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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 →

Are you worth your learners’ attention?


One of the contributors to the debate on student fees in UK universities raised an interesting point the other week.  Roger Moss, in breaking down the fees students pay when compared to what they get, calculated that they paid approximately... 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 →

Global Population – 7 billion people and you


There's a really nice app on the BBC website that lets you figure out where you come in the global population statistics - for example, when I was born I was the four billionth, 50 millionth, seven hundred and sixty... Continue Reading →

Essential Criteria for Effective Learning?


This was the question posed the other week on my MA discussion boards:  "Based on your teaching experience, write down the criteria you think are essential for language learning."  And it's a good question.  In many respects the ultimate teaching... Continue Reading →

Teaching Resources: Steve Jobs


It's not until someone goes that you realise the impact they had on your life - Steve Jobs was one of those public figures who inspired belief and achievement in others. One of my classes was asking if we could... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Idioms Videos


I just came across, during a further exploration of the Pearson ELT Community site, their idioms discussions space. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of discussion, but they have posted a set of mini-videos which purport to... Continue Reading →

First Lesson Aims: Dave Tucker Guest Post!


If you've had time to look at recent posts on this blog, you'll have noticed a series of "first lesson" ideas and activities...  after all,  it's September, we've all got "back-to-school-itis"! Stepping back from the plethora of great teaching ideas to... Continue Reading →

Vocabulary Revision Game: Pointless


While visiting the UK over the summer, I was introduced to a relatively new BBC Game show - "Pointless", in which contestants try to score as few points as possible.  Or as the BBC phrase it:  "Quiz in which contestants... Continue Reading →

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