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Adding pragmatics to training: Example lesson
It's great that the field of pragmatics is getting so much attention in Business English at the moment.  I see the Chua Suan Chong gave a presentation on the topic at IATEFL Manchester. And over the last several years, I have been talking with Ed Pegg from ...
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10 Things you should learn when starting Business English training
Just doing a little Sunday blog catch up when I came across Rachel Dew's report from week two of her CELTA training in Berlin. It was interesting for me because she is attending the same program I finished six years ago. I thought it was (and I see it still...
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Life inside a virtual team: Communication, language and culture
I have had the opportunity to work in or observe countless virtual teams over the past 15 years. From the military, an online degree program and my in-company work, it is clear that virtual team communication is a critical component of success in internatio...
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Okay, you got the ELT stuff... time to take professional development to the next level.
I recently read another rant online from someone in the ESL field about rates and wages.  It brought me back to the concept of value and perhaps I should repeat a few things about the business of language training. Six weeks ago I enrolled in a one-to-one c...
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Logic puzzle activity for summarizing and clarifying
I regularly remind my learners to continuously summarize and ask clarification questions in L2.  During my observations of meetings, I often see cases of miscommunication which could have been avoided by a simple timeout to summarize and check that everyone...
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Where did Charles Rei go...?
That is a question I have been asking myself for about a year now as I have largely stepped back from the international teaching/training network.  No Twitter, close to zero blog posts, no conferences... nothing. The answer has both personal and professiona...
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Revisiting the Communicative Event
Another post-Cologne article... During the workshop, we talked some about customizing training.  But following the discussions within some of the groups, there seemed to be some uncertainty over communicative events.  In general, I thought this idea had spr...
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Sourcing Materials
This past weekend, I held a workshop with ELTA Rhine on customizing training and materials lights lessons.  During and after the session, it was clear that sourcing materials was an issue for trainers looking to focus on relevance.  Let's dive a little deep...
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ELTA Rhine Workshop - Solving Challenges
On Saturday, August 23rd, I will be leading a workshop with ELTA Rhine in Cologne to talk about some of the difficult aspects of teaching/training Business English. Event website When I completed my CELTA I was always uncomfortable with the idea that the me...
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Why business English training is like a smart phone
I had a discussion  recently with a fellow trainer about drafting and using performance objectives (can do statements).  In the discussion, I used the simile of a smart phone, but I did not really have my thoughts in order.  So here is a clearer discussion....
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