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    on Dec 4, 2013
  • Why can't we make up our minds?
    on Nov 8, 2009 in academic writing
    This post was contributed by Christina Judy Fernandez. It all started at a meeting to moderate how we mark our midterm essays. Eight benchmark essays were sent to us the day before and I was the only one who knew the scores awarded to each essay. My...
  • Am I suffering from Identity Confusion?Everything's feeling strange this week, mainly  because I've just arrived at a new environment, and I know that's supposed to be normal. But more seriously,  I think I'm also suffering from IDENTITY CONFUSION. Obviously, at this point of t...
  • Cell phones are their lives
    on Oct 2, 2009 in life and death cell phones
    (Source: This post was contributed by Christina Judy Fernandez. The-re rum the-re rum the-re rum dum dum ... "There goes the infamous Nokia tune again,” I thought to myself while trying to...
  • Attitudes and moods
    on Sep 29, 2009
    Dear diary, When the Business Communication class ended today, I ran off quickly, ditching my friends behind, as I was so embarrassed. This is such a busy week - we have three assignments due this week. I don't understand why the lecturers have to...
  • Growing for myself
    on Sep 25, 2009 in professional development
    A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey. "But I just haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull, "They're packed with nutri...
  • A storm in the English teachers' teacup
    on Sep 22, 2009
    This is NOT a real news report, but is nevertheless a very juicy story within an ELT staff room. Carol Tan, an English lecturer of a private university claimed that she has had a mental breakdown because of an e-mail sent to her by a colleague,...
  • The motivation to learn - needs or expectations?
    on Sep 19, 2009 in needs guest story motivation
    This post was contributed by Christina Judy Fernandez. Thirty minutes into the class hour and suddenly tears started rolling down Amy’s face. Some of her classmates also noticed this and so I asked her if she was alright and continued teaching. Am...
  • Teach the chain of business textsWhat would be an authentic writing task for business students?In Part Two of the BEC Higher Writing sample paper from the Cambridge ESOL Examinations: BEC, candidates are required to choose one question to write about from th...
  • Spice up scanning and skimming
    on Sep 13, 2009 in skimming scanning reading skills
    ‘Now let’s move on to the next type of question … The strategy for this type of question is …’ ‘Okay, skim the paragraph for the main idea ... Next, scan the paragraph for these keywords ...’ Teaching reading can be monotonous. Traini...
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