Word of the day: déjà vu

The second round of the World Cup is often when the tournament really starts coming to life. When you're in a do-or-die situation, and it's either you or your opponents who'll be going home at the end of the game,…

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Word of the day: humiliated

Last Saturday in my first World Cup-related post, I expressed my fear that given our recent record in international competitions, England could well face humiliation at the hands of Panama, who were enjoying their first-ever World Cup. In the end,…

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Word of the day: cracking

In my last evening class, one of my students came in looking slightly confused. "I've got a question about something my English housemate said", he told me. "OK. Let's hear it, then". "Well, I know she went to see this…

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Word of the day: caff

Last Monday, I was invited to the ELTONs - the British Council awards ceremony celebrating innovation in English Language Teaching. I had a bit of a late night and then had to get up early as I had a meeting…

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Word of the day: cagey

For the last week, I’ve been running a teacher development course in Krasnoyarsk with some wonderful local teachers. It was weird being in Russia as World Cup fever grips the nation, but away from the cities where the matches are…

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Word of the day: OFSTED

Following on from our recent post about heavy workloads, where we revealed how much UK teachers work, today we're looking at OFSTED. OFSTED in an organisation that inspects schools in England and checks that they're doing a good job. OFSTED…

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Word of the day: craze

A craze is something that becomes incredibly popular, but usually only for a short period of time. Over the last few days, one particular craze has been sweeping the nation – sparking mass hysteria as it has done so. Police…

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Word of the day: catch on

Like any major city around the world, London is a busy, noisy place. People are often rushing from one place to the next and, increasingly, we are all bombarded by sound: there's the roar of traffic, the ringing of phones,…

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Word of the day: provincial

This morning, I took my kids down to Gökyüzü, one of the many amazing restaurants near where we live, for a Turkish breakfast. As you may have seen  from the featured photo, the portions there are so huge that the…

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Word of the day: craic

Over the last few days, I've actually been to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, twice! Last Friday, I also spent a few hours in Galway, on the wild west coast of Ireland, where the winds come whipping in from the…

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