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The Lexical Approach and natural selection

Today we're pleased to be able to bring you a guest post by Dr. Ivor Timmis. Ivor works at Leeds Beckett University and has always been one of the people we most look forward to hearing speak at conferences. Ivor…

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Phrase of the day: in the run-up to

As many of you may be aware, there's a general election here in the UK in just a couple of months. This year also sees crucial elections in Turkey and Spain and no doubt in many other places as well.…

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Two-way translation in the multilingual classroom

I'm just back from Turkey, where I delivered a one-day workshop on teaching grammar through International House in Izmir. One issue that arose, as it often does with nonnatives, is whether or not translation should be allowed. My own belief…

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Thoughts on teaching grammar: part four

I finished teaching the Focus On Grammar course I'd been doing one evening a week at IH London last night. Like most teachers, I always hate that moment of goodbye at the end of a course, as you know you…

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