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September 2003 - issue 9/03


Welcome to the September Newsletter.

The holidays are in sight for us - hence the early delivery this month. We're off for a couple of weeks of beach, snorkelling, food & relaxing. For those of you who also subscribe to the Weekly Tip, it will be back on Monday 15th September.

Before we go, here's the slightly abbreviated September offering - articles, plans & a review plus a few links to both teacher-related & non-teaching related stuff.

If you have a lesson plan, an article, a training session -anything that might be interesting for an ELT-teacher audience, please send it in to .

Fancy a DOS job & China? There's a DOS job going in Qingdao, China. Contact Mark for details - see the Job section below.

Happy teaching!



1. THE SITE - plans & articles




5. CVs & JOBS


7. 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!



The new articles on the site:

Education: Crisis and Criticism by Dimitrios Thanasoulas

In their seminal book, "Language and Ideology," Hodge and Kress (1979: vii) say that 'disciplines, unlike cows, yield least when most contented' - and theirs is a legitimate contention. The very moment something, anything, be it a theory, a philosophical system, or a relationship between two individuals, is taken for granted, it is vitiated; it becomes fractured and cannot yield anything. For some people, what is taken for granted may have been exalted to the status of an axiom, which obviates,
even pre-empts, the need for constant negation and reconstruction. Yet, axioms are the result of a long and rigorous process of such reconstruction; they are not mere labels tacked onto theories and things. Rather, it is on the basis of the Hegelian notion of Aufhebung that process can be made. Knowledge is a negation on a previous negation (a process that I call crisis), and the attempt to examine the validity and viability of previous knowledge paves the way for new knowledge (a process that I
call criticism). Apparently, criticism generates crisis and crisis necessitates criticism. In the present paper, we will draw our attention to a number of theories, notions and contentions that permeate pedagogical practices, approaching them from a, more or less, critical perspective.

To read the article


Developing Grammar at Upper Intermediate Level by Sam Smith

Introduction Evaluating my experience of teaching grammar, I have realised that it has been an area I have paid too little attention to in general. In this paper, I hope to set out an outline of theoretical and practical ideas for me to follow, with a particular focus at upper intermediate level, when focusing on grammar and when practising it. I hope to do this by answering the following questions.

What is grammar? Why do we need it? Should it be taught? What happens if we don't pay enough attention to it? What does learning it involve? Some points to keep in mind when teaching it. How should we go about teaching it?

To read the article

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

Main Aims:
To raise awareness of 'would' and 'used to' signify repeated actions and habits in the past, 'used to' for states and past simple for 'one off' events.
To provide receptive (aural and written) and productive (spoken) practice of above forms.
To highlight the difference between 'used to' in the past and the present.

Subsidiary Aims:
To practice listening for checking predictions and for overall understanding.
To practice perception and production of target language in connected speech, with attention to weak forms.
To provide personalised spoken practice in the context of past habits and repeated actions.

To read the plan

Thanks to Dimitrios & Sam.

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:

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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.

Kracker writes: Could someone explain the usefulness of spending time on 'process writing'? It seems that it is much more than a quick brainstorm, a quick draft, corrections & then the final piece of writing. I'm not sure I have much time for more than this in my classes.

Any ideas?



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'... over 785 examples of how the web is being used as a medium for learning. Just how can the web be used for something more than surfing, chatting, making money, or idly wasting time? Can it provide an environment for learning? We found that people learn well from examples, so we created for our faculty this collection of the ways the web was being used in different disciplines. This searchable collection includes sites that range from courses delivered entirely via the web to courses that offer specific activities related to a class assignment or perhaps courses that offer class support materials via the web. ' - over 2000 free lesson plans from mainstream US site.

We received this in the mail: Thought you would like to know about The Language Show, which is happening on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London. There is an extensive exhibition, full conference and interactive seminars. Conference topics include: methods and resources for primary school language teaching, ICT in the classroom, training and recruitment for language teachers, and the National Language Strategy at Key Stage 4. Please let me know if you need
any more information, 020 7736 4022. Best wishes Abigail Fulbrook

Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, we'll quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. If you don't know how to spell the word, we'll help you do that too. No word is too obscure: More than 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook(r) search engine.

Vocabulary learning from the Language Centre at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

If you teach English for Science & Technology, Ruth Vilmi has put together a helpful page of links.

One of the links on Ruth's site was to the Mad Scientist Network - Welcome to the laboratory that never sleeps! MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure we provide a variety of oddities and other ends as well.

For those budding cooks amongst your students - a glossary of culinary terms.

Lots of word games.

Sayings & Everyday Expressions - explained.


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6. CVs & JOBS

Vivien is looking for ELT work has posted her CV in the Forums. To check all of the CVs out:

Metro Education, Shanghai, is seeking qualified native speakers with experience of teaching in companies or for Business English examinations. Good conditions and pay rates are being offered for this work in central Shanghai. Full-time and part-time opportunities available now, August 2003. Please contact Eileen Crawley on 021-6391 0881.

Director of Studies - China
International House Qingdao International House Qingdao is looking for a DOS to start as soon as possible. Must be DELTA qualified, preferably with IELTS examiner status. We are also looking for teachers with at least 2 years post-Celta experience for our new school in Beijing. For more information contact Mark Falvo at:

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For the Jobs Forum


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7. PS - Internet/computer-related links

The Singulingua Project - interesting idea but doesn't seem to be taking the world by storm.

You need to match some colours?

Bad day for Union Pacific - good for predictions?

20 questions anyone?

Take the Mensa workout.

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