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November 2003 - issue 11/03


Welcome to the November Newsletter.

We have started a post in the Forums to see the different pay rates that EL teachers get across the globe. For example in Madrid, a teacher just starting on a 25 hour timetable would probably receive around 900 euros per month (1,045.42 USD), with a contract in a school. It is difficult to make comparisons but let us know approximately what a new teacher on 25 hours a week would get per month. Give the currency in the local one, euros & dollars - a good currency exchange site:

While you are at Developing try out our version of ELT Hangman

If you haven't already heard, Amazon have got an incredible new feature at their site:

'A significant extension of our groundbreaking Look Inside the Book feature, Search Inside the Book allows you to search millions of pages to find exactly the book you want to buy. Now instead of just displaying books whose title, author, or publisher-provided keywords match your search terms, your search results will surface titles based on every word inside the book. Using Search Inside the Book is as simple as running an search.' It's getting to feel a bit like a Jasper Fforde book!

Don't forget that if you're going to buy at or then please go through the Books page at the site. Thanks.

The following was on the Guardian site the other day:

Slepping: its so smiple - Michael Johnson - Wednesday October 22, 2003 - The Guardian

A curoius ietm is going around the innernet at the moemnt citting new reserach from Cambirge Uvinersity tat indicicates we don't raed wrods the way we ttaut we ddid. Accroding to the exprets, the eye deosn't need or evn want the whoole wrord. It noets the frist and last lettres, and fills in the rest by inrefence. You can even add or dorp lettres. The jumumble in btweeen is irrveralent. Cogintion hapneps vrey fast and quite misteriollusly.

My immeaidte ttaut was, "Oh my, I have wasetd a good prat of my life lerning to sllep this fraeking langague." But hey, notting's prefect. At laest it is graet nieuws for people who make a lot of tyops and for poor slleppers. As the state of Eglinsh contieuns to flall, it's likley that scools will strat to ralex thier lagnuage standrads even feurther - if inedeed they still have any to ralex. Prtety soon, taechers wll thorw up ter hnads and excalim, "Who caers if wrods are sllepped crorectly? I'm not paid enuogh for this carppy jobb anway."

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Happy teaching!



1. THE SITE - plans & articles
8. CVs & JOBS
9. PS - Internet/computer-related links


STREAMING SPEECH: A Course in Listening and Pronunciation for Advanced Learners of English - An electronic publication that aims to solve the problem of the misrepresentation of speech.

If you'd like to buy a Streaming Speech course you will receive a discount if you tell Richard you heard about it at Developing!



There is a lesson plan on the site centred around an article titled 'Odd mishaps cause computer grief', looking at the problems people have had with computers. It is an intermediate upwards plan with the main aims as follows:

To give extensive & intensive reading practice To review when direct & indirect speech is used To extend the stds' store of vocab connected to computers & data To give freer speaking practice

To read the plan


Jane Herbertson joins us for the first time with an article & a lesson plan about 'Lexis: changing attitudes'. She begins her article:

"Without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed": Wilkins (1). This reflects a change of attitude towards the role of lexis. Sökmen (p239) likens it to a pendulum, comparing the importance of lexis within the Grammar Translation approach (where it was explicitly taught) to the Communication Approach (where it was incidental). She suggests this pendulum has swung back today to the middle ground, being taught both explicitly and implicitly. Nunan (p117) claims it was neglected by Audio-linguists (during the middle of the last century), citing Hockett (1958) "vocabulary was the easiest aspect of a second language to learn and that it hardly required formal attention in the classroom".

I will attempt to explain why I believe lexis is important, before considering the general problems for adult learners of English. I shall then discuss the change in status of lexis and consider one particular approach available to teachers. Finally, I intend to draw general and specific conclusions about my current/future practice.

To read the article

The accompanying lesson plan is for upper intermediate students & the aims are as follows:

Main aims
1. To direct students to noticing lexical items as chunks of language
2. To sensitise students to the grammar/usage of multi words
3. To introduce students to a lexical set connected to money

Subsidiary Aims
1. To develop students' reading sub-skills to extract implicit information
2. To give students the opportunity to peer teach and learn from each other
3. To encourage students to use dictionaries
4. To provide opportunities for students to meet and try to use some of the new vocabulary - assisting the process of converting input to intake - see rationale

To read the plan

Thanks to Jane.

ARTICLES - If you've given a course or seminar or have a lesson plan & would like to give it a public airing then do send it to:

ADVERTISING - We reach a few thousand teachers every week with the Weekly Teaching Tip & the same each month with the Newsletter, not to mention the 1000+ unique visitors a day to the site. If you've got a book, course, job...anything that you'd like to advertise, then do get in touch at:

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Lots of different Forums to choose from. Post your jobs, your CV, your questions, finds on the net, ideas, activities, questions, grumbles, suggestions, your language courses, your training courses...they are there for you to use.

As mentioned above get along to the Teaching Travels Forum to let us know about average salaries in your country:

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Relax & maximise your time by getting started on a quality personalised teacher development course.

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Find definitions for words, phrases and acronyms, c/o Google.

'World's Largest Lesson 6th November 2003 - On November 6 we are holding the annual World's Largest Lesson. This year we are working together with Adopt-A-Minefield to help to raise awareness and funds for people who have been affected by landmines. We have the support of Adopt-A-Minefield patrons Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney to get as many people involved as possible.'

Theme-based links to help with your timetabling & lesson planning.

'The EServer is a unique website where 281 writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works (currently 31847 of them in all).' Lots of links.

The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates. However, we hope that it will be useful to everyone who is interested in the English language. IGE does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar. The Internet Grammar of English is accessible free of charge to all users. The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates. However, we hope that it will be useful to everyone who is interested in the English language. IGE does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar. The Internet Grammar of English is accessible free of charge to all users. From Universtiy College, London.

'Language Learning & Technology is a refereed journal which began publication in July 1997. The journal seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the US and around the world on issues related to technology and language education.'

'IT-Links is the online journal published by the Information Technology (IT) in English Language Teaching (ELT) Special Interest Group (SIG) of ELTeCS-East Asia.'

The British National Corpus.

Language & linguistics links from The Eclectic company.

'From the University of Surrey, Applied Linguistics Research Group - Postgraduate dissertations online - 'All the dissertations and abstracts listed in this directory have been written by MA in Linguistics (TESOL) and MSc in English Language Teaching Management students in the Applied Linguistics Research Group.'

Nearly 51,000 entries to search.

'My name is Jacob Richman and this week I launched a new educational site that helps students learn English vocabulary. The site is called Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun . There are four games on the site: Word Search Game, Hangman, Match Game & The Vocabulary Quiz. The vocabulary site has something for everyone and feedback is always appreciated.'

'My name is Nellie Deutsch and I would like to introduce you to Nellie's English Projects. The site is about collaborative writing projects and is free to share. Nellie's English Projects are content based lessons designed to provide students and teachers with clear instructions on how to write and present research papers. Students are evaluated for the process as well as for the final product. The site provides evaluation rubrics and clear instructions on how to do the projects. The topics are WebQuest tasks. In addition the site provides many educational resources.'

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The book review this month looks at 'Personalising Language Learning' by G.Griffiths & K.Keohane (CUP). As the name suggests the book is at the heart of a learner-based approach to language teaching. To read the review

BUYING BOOKS? If you're going to or then please go through our Books page. You will pay the same & we will receive a few pennies to keep the site & newsletters free. Thanks.

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Some days to plan your lessons around in November:

5th Bonfire Night

Remembrance Day
16th International Day for Tolerance 17th World Peace Day 25th Eid Al Fitr
28th Buy Nothing Day

US Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thurs. in month

To see the Days of the Year

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Free weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.

Recent Tips have included:

- Being observed - some advice
- Patterns - a look at the problem-solution pattern.
- United Nations Day - activities
- Motivation - types & ways

Each week there is a thread in the Forums about the theme of the Weekly Tip - a chance to have your say about the area.

To see the Past Tips

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8. CVs & JOBS

Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nantong - China
C&C Internatioanl Culture&Commerce Centre(Canada) has been authorized by 5 Chinese high schools which are in Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nantong to seek Esl teachers. In these high schools, teaching hours will be 20 per week, and the students' ages will be from 15-18. If you are interested, please contact our China office. Requirements: Internationally recognised TEFL qualification (CELTA, TEFL Diploma, MA TESOL etc) or about one-year teaching experence Benefits: 1 RMB 4000-6000 salary per month, based on experience 2 Accommodation paid for and provided by the school 3 Round-trip airfare for a one-year contract Contact: China office: 4 floor, No.34 Wuai road, Wuxi city, Jiangsu province, China 214031 Tel: 86-510-2791740, 86-510-8911653 Fax: 86-510-2791740

Costa Rica
CLASS, Costa Rica Latin America School Supplies Inc. is a 501 c3 non profit Florida corporation seeking volunteer teachers, to teach teachers in Costa Rica, how to teach English. Involve your entire school. In Latin America learning English is no longer a luxury it is a necessity. Visit our web site:

Hanoi, Vietnam
Here is a copy of the advertisement placed on Wednesday in the 'Vietnam News'. If you 'fit the bill' please send your full CV to the email address given. If you don't quite fit - feel free to send your CV: there may be future openings for qualified EFL teachers and trainers. Although based in Hanoi, The Education Company responds to needs in other Vietnamese towns and cities if requested.

The Education Company, a dynamic, expanding, Hanoi-based consultancy is seeking professional trainers for its teaching team. One position is available immediately, others will open during the autumn. 1. Full-time Trainer for Danang: the applicant should be willing to be resident in Danang. 2. Part or full-time trainers for Hanoi: we are seeking CVs for our Trainer Database for positions opening in October and November.
Criteria for Applicants: Essential: Native (or near native) speaker of English, First degree, Internationally recognised TEFL qualification (CELTA, TEFL Diploma, MA TESOL etc), Relevant experience, Proficient computer skills.
Preferable (for Hanoi): IELTS examiner, Experienced TOEFL / IELTS teacher, Minimum three years teaching experience after graduation, Experience in designing/delivering skills courses, Postgraduate or professional diploma/ Higher degree.
Please e-mail or fax CV. All enquiries will receive a response. Previous applicants need not reapply. Tel: (04)7628306. Fax: (04) 7628307.

For the Jobs Forum

You can post your CV for free too - check out the CV Forum

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Train in Spain - Courses running in the near future at the British Language Centre in Madrid:

Full-time four-week courses, next courses January, February, March '04
Part-time twelve week course, M/W/F 10.30-14.00, January >> March '04

Full-time two month course, April & May, July & August '04

5% discount on all courses if you mention the newsletter! Reasonably priced accommodation can be arranged for the duration of all courses.

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9. PS - Internet/computer-related links

A few computer use rules of thumb:

- make copies of all important files
- run scan disk & then defragment the hard drive
- use firewall software
- use a virus scan & update the files every week
- install security patches that software providers offer
- update your DirectX files regularly
- don't open attachments without scanning for viruses first
- don't respond to spam - just delete & forget
- don't send personal or bank information by email
- turn off your computer at night

Support for Computers from Springfield Technology

More computer help - calling support.

Apple's music downloads taking the world by storm.

Write yourself an e-mail that gets posted to you at some time in the future.

Stories of Krishna from Seattle Art Museum. Takes a while to load - Flash.

Get you computer questions answered.

No need to spend any money on an Office suite - this is all free.

Bar code art.

Disposable e-mail.

Free fonts.

Free photos

Where's it coming from & who you complain to.

Send your self an e-mail that will arrive at some specified time in the future.

'Web treasure hunt: 10 questions to test newsroom literacy.'

'The Gender Genie - Inspired by an article in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author.'

Send yourself cross-eyed again - the Magic Eye people.

Rocket man game.

Want to know your pirate name? Just asking.

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