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Opposition debates for CPE Summary tasks


This was something that popped into my head the other day as a way to change the dynamic of a CPE lesson based around summary tasks - and which will also be useful for the 2013 revised exam (writing part one).... Continue Reading →

In defence of: The Test


There seems to be a lot of anti-testing sentiment prevalent in the teaching world at the moment.  There's a particular degree of vitriol that seems to be reserved for standardised testing, but which has tapped a general anti-educational zeitgeist and... 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 →

Do learners know what they need?


There is a lot of talk about learner needs, needs analysis and learner centred lesson planning and course planning.  But do learners really know what they need?  Or do they just tell us what they want? The difference between "wants"... Continue Reading →

Using Haiku for Summary Tasks


Summary task woesUnfound ideas from the textsLacking clarity What is a Haiku?Distillation of ideasConcisely worded  This could go quite wrongHaiku for summary tasks?Might be worth a try    Learners at CPE (Proficiency) level frequently have issues with the comprehension and summary task on the... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: eleven tips for writing


On the eleventh day of Geekmas, teflgeek gave to me:  11 tips for writing Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

Say that again? avoiding repetition & developing paraphrase


Trying to come up with new and interesting ways of saying the same old thing is a skill that taxes most of us on a daily basis:  "I like your hair."  "Your hair looks nice."  "Wow!  Have you had your... Continue Reading →

From Riddle to Twittersphere: David Crystal tells the story of English in 100 words


Following on from the success of the recent Radio 4 series "A History of the World in 100 objects", linguist and novelist David Crystal attempts to do the same for the English language.  An interesting read for any and all... Continue Reading →

Changes to CPE in 2013


In 2013 the CPE exam is not only celebrating 100 years of tormenting language learners and confusing their teachers, but will also be metamorphasising into its latest incarnation.  This post takes a look at what changes are being made and what it... Continue Reading →

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