The Long and Winding Road to IATEFL
There’s only a couple of weeks left until the biggest ELT event of the year – IATEFL. (We’ll be there of course, so come and see us!) So what better post than one to honour this year’s host city Liverpool and its most famous export?
Liverpool, affectionately called the PoolRead More
Using Google+ as a professional tool
After last week’s blog post , which considered some of the potential benefits and limitations of using Google+ as a classroom tool, this week I’ll be looking at the uses of Google+ for professional development.
If you’re already set up with a Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook profile, setting yourself upRead More
Indian coal power plants ‘kill 120,000 people a year’, says Greenpeace
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about the problems created by India’s need for electricity.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This news item will be available on Macmillan EnglishRead More
Don’t just sit back and listen: feedback on listening with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
This week we take a look at the final skill area on the app, having previously focussed on reading, speaking and writing. Listening takes centre stage this time round as we find out what our students and teachers make of the app’s contribution to this often tough to teach aspect ofRead More
Take my word for it
I’m a fairly irrational person. Blooming daffodils in the park can make me as happy as any piece of good news. Likewise, I will get as angry with a stranger who pushes past me as I would if a friend were to kick me in the shins (this has never happened).
Learning Russian Pt. 4: Motivation and continuing study
As I’m sure many of you are aware, and as I’ve mentioned briefly in a previous post, one of the most difficult things about learning a new language (or any new skill) is finding the time to keep at it. I’m facing this challenge as we speak, as I currently haveRead More
Using Google+ in teaching
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, protectionRead More
Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about an international campaign to stop the production of autonomous robots.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen and it will be available forRead More
Break it down to build it up: feedback on writing with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
Our previous posts in this series have looked at the reading and speaking sections of the Macmillan IELTS Skills app, and it’s to the writing section that we now turn. Often cited by students as the most difficult skill to improve, we will look atRead More
Learning Russian Pt. 3: Vocabulary
We all know that one of the biggest challenges when learning a foreign language is building up your vocabulary. So many words, so little time… Vocabulary has got to be the most important aspect of language, because without the words, there’s no need for grammatical structures and no need to pronounceRead More
Video in the classroom: Britain on Film
I don’t normally watch much television. Last night, however, was a bit of an exception given it was a Monday night and absolutely freezing outside to boot. While flicking through the channels, I stumbled across a programme called Britain on Film, a collection of fascinating short videos from theRead More
What is Google +? A complete beginner’s guide
While any social network can offer new opportunities to improve communication and engagement, becoming familiar and understanding the nuances of a new network can be a bit of a challenge. It can at times feel like learning a new language, with specific vocabulary you have to get to grips with –Read More
Mars mission plan launched by US millionaire Dennis Tito
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about US millionaire Dennis Tito’s mission to Mars planned for 2018.
You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen and it will be availableRead More
Role-playing reality: feedback on speaking with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
In last week’s post we looked at developing reading skills with the new Macmillan IELTS Skills app. This week we shift the focus to speaking and explore how the app might help students prepare themselves for their often daunting 11-14 minutes of fame in an IELTS examination room.
The long and short of it
It may seem redundant to say this when writing a blog entry, but the way we now communicate has changed almost beyond what could have been imagined 20 years ago. The fact that I am able to post an article online to a global audience and it is not considered remarkableRead More