MEC Training

15-May-2007

MEC Training Assistant, Stephanie Earnshaw, writes:

‘Since joining Macmillan English Campus as training assistant three and a half months ago, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. There wasn’t much time to idle before I started training MEC teachers and administrators. I’ve been involved in one in-school training session so far, but perhaps I’ll be in your school next!

MEC is a fantastic place to work with a friendly and supportive team. There’s lots of opportunity to meet our customers and help them get the most out of what, I think, is an invaluable resource for anyone learning or teaching English. As a recent recruit, however, I can still vividly remember how it feels to look at Campus and wonder “How will I ever find my way around 2800 (and rising) resourses at six different levels?” Well, as many of you will know by now, it doesn’t take so very long.

For those who are still feeling a little shaky about their Campus expertise, allow me to offer you five tips on getting the best from the Macmillan English Campus.

  • Make sure you bookmark your favourite exercises. Use the categories so that you can sort through them easily. (Bookmarks are in your MEC work area.)
  • If you need some professional development look no further than the Methodology database. This is a huge resource of seven major ELT titles, all free in MEC. (Click the link in your work area, type in the subject you’re looking for and download the relevant article.)
  • Try using MEC Basics worksheets as lessons, to ensure your students are effectively using their MEC work area. (Find these under resources on the support site.)
  • Integrate the Dictionary into your lessons. It’s a vast resource and good fun too. Just make sure your computer speakers are on so you can use the pronunciation facility! (Click the dictionary link above your work area.)
  • Web projects are always very popular with students and can be set either as homework or as a group exercise in class. (Key “web project” into the word and phrase search)

If you’re still unsure, take a look at the support site. There’s a wealth of information there including downloadable lesson plans, the MEC guide and (for any Administrators who may be reading) the Portal guide. Part of my job is to make sure this site stays useful and is constantly updated with the information and resources that teachers need, so if you have any requests do let me know. You can leave a comment on this post or speak to us through the Contact us section of this blog.’

What are your favourite MEC resources? Do you have any tips for other teachers using Campus? What do you think of the support site resources and what would you like to see added? Leave a comment.

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