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Abstract: With solid economic growth and a large number of universities that offer degrees with course content in English, the need for qualified English language teachers has been a problem since 2001, according to Kabilan (2007). International House (IH) Malyasia and Limkokwing English Language Centre (LEC) both function on the same premises at Limkokwing Univeristy ...

I am a self-confessed foodie.  So when it comes to almost everything in life, I automatically see the link between my passion for food and (insert subject here).  You can say I’ve always got images of sugarplums dancing in my head…in fact they are constantly there doing twirls, spins, double-backflips and triple salchows, all in ...

Live and online – the very first International House World Teachers’ Online Conference!  As I write, the International House World office is buzzing with excitement (and some trepidation) as we prepare for our very first live IH Teachers’ Online Conference. The conference will take place on Friday 25th November 2011 with sessions running from 07.00 – ...

  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 ...

  The 2010 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize shortlist   reviewed by Diana England, IH Torres Vedras Whenever I’ve approached the topic of CLIL in teacher development sessions in mainstream schools, I’ve invariably been greeted with groans of ‘It’s all very well in theory’, ‘I don’t know much about world geography, let alone how to teach it’, and ...

reviewed by John Carry, IH Madrid Reviewing new language regularly is good practice for the simple reason that, if this is not done, it will soon be forgotten. I once heard that for a new piece of language to become stored in the long-term memory and for it to become part of the learner’s repertoire, it ...

reviewed by Shaun Wilden As a teacher trainer, I was intrigued when I first came across this publication from CUP.  It’s not often that sets of photocopiable material for trainers are published. Traditionally books aimed at teacher trainers are ones that give methods, ideas and suggestions. Teacher Training Essentials is a resource book of 30 ‘lessons’ divided ...

                Editorial Classroom Matters The language syllabus: building language study into a task-based approach– Dave Willis Grammar games with students’ total physical involvement – Jerry Istvan Thekes A fresh perspective on verb form instruction – Arizio Sweeting The art of storytelling – Michael Berman Teacher etiquette – David Moran Young Learners Planning effective learning contexts for early language learning – Janet Enever Teenagers and grammar – ...

Which English should we teach? The issues surrounding which English we should teach are complex. A third of the world’s population is using English today “with varying levels of fluency” (Crystal, 2010,  p. 8 ) and this diversity of use and users has given rise to the terms ‘World Englishes’ (Mesthrie and Bhatt, 2008, p. 3) and “English ...

In my last article in Issue 29 (The language syllabus: why not start with lexis?), I demonstrated the importance of the most frequent words and phrases in the language and suggested that these words and phrases should form the basis of the language syllabus. But I also identified three problems: The most frequent words of the ...