• 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: 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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  • 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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  • Facebook loses millions of users as biggest markets peak 14-May-2013

    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 Area

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  • Twitter in ELT- Do’s and don’ts: an etiquette guide to Twitter 13-May-2013

    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 in

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  • Twitter in ELT 06-May-2013

    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 the

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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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  • Digital awareness month at Macmillan Education: wrap up and competition 26-Apr-2013

    As part of our 10th birthday, digital expertise celebration , throughout April we at Macmillan Education have been celebrating digital awareness in EFL.  We’ve invited people from all around the world to ask us their burning digital questions and our resident digital experts, Nana and Peter, have answered them in

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  • Making the most of training sessions 15-Apr-2013

    For many teachers, what separates a ‘good’ from a ‘bad’ school is how much development is available. I once worked for a school that offered zero training. Ever the optimist, I often approached the director with the suggestion that the odd training session or two might not be a bad idea.

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  • We’re live from IATEFL 2013! 08-Apr-2013

    This week is a big one for the ELT community, as it’s time for IATEFL. Naturally your BlendedMEC and Macmillan English Campus teams are here at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool from 9th-12th April. We’ll be giving talks, meeting people- just look out for our big red Macmillan

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  • Using Google+ as a professional tool 27-Mar-2013

    After last week’s blog post , which considered some of the potential benefits and limitations of using Google+ as a classroom tool, this week I’ll be looking at the uses of Google+ for professional development.

    If you’re already set up with a Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook profile, setting yourself up

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  • Using Google+ in teaching 20-Mar-2013

    One of the greatest benefits as well as challenges of using a social network in teaching is that by nature, social networks act as channels to facilitate open communication. While this enables teachers and students to engage online in a way otherwise impossible in the classroom alone, concerns over privacy, protection

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  • What is Google +? A complete beginner’s guide 13-Mar-2013

    While any social network can offer new opportunities to improve communication and engagement, becoming familiar and understanding the nuances of a new network can be a bit of a challenge. It can at times feel like learning a new language, with specific vocabulary you have to get to grips with –

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  • Using Google+ in ELT 06-Mar-2013

    Social media has had a huge impact on our daily lives, and as previous blog posts have highlighted, the opportunities it opens up for educators continue to be wide ranging. Yet with so much out there, when it comes to deciding whether you should begin using a new network,

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