New term, new resources
August is very quickly drawing to a close and that means only one thing for Macmillan Education: it’s the start of the new school term!
That first class with a new group of students is always scary, exciting and unpredictable in equal measure, but it’s always good to remind yourself that theRead More
You Are What You Eat
A recent survey by experts at the University of Sheffield in the UK has found some interesting trends in British eating habits. While many people think we’re spending more time apart from our families, eating on our own, on the go, or in front of the television, in reality the storyRead More
Are you a good tourist?
It’s holiday season, and that means that all around the world, people are buying phrasebooks in various languages, and learning key phrases for the holidays: “Where’s the beach?”, “A table for four please” and “I’m a vegetarian!”. And Expedia’s annual report by hoteliers and service staff have ranked variousRead More
Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy, third in line to the British throne
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the birth of the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The newborn prince is third in line to the British throne.
You can find this story inRead More
There’s more to immersion than relocating
I have just come across the results of a really interesting study this week about language students’ interaction with their native culture, and how this affects their use of and fluency in the target language. If you want the full title of the study, it’s this:
“Heritage-culture images disrupt immigrants’ second-language processingRead More
Tackling bad English
About 10 years ago, I moved to Spain to teach English. I came to the country without a word of Spanish so, as a complete novice, I looked for points of comparison between English and Spanish to give myself a route into the language.
The Perfect British Accent – Does It Really Exist?
As I was eating my breakfast this morning, I watched an interview with a young local schoolgirl who had been chosen to give a speech at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Hearing her speak made me realise that the Northern Irish accent is an interesting one, and something you don’tRead More
Plan an excursion with your students
One of the main things that all language learners usually have in common is the desire to travel and learn about and experience other cultures. However, travelling can be costly, and even daunting for students who don’t speak the local language well. So how can you let your students experience otherRead More
The sound of Welsh
I recently decided to try to learn Welsh. Being impatient and not having all that much time to attend a class, about a minute after deciding to learn, I downloaded an app. A few minutes after that, I could say, ‘I am trying to speak Welsh’ in Welsh. I would writeRead More
Never ‘misunderestimate’ the English language
The English language is an adaptable beast – constantly borrowing and reinventing itself to fit its current climate. Centuries of wars, globalization and technological development have left English a mishmash of languages, forever expanding to incorporate the latest fads, technology and culture.
In Shakespeare’s day there were only 2,000,000 speakers of EnglishRead More
A touch of class
The BBC has just reported the results of a survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken, on the thorny subject of class. That is, the social structure here in the UK and which sector we all belong to.
According to this survey, there are seven different classes that weRead More
To our blog readers,
Have a lovely Easter.
We look forward to bringing you more from the world of ELT soon!
The Long and Winding Road to IATEFL
There’s only a couple of weeks left until the biggest ELT event of the year – IATEFL. (We’ll be there of course, so come and see us!) So what better post than one to honour this year’s host city Liverpool and its most famous export?
Liverpool, affectionately called the PoolRead More
Video in the classroom: Britain on Film
I don’t normally watch much television. Last night, however, was a bit of an exception given it was a Monday night and absolutely freezing outside to boot. While flicking through the channels, I stumbled across a programme called Britain on Film, a collection of fascinating short videos from theRead More
The long and short of it
It may seem redundant to say this when writing a blog entry, but the way we now communicate has changed almost beyond what could have been imagined 20 years ago. The fact that I am able to post an article online to a global audience and it is not considered remarkableRead More