How can we harness the power of motivation to improve learning? Dr Claire Dembry gives us an exclusive look at a current research project between Cambridge University Press and Nottingham University and explains how you can help:

Our latest research project: what motivates students to learn?
You might have noticed something a little different about our blog this week... Introducing the all new World of Better Learning! Discover what you can expect:

Welcome to your World of Better Learning
"Make students aware of contrast" - Mieria Mesa provides this month's favourite tip and activity for preparing students for the FCE speaking test. Submit your own and discover more tips and resources on the Practice Makes Perfect exam preparation resource site:

Practice Makes Perfect
Only one day left to get involved in our teacher development survey! Tell us your views and you could win one of three great prizes, including an Apple iPhone 7: [ Link ]

Survey closes on Friday 17 February and T&Cs apply.

Take our teacher development survey for your chance to win!
It’s Valentines Day! But for those on the lookout for love… what kind of language is most commonly being used in online dating profiles? Chris Ożóg takes a look into the Corpus to see if there are any surprises, and shares a fun lesson idea to try with your adult learners too: [ Link ]

On a Typical Friday Night… I’m Looking for Collocations
Love isn’t just about affection and romance; according to the Cambridge English Corpus we also 'love' music, ideas and football. Find out other cool language facts and practical activities to do with your class this Valentine's Day:

Love in the Time of Corpora: Valentine’s day inspiration from the Corpus
Last week, Richard Whiteside delivered a highly practical webinar looking at digital projects for teenagers to build 21st century skills. Catch-up now over on the blog: [ Link ]

Using digital projects to raise teenagers' global awareness
"Young people these days, their intonation is really strange? And all their sentences sound like questions?"

Abby Kaplan, author of "Women Talk More than Men…And Other Myths about Language Explained" investigates the phenomenon of “Uptalk” amongst English language students, and the research that surrounds it:

“Uptalk” in English: Myth and Fact
How important is professional development to you? Are you the first in line for the latest teacher handbook or do you prefer to learn through hearing experiences from your colleagues?

Tell us your opinion on teacher development and you could win Amazon vouchers or an Apple iPhone 7! Survey closes on Friday 17 February 2017 and T&Cs apply: [ Link ]

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Explore the ways that digital projects can be used to develop 21st century skills and global awareness in this highly practical webinar by Richard Whiteside! Find out more and register here:

Using digital projects to raise teenagers’ global awareness
The importance of developing globally competent students has been widely discussed over the past few years... but what does global competence actually mean? Eyes Open and Uncover author Ben Goldstein explains:

Global Competence in ELT: An Introduction
In the second part of Natilly's research into reading strategies in young learner pair work, she offers further insights into why she believes that literacy is not only a skill, but a social practice. She also suggests ways for teachers to help develop pupil's scaffolding strategies in class:

The Development of Young Learners' Reading Skills - Part 2
Last year, Natilly McCartney undertook a research project looking at the reading strategies adopted by young learners during paired tasks. Find out what she found: [ Link ]

The Development of Young Learners’ Reading Skills - Part 1
Back at school and looking for inspiration for your next exam preparation lesson? Fear not - every month we will be sharing brand new lesson plans on our Practice Makes Perfect site!

Each plan includes part of an official practice test and shows how you can exploit the material to maximum effect. Browse the free lesson plans here: [ Link ]

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It's our final Guess What! challenge! We're back with Gabrielle, who is describing a very popular place to hang out on a Friday night... Can you guess what it is?

You can find more videos like this and upload your own over on our Guess What! guessing game site:
So far we've described the London Eye, punting and the Mathematical Bridge... can you guess what other iconic British building we're describing today?

You can play this guessing game with your pupils too by visiting You can even download extra classroom resources and participation certificates when you upload your own videos!
Our guessing game continues! This time we stay in Cambridge where Gabrielle is describing one of the city's famous landmarks... can you guess what it is?

Play along with your pupils by visiting:
Today, we're continuing our game of 'What could it be?' with Lauren from the team! Can you guess what favourite Cambridge activity she is describing?

Don't forget, you can play along with your pupils too:
With only one week until the social team take a festive break, we decided to take to the streets of Cambridge and London to play a week-long game of 'What could it be?'! Play along as we post a video each day of one of the team giving clues for famous British items, places or people!

Don't forget, you can also play this game with your young learners by visiting the Guess What! guessing game...
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Is Christmas getting more commercial? With 'hangover' now appearing in the top 50 words associated with the season, maybe it's not just shopping that people are doing excessively. Discover what else has changed in the way we talk about the festive season:

Santa or shopping - is the way we talk about Christmas changing?