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(Polski) Awakening an Interest in History by Andy Starck

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” states a famous Party slogan in George Orwell’s 1984. These prophetic words not only encapsulate dictatorial governments but reveal one of the more subtle ways any power structure can redefine how a society thinks and thus functions. There are of course less subtle ways as Orwell’s tragic protagonist Winston discovered. Hopefully you will never be imprisoned in the Ministry of Love or have to encounter the horror of horrors awaiting Winston in room 101. If Orwell was right and truly “Who controls the present controls the past” then it begs the question, who is in control of the present? If we can answer that then we know who controls history.

Creative and personal responses to literary texts in ELT

While there are many benefits to the use of literary texts in English Language Teaching (Xerri & Xerri Agius, 2012), a teacher-centred approach hampers the process of exploiting such texts for language learning purposes....

Should we teach Philosophy to ESL college level students?

Would anyone want to learn it? What’s it all about anyway? Existentialism, empiricism, ontology, any idea what they mean? Kant, Heidegger and Kierkegaard; can you pronounce their names correctly? Once you’ve done that, now...

Reducing L1 in the English classroom

L1 vs. L2 in the classroom Should there be L1 in the English classroom? It’s an age-old debate. Deller (2003) believes that it is useful for students to use L1 in the classroom in...

Summer of deception

The moment when I realized I didn’t stand a chance as an English teacher 2011. Not a perfect time for job hunting; therefore, I was over the moon when, just two days later, I...

Lesson Plan – My last holiday

Temat lekcji: My last holiday. Past Simple – affirmatives and negatives – grammar practice.Czas przeszły prosty – zdania twierdzące oraz przeczenia. Cel ogólny: Poprawne budowanie zdań twierdzących oraz przeczeń w czasie Past Simple. Cele...