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Didacta 2016 – Review

Didacta is the German trade fair for teachers.  Every year in February it opens it’s doors to teachers from all school types from preschool to university and beyond.  It rotates between Cologne,Read More…

Classroom Tech

Is there a right way to use classroom technology?

Teachers fall into two camps when it comes to classroom technology – the evangelists and the cynics – and deciding between them (or trying to find a middle way) can be tricky at best,Read More…


When communication is the subject matter

Teaching a language is different to teaching any other subject.  In any other subject, you use a language to explain the subject matter. But in teaching a language, the language is theRead More…


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…

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…


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…


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…