• Airlines ‘made billions’ from carbon tax 12-Feb-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends Report and the predictions for the future.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This news item will

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  • Using children’s books with adult language learners 08-Feb-2013

    I remember reading that it’s not recommended to use children’s books in an ELT classroom as the language used in children’s books is often playful and irrelevant for language learners. While I’m sure this is true of some children’s books, there are some great examples out there that allow adults to

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  • Creative writing for the creatively challenged 07-Feb-2013

    Sometimes, setting creative writing tasks can be difficult because students are unsure just where to start, especially if they’re not naturally a creative type. But creative writing can be a really great task for getting students to use a wide variety of vocabulary and topics. So, if you’ve got a class

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  • Mind mapping: bubbl.us 06-Feb-2013

    This is a great tool for brainstorming, mind mapping and getting your students interested in word webs. Bubbl.us can be edited collaboratively and saved in various formats. It’s free and all you need to do is create an account.

    After you have created your account and signed in you will

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  • Lance Armstrong doping admission is not enough, say critics 05-Feb-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about Lance Armstrong’s public confession and the response he received from his critics.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This news item will be

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  • Taking a closer look down under 31-Jan-2013

    When we think about teaching English, I’m sure a lot of teachers would turn to Britain or the US as their focus points for language, dialect and culture. It’s sometimes easy to forget that English is also the daily language in countries like Canada, South Africa and dozens of islands in

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  • ‘Let nature be your teacher’: Bhutan takes conservation into the classroom 29-Jan-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about recent developments in education in Bhutan.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This news item will be available on Macmillan English Campus for

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  • Inventive ways with technology 28-Jan-2013

    Dear reader,

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, this series of postings will be postponed until a later date. We thank you for your patience and hope you will find something equally as interesting to read here on the blog in the meantime.

    Many thanks,

    The blendedmec team

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    Education is evolving every minute of every day; it

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  • Do the motivation with me 25-Jan-2013

    Despite coming up with a (great) idea for this blog post several weeks ago, I still left it until the day before it was due to write it. Why? I simply lacked the motivation/had other things to do. Well, there’s always something else to do, isn’t there? And this happened even

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  • Top 5 apps for business English students 24-Jan-2013

    Business English students need to become familiar with specific vocabularies and improve their general communication skills, and fortunately there is a wealth of different apps and web services out there that you can use to liven up your business English classes. Let’s take a look at a few of them now…

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  • Burns’ Night 23-Jan-2013

    Every 25th January Scotland celebrates the life of the National Bard, Robert Burns with Burns’ Night; an entertaining evening of food, dancing and verse. It’s held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth. The celebrations were originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his death

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  • Almost half the world’s food thrown away, report finds 22-Jan-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about a report on how much food the world’s population is throwing away and why.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen. This news item

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  • The Codfather of wordplay 17-Jan-2013

    Puns can often elicit a collective groan of despair, and some people would even go so far as to say they are the lowest form of humour while others think plays on words are actually very clever ways of manipulating language which were even used by Shakespeare. It seems that many

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  • The onestopenglish app 16-Jan-2013

    Perhaps I should be worried. The teachers tell me I have a problem. An addiction. The symptoms, they say, are becoming all too obvious – short attention span, the occasional dizzy spell, withdrawal symptoms when I can’t get my fix. Perhaps it’s time to come clean. I have a tablet addiction.

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  • Could Scottish salmon farming be transformed by moving to dry land? 15-Jan-2013

    This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus  from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about a company’s plans to build a warehouse and farm salmon on dry land.

    You can find this story in the News Items section on your Work Area screen.

    Here are descriptions of this

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