• Resources from the English Campus: October 08-Oct-2013

    Each month our Editorial Assistant Liz will be offering a monthly round-up to help keep you updated with all our latest resources on the English Campus. Take a look at what we’ve published this October to see some of our English Campus highlights:

    One of my favourite features on the English

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  • Are you a good tourist? 08-Aug-2013

    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 various

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  • There’s more to immersion than relocating 11-Jul-2013

    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 processing

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  • Tackling bad English 28-Jun-2013

    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.

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  • Our ever-expanding English vocabulary 27-Jun-2013

    Marketing and media online magazine The Drum has announced that the word ‘tweeting’ has broken the rules of English vocabulary by officially entering the Oxford English Dictionary, which usually dictates that a word can only enter the dictionary after being in current usage for at least ten years. Established

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  • Online language teaching: Language training for charitable organisations 17-Jun-2013

    I discussed in the last chapter how Skype and similar technologies are helping to broaden the possibilities of language learning. One of the key advantages of Skype is the ease with which people can now communicate over long distances. Obviously it was possible in the past using a telephone,

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  • The sound of Welsh 31-May-2013

    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 write

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  • Twitter in ELT: Teaching ideas for using Twitter 20-May-2013

    Using Twitter in an ELT classroom strikes me as being a particularly interesting concept. While the idea of condensing messages into 140 character bursts may seem at odds with supporting linguistic development, viewed another way, Twitter can be a great tool for facilitating communication and encouraging use of English in a

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  • Never ‘misunderestimate’ the English language 17-May-2013

    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 English

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  • How to teach English? 03-May-2013

    Last year we shared with you a great infographic created by Kaplan on How to Learn English. This year they surveyed ESL teachers on what tools they use to enhance their lessons. As a big fan of comic books I was happy to see that they do

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  • The EFL classroom through digital curation 01-May-2013

    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 through

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  • Don’t just sit back and listen: feedback on listening with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app 25-Mar-2013

    This week we take a look at the final skill area on the app, having previously focussed on reading, speaking and writing. Listening takes centre stage this time round as we find out what our students and teachers make of the app’s contribution to this often tough to teach aspect of

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  • Take my word for it 22-Mar-2013

    I’m a fairly irrational person. Blooming daffodils in the park can make me as happy as any piece of good news. Likewise, I will get as angry with a stranger who pushes past me as I would if a friend were to kick me in the shins (this has never happened).

    This

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  • Learning Russian Pt. 3: Vocabulary 15-Mar-2013

    We all know that one of the biggest challenges when learning a foreign language is building up your vocabulary. So many words, so little time… Vocabulary has got to be the most important aspect of language, because without the words, there’s no need for grammatical structures and no need to pronounce

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  • Taking one for the team: a memory test 22-Feb-2013

    A couple of months ago I read an article about a man who learnt a language in 22 hours. The man in question has “never been particularly good at languages” and the language was Lingala (the native tongue of northern Congo and not something that you’d be likely to

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