Index of posts

The most popular posts on this blog to date:

1. MA or DELTA?
2. Does Swearing show a lack of IQ?
3. Skimming and scanning
4. left brains and right brains in TEFL
5. Learning styles: facts and fictions
6. The myth of neat histories
7. Misapplied linguistics
8. is Korea the worst place to teach English
9. Try this it works! Error correction
10. Try this, it works! Written Error correction

Guest posts 

1. Simon Andrewes The lamentable gulf between theory and practice
2. Philip Kerr left brains and right brains in English language teaching
3. Mike Swan Crystal Balls
4. Richard Pinner What we talk about when we talk about authenticity
5. Carol Lethaby Do women and men process language differently?
6. Chris Smith Error correction for speaking
7. Leo Selivan Misapplied Linguistics
8. Mike Griffin Korea isn’t the worst place to teach English

9. Dan Jones is the end of Erasmus Nigh 

10. Jason Anderson why there is not, and will never be, a 5th skill

Letters to the editor

  1. Rob Shepherd

My Guest posts

Tales of the undead for ELTJam here
A critique of ‘music in EAP’ article at the EAP archivist
Book review in JEAP

Published work

MAYNE, R. 2012 ‘Learning Styles: facts and fiction’ Modern English Teacher Vol. 21 no. 4 pp. 66-68
MAYNE, R. 2013 ‘The importance of research’ Modern English Teacher Vol. 22 no. 4 pp. 53-55
MAYNE, R 2015 ‘Pseudoscience in ELT’ ELT Gazette
MAYNE, R 2015 ‘What works and what doesn’t in ELT’ Language Issues: The ESOL Journal, Volume 26, Number 2, Winter 2015, pp. 4-6(3)MAYNE, R 2016 ‘the man who learns through his nose’ in fact or fiction PEARSON
MAYNE, R 2017 ‘4 Things: myths in education’ ELT Gazette
MAYNE, R, 2017 ‘A critical look at NLP in ELT’ English Australia Journal, 33(1), pp.43-45
LETHABY, C & MAYNE, R 2018 ‘Debunking the Meshing Hypothesis in ELT’ Impact (2) pp.78-80

MAYNE, R 2019 Oppressive Pedagogy EFLMag

LETHABY, C & MAYNE, R (2020) A critical examination of perceptual learning styles in ELT. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching.

Videos of Talks

Here’s a (edited version of a) talk I gave at BALEAP 2013 (this was filmed later at UCL though)
A talk I gave at IATEFL 2014
where are the women in ELT‘ Talk with Nicola Prentis IATEFL 2015 and interview
A talk I gave at BEsig online “what works and what doesn’t in ELT

Try this is works!

Try this, it works 

Try this, it works 1: practice 

Try this it works! Error correction.
Try this, it works! Written Error correction 
Try this, it works! 4.3.2 for fluency 

Linguistic Myths

  1. Swearing shows limited vocabulary and low intelligence
    2. Literally is being misused!
    3. Does Chinese have many dialects?
    4. Foreign words should retain their pronunciation/grammar
    5. Chinese myth “crisis + opportunity
    6. Death to “whom”
    7. I couldn’t care fewer(less?)
    7. Don’t use double negatives!
    8. Pronounce things properly dammit!
    9. English is in decline!
    10. False Etymologies

Woo Watch

  1. English teaching Professional (ETP) on MI ‘theory’.
    2. British council website on NLP
    3. ETP (again!) on left and right brains.
    4. The minimal Pair Podcast
    5. Another TEFL Podcast
    6. EL Gazette
    7. Carol Black ‘learning styles‘ (And arguments by other means)
    8. baba Vanga
    9. Telepathy in ELT

Critical pedagogy 

  1. When critical thinking isn’t critical thinking
    2. Politics and English language teaching

Guide to methods

  1. Crazy English
    2. NLP in ELT
    3. Suggestopedia
  2. Audiolingual method
  3. Genki English
  4. Learning styles facts or fictions

Guide to TEFL Podcasts

  1. ELT podcasts part 1
  2. ELT podcasts part 2

3, ELT podcasts part 3

EBEFL asks

  1. EBEFL asks
    2. EBEFL asks 2
    3. EBEFL asks 3
    4. EBEFL asks 4

Book Reviews

Bad education & teacher proof
Approaches and Methods 2014 update
Intercultural Language Activities: book review
From EFL to ELF MET
Evidence-Based Second Language Pedagogy JEAP

Some of my personal favourites

  1. The importance of evidence part 1, part 2 and part 3
    2. E=MC hammer
    3. It’s a man’s world
    4. Can horses do maths
    5. Cargo cult science
    6. The least worst solution
    7.  Lessons in the bleeding obvious
    8. Fantastic Dr. Fox
    9. Prediction
    10. How to create your own TEFL method
    11. is guessing from context a load of XXXXX?
    12. Boooo, Hurrah! 
    13. Tooth Fairy expertise 
    14. Evidence based resources 

Other notable posts 
1. New Oriental debtate
2. Student feedback dos and don’ts 
3. Thought terminating Cliches
4. deep man!
5. Hubbard or Gattengo?
6. Teaching is an art, not a science!
7. In defence of Duolinguo
8. Create your own TEFL method 
9. The importance of experience 
10. Authenticity trap
11. Taboo ELT part 1 and part 2

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