Welcome additions to the TEFL blogosphere

In our recent interview with Alex case, we recommended an exciting new blog called theteslacoil. It is not only interesting for its content but also for the interesting style in which it is written. Though its author/authors may wish to eschew political pigeonholing, it is for us a deeply anarchistic take on the modern world of ESL and refreshing (political differences notwithstanding) for exactly this reason.

We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome 26 Letters, a new left libertarian blog committed to challenging TEFL orthodoxy and deceit.

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6 responses to “Welcome additions to the TEFL blogosphere

  1. Thanks for your kind words. I’d also like to endorse your welcome to 26 Letters – it’s made for a very interesting read so far.

  2. Always good to see fellow bloggers tackling some of the meatier (if I may call them that) issues in ELT rather than skating over the surface. 26 letters looks promising and hello also to theteslacoil. It seems these sorts of voices are growing in number which is a very healthy sign on the diversity of the blogspace.

  3. Classrooms on the Danube looks great in that regard too. Brilliant piece on James Joyce.

  4. Thanks for the mention, and I’ve also enjoyed very much reading Telsacoil. Sometimes trying to define what ESL teaching is about is so intangible. I’m not against communicative language teaching in its entirety, but I feel like the CELTA method of doing things can often be the equivalent of fast food: its simple, satisfies an immediate need and looks and tastes the same all around the world.

    Like Sara, I guess I’m on the lookout for something “meatier.” My blog will be at times political but I also aim to write about effective language learning techniques and ways in which we might be able to improve our teaching.

    I don’t have the answers (either politically or pedagogically). The site was started in a spirit of exploration. Hopefully together we can come up with alternatives to current orthodoxy.

  5. alexcase

    This is the link to Classrooms on the Danube:

    http://markandrews.edublogs.org/

    • mark andrews

      thanks very much Alex for passing on my blog, I try to contextualise ELT in a wider cultural, sociological, pedagogical and critical framework in all my posts as much as I can. And thanks to the writers of today’s post on Dogme too. Looking forward to reading it much more carefully tonight!

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