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Simon Kent, co-author of the Market Leader and Language Leader series, has over 20 years' teaching experience including three years as an in-company trainer in Berlin at the time of German reunification. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Business English and General English at London Metropolitan University. Market Leader was first published in 2000 as ...

As teachers, you’ve all probably looked despairingly at your coursebook at one time or another and thought “I could do better than this!” – and maybe you’re right. However it’s easy to criticise from the outside, without realising the constraints under which both publishers and authors work. After 18 years in the classroom, I first ...

1 Introduction “You’re really not going to like it.” According to an ancient and sacred text*, this is the Deep Thought computer’s sheepish prelude to the revelation that the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is, um…..forty-two. Perhaps the challenges posed by in-service professional development for teachers have a similarly crisp answer somewhere. ...

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 ...