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TEFL talk roundup – week 1


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Battling Fake News in the Classroom

In this post-election period, there has been a lot of discussion about fake news, particularly about how it is spread and shared online, and whether it influenced the recent presidential election. On November 22, Stanford University released an influential study showing that middle and high school students—and even some in college—have trouble distinguishing which online resources are credible. The inescapable fact is that young people need to be prepared for the Wild West of information that they live in and will grow up in. It is also imperative that we, as educators, prepare young people for the important job of responsible and informed citizenship.

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7 Tips for New EFL Teachers in Thailand

The lure of beaches, sunny weather and a community filled with warm, generous people make Thailand at the top of many would-be teachers’ lists. It was certainly at the top of mine; four years ago, I landed my first teaching job in the country. Since then, I’ve learned a few thing that you should expect as you settle into your new teaching job in the Land of Smiles. Here’s my advice to ensure your transition goes smoothly. Prior to arriving at my public school, I was hired as a kindergarten teacher. On the first day of school, when I walked into my homeroom, was I a kindergarten teacher? No. I was a second and third-grade teacher. I had to hastily readjust my lesson plans and teaching strategies. Singing and dancing lessons quickly changed to grammar and reading lessons.

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Marion native teaches his way around the world

For a decade, Kurry Klingel sold homes in Marion. He’s now making his home on the other side of the world. Klingel, 42, currently calls China home.“I enjoyed selling real estate, but I really wanted to do some traveling,” said Klingel, a former real estate agent with Real Living Generations Realty. “Not the kind of traveling where you go for a week, see the ‘tourist spots’ and come back, but I really wanted to go somewhere and experience the culture of another country and learn new things about a place I had never been before.” Not only has the career change allowed him to see far-flung parts of the world, it’s gained him a wife.

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Chinese founder of £6m teacher prize sets out stall for ‘a better world through education’

Charles Chen Yidan launched the Yidan Prize this year, which will award two prizes each worth HK$30 million (about £3 million) for the best education research and development projects from around the globe. After the launch in May, Mr Chen (pictured, centre) toured Europe this month to drum up nominations for the inaugural prize, which will be awarded next September.

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Foreign language project falling short of “unrealistic” goals

The national foreign language project is in danger of failing to meet its targets by 2020 and drastic measures should be adopted to make it feasible, said Minister of Education and Training Phùng Xuân Nhạ. The official made the statement while delivering a report on the project to the National Assembly last week. He said the project faced various challenges in implementation, including a lack of awareness of the role of foreign languages and the necessity for innovative methods in teaching foreign languages.

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Top Photos of the Week

Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio Brazil (Christ The Redeemer Statue top left)


Machu Picchu Covered in Clouds – Peru


Traditional Japanese Village – Mount Fuji in Backdrop




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