Giving thanks American style
One of the most important dates in the North American calendar is fast approaching and with it the chance to have a lesson with your students about the traditions of the historical day. Next Thursday the 24th of November will see North Americans celebrate in a frenzy of family, turkey andRead More
The life of a goldfish
Ok, I confess this isn’t about goldfish. In fact, it’s the annual passing of Remembrance Day that has got me thinking, apart from the obvious, about memory itself.
I don’t know about you but both my short-term and long-term memory aren’t the sharpest (I refer you back to the goldfish). I’m oftenRead More
Onwards and upwards with the DELTA
So you’ve done your CELTA, you’ve been teaching a few years and are looking for a new challenge; where to next? Assuming that you and teaching are still rubbing along nicely then you might consider building on your initial qualification with a teaching diploma such as the DELTA (Diploma in EnglishRead More
Bringing the bonfire to your classroom
Tomorrow will see a night of festivity throughout the United Kingdom as the country celebrates Guy Fawkes Day as on every 5th of November. Talking about the festival can provide a great intro to talking about UK culture and acts of terrorism. For a bit of context you can base aRead More
An ELT feast just one click away!
How often has it happened that you wanted to attend an interesting talk or workshop, but it turned out that at that very time you were teaching or the conference itself was located too far away to fit into your schedule as well as budget? It’s time to relax as aRead More
Halloween’s haunted history
With October 31st rapidly creeping up on us, here’s a look at some of the traditions of Halloween, from the old to the new…
Although the origins of Halloween are disputed, its history is linked to various festivals held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. For
Halloween cemetery stories
I know that a lot of people think that Halloween is a very commercial holiday; however I personally really like it maybe because it is so different from All Saints Day on the 1st of November which I am so familiar with. I see Halloween as a day of amazing pumpkinRead More
All Hallow’s Eve
Fright night is almost upon us and with it the chance to have a truly hair raising class with your students. For a bit of fun why not play them the Adams Family theme song. If your students are interested in looking at the song a little more closelyRead More
The CELTA qualification and onestopenglish
The CELTA certificate is obviously one of the most popular routes into English language teaching, and here at the Macmillan English Campus offices, we understand how important lesson planning, preparation, and resources are for English teachers to create successful and interesting lessons. In combination with this special series of postings aboutRead More
The Apple of my i
I have a confession to make: I am absolutely, completely and utterly, head-over-heels, totally in love with my iPhone. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve been an iPhone owner for over two years now and my iPhone and I have been very happy together. This loveRead More
CELTA vs. Blended CELTA
The most widely recognized TEFL qualification is the Cambridge administered CELTA course. As the course is recognized internationally it is a popular qualification with those who wish to travel and teach English abroad. Over 10,000 people each year opt to take the CELTA and you need no previous teachingRead More
The London Film Festival is due to start, running from the 12th – 27th October. It’s the UK’s largest public film event and aims to bring together the best of world cinema, screening over 300 features, documentaries and short films from around 50 countries.
So, how might you incorporate thisRead More
US Presidential Elections: one year to go
On Tuesday November 6 2012, the United States will hold their next presidential election, and the current polls in America are showing a rising level of discontent with the current president, Barack Obama.
It is arguable that Obama’s election was unique in America’s history. Not only is he their first African-American president,Read More
CELTA Report Season
We are very excited to invite you to join our series, CELTA Report, that will start this coming Monday, on October 10th. As CELTA is the most popular certificate to study in order to qualify as an ELT teacher, for the next three months we will be blogging about the CELTA experience. We will ask what CELTA means toRead More
MEC-guided tours of the virtual world
When I was a student, I would have loved to be able to use resources like the web projects in my English class. They’re great because they allow students to explore the internet beyond what’s on MEC, thus working with real-life texts in English and researching a huge variety of topics.Read More