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Book Review: Punctuation..? (and a competition!)


Punctuation..? by User Design is a svelte and elegant illustrated guide for the rest of us. As you might have guessed from the title, it gives an overview of 21 different punctuation marks from the everyday comma to the more... Continue Reading →

One Picture – Six activities!


My latest blog post for the British Council Teaching English website is now live - click the link to find out more about "A house of mystery and secrets" It was a really fun challenge to try - all the bloggers... Continue Reading →

Cambridge Advanced writing – learning to answer the question


Keeping writing relevant to the question is something that learners often have difficulty with.  Sometimes this is because they mis-identify the key content points, sometimes it's because they write their answer for the wrong purpose. This is the outline of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Keep Calm and Write On – #IHTOC3


For those that may have missed it, here are the slides (as pdf) from the webinar I gave at the IH Teachers' Online Conference on 3rd November. The session was a look at common problems learners have with writing for... Continue Reading →

Demoralising Feedback – a cautionary tale


It's not often that, as teachers, we are given the opportunity to step into the shoes of our students.  Ken Wilson writes about his experiences in the German classroom on his blog and Scott Thornbury has described being a beginner in Catalan -... 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 →

PHRAS.IN – Say this or say that?


This is a quite a neat tool for learners who are trying to find the right way to express something - PHRAS.IN - Say this or say that?. You type in two choices and it comes back and tells you which... Continue Reading →

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