• Your digital questions answered: using technology with young learners 02-May-2013

    A great question comes from Luca in Italy, who asks:

    How can I use technology with young learners?

    With great tips on what to think about in terms of keeping your young learners safe, focused and engaged, find out Pete’s answer by watching the video below:

    And don’t forget to find out answers to

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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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  • 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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  • Apps for very young learners 21-Dec-2012

    As an ELT publisher but also proud new mother, one of my favourite things over the last 15 months has been watching my daughter learn language. It has also been fascinating to watch her use technology – as a true digital native she will grow up in a very different world

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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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  • Technology in blended learning: Wall Wisher 26-Nov-2012

    Wall Wisher- a great way to collect ideas and contributions from learners

    Nowadays young people cannot imagine their existence without network technologies. Their minds are far more engaged with “friendship-based” virtual environments. They are using social networks for various purposes – most often to keep virtual possibilities open for contacts.

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  • Fear in the classroom 26-Oct-2012

    As we approach the season of ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night, it’s occurred to me that it’s not the obvious that make us shiver. In fact, many people wouldn’t bat an eyelid at your own ultimate fears and some might find them downright laughable. So, to

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  • A life in music 18-Oct-2012

    There’s a fun new website from the Guardian called Six Songs of Me where you get to pick six songs that symbolize key events in your life: the first song you bought (mine? …Baby, One More Time by Britney Spears!); the song that always gets you dancing; the song

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  • Text speak – WTF (What’s The Fuss)? 12-Oct-2012

    As new technologies develop, the effect they have on our culture is played out in our language. The status update and the tweet are two clear examples of technology leading a change in the way we communicate. And, regardless of whether you use Facebook or Twitter, the now-common terms “status update”

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  • From teacher to manager: Installing a creativity app in teachers 08-Oct-2012

    Some practical ways to encourage creativity in the staffroom and classroom

    Having been born missing my lower left arm I had to be creative right from birth. My poor parents panicked… would I be able to crawl? How would I manage to swim? Would I have to wear Velcro shoes forever?!

    Of course,

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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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  • 4 American English Idioms all ESL Students Should Know 03-Oct-2012

    While all languages have their own idiosyncrasies, American English is blessed with a constantly changing set of slang words and idioms. Words that used to originally mean something specific and have a certain connotation, now, in some cases, mean the exact opposite. For teachers who teach the English language to non-native

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  • Story time 14-Sep-2012

    I recently volunteered as a mentor on an adult literacy course called Improve your English through Creative Writing. Most of the students on the course had little or no understanding of punctuation and many of them had never had the courage to pick up a book for fear of not understanding

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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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  • Every (Rain) Cloud Has a Silver Lining 19-Jul-2012

    Contrary to popular belief, in Britain we don’t always talk about the weather. But Becca’s post last week about idioms and “raining cats and dogs” inspired me as that has been the story in the UK since…well what seems like forever. Unfortunately for all those students who have travelled here to

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