Texts and tweets – David Crystal discusses myths and realities

English: David Crystal signing a book at the H...

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I came across this on You Tube this afternoon, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. It is always a pleasure to listen to David Crystal discussing language, and his views on what is happening in English are sharp and refreshing. Enjoy!

TESOL Spain – Convention 2014, Call for Papers

Convention 2014

The TESOL Spain Convention next year will take place on 7th – 9th March, 2014 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The theme is ’21st Century Teaching on the Move’, and the online submission of speaker proposals will be open from 1st September to 31st October. More information will be available from http://tesol-spain.org/

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‘How to … exploit video in class’

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Making Connections – My presentation at the Arenas Teaching Symposium

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Here is the link to the presentation I gave at the II Arenas Teaching Symposium on Thursday. I hope that those of you who attended found it useful.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwvhQiYtN7sRUHprdVdLV19qRU0/edit?usp=sharing

Can English native speakers adapt to a lingua franca world?

Here is an article which discusses the position of the native speaker in an ELF world. A very interesting perspective.

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Academia is a world of its own. Linguistic controversies are fought among scholars with little interest from the outside world. There was outrage in response to early propositions that English used as a lingua franca (ELF) should be studied as a legitimate form of English in its own right, and not as perpetually deficient “learner language”. Yet, the ELF world outside kept communicating, and 15-or-so years since the pioneers of ELF research fought their early battles, academics are gradually recognising the uncontroversial and obvious linguistic reality around them.

While academia moves at the speed of, well, academia, I’ve always had more hope for business. English as a lingua franca of business (BELF) is nothing new, and as with academic ELF, there are English native speakers in the mix. How do they adjust to their ELF surroundings? People in business are motivated by money, which motivates efficiency, which motivates doing things…

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English spelling is terrible. Other languages are worse. – The Week

Here’s a great article by James Harbeck on The Week, which probably won’t console those who are suffering with English spelling too much.

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http://theweek.com/article/index/243445/english-spelling-is-terrible-other-languages-are-worse

Identity in foreign language learning and teaching: why listening to our students’ and teachers’ voices really matters | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

See on Scoop.itDavid Bradshaw ESOL

RT @TESOLatMQ: Identity in foreign lang learning and teaching: why listening to our s’s and t’s voices really matters #TESOL #AusELT http://t.co/mezjqq8R7P

David Bradshaw‘s insight:

This addresses a very serious issue in ELT.

See on www.teachingenglish.org.uk