Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The best way to teach English?

Kaplan International College surveyed more than 500 ESL teachers from 40 countries to discover what tools they use to enhance their lessons. This infographic summarises their findings.

Interesting that 86% use music in the classroom, with The Beatles (40%) being the most used source of material. The next three singers (Michael Jackson, Bob Marley & Elvis) are sadly departed, with only One Direction representing contemporary pop music.

Also significant that newspapers still have an important role, despite the dramatic decline of printed sales.

Key Concepts in ELT


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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

What is a 'big ask'?



A 'big ask' is an informal idiom describing goal/task that is difficult to complete. It has migrated from British/Australian the discussion of sport into more general English. 
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Monday, 10 August 2015

What is the gig economy? A zero hours contract?

The gig economy is the reverse of the old Japanese idea of the 'salary man' - the worker who spends his/her working life with a single company in return of job security, a regular salary, pension etc.
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

How did The Beatles get their name?



Dusty Springfield: John, this is a question which you've probably been asked a thousand times before, but you always..., all of you give different versions, different answers, so you are going to tell me now. How did the Beatles get their name?
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