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  • New David Crystal Global English Interview videos

    Published on 27th July, 2010 in Author Blog by Matt Kay

    Today we have two new videos for you from our interview with Professor David Crystal. In the first video Professor Crystal discusses whether control of English is shifting away from British and American native speakers. In the second video we asked him about his views on the trajectory of Indian […]more…

  • Lindsay at IATEFL 2010 videos

    Published on 26th July, 2010 in Author Blog by Matt Kay

    This session was recorded at the IATEFL 2010 conference earlier this year in Harrogate, UK. Content, culture and critical thinking in an era of Global English Given English’s status as an international language, what does this mean for the topics and texts we use with students? Published material has been […]more…

  • A review of Global

    Published on 15th July, 2010 in Author Blog by Matt Kay

    We’ve just been sent this, and wanted to share it. It’s an independent review of Global by Martha Hendra, an educational consultant in Australia. “The GLOBAL 6 level adult General English course has been specifically designed for the more mature language student and introduces English as an international language through […]more…

  • The first six months of Dispatches

    Published on 30th June, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    Well, the first six months of my Global tour are now finished! I will be taking a rest for the summer before hitting the road again in September. I did a little calculation of the number of countries I’ve visited since Global has come out. It’s a whopping 14 countries […]more…

  • Dispatch from Kazakhstan – A three language policy

    Published on 22nd June, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    My last trip before the summer was a week-long tour of Kazakhstan universities. It was my second time in the country and I was especially excited to visit the capital Astana, which I had included as the main topic of a lesson in Global Elementary (A created capital, in unit […]more…

  • Dispatch from Kazakhstan

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

    Last week was my last trip of the season, and what a trip it was. Nowhere other than Kazakhstan! I had the chance to visit three cities: the capital Astana (which features in Global Elementary), Almaty and Aktube. It was a busy trip, which included visits to more than eight […]more…

  • Dispatch from Poland – Good times, bad times

    Published on 8th June, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    ‘The Poles are wonderful when united in adversity.’ remarked my Polish colleague Grzegorz Spiewak from Macmillan Polska, ‘But the minute everything goes well we start quarrelling and bickering terribly.’ I wouldn’t be surprised if Polish people were quite wonderfully united recently, with all the adversity they have been facing over […]more…

  • Global Festival and Shakespeare on Toast

    Published on 1st June, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    This May, Macmillan Poland launched the series Global with a tour of several Polish cities. The people at Macmillan Poland have original and great ideas for teacher events, and the Global Festival was no exception. This year they invited Ben Crystal to join the show. Ben Crystal is the son […]more…

  • Dispatch from Manchester

    Published on 24th May, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    The Global Launch in Manchester 2010 View more presentations from lclandfield.more…

  • Coursebooks and the curse of celebrity

    Published on 20th May, 2010 in Author Blog by Matt Kay

    One of the key points behind Global is the emphasis on critical thinking and cultural content. In this article, published this week in the Guardian Weekly, Lindsay Clandfield examines the rise of celebrity culture in ELT coursebooks. Download Coursebooks and the curse of celebritymore…

  • Dispatch from the Czech Republic – Global Issues in Brno

    Published on 5th May, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

    Last week was a “B” week for Global. I gave talks in Slovakia (in Bratislava), Hungary (Budapest) and the Czech Republic (Brno). I was quite lucky, not just because these are all interesting cities in a very interesting part of the world but also because I had managed to avoid […]more…

  • Review of Global from @englishraven

    Published on 30th April, 2010 in Author Blog by Matt Kay

    A quick ‘extra’ post for you today. Jason Renshaw has done a great independent review of Global as a screencast. Jason is a prolific ELT blogger and twitterer and can be found online at http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/ and on @englishraven. Well worth a look, as he picks up on some interesting features […]more…