in my classes.  Nowadays, I can't teach a class without thinking about the urban linguistic landscape. One obvious way this has manifested itself is by...

[caption id="attachment_2888" align="alignleft" width="214"] Thre green-eyed monster is going to get you[/caption] Jealousy, it’s a terrible emotion but one we are all familiar with, and perhaps even a humanity defining one.  That the green-eyed monster often should rear its ugly head when we see the rich and famous gallivanting around in their Lear jets sporting their expensive Apple watches is one thing.  But it is worse, and perhaps far more intense, when it pops up because of something our friends, relatives and colleagues are doing. Unfortunately, at the moment, it...

We're half way through February (already!) and all of those New Year's resolutions you set yourself probably fell by the road side a long time ago.  If you're still following them, congratulations!  Maybe this is the year that you actually follow through on a promise to yourself. It wasn't exactly a New Year's Resolution for me, because I started in November last year, but I have become determined to get fit and lose some of the beer belly I have been building up for far too long.  As a...

[caption id="attachment_2317" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Order in the classroom by Martin Bowling (CC.BY.20)[/caption] A couple of months ago, I wrote about how there seems to be very little order in how we learn a language.  Just because we 'learn' some aspect of a language one day doesn't mean we will be able to use it the next.  Also, we might use a language quite comfortably one day, only to be completly useless the next time. While this is true for each individual, whether they are learning their first or second language,...