Peter’s look back at 2012 on Blendedmec

20-Dec-2012

With Christmas fast approaching and the Macmillan office wrapping up until 2013, (unless it really is the end of the world on Friday) what better time to reflect on the year that has almost left us. I don’t know about you, but in the UK at least 2012 has been a big year, with the Queen’s jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games held here this summer. It’s also been a big year for ELT, which has seen a real shift to innovative ways of teaching.  As for me, 2012 has been huge…as this will go down in history as the year I started writing for the blendedmec blog! As a newbie, I have a slightly shorter selection of posts to look back on, but I hope they were still interesting. I’ve looked back at a few of them here.

British Bites Back

Apparently 2012 has also been the year in which ‘Britishisms,’ or words typically only used in the UK, have been making their way over the Atlantic and slowly seeping into Americans’ daily vocabulary. This was great to research. English is most often influenced by American language and culture, so it was fascinating to see that this was working the other way round, and to see that some of the words that Americans have adopted were unexpected to say the least!

Top 5 Small But Common Mistakes

I’ve highlighted this post as there are so many little mistakes in English that can alter the meaning of a sentence or a word, and which can be frustrating not only for learners of English but natives as well. This post proved to be a popular one which will be the first of a number of posts looking at nuances in the English language throughout 2013. If you have any examples yourselves that I could put together for the series then get in touch!

5 Things for New Teachers to Keep in Mind

Another Top 5 posting here, I’ve included this one as it brought back memories of my first foray into teaching – and how I had no idea what I was doing (or so it felt). It was nice to think back about some of the most enjoyable, funny and downright awful moments I had teaching in Spain to be able to put together a little beginner’s guide.

If you’re a budding teacher or if you know one, then you might also want to take a look at this great infographic to get you on the path to teaching stardom.

Expect more snippets from me when we return in 2013. In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy Christmas, happy Hannukah, happy holidays or whatever else you might be celebrating this season. And of course all the very best for 2013!

Peter

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