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
The language of love
Today is a day couples look forward to (arguable from a man’s point of view) and a day singletons dread. A day for two people to really show their love for each other. A day single people make sure to avoid restaurants and cocktail bars. It’s Valentine’s Day! I hope thisRead More
Every 25th January Scotland celebrates the life of the National Bard, Robert Burns with Burns’ Night; an entertaining evening of food, dancing and verse. It’s held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth. The celebrations were originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his deathRead More
‘brushetta’ or ‘brusketta’ – pronunciation problems
Today’s posting is about a topic that both language learners and non-language learners alike will have experienced.
What do you do when you have to pronounce foreign words and you’re not really sure how to do it!
It’s mainly food and drink that causes this predicament. The correct pronounciation of certain words hasRead More
Peter’s look back at 2012 on Blendedmec
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 hasRead More
An accent of prejudice?
British regional accents are a wonderful talking point. The fact that such a huge range of accents can exist in such a comparatively small geographical space has long been a source of interest – and sometimes confusion – both for the British themselves and for learners of English visiting Britain orRead More
Advertising at Christmas: All is not what it seems
If any of you are living in the UK or have recently visited, you’ll have noticed that Christmas has well and truly arrived. Lights adorn towns and cities across the country, the smell of mulled wine and cider wafts around and shopping malls and high streets are suddenly bustling with peopleRead More
Today is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday every November, Thanksgiving is one of the oldest feasts in the US, dating back to 1621 when settlers from England and a number of Native Americans feasted together to celebrate the first good harvestRead More