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Read more ...By Ioanna Charalambous and Nick Michelioudakis   It is never too late to learn: There is this old man who lives in Poland. He lives alone with only his dog as company. Then one day he takes it into his head to learn English. So he buys himself an ‘English for Beginners’ course (who needs teachers?) and he designs his own learning regime. The story...

Read more ...    CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) has been adopted by a growing number of schools and language schools for a number of reasons, including more opportunities for language practice, motivation for learners who are interested in subjects other than English and developing 21st century skills. Yet, many educators often feel that the syllabus...

Read more ...I generally use a lot of authentic material in my lessons, mainly to send the students the message that what we learn in the class is not like experiments in a lab cut from the outside world, something theoretical we do in the class and then we forget all about when we leave the class. When we learn the use of subjunctive or unreal past or inversion in...

Read more ...      Nowadays the whole world is obsessed with Political correctness. Let us give you some examples. In the kindergartens of the USA a fairy tale ‘Three piglets’ is being renamed into ‘Three puppets’ so that the Muslim people would not be offended. In Japan dwarf penguins were renamed into fairy penguins to avoid offence from short people. A story of...

Read more ...  And here is the challenge! Can adults be taught the same way as young students can? The truth is that adults are not empty vessels into which teachers can pour knowledge; they have lots of experience already, to a greater or lesser degree, they have a set of study skills acquired in their previous schooling, they can compare and contrast new knowledge...

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