• 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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  • You Are What You Eat 15-Aug-2013

    A recent survey by experts at the University of Sheffield in the UK has found some interesting trends in British eating habits.  While many people think we’re spending more time apart from our families, eating on our own, on the go, or in front of the television, in reality the story

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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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  • Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy, third in line to the British throne 06-Aug-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the birth of the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The newborn prince is third in line to the British throne.

    You can find this story in

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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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  • European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue 09-Jul-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about recent research carried out by a group of scientists in Britain to prove that European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue.

    You can find this story in

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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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  • 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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  • Everest may have ladder installed to ease congestion on Hillary Step 11-Jun-2013

    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. This

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  • Online language teaching: Modern technologies in language training 10-Jun-2013

    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 the

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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: Twitter as a professional tool 27-May-2013

    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 community

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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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  • Who do you think you are? 16-May-2013

    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, for

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