Jesse CRAIGNOU

Coming from a multinational multicultural family I learnt many languages and to deal with many cultures… This has shown me the importance of words and communication. Words are sweet water to my lips… For lack of a better word I’ll make up my own if I have to… if it serves the purpose of my writing… words are all yet sometimes words are not enough… From the minute I could write I wrote… on everything and anything I could fin to write on… I wrote I wrote I wrote… and I haven’t stopped writing yet… My first memory of writing was at home writing my name on my little blackboard… My father came to correct it… and writing was on for me from that moment on… There was a time poetry belonged in popular culture before it was held hostage by the elite… In many respects and ways I have long felt I belong in those days… People quoted and cited lines from poems as people today sing along the streets… And words were their music… A couple of years ago one of my students presented a piece of his work about Louise BENNETT -the first Jamaican woman poet- and he got me thinking on how I wish I could go back to the dawn of writing… to be the first person ever to write the first book in his language… the first fiction… Or even… Bulgarian born Elias CANETTI who, from wanting so much to understand the private thoughts his parents shared in German, went on to become one of the greatest German writers of his time and beyond… because with writing comes history… and come stories… and communication… My main interests belong in life, people and nature. People usually don’t see the surrealistic aspects of their life… when I do… Most of my endeavours are about communication… and my writings are very oral in fact… they are meant to be heard and said more than read… even if one should indeed enjoy reading them… whether books, texts, poems or songs they would easily find their way to the radio or stage… and I have recorded a few that I offer for sale now… I also write for business and communication as well as for children… in a style that blends fact and fiction as well as poetry and prose… writing about people for people… Most of my books come in French and in English.

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Aug 09

Five habits of effective English language learners By Martin Sketchley

‘The English language is truly global and the opportunities to read or listen to it are endless’. ‘The English language is truly global and the opportunities to read or listen to it are endless’. Photo © Vox Efx, licensed under CC-BY-2.0 and adapted from the original. What habits should English language learners adopt to help …

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Aug 09

9 Ways to Check Understanding in TEFL

When should we check understanding? We should check that learners understand: when we are introducing or revising new language (grammar or lexical items and functional expressions) when, during an activity, we realise that our learners haven’t understood something. This could be, for example, a word in a reading text when we are giving instructions for …

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Aug 08

The Art of English – Lesson Planning

Preparing A Lesson is best done when the teacher has already tested the students’ levels and audited their needs before setting objectives and preparing English lessons to reach those objectives… Testing the students’ level will help you take the course on the right foot… rather than relying on impressions or resting the course on the …

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Aug 04

What Music At Work Does To Your Brain (and it’s pretty amazing) by Tom Popomaronis

Music has enriched people’s personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too. When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, however, have a handle on when …

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Aug 03

What It’s Like Teaching English in China at First Leap by Josh Wilson

Probably one of the biggest unknowns of people considering teaching in China is the day to day life at home and at work. What will my home be like? What will my social life be like? What will the workload be like? Will the atmosphere at work be enjoyable? And will the aggregate of all …

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Aug 03

Language and Expression

When I was nine my little sister was really learning to speak and walk and I undertook to do my impossible to get her to speak and walk… or at least die trying… from the day she was born I had spent as much time as I could with her… caring for her almost more …

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Aug 03

English lyrics and English learning

Nothing, in no other language, is more pedagogical than a lot of popular English lyrics… especially British pop lyrics… British English hosts a wealth of key phrases and expressions that repeatedly turn up in everyday and business conversations… If the Beatles seem to be the most obvious choice in the matter, Elton John followed suit …

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Aug 03

English and Grammar

I never really understood that urge English teachers have to put their students through endless grammar exercises… and as a teacher myself felt I had to do it too… but, as I realised much later, only both under syllabus and peer pressure… All I remembered until then, as a native, is that we never really …

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Aug 02

Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

Research and Applications Editors: Care, Esther, Griffin, Patrick, Wilson, Mark (Eds.) This book provides a detailed description of research and application outcomes from the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project, which explored a framework for understanding the nature of these skills. The major element of this new volume is the presentation of research …

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Aug 02

The Handbook of Conversation Analysis

Jack Sidnell (Editor), Tanya Stivers (Editor) Presenting a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of theoretical and descriptive research in the field, The Handbook of Conversation Analysis brings together contributions by leading international experts to provide an invaluable information resource and reference for scholars of social interaction across the areas of conversation analysis, discourse analysis, linguistic anthropology, interpersonal …

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