It's Thursday, which means it's time for another Throwback Thursday IATEFL article! This time it's Michael McCarthy taking a look at Spoken Academic English and why it matters:

#tbt IATEFL 2016 #4: Chatting in the Academy: Exploring spoken English for academic purposes
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Have you discovered this month's new lesson plans and tips on the Practice Makes Perfect site? Make sure to head over there now if you're responsible for preparing students for Cambridge English exams such as First for Schools:

Practice Makes Perfect
All this week we'll be posting across our social channels from TESOL Seattle 2017 for anyone unable to make it... but if you are planning on attending the conference this year, make sure to visit the team at Booth #700!
Spotting is a useful skill, both for learning a language and when preparing for the writing section of the Cambridge English: Young Learners tests. Catch up with Anne Robinson's webinar, where she discusses how to encourage your young learners to develop observation skills: [ Link ]
How can we encourage teenagers to become responsible citizens, and foster their self-esteem? Herbert Puchta explores in this week's #tbt talk from IATEFL 2016: [ Link ]

#tbt IATEFL 2016 #3: Fostering responsibility and response-ability in the teenage classroom | World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press
With less than a month until this year's IATEFL conference, we are continuing our Throwback Thursday series with this talk on the grammar descriptors by Anne O’Keefe and Geraldine Mark:

Using the English Grammar Profile to improve curriculum design
In the last of Ben Goldstein's series on Global Competence, he takes a look at how video can be used as a trigger for discussions on important global issues:

Global Competence in ELT #3: Using video | World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press
It's not too late to sign up to today's webinar with Anne Robinson! Discover how you can encourage observation in the young learner

Can you spot it?: Encouraging observation in your students
With only a month until IATEFL 2017, we'll be sharing some of our favourite talks from last year's event each Thursday. Our first is from Cindy James on improving young learners' writing skills:

#tbt IATEFL 2016 #1: Improving children's writing skills through digital story prompts and feedback | World of Better Learning
Striking images can transmit complex concepts easily and dynamically. Here's a classroom activity you can use to develop globally competent learners, using a high-impact image as its base:

Global Competence in ELT #2: Using an image
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
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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