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by Mark Lowe 1. Happy Birthday Michael Halliday, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, is one of the great linguists of our time. Like his equally illustrious fellow-linguist, Chomsky, he has now turned 80. Everyone concerned with language will wish to celebrate. Continuum Publishers are celebrating by bringing out a new 10-volume edition of ...

Through winter, rides between Oslo and Hammerfest use thirty hours up in a bus, though why travellers would select to ride there then might be pondered. It was Noam Chomsky who observed that even though almost all the language children hear being spoken around them is presumably grammatically ‘correct’ they still manage to develop a near-perfect ...

Introduction In a previous article I shared how extensive reading could be exploited to develop oral proficiency (Baker, 2007). Omaggio (1986) provided the definition of oral proficiency which served as my reference. Omaggio’s definion states, “oral proficiency includes the ability to communicate verbally in a functional and accurate way in the target language.” I included communicative ...

The ETPD that will be considered in this article stands for English through Personal Development. The first question to ask is why and the answer is simple - for surely there can be nothing more important in life. If we start with the assumption that ‘the main purpose of higher education is to facilitate and expand ...

An “old chestnut” is a subject or joke that has been repeated so many times that it is no longer funny or interesting. This is what I learnt from my Director (being from Australia, I’m lucky to even know what a chestnut is!), who wanted to discuss recurring issues that seem to plague even some ...

1 Introduction The idea of teachers’ life cycles isn’t new. I first became familiar with it when reading Amy Tsui’s book on expertise in teaching. The notion that teachers pass through a career cycle matched my own experience, and it helped to provide a useful way of thinking about supervising teachers, since my particular concern was ...

In March 2007 International House London moved back to Covent Garden, the area where our first school in London started in 1959, after Cordoba. The very name Covent Garden was already famous, synonymous with the legendary Opera House and its wartime ballet performances, seen in films like Waterloo Bridge and The Red Shoes. It was built ...

Issue 24 finds contributions from both familiar and new writers within the IH network from countries around the world including Australia, Argentina, Bosnia, Egypt, Italy, Malta, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the UAE. We are also pleased to include articles from well-known figures from the world of ELT, including Ron White, Michael Berman and Jeff ...

English Through Music Anice Paterson and Jane Willis, Oxford University Press, 2008 Reviewed by Mark Lowe, IH Kielce All of us at International House, Kielce, Poland welcomed this book. We had recently won a major European Union contract to teach English to local children, and we were looking for materials that would help to make our lessons more ...

Negotiating Susan Lowe and Louise Pile Delta Publishing   Reviewed by Helen Ray, IH Santiago Another one to add to the series of business communication skills books from Delta publishing, which already includes telephoning, socializing and emailing. This short book, again for Pre Intermediate – Intermediate level students, concentrates on the language and strategies for conducting negotiations and ...