24Jun/15

The Communication Paradox

Schools have started to move away from point counting in assessing language skills, and are increasingly focussed on communicative skills.  The championing of disturbing and non-disturbing errors in the Cambridge tests hasRead More…

22Jun/15
remedial class

What’s wrong with remedials?

One of the more thought-provoking Twitter accounts that I follow is Schools Improvement (@schoolsimprove), which provides a regular stream of links and polls on newsworthy items regarding education.  Today they posted aRead More…

19Jun/15

Course Design – Packaging and Content

When it comes to designing learning materials, I come most definitely from the “Content is King” school of thought.  I’ve had to evaluate far too many crappy coursebooks to be any otherRead More…

16Jun/15

Technology in the English Classroom 2008 (Revisited)

This article is the result of two things – a useful tip from Russell Stannard (@russell1955) about mybrainshark, and an hour spent avoiding real work by clicking through a folder full of oldRead More…

13Jun/15
British Library Gate

Resources – The British Library Sounds Archive

I’d like to claim I found this resource by some really sophisticated Google search, but actually I was just clicking on links and landed here by chance.  With hindsight, it’s quite obviousRead More…

10Jun/15
Asleep at the keyboard

iMoot 2015 Review

Normally reviews should come out pretty much immediately after a conference while the memories are fresh (and the participants are still eager to catch up on the goodies!)  But this one hadRead More…

02Jun/15

Can the video conference replace face-to-face teaching?

Once you get into a subject and start following it in forums and on social media, you soon discover that there are a lot of hare-brained ideas out there – like Twitter forRead More…