Anti-Plagiarism Tool

Google has announced the launch of a new tool aimed at detecting when students submit work that is not their own, thrusting itself into long-running debates over how to root out plagiarism while also protecting students’ privacy and teaching them how to responsibly cite others’ work. “We realized we had a real opportunity to approach […]

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Fake Diploma Case Prompts Concerns Over English Teacher Qualifications

Two Chinese employees at an English teaching school in Beijing were given suspended sentences after fabricating diplomas for foreign teachers, prompting widespread suspicions over foreign English teachers’ qualifications. The People’s Court in Beijing’s Tongzhou sentenced the two people, surnamed Xia and Wang, after they were convicted of fabricating foreigners’ diplomas so that they could teach […]

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Class Dismissed

Arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have soared this year, lawyers, schools and teachers say, amid a broad crackdown defined by new police tactics and Beijing’s push for a “cleaner”, more patriotic education system. Four law firms told Reuters that requests for representation involving foreign teachers had surged in the past six months […]

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Tips To Make Your ESL Classes More Effective

Teaching is undeniably a challenging job, in fact many consider it one of the most difficult careers you could choose. Nevertheless, being a teacher is an enriching experience. Through quality education and effective teaching methodologies, teachers play a crucial role in shaping a bright future for the entire world! In the world of ESL, a […]

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About Teaching Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching English Abroad: I think I am interested in teaching abroad. Where do I start? To get started, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself. The first, of course, is “Where do I want to go?” Selecting a country is based on various factors, including language(s) spoken, cost […]

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Drunken Australians and the Truth About Their Accents

There’s a new story circulating on the inter-web right now which tells us that the Australian accent came about because the European settlers to Australia were all drunk and so they passed on their slurred speech to their children. Apparently these settlers would come home from a hard day herding kangaroo or sheering rabbits or […]

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Teachers Deported From China

According to the CRI news agency, two TEFL teachers have been deported from China after they were found to be working illegally in Shanxi province. Police arrested the two – a 59 year old American woman and a 25 year old Pakistani man – after raiding an English school which was not certified to employ […]

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Idioms

Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that are either grammatically unusual, as in, “Long time, no see!”, or their meaning cannot be taken literally, as in, “It’s raining cats and dogs!” This expression does not mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky, but it is a metaphorical expression (word picture) that means […]

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