• How to teach English? 03-May-2013

    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 do

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  • Macmillan IELTS Skills app: a summary video 01-Apr-2013

    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 as

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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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  • Looking back at 2012 on blendedmec 13-Dec-2012

    It’s almost the end of 2012 and soon, 2013 will be upon us! I love Christmas time and it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at what the past year has brought us before moving on to new and exciting things. With that in mind, I’d like to use my final

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  • Culture clash 15-Nov-2012

    One of my favourite discoveries this year has been Varham Muratyan’s Paris versus New York series. Varham is an artist and designer and created the beautiful Paris versus New York which is due to be published as a book  later this year. The idea was

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  • The benefits of learning languages 27-Sep-2012

    We celebrated the European Day of Languages yesterday. It’s a fantastic event organized by the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September. You can find out more here.

    The question is how do we benefit from learning languages, if

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  • Troublesome words 15-Aug-2012

    There are lists of homonyms on the web, as English is riddled with words that sound similar yet have different meanings and/or spellings; some of them are very common and are used in everyday conversation and writing. There are no quick rules on them, and most are just a matter of

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  • 10 onomatopoeic words for writing and everyday use 08-Aug-2012

    Onomatopoeia is the formation or use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. They are often used in children’s stories and poetry, but they can be successfully included in your students’ learning. The infographic below lists 10 of the handiest onomatopoeic words.

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  • Video Games 01-Aug-2012

    I must admit that I have been hooked on video games relatively late in my life, in my late twenties. However, since then whenever I’m out and about I have in a bag my portable games console with a selection of games. When I started my adventure with video games I

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  • 21st Century Classroom 25-Jul-2012

    Have you ever wondered what the classrooms of the future would be like? Where will the current speed of technology innovation take education? The infographic below highlights some of the biggest changes which have already happened,  it also predicts the technological future of the classrooms. But in the whole excitement of

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  • 10 Most Unusual Collective Nouns 18-Jul-2012

    Collective nouns can give students a little bit of headache as collective nouns refer to groups of things, but they’re treated like singular nouns. Collective nouns include words like group or team of people. Animal groups are also associated with a variety of unusual terms. Below you can find 10 outlandish

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  • Idioms and proverbs – as easy as pie? 12-Jul-2012

    Idioms are a funny thing – it’s only once you start learning idioms in a foreign language that you realise just how bizarre they are, even if they used to sound perfectly normal in your own language. For example, the French version of our English “To count one’s chickens before they

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  • How To Learn English 11-Jul-2012

    What really works when people study English? What tools do students of English find really helpful and motivating? The infographic below gives you detailed answers to these and a few more questions which were answered by the students of English. My favourite answers are to the questions about the TV programmes

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  • Music’s Effect on Learning 27-Jun-2012

    As teachers we often use songs during the lessons regardless of students’ age or level. The question is whether music is only a fun part of the lesson or it has got a slightly stronger impact on learning and memory. The inforgraphic below helps to understand how music affects brain and

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  • A history of the English language 14-Jun-2012

    When you speak and study English, you realise just how many other languages and cultures have influenced it. We borrow words from any language you can think of, and English vocabulary is very much a mish-mash of diverse borrowings from as close to home as France and as far away as

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