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Introduction It is generally acknowledged that English occupies the role of lingua franca in a globalised world and the goal of language learners is more often nowadays to be able to use English in communication with other ‘non-native’ speakers (NNSs) as an international language than as a foreign language in communication with its ‘native speakers’ (NSs).     In ...

"There can be no educational development without teacher development” Lawrence Stenhouse So there you are, the DoS, at the beginning of your institute’s academic year, re-enacting a scene which is, frankly, becoming a little too familiar: surrounded by last year’s dog-eared coursebooks and this years’ hopefuls (all bright covers and glossy gimmicks), the year calendar spread in ...

By Christopher Holloway with Alex Bishop, Cathy Harris, Oliver Eynon, Keeley Swain, Jeff Hogan, Vicky Simon, Clayre Heenan, Kate Pickering, Alistair Wood, Kevin Kennedy, Coletta Paluzzi, Brigitte Cassar, Andy McNeish, Charlotte Cole, Christina Anastasiadis Introduction: What does it mean to be a good teacher? We talk a great deal about methodology and even, these days, about post-methodology, ...

To celebrate the launch of their new book, Teaching Online, Nicky Hockly and Lindsay Clandfield share their 5 favourite activities for teaching English online. We find that EFL teachers are increasingly expected to offer elements of their courses online, but very often are not sure where to start, or how to teach online. That´s why we ...

Vaulted ceilings To many people ‘theory’ can appear ‘both dangerous and useless; a joke and a menace; harmless and terrifying. A mouse and a tiger’[1]. For example, recently, in the stylish converted loft that we call the teachers’ room here in Newcastle, I mentioned to a colleague that I was doing a bit of research.  I ...

Lucy Horsefield - Chief Operating Officer, International House World Organisation lucy.horsefield@ihworld.co.uk ______________________________________________________________________ IHWO Conference Season IHWO started 2011 with a highly successful IH Director of Studies Conference in Maritime Greenwich. Our conference theme ‘On trend. What’s hot and what’s not in language teaching today?’ generated some lively debate and participants from across the globe enjoyed three days of ...

reviewed by Shaun Wilden, IH World For many teachers the lessons they fear teaching most are those that involve grammatical structures.  Given this ‘fear’, it is perhaps surprising that there aren’t many books on the market that deal directly with the teaching of grammar. “Teaching English Grammar” seeks to readdress this and provide a handy guide ...

Reviewed by Philip Kerr Unsurprisingly, recent years have seen a spate of books for English language teachers that look at technological aspects of teaching and learning. These include the excellent How to Teach English with Technology (by Gavin Dudeney & Nicky Hockly), Blended Learning (by Pete Sharma & Barney Barrett), and The Internet and the Language ...

reviewed by Kay Brushett, IH Vancouver Intrigued by the title, I was expecting a book about the theory and practices of including reflective activities in the classroom that would require students to examine their opinions, beliefs, and values.  I was surprised, yet not quite disappointed, to find that the book was in fact about the mental ...

reviewed by Dominic Harris, IH Bristol Despite being part of the ‘computer generation’ and clinging, by my fingernails, to my twenties I have remained throughout my adult life a mild technophobe. Thus it was with a degree of trepidation that I risked my first baby steps across the carpet of O.U.P. Online Testing. Indeed, I’m relatively ...