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    Playing the odds in VEGAS

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 27/06/2010

    » There's barely a week to go before returning to Thailand, and I'm pulling out all stops to cram in as much as I can into my time left here in the United States. One of those activities includes a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas.

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    Bangkok Patana produces gold achievers

    Learningpost, Gregor McClenaghan, Published on 29/06/2010

    » A record number of students from Bangkok Patana School (BPS) completed the arduous International Award Association Gold Award programme this year.

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    Opening the mind

    Learningpost, Edward Roy Krishnan, PHD, Published on 29/06/2010

    » A new idea is the product of both "creativity" and "critical thinking". The two concepts are inextricably intertwined. If any one of these ingredients is applied in isolation, an idea may be created, but it perhaps would remain unworkable.

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    Unplugged in Gadget Mad LA

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 18/04/2010

    » America has gone iPad crazy. I know. I'm here witnessing it first-hand. No clever observances about Thai life this week. It's hard to write a breezy column about the nuances and idiosyncrasies of Thai life when the country is descending into anarchy and mob rule.

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    Get into 'the zone'

    Learningpost, Edward Roy Krishnan, PHD, Published on 04/05/2010

    » Creativity flourishes in a non-threatening environment that is characterised by high levels of positive emotional experiences and responses. But happiness is not the only ingredient to consider when we think about redesigning schools to cater to the needs of a new, more challenging future, where fluidity in thinking and learning define success.

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    Oh my God!

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 09/05/2010

    » In the Obituaries column of the stalwart Tribune newspaper this week, we learn of an elderly gentleman who finally shook off his mortal made-in-California coil. The very first paragraph reads thus: "Maynard Oscar Kirkland, 90, entered heavens gates in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 27, 2010."

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    Variety in writing

    Learningpost, Timothy Cornwall, PHD, DTM, Published on 23/03/2010

    » I have a Thai friend whose meeting notes I edit. On one occasion, I felt the urge to change one verb simply because he had used it twice in the document. This article contains lessons that will help your students avoid this common practice.

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    A Gem of a story

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 04/04/2010

    » The recent decision to close down Sanam Luang for renovations has sent me on a trip down memory lane, reminding me of a day when I went there deliberately to get ripped off. Sanam Luang is the last remaining large tract of land in central Bangkok that hasn't been cemented over to make way for shophouses selling car parts or cheap cloth which, upon coming into contact with an errant cigarette, quickly introduces you to the perils of self-immolation.

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    Benefits of teaching grammar

    Learningpost, Timothy Cornwall, PHD, DTM, Published on 09/03/2010

    » I teach based on how I like to be taught. First, I want teachers to use the target language at all times. Next, I want to have extensive listening practice, as this is the skill I need most. Finally, I want to know the tools - the grammar - of the target language.

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    Schools without rules

    Outlook, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 21/01/2010

    » Years after selling training equipment to vocational schools and colleges around the country, entrepreneur Boon-anek Maneetham realised he could offer more than just the educational tools; he wanted to provide a new way of learning to young students at a dream school.

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