Archive for April, 2010

  • The human board game

    Published on 23rd December, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

    Board games can be a great way to revise and informally test different aspects of taught language. The ‘human board game’ can be used with adults, young adults and younger learners, and it particularly appeals to kinaesthetic learners. It is essentially a fun, fresh and physical angle on an old […]more…

  • Dispatch from London – Finally caught up with me!

    Published on 20th December, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    This past year I have spent almost as much time in airports as out of them. The book tour for Global, as you know if you have been reading this blog, has been intense. And it seems that I had always been very lucky in that I managed to get […]more…

  • Making a mini test

    Published on 16th December, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

    Your term is probably drawing to a close and you may be considering designing a language test if you do not have a ready-made one, or prefer to have one tailored to your learners. This could be (in part) a discrete item test which tests specific linguistic items such as […]more…

  • Dispatch from Bangkok – English as an Asian Lingua Franca

    Published on 14th December, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    This past week I was at an international conference on Perspectives of EIL (English as an International Language). I was giving talks on culture and content and about Global, but I also had the chance to see one or two other seminars. I’d like to share here what I learned […]more…

  • Lesson plan 49: Happiness and well-being

    Published on 13th December, 2010 in Elessons by Frances Watkins

    This pre-intermediate eLesson looks at the nature of happiness and whether it is something that governments can or should try to cultivate.more…

  • Questioning ‘givens’: those pesky concept questions

    Published on 9th December, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

    Teachers use concept questions to check students have understood language items, whether grammatical, eg: She’s going to visit her mother. (Question: Did she decide before? Answer: Yes) or lexical (Question: Do you feel excited before an exam? Answer: No.) Learning teachers are often trained to construct these Yes / No […]more…

  • Lesson plan 48: The International Space Station

    Published on 6th December, 2010 in Elessons by Martin McMorrow

    This pre-intermediate eLesson is about the International Space Station, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.more…

  • Reading aloud: when is it a good idea?

    Published on 2nd December, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

    Students often enjoy reading aloud, if this technique is used with caution. It can neatly round off a text-based lesson and can also focus students on pronunciation and phrasing. It may also be a useful diagnostic tool: a speaker’s intonation, stress, pausing and rhythm often reveal how much of the […]more…

  • Lesson plan 47: Mark Twain

    Published on 29th November, 2010 in Elessons by Robert Campbell

    This elementary elesson is about the American author Mark Twain, whose autobiography has been published on the centenary of his death.more…

  • Repetition and memorisation: ‘I went to market …’

    Published on 25th November, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

    Repetition and memorisation may carry negative connotations of teacher-dominated classrooms but there is no doubt that they can play a healthy part in a language learner’s diet. Memory is, after all, a crucial part of language learning. There is a classic repetition activity, essentially a disguised drill, which is versatile, […]more…

  • Lesson plan 46: Sites to see and save

    Published on 24th November, 2010 in Elessons by Frances Watkins

    This pre-intermediate eLesson looks at the recent collapse of an ancient building in Pompeii and then goes on to look at different ways in which endanger historical sites around the world are endangered.more…

  • Dispatch from Buckingham Palace – In praise of co-authors

    Published on 23rd November, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    This week, as you all know by now, I was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive two awards for Global: the ESU book award and President’s award for the e-workbook. Of course I wasn’t the only one receiving the award on behalf of the course. The workbook creator and some […]more…