• Online language teaching: Future technologies 24-Jun-2013

    Previously in the series I discussed how new technologies are helping to shape the course of online language training, but with technology advancing so quickly, what could be in store for us in the future?

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  • The Perfect British Accent – Does It Really Exist? 20-Jun-2013

    As I was eating my breakfast this morning, I watched an interview with a young local schoolgirl who had been chosen to give a speech at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Hearing her speak made me realise that the Northern Irish accent is an interesting one, and something you don’t

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  • Online language teaching: Language training for charitable organisations 17-Jun-2013

    I discussed in the last chapter how Skype and similar technologies are helping to broaden the possibilities of language learning. One of the key advantages of Skype is the ease with which people can now communicate over long distances. Obviously it was possible in the past using a telephone,

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  • Taking the E out of ELT 14-Jun-2013

    I have been immersed in the world of ELT for over six years now and, although it’s full of ‘linguistic immigrants’ like me, there have been times when I felt slightly worried about my non-native-speaker status. The main issue has been pronunciation, especially when drilling students but also my fear of

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  • Plan an excursion with your students 13-Jun-2013

    One of the main things that all language learners usually have in common is the desire to travel and learn about and experience other cultures. However, travelling can be costly, and even daunting for students who don’t speak the local language well. So how can you let your students experience other

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  • Everest may have ladder installed to ease congestion on Hillary Step 11-Jun-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about a project to install a ladder on Mount Everest to help reduce delays for climbers.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your home page. This

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  • Online language teaching: Modern technologies in language training 10-Jun-2013

    When I tell people we teach students English by Skype the reaction is usually the same ‘Oh that sounds interesting, how does it work’? In essence it works the same as any normal face to face English lesson.

    The teacher calls the student by Skype at the beginning of the

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  • Do something you don’t want to do every day 06-Jun-2013

    June has arrived, meaning we’re somehow already halfway through the year. That’s almost six months since those New Year resolutions you made. How many of you kept those gym passes? Stayed on the salads every day up until now? Put out that last cigarette? I’m not trying to make

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  • Houston Astrodome: what next for first domed stadium now in disrepair 04-Jun-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about an iconic stadium in Houston which is now decaying and whose future is expected to be decided soon.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your

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  • Online language teaching 03-Jun-2013

    This series hopes to explore a wider application of Online language teaching, how modern technology has come to play a big role in developing language training and what are its wider implications in the future.

    Four years ago I embarked on creating and managing my own language school. I had been working

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  • The sound of Welsh 31-May-2013

    I recently decided to try to learn Welsh. Being impatient and not having all that much time to attend a class, about a minute after deciding to learn, I downloaded an app. A few minutes after that, I could say, ‘I am trying to speak Welsh’ in Welsh. I would write

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  • Edublogs: blogging for educational institutions 30-May-2013

    I’ve just come across Edublogs and thought it would be very interesting to blendedmec readers. If you’ve been thinking about getting your students to blog (and you should), Edublogs could be the perfect blogging platform for you.
     
    As the name suggests, Edublogs is an education-focused blogging service, but it

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  • Kenya turns to mobile app to stop motorbike mayhem on the roads 28-May-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the plan to use a mobile app to reduce the number of fatal motorbike accidents in Kenya.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your homepage.

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  • Twitter in ELT: Twitter as a professional tool 27-May-2013

    For educators and professionals working in the English language teaching sphere, Twitter can be a great tool to aid professional development. Creating a profile on Twitter marks the first steps to developing your own online presence and allows you to build connections with others in your industry within an open community

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  • ‘E-stonia’ and digital around the world 23-May-2013

    One of the perks of my job is that I get to travel – visiting customers, giving training or attending and speaking at conferences. It’s not only nice to get out of the office once in a while but it gives me the chance to speak to teachers, directors of studies

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