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Collocation Connections


Here's a little test for you to see how good you are at spotting collocations.  The words in the grid below can be put into four collocation groups.  Can you figure out (a) what the groups are?  (b) which word(s)... Continue Reading →

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Five Fantastic Film sites for ELT


Using video in the classroom is a great way to engage learners in the material, either from a topic perspective or with a particular language point.  Young learners in particular seem to love the moving image and it can be... Continue Reading →

United Nations Day – teaching resources


It is nearing the end of October and that traditionally means pumpkins, black cats, sweets or candy, and a bunch of superstitious nonsense that if it wasn't for the whole "sweets and candy" component, would probably have disappeared a long... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: Student generated ID card Swap


This was a lesson I did with a class of elementary level learners yesterday.  My class were quite young, hence some of the content below, but it is quite easily adaptable to other ages and levels.  It doesn't need any... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Complete First


Complete First Guy Brook-Hart Cambridge University Press,  2014. As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook review: Objective First


Objective First Annette Capel & Wendy Sharp Cambridge University Press 2012 (3rd Ed.) / 2014 (4th Ed.)   As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Ready for First


Ready for FCE Roy Norris Macmillan Education 2013 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Gold First


Gold First Jan Bell and Amanda Thomas Pearson Education 2014 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam. Reviews are also... Continue Reading →

The Shambles of CPE: a bit of a rant


I am not impressed.  For whatever reason, it simply seems as though both Cambridge ESOL and most of the major publishers seem to have shown and complete and utter disregard towards the students and prospective candidates studying at CPE level.... Continue Reading →

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