HELLO and WELCOME!

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1,123 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      That’s one of the most negative and pessimistic articles about TEFL that I’ve ever read. However, if you’re not careful and you end up in the wrong school, you might find a lot of that to be true.
      Certainly, at the beginning of your teaching career you might find yourself working in some pretty crappy situations, but if you’re ambitious and hard-working you can make a career from teaching English, and it has loads of rewards – not necessarily monetary ones, but it’s a very stimulating and rewarding job. The best part is the opportunity to work closely with people, helping them, teaching them and learning from them too.
      Teaching English is unlikely to be a way to make a lot of money (unless you’re particularly entrepreneurial) but that doesn’t mean it’s slavery.

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    2. ptholome

      the was written in 2004. And it was the feeling of some people who obviously had not succeeded. In spain, right now, the governement need thousand of English teacher because they want to teach English to children as soon as possible. In Andalousia people with a B2 English level and a any qualification from the University, are teaching English to children this year because they have nobody…

      However working for others is not you who are going to earn the money but who have risked theirs.

      But you can learn for this article that you are the only one who can avoid to be in this situation. You are the unique responsible of your life when you become independent.

      The person of the article, in the way he has written it, is not an slave butt a poor person from my point of view.

      A slave are for example those poor girls who are kidnapped and obliged to be the prostitutes… Not to work for someone paying a salary people have freely accepted.

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  1. Derik

    Hi Luke!

    I just would like to thank you for your very helpful podcast. It’s been helping me a lot! And better than that, I’ve been learning and having fun at the same time!

    Let me ask you a question: Do you give 1:1 class by Skype?

    See you!

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  2. masoud_

    dear luke
    pardon my unthanking u in the previous text i gave u,cause is unaccessibility to internet.

    but now are u there to pose some questions?

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    1. MASOUD

      LET ME POSE IT,
      BECAUSE I AM OBLIGED TO LEAVE THE PLACE.

      I HAVE STARTED TO LEARN FRENCH AND I KNOW U HAVE BEEN DOING FOR SOME TIME…
      1, I MEAN TO DISCUSS THE FRENCH THING ON COMING COMMENTS, IF POSSIBLE?

      2., I NEED SOME TIPS, SOME SITES , INFO. THINGS FOR SOME ONE LIKE ME WHO HAS PASSED 9 UNITES IN FRENCH(I KNOW THE A B C OF THE FRENCH),

      I NEED UR OWN TESTED STRATEGIES IN LEARNING FRENCH?A PODCAST SITE LIKE UR OWN OCEAN LIKE SITE(IN TERMS OF DEPTH AND WEALTH OF INFO?

      HAVE I NOT ASKED MANY QUESTIONS? YES I HAVE, BUT BUDDY, I ALWAYS HAVE TO SUM UP MY IDEAS BECAUSE , FROM TIME TO TIME, I REACH THE INTERNET TO ACCESS UR BLOG

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    2. MASOUD

      AND LAST NOTTHE LEAST IMPORTANT QUESTION, I WANT TO FOLLOW MY STUDIES ABROAD NOT FOR MY ‘ MA” BUT PHD” IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. DO PARIS OR LONDON UNIVERSITIES SUPPORT AND VALUE LITERAURE MORE?

      DEAR I KNOW HAVE NOT TENOUGH TIME TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION, BUT UR ANSWERS COUNT AND MATTER ALOT.

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        1. masoud

          OF COURSE . I I will.
          up to when shal i wait to see ur replies?
          how bad student i am to bombard u with questions, aren,t ?

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            1. Luke Thompson Post author

              For learning French – I’d rather you didn’t write about it in the comments section of this page. If you like you can open a discussion on that topic in the Discussion Forum (check the menu) or wait for me to do an episode about learning French (coming soon I hope) and then leave your comments under that.

              As for the subject of studying in UK or French universities – I can’t really comment on the French universities, but there are many English literature courses available in UK universities. Click here for more information on that http://www.topuniversities.com/courses/english-language-literature/guide

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              1. masoud

                my undying thnx…..
                dear luke u r great.
                i would not do it.
                u r so patient to devote some time answering me…..
                some people remain in ur heart and mind for ever,u r ont top of the list, cause is u have aided me alot.
                my thnx

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  3. Dega

    Hi guys

    Inspired by the 253 Rapping with fluency, I have compoused a little poem to the luke podcast
    I hope you enjoy:

    what a marvelous the language is,
    some are sweet and others sad,
    but the english very intense and deep has been,
    because the language of the world now is it.

    who could help the learner to navigate into so great sea?
    teacher luke could be, the light it send very fine and precise is,
    like the laser that goes through the stars,
    the luke podcast through the internet goes.

    trough cities, valleys and islands it will go,
    looking for the learners ears, in order to the travel guide,
    to happy to the knowledge arrived,
    with a smile in his face and the hope on the heart.

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  4. Sarina

    DONE! Transcription of episode 257 is absolutely finished. I would dare to say there are no meaning mistakes, l carefully checked it. You may find some typos but not many.

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    1. Antonio

      Hi Sarina, I have read your text and I´ve found some little words you can correct if I am not wrong. I don´t master the English language too much. Nevertheless I have copied and pasted your text, which is a very good transcription from my point of view. I have written the little corrections near the words I think are wrong, so if you want the text I can send it to you. you can send me an email to ptholome@gmail.com. If you don´t need it, because you have already correct it, It has been a good exercise for me. However thank you for your great job.

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      1. Sarina

        Antonio, you’re right! I hadn’t realised about those misspelled wprds and omissions. I’m so sorry for not having paid enough attention

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        1. Antonio

          you have made a very great job. Don´t say Sorry. Sometimes we read with our brain instead with our eyes. So the brain change what is written by what it is expected. That is the trick of magicians, they succed changing our focus and the brain built the images it has not seen and it seems magic. When I don´t find something in the kitchen I call my wife and she show me what I was searching… often it was in front on my eyes…

          However, I have not a good English to do the job you aree doing but you can send me, if you want, the text you are transcribing and I can help you a little.

          So I will look forward waiting your transcription of takenn3.

          Good day Sarina

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