Onestopenglish update

13-Sep-2007

Onestopenglish Editorial Assistant, Lucy Williams, writes:

The onestopenglish Staff Room celebrates its first birthday this month!

The Staff Room was developed in response to requests from our users who wanted a greater number and variety of teaching resources. Over the past year, thousands of visitors to the site have discovered how membership to the Staff Room unlocks a fully-searchable database containing thousands of lesson plans, worksheets, audio files, interactive games and flashcards which members can download and use in their classrooms.

Our ambition is to make onestopenglish the place online where you can come to find practical and accessible resources to use in the classroom, as well as to share your ideas and discuss issues in ELT. The Staff Room is our next step in achieving this ambition.

It’s strange looking back to the site as it was over a year ago – onestopenglish has grown and developed so much over the last 12 months that the launch of the new site, on 23rd August 2006, seems a lifetime ago. It’s been a great year for onestopenglish and all the team are very proud of what we’ve achieved. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Weekly topical news lessons based on articles from the Guardian, edited to three language levels and with accompanying activities.
  • Monthly articles and lesson plans published across all levels and in a range of subject areas, including Business and ESP, Skills, Exams, Grammar and Vocabulary and Young Learners. These materials are all written by our dedicated team of expert ELT authors.
  • M Tunes – an innovative multimedia series for children featuring contemporary live-action and animated music videos. Each video is accompanied by a set of interactive games, which are designed to practise and improve the skills, vocabulary and grammar presented in the songs. We publish two videos and ten interactive games every month for Staff Room members.
  • The weekly serialization of Macmillan Readers as podcasts, accompanied by specially commissioned listening activities. So far we have published adaptations of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Northanger Abbey.

 Live from London – a series of authentic listening materials, based on short interviews with visitors and locals, covering such themes as Breakfast, Sights and Living in London. The accompanying lesson plans, by onestopenglish author Lindsay Clandfield, are suitable for learners with a range of language levels.

Coming soon…

 

The Onestopenglish Team is very excited to announce the launch of the Onestopenglish Soap Opera, The Road Less Travelled, this month! Meet Katie – a young girl who’s so bored with her life in the UK that she travels to to make a fresh start. What happens to the boyfriend she leaves behind? And who is the tall, handsome stranger she meets on the plane? Log on to onestopenglish next week to tune in to episode one!

We always welcome feedback on the site, so if you’d like to contact us directly with any inspired ideas or relevant comments and suggestions then don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. Send your comments to webeditor@macmillan.com.

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