• 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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  • Get writing right now 04-Oct-2013

    We’re all very excited because in October, we’ll be adding manually marked writing activities to our blended learning platform, the Macmillan English Campus! This will increase the kinds of interactions students can experience when using the English Campus, and will give teachers even more opportunities for enhancing their students’ skills.

    Perhaps more

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  • Reflecting on my learning and teaching style 24-Sep-2013

    If I had to be a learner now, I would describe myself as one with an analytical style towards the issues I should be aware of. I prefer spending time on tackling problems logically and a systematic presentation of new learning material would contribute to my personal preferences. I do not

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  • Creating eBooks: The eDiary 17-Sep-2013

    There are various ways of describing language in the classroom, using suitable purpose-specific methods and approaches. To me, Jeremy Harmer’s theory of the ESA (Engage- Study- Activate) process in class corresponds with an interactive and motivating way of teaching language and managing learners in the best possible way.

    This idea has led

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  • Creating eBooks: Business mail 10-Sep-2013

    In the last three years I have experimented with modern applications such as blogs, wikis, platforms, virtual clouds and forums. They have gained enormous popularity and, in my opinion, they serve as an excellent contribution to the language learning process. All of them can add a feeling of novelty to various

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  • The SaypYu project: one global language 25-Jul-2013

    A recent article in the Telegraph led me to discover an intriguing collaborative project called SaypYu, whose aim is to create one global alphabet combining all sounds in every language in the world, to standardize spelling and pronunciation. SaypYu stands for Say as you pronounce Universal project,

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  • Open House: Going through the e-motions – digital essay projects for EAP and IELTS 22-Jul-2013

    Thursday 26th September 2013, 3pm UK time

    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 can

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  • Plan an excursion with your students 13-Jun-2013

    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 other

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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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  • Edublogs: blogging for educational institutions 30-May-2013

    I’ve just come across Edublogs and thought it would be very interesting to blendedmec readers. If you’ve been thinking about getting your students to blog (and you should), Edublogs could be the perfect blogging platform for you.
     
    As the name suggests, Edublogs is an education-focused blogging service, but it

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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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  • 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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  • Macmillan IELTS Skills app: a summary video 01-Apr-2013

    Thank you to Rui and the team for their insightful views and thorough assessment of the Macmillan IELTS skills app over the past few weeks. As a final treat, they’ve prepared a video and shared it with us summarizing their experiences.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as

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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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  • Break it down to build it up: feedback on writing with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app 18-Mar-2013

    Our previous posts in this series have looked at the reading and speaking sections of the Macmillan IELTS Skills app, and it’s to the writing section that we now turn. Often cited by students as the most difficult skill to improve, we will look at

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