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Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the Comfort Zone

The concept of Parsnips in ELT has always intrigued me.  These are the things that you're not supposed to talk about with your classes, the taboo topics that might get you into trouble or which your students might protest at.... Continue Reading →

Ten Things Worth Further Investigation (#03)

More items emerging from the black hole of the internet that is my “Further Investigation” folder.  These are the links to various interesting things I've saved to look at later and which have languished there unremembered until today. Where remembered,... Continue Reading →

From #CLIL to CSI?

I was quite impressed to spot, as a student in my class took an interminable amount of time to remove a pencil from her bag, that the science book she's currently using was called "CSI".  An inspired piece of textbook... Continue Reading →

Earth Day – Online Teaching Resources

Earth Day 2012, where we consider our impact upon the planet and variously decide (a) to do something about it (b) gee that's terrible but what can one person do? (c) It was like that when we got here -... Continue Reading →

TED-Ed – ten minute lessons from TED

A new initiative from the TED talks team, TED-Ed works with teachers to distill a great lesson into 10 minutes, animate it and put it up on youtube. Watch the introductory video here: And check out the TED-Ed youtube channel,... Continue Reading →

Web tool recommendations #eltchat summary « Sandy Millin

Following the #eltchat on 29th February, Sandy Millin has put together a brilliant summary of web tool recommendations for teachers:  Web tool recommendations #eltchat summary Categories that come up include: Voice Recording / Video capture Bookmarking / Link Organisation Ready-Made... Continue Reading →

#IHPortugal Training Day: Facebook in the Classroom

This is the second of a series of posts reflecting on seminars I attended at the recent IH Portugal Training Day.  Click the link to read the first post on "Class Management by Carol Crombie". FACEBOOK Robert Dickson & Stephen Wardle IH Lisbon... Continue Reading →

The Best Education Articles From “The Onion” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

If you don't know The Onion - you should take a look - it's a satirical newspaper that sometimes hits the nail on the head.  It's also a great source of articles for use with classes - the occasionally puerile... Continue Reading →

All is not what it seems – The Little People Project

Back in December I posted on "nine pretty pictures" - ways of exploiting images with learners. I recently came across "The Little People Project" - though unfortunately I can't remember where - it might have been The Guardian, but I'm... Continue Reading →

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