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5 ways we are encouraged to blame women and girls for being raped and abused —

Dr Jessica Eaton explains 5 ways we are encouraged to blame women and girls for sexual violence committed against them by men

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Good quality and free open-access journals on English language teaching

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Continuing professional development (CPD) is crucial for English language teachers in such a changing world today. Keeping updated and making research-informed decisions are unquestionably required for English language teachers to improve their own teaching as well as students’ learning experience and outcomes. There are different ways for English language teachers to do so, such as going to conferences or reading books and journal articles; however, to do so could sometimes be quite costly, or even unaffordable for many teachers, especially those in underprivileged areas. Open-access journals seem to be among solutions to this issue, but it’s also tricky to find good quality ones because these days see an increasing number of predatory journals (i.e. journals without proper peer reviews and questionable quality that may not report reliable results). Therefore, a comprehensive list of good quality, free open-access journals for English language teachers seems necessary. There are few posts providing such…

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A-Z of Self Care for Teachers

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Yesterday in the UK (2nd February) was Time To Talk Day, which encourages people to break the silence and talk about mental health problems. I’ve already come across a couple of helpful ELT related posts – Phil Longwell’s brave and honest interview on the Teachers as Workers blog and Sandy Millin’s list of useful links on mental health in ELT, but couldn’t help but feel that this should give me the impetus to write a post I’ve been meaning to write for ages.

One in four people are estimated to suffer from mental health problems every year, which means that it’s far more common than a lot of people think. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety on and off since my early teens, and although my mental health has thankfully never prevented me from teaching (if anything it’s been helped by it) it has certainly negatively affected my…

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