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#PublicSpeaking: What #Amazing Nonsense You Are Talking! #ASMSG #IAN1 #IARTG #edchat

To be a good public speaker, never give up. Face your fear. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin In this book, I share my story, from … Continue reading

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Socrates: “I Am A … Citizen of the World”

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. — Socrates — Ed Coburn (@EdwardJCoburn) September 14, 2013 Being a “Citizen of the world” is a big responsibility. The term implies that you have a … Continue reading

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Integrated Learning: #Writing #Reading #Speaking #Listening #Grammar

Writing and reading are invariably connected, most people would agree. Yet adding grammar to the mix is bound to be contentious. Grammar is not neutral. All through the ages of man, there have been those who spurned it, found it … Continue reading

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The 2012 English National Public School Debate Tournament in Chile: Zonal Finals

Zonal Finals bring the 2012 Chilean National English Debate Tournament to a close Source: Chile Ministry of Education – English Opens Doors Program English translation by Thomas Jerome Baker Profesorbaker’s Blog The winners were Don Bosco Salesian College, Iquique, in … Continue reading

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Words, Glorious Words: Speak To Me

Today I’m writing a few lines about teaching speaking. To begin with, Scott Thornbury had an excellent post on his blog this past Sunday (all his posts are great, by the way). It was called, “E is for Eliciting” http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/e-is-for-eliciting/Continue reading

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Do You Know What You’re Talking About? Speak With Conviction!: A Poem by Taylor Mali

In case you hadn’t noticed, it has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you’re talking about? Or believe strongly in what you’re saying? Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s have been attaching themselves to the ends … Continue reading

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Connectivist Word Walls: Show and Tell #CCK11 #ELTchat

Hi everyone. Today’s connectivist writing lesson is called “Show and tell”. Sometimes, no matter how much you refine and plan your words, well, at times, words alone just don’t work. So, what do you do? Show and tell. Show what … Continue reading

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The Wedding Singer: Would You Let This Woman Sing At Your Wedding?

Sweeter than heaven, hotter than hell. Sounds like something I’d say to my wife, Gaby, since both comments describe her perfectly. But come on, as a wedding song? I mean for seduction, anticipation of pending passion, perfect – but as … Continue reading

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Does The Language We Speak Shape How We Think?

Does the language we speak shape how we think? I find this question to be an intriguing one. In fact, it was recently the subject of a lively debate at the Economist news magazine. Now, I speak three languages rather … Continue reading

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Teaching Challenge: Voodoo Economics

After looking at this video for three consecutive reruns, and laughing so hard that my sides are still hurting, I had a sober thought. What could be done to change this video into a positive example of teaching (and learning)? … Continue reading

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