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Cambridge First & Advanced in 2015


If you prepare students for FCE or CAE, then this might be useful for you.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) have recently undergone significant revisions to their structure and organisation. This has been on the cards... Continue Reading →

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Write and Improve: An Online writing helper


Writing is probably the most difficult area for learners to improve on by themselves.  Writing demands an audience and if you have no-one to tell you how successful your efforts are - or not - then you are doomed to... Continue Reading →

#IATEFL 2014: The Sugata Mitra Debate


Well.  This one was controversial.  In some respects what Sugata Mitra said in his plenary on Saturday morning doesn't even matter anymore, such was the debate it sparked and which still continues via facebook and twitter. Mitra, it is clear,... Continue Reading →

IH Teachers’ Online Conference #IHTOC60


IH are running another one of their increasingly popular Online Conferences this weekend:  or at least Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May. It's a slightly different premise this time however, as the speakers are being limited to ten minute... Continue Reading →

IELTS & Daily Charts from The Economist


IELTS teachers will be glad to know that The Economist has a "Daily Chart" section on their blog pages called Graphic Detail. Featuring "charts, maps and infographics", not all the content is useful for those IELTS Academic writing part one... Continue Reading →

IH Teachers’ Online Conference – this weekend #IHTOC3


This weekend - or at least Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November - sees the third IH Teachers' Online Conference, a collection of about 20 webinars hosted by the International House World Organisation and available to all, completely free! Yep... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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