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Cambridge English Teachers’ Competition 2012


If you help learners prepare for one of the Cambridge exams, then you might be interested in their new competition: Cambridge English Teachers’ Competition 2012. All they want is one practical exam preparation idea, succinctly expressed in 300 words, for one... Continue Reading →

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English teaching: A Friday request | The Economist


English teaching: A Friday request | The Economist. Originally spotted on Simon Thomas' efl-resource - it appears The Economist has become aware of it's own potential in the ELT sphere!  They're asking their readers, ELT professionals in particular, for their thoughts... Continue Reading →

The World in 2012: Predict this!


It's that time of year when the media maelstrom coalesces around a single topic - the future!  What's going to happen in the next twelve months?  What can we all expect from the next year?  Will we face triumph or... Continue Reading →

IATEFL BESIG – Lesson plan competition


Calling all Business English Teachers - this one's for you! The IATEFL BESIG, in conjunction with CUP's Professional English Online website, are running a Lesson plan competition. It's open to all (as long as you haven't had materials previously commercially published) and the... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: I don’t know what you did last summer!


A very quick alternative to the standard composition task "What I did on my Summer holidays". Essentially, you ask the learners to write the composition (100 words? I guess length will be age & level dependent) about somebody else in... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: Find Nobody Who…


This is an alternative approach to the inevitable "what did you do on your holidays" conversation.   Many first lesson activities and ideas are based on the premise that nobody knows anybody else but often the students in your classes... Continue Reading →

Working with Project Classes


This is an entry for everyone currently working at an ELT summer school somewhere in the world!  It's not always easy and there's a lot of hard work - hopefully this post will help out a bit!  I've been fortunate... Continue Reading →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... 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 →

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