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Online Teaching Resource: Idioms Videos


I just came across, during a further exploration of the Pearson ELT Community site, their idioms discussions space. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of discussion, but they have posted a set of mini-videos which purport to... Continue Reading →

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First Lesson or First Week Ideas


Back in July I posted a selections of 20 ideas and activities that might be worth trying out as you get to know your new classes this school year - and since then there've been a couple of additional ideas... Continue Reading →

Wired for Mobile learning?


I spotted this one on a post on the TeachingEnglish | British Council facebook page - who in turn spotted it on the Voxy Blog. The infographic below comes out of the work of Mark Prensky and his concepts of... Continue Reading →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

The 8.5 billion dollar verb?


An interesting post by Deborah Capras on the Business Spotlight blog relating to Microsoft's recent billion dollar purchase of Skype.  She raises the question: Doesn’t $8.5 billion seem a lot of money for a verb I use almost every day for free? Which... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


The visual thesaurus was pointed out to me some time ago as a great alternative to the standard online dictionary search, and also as a great way to help learners broaden their vocabulary, particularly with higher level students who have... Continue Reading →

State of the World’s Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts – Save the Children


State of the World's Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts - Save the Children - thanks to Greg Fuller for posting this on facebook..... There's a lot of information here and obviously the most interesting thing for any class to do would... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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