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April 2011

McKinnon Language Solutions » On Language Nerds and Nags


A nice piece from "Intelligent Life" on the changing nature of language - thanks to Rob Szabo for spotting it and posting it here: McKinnon Language Solutions » Blog Archive » On Language Nerds and Nags. Makes you wonder, just... Continue Reading →

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Oil Stories


The Guardian newspaper recently ran a series of short stories related to oil, as part of a project to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster - (see BBC story for background). Called "Oil Stories", the Guardian... Continue Reading →

Free Technology for Teachers: Trading Around the World – An Economics Game


Free Technology for Teachers: Trading Around the World - An Economics Game. Spotted this on Richard Byrne's blog and went off to play it!  A nice trading activity - though possibly limited language learning potential?  But it would make a... Continue Reading →

Pupils are not your Facebook friends, net privacy expert warns teachers | Education | guardian.co.uk


Pupils are not your Facebook friends, net privacy expert warns teachers | Education | guardian.co.uk. An interesting article from the Guardian on the perils of "friending" your students....  I have no comment on this particularly - just thought it was... Continue Reading →

Royal Wedding ELT Resources:


For those of us who've somehow managed to let the whole thing pass us by, probably by virtue of being busy and not living in England, there appears to be a royal wedding happening this week... So - for those... Continue Reading →

FCE CAE CPE: Open Cloze Battleships


An alternative to the work through it together option... Basically, you need two different open cloze tasks from a test book (or you can use the examples given in the exam handbooks available from Cambridge ESOL's teacher support site). You... Continue Reading →

Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned


Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned | Books | guardian.co.uk. This is a slightly misleading and somewhat patronising view of American life, when you consider, as the article states, that this list is based on... Continue Reading →

Macmillan English Dictionary: Glossary of ELT Terms


A very handy resource that I came across whilst trying to work out what was meant by "lockstep" in an ELT context...  The image of classes of learners marching side by side up and down the road didn't seem quite... Continue Reading →

Speaking: “Just a Minute” Relay Race


If you're not familiar with it, the "just a minute" game requires learners to speak on a topic for one minute, without hesitation, deviation or repetition.  It's based on the BBC Radio 4 panel game of the same name.  Their... Continue Reading →

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