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Reviewed by Norman Cain, IH Rome Manzoni It is not often that a book about vocabulary comes onto the market that can satisfy a cross section of ‘teacher’ readers but McCarthy, O’Keefe and Walsh have managed to do this with the Vocabulary Matrix. The book is intended for pre-service or recently qualified teachers who are new ...

It wasn’t a sudden death, more a slow strangulation, but teacher training at Embassy Hastings (what was IH Hastings from 1970 – 1999 and was bought by Embassy in 1999: Ed) is no more and it’s well after time to mark and mourn its passing. Here are my thoughts as I look back on a ...

Understanding Your Japanese Students By Andrew Moxon Teaching is without doubt one of the finest professions one can become involved in. To play a part in another’s educational growth can be rewarding on many levels. Within the hands of the classroom teacher lay the future possibilities and potential of the student. Their hopes, wishes and dreams can ...

Dealing with Chinese learners This short article would like to talk about my experience with Chinese students. In the beginning I'll mention a few characteristics about their characters and environment. After that I'll point out a few features I've noticed, more classroom related. I hope this will be of some use for those teachers dealing with ...

The Calling: An Overseas Course of Study or a Pilgrimage? By Michael Berman Something drew me to the announcement of a Conference for English Language teachers to be held in Georgia although, to be entirely honest, at that stage I did not even know where it was. I just felt that I had to go there so ...

No news is bad news! By A. Majid Hayati One of the main problems that English as a foreign language (EFL) learners face is how to improve their language proficiency, in general, and speaking fluency, in particular. This is actually the concern of both EFL learners and instructors. In the same vein, many EFL learners at the ...

Debating in a Chilean 6TH Grade EFL Classroom By Thomas Baker Introduction By the end of November, my class of twenty-five 6th grade boys had finished their textbook and taken their final exams for the 2008 school year.  Every student had passed and would be going on to 7th grade.  But there were still three more weeks of ...

by Sulaiman Jenkins 'Want some Bebsi?' 'Teacher, I don't have a bencil.' 'I was late because the bolice stopped me.' Do these expressions sound familiar? How often do you see these awkward spellings? If you are a teacher in the Middle East or in parts of North Africa, you are more than likely going to hear and see these ...

by Nick Kiley So, what is a hobby-horse, and are you indeed riding one? Why am I bothering to put finger to keyboard and make you read about it? According to Wikipedia: “From "hobby horse" came the expression "to ride one's hobby-horse", meaning "to follow a favourite pastime", and in turn, the modern sense of the ...

By Mark Lowe The stimulus for this article came from ‘English through Music’, a book published by OUP in its Oxford Basics for Children series. I was asked to review it by the editor of the IH Journal. The book was fine as far as it went; however, it did not go very far. There were ...