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Zip Zap Boing (I think?)


I blame that Simon Thomas over at efl-resource.  It's all his fault.  And I'm still not sure whether it's "zip zap zop" or "zig zag zog" or something else entirely! I've inherited a class, which Simon once taught back in... Continue Reading →

Habitat for Humanity: Lesson Plans


I'll be honest, I don't really know much about Habitat for Humanity.  I'm mentioning them here because they posted a comment under one of the blog posts and I just went and took a quick look at their site. They... Continue Reading →

The 8.5 billion dollar verb?


An interesting post by Deborah Capras on the Business Spotlight blog relating to Microsoft's recent billion dollar purchase of Skype.  She raises the question: Doesn’t $8.5 billion seem a lot of money for a verb I use almost every day for free? Which... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


The visual thesaurus was pointed out to me some time ago as a great alternative to the standard online dictionary search, and also as a great way to help learners broaden their vocabulary, particularly with higher level students who have... Continue Reading →

State of the World’s Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts – Save the Children


State of the World's Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts - Save the Children - thanks to Greg Fuller for posting this on facebook..... There's a lot of information here and obviously the most interesting thing for any class to do would... Continue Reading →

Oil Stories


The Guardian newspaper recently ran a series of short stories related to oil, as part of a project to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster - (see BBC story for background). Called "Oil Stories", the Guardian... Continue Reading →

Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned


Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned | Books | guardian.co.uk. This is a slightly misleading and somewhat patronising view of American life, when you consider, as the article states, that this list is based on... Continue Reading →

Speaking: “Just a Minute” Relay Race


If you're not familiar with it, the "just a minute" game requires learners to speak on a topic for one minute, without hesitation, deviation or repetition.  It's based on the BBC Radio 4 panel game of the same name.  Their... Continue Reading →

A lesson on Learning Goals – Ken Robinson TED Talk


I first watched Ken Robinson's TED talk - "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" some months ago - a thought provoking examination of the aims of the educational establishment.  It has influenced my thinking about the aims of teaching quite heavily, though... Continue Reading →

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