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How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care)

Wiktor K. April 5, 2014 12

What is the role of good teaching? Why does learning sometimes happen on its own? Is there something children cannot learn independently? These were some questions brought about by Saturday’s morning plenary talk at

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10 Reasons to be happy about the TOEIC / TOEFL fraud in the UK

Wiktor K. February 10, 2014 0

Today’s news report on BBC Panorama uncovered something rotten about the language tests needed in the UK for visa purposes. Fake sitters, bribing your way to guarantee a pass, even bank account scams –

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How to be an ELT (English Language Teaching) Writer – an #ELTChat summary

How to be an ELT (English Language Teaching) Writer – an #ELTChat summary

Wiktor K. November 30, 2013 1

This is a summary of an hour-long Twitter chat that took place on Wednesday, 27 November. ELTChat is a pow-wow for teachers of English – and each week, two chats are held on a

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Vocabla is a lean, mean, English vocab machine

Vocabla is a lean, mean, English vocab machine

Wiktor K. October 12, 2013 0

The best thing a foreign language learner can hope for is a helpful system that helps her learn. And the worst thing for a future polyglot? Too many learning systems! Vocabla could have been

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Unfinished Business: how I failed as a Business English teacher (and why that matters)

Unfinished Business: how I failed as a Business English teacher (and why that matters)

Wiktor K. May 4, 2013 5

  Blog challenges are either super-exciting or super-awkward to respond to. This is both. It’s awkward and unsettling and difficult to re-live failures, and this is what the challenge is about. But at the

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3 Unexpected Lessons From 1 Language Teaching Conference

3 Unexpected Lessons From 1 Language Teaching Conference

Wiktor K. April 14, 2013 0

Last year, my first IATEFL conference nearly killed me. This year I did it again. April is truly the cruelest of months for English teachers. If you want to know what I learned at

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