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Mind-mapping makes writing easier

When you sit down to write an essay, a story, or another piece of work, one of two problems often occurs: (1) You have dozens of ideas competing for your attention and you don’t know where to begin. Thoughts flicker through your mind and disappear. Zip – they’re gone! You’re like a child at the circus – so many lovely, colourful things are competing for...

The sinking boat led to the discovery of the big IELTS scam

The IELTS scam came to light when Unites States border officials arrested six Indian students who tried to illegally enter the country on a boat from Canada.   Six students from Gujurat in India, aged between 19 and 21, were arrested by United States border authorities as they tried to cross from Canada into the United States via the Saint Regis River...

Tell your Story: this IS your lesson

“Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.” ― Hans Christian Andersen I’ve been teaching for more than 30 years. I’ve done everything I now reject in terms of methodology. I started with Grammar-Translation because this is what I was told to do by my first employer. I taught exam-prep the exam-prep...

101 EFL Activities for Teaching University Students is a new book by Hall Houston, published by iTDi Publishing.

  It’s a book for teachers of EFL classes at universities, containing a variety of language learning activities that can be used throughout the semester. However, teachers of other subjects (not to mention high school and language school teachers) could also use most of the activities in their classrooms. The activities in this book relate to three...

A teacher's body language can be just as important as what they say, argues Amy Cuddy

Harvard academic Amy Cuddy, famous for her work on 'power poses', talks to Jon Severs about the impact of body language in the classroom. According to a feature on TES (tes.com), those teachers who plan their classroom speeches to the syllable, Amy Cuddy has some disappointing news. “Some researchers did a study looking at a rating students gave a professor...
A teacher's body language can be just as important as what they say, argues Amy Cuddy

The Future of Education Is All About the Experiences We Create

What Is Learner Experience Design (LXD), And Why Is It Such A Big Deal? Learner Experience Design is all about putting the learner at the center of any learning experience. It’s a holistic approach to designing learner-centered experiences and meeting their needs. Text by Metaxas Gamvrelis · CEO - Cofounder of AskPhoenix Learner Experience Design is...