• 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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  • Learning Russian Pt. 4: Motivation and continuing study 21-Mar-2013

    As I’m sure many of you are aware, and as I’ve mentioned briefly in a previous post, one of the most difficult things about learning a new language (or any new skill) is finding the time to keep at it. I’m facing this challenge as we speak, as I currently have

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  • The ultimate top 5 21-Feb-2013

    We’ve been running the Top 5 series for 6 months now, giving you a new rundown every month of the best apps and online tools out there for all sorts of English teachers, whether you teach business English students , young learners or are looking for something

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  • Top 5 apps for business English students 24-Jan-2013

    Business English students need to become familiar with specific vocabularies and improve their general communication skills, and fortunately there is a wealth of different apps and web services out there that you can use to liven up your business English classes. Let’s take a look at a few of them now…

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  • Peter’s look back at 2012 on Blendedmec 20-Dec-2012

    With Christmas fast approaching and the Macmillan office wrapping up until 2013, (unless it really is the end of the world on Friday) what better time to reflect on the year that has almost left us. I don’t know about you, but in the UK at least 2012 has

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  • Top 5 apps for younger learners 29-Nov-2012

    Kids these days. They’re what we call digital natives and have grown up with tablets, smart phones, apps and Facebook, compared to us, more mature lot, who still remember furiously scribbling notes with a cramped hand, and during orienteering at school, trying to hold a map the size of China while

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  • Top 5 apps to bring authentic material into the classroom 01-Nov-2012

    There are some great coursebooks out there, but sometimes you want to excite your students with something a bit more innovative and interesting. This week, we’re looking at 5 apps that will help you bring some engaging authentic material into the EFL classroom.

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  • Top 5 apps to recommend to your students 04-Oct-2012

    This month, I’d like to take a look at some apps that would be great additions to any EFL student’s phone or tablet. The below vary from organizational apps to pronunciation and vocabulary, but I think that any of them would be really useful for any determined student.

    Evernote
    Evernote

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  • Top 5 small but common mistakes 13-Sep-2012

    When I first started teaching, my students and I were occasionally left slightly red-faced over subtle miscommunications stemming from subtleties of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. It was the first time I’d realised that learning English could inadvertently lead to sticky situations. During the winter months, my sniffling students would tell me

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  • Top 5 word game apps 06-Sep-2012

    Last month we had a look at some great apps for classroom management, so I think it’s only fair to have a bit of fun and look at some word game apps! If most of your class have smart phones then you could incorporate the use of these apps into your

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  • 5 things for new teachers to keep in mind 30-Aug-2012

    September’s coming and it is back to school for some! For others it’s time to put all those CELTA and DELTA hours to good use in the classroom for the very first time. Here are a few tips for those nervous first-timers to think about when you open that classroom door…

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  • Top 5 apps for classroom management 09-Aug-2012

    We all know what a difference it makes to be as prepared as possible when teaching, and with so many different classes and students, there’s a lot of preparation to be done!

    To kick off our Top 5 series, I’m suggesting the top 5 apps for classroom management! These five apps aren’t

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  • Introducing our brand-new monthly series: Top 5…! 26-Jul-2012

    Here at blendedmec, we like to make it easier for you to do what you love – teaching! So we’re starting a new series of postings, once a month, called the  Top 5 . Each month, we’ll give you our list of the top 5 tools that you can use to

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