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3 reasons why I hate Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” (and 3 videos to watch instead)

3 reasons why I hate Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” (and 3 videos to watch instead)

Wiktor K. July 16, 2014 9

Weird Al Yankovic is here to educate you in the proper use of language. Well, actually, he’s here to sell you his record, but his “Blurred Lines” parody focuses on English and its improper

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English (Spanish, Chinese…) as a Magical Language

English (Spanish, Chinese…) as a Magical Language

Wiktor K. May 24, 2014 0

Bilingual motivations have evolved, as foreign languages became more and more mainstream things to do and use. With some languages, though, curious side effects can be seen. This post is a curious look at

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

Wiktor K. April 5, 2014 13

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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