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The case for and against RP


"Since being in hospital, the only people I have heard speaking in the UK prestige model of "received pronunciation" are some of the consultants and surgeons.  Everyone else in the hospital is from everywhere else." In a recent post, about the... Continue Reading →

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Instructions: Don’t blame Maria, blame Sharon and Tracy


By day seven of a recent hospitalisation, I had identified four of the non-native speakers who worked on the nursing team.  Apparently there are seven in total, but the ward is large and I may never get to meet the... Continue Reading →

CAE Online Resource Directory


For those involved with CAE exam classes - I've just put up a directory of online resources which you can access here: CAE Online Resource Directory There's a mix of exam information, online practice exercises and teaching advice, so take... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: If you look at the bottom of the screen


In this guest post, Dave Cosby looks at why some nationalities might be better at learning languages than others and considers the role that the pervasive influence of the international media might have to play... If you look at the... Continue Reading →

#ELTChat Summary: Teaching at a Discourse Level


How can we focus language teaching more at discourse level rather than sentence level? The first #eltchat of 2012 attempted to answer this question!  I wasn’t actually there and didn’t take part in the chat and I’m still not quite... Continue Reading →

The zombie apocalypse and its role in the ELT classroom


From the always interesting yearinthelifeofanenglishteacher comes what is clearly the best blog post title of 2011:  "The zombie apocalypse and its role in the ELT classroom". I missed the original post in June, only picking up on it via Tyson Seburn's... Continue Reading →

Teaching Resources: Steve Jobs


It's not until someone goes that you realise the impact they had on your life - Steve Jobs was one of those public figures who inspired belief and achievement in others. One of my classes was asking if we could... Continue Reading →

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 →

First Lesson: I don’t know what you did last summer!


A very quick alternative to the standard composition task "What I did on my Summer holidays". Essentially, you ask the learners to write the composition (100 words? I guess length will be age & level dependent) about somebody else in... Continue Reading →

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