Creating eBooks: The eDiary
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.
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You Are What You Eat
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 storyRead More
Are you a good tourist?
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 variousRead More
Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy, third in line to the British throne
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.
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The SaypYu project: one global language
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,Read More
European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue
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.
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Tackling bad English
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.
Our ever-expanding English vocabulary
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. EstablishedRead More
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.
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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