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LTL DISCUSSION: Manglish: can or not?

Early in 2015 I lead some workshops on English for public speaking. In most cases, the participants were attending because they had to; not, necessarily because they wanted to. There was a lot of useful content for those who were interested, but the thing that stands out in my memory was the colleague who came on board during the second workshop to demonstrate the value of PowerPoint for public speakers – without using … er … PowerPoint. It was pretty hilarious in a tragic kind of way.

So while I was having a good old laugh at my colleague’s omission recently, I realised that my workshop activities were also missing something important.

Is it OK to use Manglish at English language events in Malaysia? Can or not? As they say.

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READING ESL: negative feedback

ESL READING: negative feedback

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

From an original article by Joseph Grenny (Harvard Business Review)

Feedback is not just for students! As working professionals we also have to receive feedback on our own performance; from students, peers and senior managers. How do you give or receive negative feedback?  I have re-written Joseph Grenny’s article in easy to read English, and I have linked to the original story at the end of this version. There is also a vocabulary list for the less common words that Grenny has used in the article he wrote for the Harvard Business Review.

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Richard manages a large organisation producing a billion dollars of product every year with a 10,000 person workforce. Richard is good at his job, and he is respected by others in his industry. I met Richard and his team every week when I was an organisation development consultant. Someone from the human resource team asked Richard to take part in a new programme called “360 Feedback”. This allowed the boss to give feedback on the workers’ performance and the workers to give feedback on the bosses’ performance (360 degrees).

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LTL DISCUSSION: learner feedback

LTL DISCUSSION: learner feedback

Top 3 tips for giving learner feedback snakes and ladders style

Feedback is not a reward, it’s not a congratulatory pat on the back for the good players, nor a punishment naming and shaming the losers; it is just another roll in your turn as you play the learning game. When we play snakes and ladders (I’ve also heard it called chutes and ladders), it’s not all up-up-up the ladder; there’s also a lot of sliding down snakes as well. That’s why it’s so much fun.

Learners need feedback to let them know where they are right and where they are wrong. If they are wrong, they also need to be told how to make it right. Here are three top tips to help teachers give better feedback.

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READING ESL: Thai tattoos

READING ESL: Thai Tattoos

Foreigners getting Thai-style Buddhist tattoos: good or bad?

Here is a plain English version of an interesting article from the Agence France Presse (AFP) international news agency about foreigners who get tattoos in Thailand. I have linked to the original article published on the Free Malaysia Today online news portal at the end of this plain English version. I have also provided a glossary of the less commonly used English words that appear in the original story.

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classroom management

LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

Earlier, I wrote about top tips for successful classroom management (HERE: Six of the Best). Now I want to think about the six worst things a teacher can do from the point of view of managing learning. Classroom management, of course, is not just about modifying behaviour, it is about modifying behaviour in order to promote learning.

How would you rank the following mismanagement techniques?

Rank these classic fails in ascending order; from 6 (bad) to 1 (VERY bad).

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