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ELT Entrepreneurs – Paul Emmerson

ELT Entrepreneurs – Paul Emmerson

For the second post in our ELT Entrepreneurs series we take a look at Paul Emmerson’s recently launched site BehereBethere. It’s  a free and fun eLearning website for Business English where students can watch videos and learn about business from business professionals while improving their English. The site caters to three different levels and works on vocabulary and pronunciation.

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What did the British Council learn from the Exploring English: Language and Culture MOOC?

What did the British Council learn from the Exploring English: Language and Culture MOOC?

In the weeks since the British Council’s first MOOC ended, I’ve been asking myself what exactly we’ve learned from it. Did it ‘work’, as Nicola asked? My feeling is that it did – not only in terms of the numbers of learners it attracted but in what it achieved within the parameters we set for it. If it wasn’t the ‘true ELT MOOC’ Nicola described, that’s because we didn’t plan for it to be that.

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Barriers to entry

Barriers to entry

There are very low barriers to entry in teaching, and especially in the case of ELT. I’m sure many of us started out our lives as teachers with little more than a solid implicit grasp of the language we teach. Maybe, if we were lucky, we had a bit of input from a shoddy teacher training courses, and those among us that were particularly wealthy, or were required to in order to work in the country that they intended to live, paid for a 20 day intensive CELTA or equivalent up fron.

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Goodbye, Hristina!

Goodbye, Hristina!

Hristina joined ELTjam as an intern, completely new to the world of ELT, and is just about to leave us to teach in Vietnam. Sad to see her go but excited for the adventures she’s got coming, we say goodbye blog-style.

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Dear ELTjam …

Dear ELTjam …

We were delighted with the response to the first Dear ELTjam post, and we’re even happier to be able to help out readers with their queries. It’s a huge industry with so much to know and, if we can help navigate it, we will. This week Nick, Tim and Laurie delve into the postbag …

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ELT Entrepreneurs – Marcos Benevides

ELT Entrepreneurs – Marcos Benevides

We’ve been watching Marcos Benevides and his team at Atama-ii Books for over a year as their series of Choose Your Own Adventure Graded Readers went from an idea to a crowdfunding success to an actual out-now-and-buyable books. This  is the first in what we hope to be a series of posts looking at what happens behind the scenes to ELT Entrepreneurs during their journey.

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Dear ELTjam …

Dear ELTjam …

The ELT world is changing rapidly for everyone in it. For publishers, authors, materials developers, sales people, teachers and, eventually, for learners.  New roles are springing up for developers, UX designers and product managers. Wherever you are in that pyramid, you’ve probably got questions.

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News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

With all the extra time we’ve eked out of the day by employing Nicola’s hacks for using Microsoft Word, we’ve had time to do loads of extra reading this week. Here’s a selection of the best. MOOCS won’t transform education Simon Nelson,... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

A busy week of interviewing at ELTjam Towers, but we managed to get some reading in between candidates. Here’s what we came across this week. A weekend of ELT This weekend offers the ultimate in EdTech choices. Either IATEFL’s first online conference or... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Most of what we’ve been reading this week has been CV’s thanks to the amazing response to our ads for project leads and editors. In between those, we’ve stumbled across these: IATEFL Online It’s a week until IATEFL holds its first online... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, what with people on holiday or travelling the world on business. But even when we’ve not been doing much writing, we’ve always been doing lots of reading. Here’s a rundown of what’s caught our... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week: more debate on copyright and piracy; endangered English accents; what Google’s up to with Google Glass and auto-completing emails; Ricky Gervais teaches English; and what’s in the latest issue of Modern English Teacher.

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