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
Macmillan IELTS Skills app: a summary video
Thank you to Rui and the team for their insightful views and thorough assessment of the Macmillan IELTS skills app over the past few weeks. As a final treat, they’ve prepared a video and shared it with us summarizing their experiences.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much asRead More
Reading between the bus lines and class time: feedback on reading with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
In our introductory post in this series we discussed how we were excited about trying out the Macmillan IELTS skills app with our pre-university and first year undergraduate international students here at Bellerbys College inRead More
IELTS gets personal: experimenting with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
As teachers of English we are continually being asked to respond to prevalent trends and methodologies that reshape our industry and daily practice. From new teaching methods such as Flipped Learning to the growth in mobile learning and social media usage, we are constantly kept on our toes andRead More
Using children’s books with adult language learners
I remember reading that it’s not recommended to use children’s books in an ELT classroom as the language used in children’s books is often playful and irrelevant for language learners. While I’m sure this is true of some children’s books, there are some great examples out there that allow adults toRead More
Responses to readers
A few months ago I wrote a blog entry about Readers and reading and said this: ‘I felt that it was a great step – to move from a teaching life in which I had come to believe that encouraging a love of reading was one of the mostRead More
It’s been estimated that by the year 2100 only 50% of today’s languages will be alive! Although it may seem like a long way to go, the pace at which the extinction of the languages is happening is rather alarming. We may not notice it at once but with the disappearanceRead More
A nice cup of tea and a sit down with a good old (digital) book
Having made my way into digital publishing it’s only natural that I am lover of all things digital. I have a computer, an iPod touch (which I won) and a smart phone (which freezes a lot). OK, so I’m not ‘up there’ with the gadget kids but I am interested inRead More
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Over the coming weekend the UK is going to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which will attract thousands of tourists to London and millions more will be following the celebrations on television. The preparations for this extraordinary occasion have been taking place for a very long time and you can findRead More
News item with interactive activities now live on MEC
Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new-style news item!
We are now publishing a weekly news item that includes interactive activities, in response to feedback from MEC customers.
These activities have been graded to suit each of the three language levels: Easy, Average and Difficult. The activities focus onRead More
Readers: a bit of history and a look at the present
Graded Readers are one of the most motivating ways of encouraging learners to practise their English – there’s no better way of persuading learners of whatever age that they need the language than making them want to turn the page because they have to know what happens next.
There’s a long historyRead More
Wonderful worldwide web projects
There’s a whole world of English out there. And you can explore it with your students using the web projects in MEC. There are 62 projects covering a wide range of subjects – sports, arts, travel and finance to name just a few. We check each project twice a year toRead More
“A picture is worth a thousand words”, but what if you can add the whole slideshow, words, sentences and accompany it with music?
Your students regularly post pictures on Facebook or Twitter and comment on them, so why not take their witty commenting skills into the English class. PhotoPeach.com isRead More
Valentine’s, Poetry & TEFL
As Valentine’s approaches it’s time to resurrect our Blended MEC Valentine’s poetry competition. Last year we asked you to get your students to write variations on the ‘Roses are red, Violets are blue…’ poem format, using it to deliver some untimely bad news. You can build on this byRead More
In a few short days, the biggest day of the romantic calendar will be with us. Whether Valentine’s day is a convenient reminder to pick up some flowers for your loved one or just a depressing reminder of singledom, it’s an opportunity to do something a bit different in the ELTRead More