News Item update!
Brave new world of gamification
This week’s news item, adapted for MEC from a news article originally published in the Guardian Weekly, is about developments in computer games, especially in body and mind control. Experts think games will become more and more important in real life too.
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Comedy in the classroom
One of the greatest challenges facing any teacher is injecting fun into their lessons and keeping material lively. With this in mind I came up with the following activity which became one of my favorite to teach and a nice way to reward students after completing a particularly difficult activity orRead More
No hard sell necessary
This week’s news item, adapted for MEC from a news article originally published in the Guardian Weekly, is about a growing trend in Britain for workplace learning. As part of this trend, Harrods, the famous London department store, is offering staff a free honours degree.
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News Item update!
Fears of vaccination may be putting lives at risk in the developing world
This week’s news item, adapted for MEC from a news article originally published in the Guardian Weekly, is about how vaccine scares in the UK, Europe and the USA could be threatening vaccine programmes in the developing world.
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How much electricity do we waste in a year? Find out that and more at Chrisjordan.com.
This image is taken from the running the numbers section of the website and the creator (Chris Jordan) intends them as a visual version of a particular statistic, such as the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricityRead More
The worst classes make the best lessons…
The start of my second year of teaching saw me taking my first ever young learner class; a small, seemingly manageable class of seven seven-year-olds. Armed with lessons learnt from a year teaching adults in company I prepared my first class sure that we’d be the best of friends by theRead More
Sarah Milligan NOT Millican
I went to the BELTE conference last week to give a presentation on onestopenglish. As I was planning my session I had a look at my blurb in the leaflet ‘The Cheat’s guide to finding what you need on onestopenglish Sarah Milligan’. Hmm I thought. I wonderRead More
News item update!
MEC Editor, Kerstin Schneider, writes:
Climate deal is closer, says UN
This week’s news item, adapted for MEC from a news article originally published in the Guardian Weekly, is about United Nations talks in Tianjin, China, on climate change.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work AreaRead More
Lovely tapas during a convention in Madrid
“Mientras la luz que viene fija y gana
blancas metas de fábula que olvida
el tumulto de venas en la huida
hacia el turbio frescor de la manzana”
Frederico Garcia Lorca
This is for anyone interested in a nice restaurant tip in Spain. We attended the MLA Annual Convention inRead More
Vocabulary heaven at Eastoftheweb
MEC has a wealth of fun vocabulary and language games, but if you have really enthusiastic gamers in your class who’ve finished all the MEC games or you’re looking for something new yourself, then try Eastoftheweb.com. It has lots of different games on it, I’ve described myRead More
For those of you who can’t wait to use the new placement test on your English Campus I thought I’d make a few suggestions about how you could get it up and running in your school or university.
1. How will IRead More
If your students struggle with pronunciation or you find it hard to explain how to produce certain sounds in English, then you might find this site useful.
It’s from the university of Iowa website and, although it’s only available in American English (and Spanish), it’s aRead More
I’m not in the habit of advertising fast food chains but Burger King’s marketing website Subservient Chicken can’t be ignored!
You type an instruction for the chicken in the box and it does what you tell it. Honestly I’mRead More
Engaging and innovative presentations with Prezi
Are you tired of using PowerPoint? Are you bored by whiteboard?
Then feast your eyes on Prezi.com, the clever new way to make engaging and innovative presentations.
Just like any presentation software, with Prezi you can write captions, use images and add design to your presentation.Read More
Drama in the ESL classroom
Steph Earnshaw has written a series of blog postings for us which will be appearing once a week on our blog.
Steph is a teacher and teacher trainer in the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan, also known as the land of the thunder dragon. She teaches students from 5 years toRead More