Open House: Going through the e-motions – digital essay projects for EAP and IELTS
The elusive academic essay…EAP and IELTS students worldwide often struggle to really grasp what makes a great piece of writing and to develop the skills necessary to reach this key academic goal.
From detailed research to intricate referencing, from perceptive planning to eloquence and persuasion, these skills canRead More
The EFL classroom through digital curation
I wrote a few weeks ago about the great talk I went to during the last IATEFL conference in Liverpool; MLearning: is it a portable circus or just an illusion. I also had a chance to attend one more interesting talk: Filtering relevant information for the EFL classroom throughRead More
Onestopenglish at IATEFL 2013
As onestopenglish publisher, I speak regularly with all the teachers and expert authors who produce lesson plans and worksheets for the site. I love the immediacy and variety of the job: teachers from all over the world visit the site – according to our analytics software we reach teachers in overRead More
IATEFL Liverpool Day 1
Tuesday was the first day of the IATEFL conference in Liverpool. This year the talks have been cut down to 30mins and the workshops to 45mins and as a result you have a programme packed with loads of options. I think that is was a great idea to make the talksRead More
We’re live from IATEFL 2013!
This week is a big one for the ELT community, as it’s time for IATEFL. Naturally your BlendedMEC and Macmillan English Campus teams are here at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool from 9th-12th April. We’ll be giving talks, meeting people- just look out for our big red MacmillanRead More
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
Language Show Live: Added Value of Multilingualism
Speaking in Tongues
The last but not least session I attended at the Language Show Live last November was a talk by Itesh Sachev. The aim of the session was to discover the myths about multilingualism and find out how speaking a number of languages affects our brains and benefitsRead More
Language Show Live: Online real-time communication
I suppose that currently there’s no problem in finding online communication tools and using them with students in language classes; the trick is in finding the one which works for the language benefit and students interests. Students tend to use online tools to communicate in spoken or written format in theirRead More
Language Show Live: Fun and effective uses for technology in the classroom
Fun ways for effective use of technology in your language classroom
When attending the Language Show Live I spent quite a lot of time in the Language Technology Zone. It was an area where, during 30 minute sessions you could try out, on the iPads provided, apps which were part of tasksRead More
Language Show Live: Digital literacy meets EAP
The first stop at the Language Show Live takes us to the EAP area, which is a rather tricky area to teach as it does not only need to be filled with specific content, but also with real life skills which students will be confident to reach to and apply inRead More
Macmillan Online Conference 2012
Earlier this month I presented a webinar as part of the Macmillan Online Conference, a whole week of live presentations for English-language teachers across all disciplines, from primary to adult and methodology.
I was in illustrious company. Carol Read, Angela Llanas and Viv Lambert presented in the primary sessions; while the methodologyRead More
Language Show Live moments to remember
For the first time last month, I attended the Language Show Live in London. As it was my fist Language Show I had big expectations and wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. This event is a great celebration of languages and their cultures, you had a chance to participate not only inRead More
From teacher to manager to conference speaker…
Tinker, tailor, soldier, jack-of-all-trades
Jammy. That’s what my dad would call me. Opportunities just seem to rear out of nowhere and drop, screaming faintly, into my welcoming lap. My ever-loving boyfriend would dispute this and declare that you make your own luck, that everything I have achieved is a product of myRead More
The benefits of learning languages
We celebrated the European Day of Languages yesterday. It’s a fantastic event organized by the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September. You can find out more here.
The question is how do we benefit from learning languages, ifRead More
The Oscars of ELT
Hosted this year by Robert De Niro (a.k.a. Scott Thornbury) and with presenters including Macmillan’s very own Marilyn Monroe (a.k.a. Jo Greig), it was a glittering, star-studded (and unusually warm and sunny) evening in London – and this year there was even a Hollywood-style red carpet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen –Read More