Plan an excursion with your students
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 otherRead More
Everest may have ladder installed to ease congestion on Hillary Step
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about a project to install a ladder on Mount Everest to help reduce delays for climbers.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your home page. ThisRead More
Online language teaching: Modern technologies in language training
When I tell people we teach students English by Skype the reaction is usually the same ‘Oh that sounds interesting, how does it work’? In essence it works the same as any normal face to face English lesson.
The teacher calls the student by Skype at the beginning of theRead More
Edublogs: blogging for educational institutions
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.Read More
As the name suggests, Edublogs is an education-focused blogging service, but it
Twitter in ELT: Twitter as a professional tool
For educators and professionals working in the English language teaching sphere, Twitter can be a great tool to aid professional development. Creating a profile on Twitter marks the first steps to developing your own online presence and allows you to build connections with others in your industry within an open communityRead More
Twitter in ELT: Teaching ideas for using Twitter
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 aRead More
Who do you think you are?
National Geographic have recently been running a special series in their magazines and online, about the world’s population of 7 billion people, and how different countries have to adjust in order to cope with this massive population growth.
The series offers some fantastic articles for use with advanced students, forRead More
Facebook loses millions of users as biggest markets peak
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the declining number of Facebook users in some countries and the appearance of new social networks.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work AreaRead More
Twitter in ELT- Do’s and don’ts: an etiquette guide to Twitter
One of the trickiest things about using a social network for the first time is understanding the particular etiquette of how people interact. In essence, how to act online without instantly being recognised for being – brace yourselves – a newbie.
While I’m sure many of you will already be well-versed inRead More
Is traditional teaching really “doomed”?
As I’m sure you’ll already know, online learning is steaming ahead. In fact you must know, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading the BlendedMEC.com blog right now. A lot of big names have already stepped into the online learning discussion, all the way up to Bill Gates. Now another influential voiceRead More
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using weapon of mass destruction
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the man who was charged for the bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This newsRead More
Twitter in ELT
While social media and education don’t always see eye to eye, the potential in integrating the two continues to be a hot topic of online conversation. Recently, I posted a series of blog posts about Google+ on BlendedMEC to evaluate for myself whether there was much merit in using theRead More
How to teach English?
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 doRead More
Your digital questions answered: using technology with young learners
A great question comes from Luca in Italy, who asks:
How can I use technology with young learners?
With great tips on what to think about in terms of keeping your young learners safe, focused and engaged, find out Pete’s answer by watching the video below:
And don’t forget to find out answers toRead 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