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Observations Observation: a word to strike fear into your heart? Or something you can’t get enough of? However you feel about them and whatever your level of expertise, observations should be a key part of your development as a teacher. There are as many forms of observation as there are types of teacher, and I don’t ...

Digital storytelling Once upon a time a teacher said to his class,” Ok, for homework I want you to write a story” and the class groaned but that was once upon a time! Digital storytelling has become a very popular activity in education. Defined on the digital storytelling website (1) as ‘the practice of using computer-based tools ...

Twenty years after Michael Lewis popularised lexical chunking in The Lexical Approach, Paul Davis and Hanna Kryszewska take the lexical chunk and corpus analysis as the basis for their impressive addition to the Delta Teacher Development Series, The Company Words Keep. In the introduction, Kryszewska poses the question ‘Does a new language description have to ...

Can it really be 60 years since John and Brita Haycraft took the intrepid step to move to Spain and 60 years since the first IH was born in that tiny flat in Cordoba?  Has so much changed since then?  I think the answer would be yes, and no.  The network has obviously mushroomed in ...

Using Community Language Learning and other humanistic approaches to break down barriers to effective language learning Background The focus of this Action Research was a class at IH Cordoba Sierra. The students were a group of elementary level teenagers aged from 13 to 17.  In our sister school this level and age-group combination has been phased out ...

  Kylie Malinowska (IHWO YL Advisor) & Sophie Montagne (IHWO Membership Services & Internal Communications) The 2012 Young Learners’ Conference in Prague, Czech Republic was well-supported and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March, 63 YL teachers and coordinators from 37 IH schools in 18 countries gathered in the Czech capital for two ...

When we initially asked for contributions to this issue of the IH Journal and explained the theme was ‘Changing Worlds’ to reflect the essence and core values of what it means to be part of the International House World network we realised that it would be open to many different interpretations and give enormous scope ...

At IH Kyiv we have begun the process of incorporating the new IH Branding policy as one of the initial rollout schools.  There are approximately 20 schools involved in this first phase of the project. This article hopes to provide a basic primer on the things to think about; the benefits as well as the ...

I’ve been lucky that I’ve always been a DOS in already mostly functional and happy workplaces and staff rooms, thanks to the excellent work that has gone before me and all I have been left with is the task of keeping it going and making it better. The core values that IH embraces as its ...

  The 2010 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize Winner   reviewed by Dave Tucker, IH Santa Clara Professor Cook states his case in bold style in his new book: Translation in Language Teaching. I quote: ‘I shall argue that for most contemporary language learners, translation should be a major aim and means of language learning, and a major ...