Global change

Few readers, I predict, remember the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 when the world held its breath knowing that all life on the planet could be wiped out at any moment. Some readers, I suspect, may remember Vietnam war days with the napalming of villages and the relentless dropping of bombs from B52s.  Later, when Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse now’ portrayed Conrad’s ‘The […]

TEFL Ethnomethodology

OK.  So I’m side-stepping outside of postmodernism and going back to the anthropological interest in human interaction. Welcome to ethnomethodology. So, what goes on in an English language classroom? During CELTA  training, trainee teachers are taught to feel like students – to personally experience language learning; to experience the stress of being out of their own language comfort zones; […]

Second Language Identity Crises

       The Postmodern world: A fragmented world with fragmented identities. When all is commodified; when historical/cultural narratives are replaced by action film sensationalism;  when written works are replaced by jingoistic soundbites; when meaningful mealtime conversations are interrupted by banal text messaging; when longevity is replaced by instantaneity, forethought by spontaneity;  when  long-lasting alliances are  replaced by transitory, social networking meetings; when ‘real’ […]


Hard facts and figures. Rationality. Logic. Quantification. Grammar rules, course books and syllabuses.  These all belong to the modernist phenomena – learning language as we learn mathematical equations. This is like software programming a computer with rules of musical harmony and melody, then expecting the computer to create music on a par with Mozart – or […]

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The basic ideas of Postmodern TEFL have now been laid out. Links between anthropology, Postmodernism and ELT have been suggested.  Whilst keeping each blog short, more detailed ideas are included on attached pages. (click – welcome page) However, this is still only touching the surface. A deeper exploration of Postmodern TEFL is forthcoming. Details will […]