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Chunk of the day: You’re best … -ing

I overheard an awkward conversation between a native speaker and some tourists this morning in the centre of London. It was one of those exchanges that, as an English language teacher, I often feel compelled to intervene in, although this…

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Word of the day: prescribe

If you're ill and go to the doctor’s, once the doctor has examined you and discussed your symptoms, they'll usually prescribe some medicine to help you get better. The doctor usually writes a prescription which you then take to the…

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Word of the day: pop-up

Apologies for not having written one of these word / chunk of the day posts for quite some time. I've just been up to my ears in work these last few weeks, although I must admit I have also actually…

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Teaching young learners lexically

We're very pleased to be able to offer you another in our series of occasional guest posts by teachers and writers we admire. This time, a young teacher from Moscow called Masha Andreivitch, who we first saw speak at a…

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Phrase of the day: Nae bother

I have just come back from Scotland, where I was giving the keynote talk at the City of Glasgow College’s ESOL conference. I got given a present afterwards of a quaich - a small silver cup for sharing and drinking…

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A different kind of Beginner-level book 2

Just enough grammar and a spiral syllabus In our last post on teaching beginner-level students, we stated this principle: While there is a value in noticing and practising a particular aspect of grammar or vocabulary, it will not be mastered…

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A different kind of Beginner-level book 1

If that’s what it’s not, what is it? My post about the Beginner syllabus and short answers with auxiliaries has produced quite a few responses o social media - both positive and negative. On the whole, I'm happy to receive…

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In Memoriam: Remembering Michael Lewis

Like many of you, my first encounter with Michael Lewis came via his seminal 1993 book The Lexical Approach: The state of ELT and a Way Forward. I did my DTEFLA in 1995 and it had already made it onto…

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