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How do you teach grammar to primary pupils? In next week's webinar, Colin Sage argues the case for breaking up grammar practice into sub-stages and provides practical suggestions for how to bring these sub-stages to life in the young learner classroom. Register here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Super grammar: Making practice perfect for young learners

Congratulations to the Guess What! team for their nomination at this year's ESU English Language Awards! They've been shortlisted for the Resources for Young Learners category.

Want to know what went into creating the course? Catch-up on our behind the series over on the blog: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Preparing students for the IELTS tests? Catch up on the latest installment of Allen Davenport's series on using authentic practice tests in the classroom. In this webinar, he focuses on Listening practice: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Using authentic practice tests in the IELTS classroom #3: Listening

Who swears more, men or women? And do swearing preferences change over time? Language researcher Robbie Love delves into the Spoken British National Corpus to find out: bit.ly/2g46CLo

Women now use the f-word as much as men

Do you teach teenagers? Make sure to catch up on last week's webinar with Ben Goldstien, who presented practical activities to help you develop your students into global citizens: bit.ly/2fx111P

Don't forget, Allen Davenport will be joining us tomorrow morning to present a webinar on preparing for the IELTS Listening section. Find out more here: bit.ly/2fcXXoR

The Globalised Classroom - helping teenage learners become global citizens

Join Allen Davenport on Thursday 17 December as he continues to explore how teachers can use authentic practice material for effective exam preparation. This webinar in particular will focus on the IELTS listening section, providing techniques and practical activities for the classroom. Sign up here: bit.ly/2fcXXoR

Using authentic practice tests in IELTS classrooms - Listening

Were your students following along with the English-speaking media on election day? The Cambridge Dictionary team have compiled a list of the top words people were searching for in our online dictionary during the US election. Why not use this wordlist to encourage a discussion in your next class? [ Ow.ly Link ]

The US election in 24 hours of words

Have you seen this new free writing practice tool from Cambridge English? Write&Improve helps learners of English to practise their grammar, vocabulary and spelling skills with instant automated feedback. You can test it out for yourself at: writeandimprove.com

Cambridge English Write & Improve

Missed Craig Thaine's webinar on avoiding learner information overload last month? Catch up over on the blog to see the whole recording, as well as a summary of the key points made: bit.ly/2fg1kw3

Manageable Learning in Practice: Clarifying New Language

On Tuesday 8 November, Ben Goldstein will host a practical webinar on developing global competency, showing how the concepts covered can be easily incorporated in class via practical and engaging ideas that can be used at different ages and levels. Sign up here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

The Globalised Classroom: Helping teenage learners become global citizens

What are we most scared of? Language researcher Laura Grimes takes a look at the Cambridge English Corpus to find out!

Discover how we talk about fear, the most frequently talked about phobias and our favourite phrases when someone scares us: [ Ow.ly Link ]

What are the scariest words in the English language?

Planning a Halloween-themed lesson? There's only treats with our latest blog post! We're giving away three free resources covering beginner to advanced level learners. Find something to spark your creativity: bit.ly/2eUnkfR

We'd love to hear how you use these in the classroom - leave your top tips for a Halloween lesson in the comments!

Classroom resources for a spooky Halloween lesson

According to author, teacher and teacher trainer Ceri Jones, what's the best way to present and explore cultural topics with teenagers?

"It involves working closely with students to look at their own culture, and examine their own identity in relation to others. The key is for teachers to harness this process of discovery, and place it at the heart of their teaching practice".

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Exploring Global Cultures with Teenage Learners

With the last of the US presidential debates taking place tomorrow, language researcher Andrew Moffat looks at the language used by the candidates so far in the debates and gives pointers on what to look out for in the final showdown! bit.ly/2dxZneZ

The Gloves Are Off: Looking at the Language of the US Presidential Debates

The ever-popular Craig Thaine is back this week too! On Thursday morning (10:00 BST) Criag will be taking a look at the challenges learners face when teachers want to clarify new vocabulary or grammar. Sign up for the webinar here: bit.ly/2dcntZm

Manageable learning in practice: Clarifying new language

Our free professional development webinars are back! We have two webinars next week, starting with Eyes Open and Uncover author Ceri Jones exploring how you can bring a 'glocal' approach into the classroom. See all upcoming webinars here: bit.ly/2d7lSZC

Exploring global cultures with teenage learners

Did you know Cambridge Dictionary is not just for learners? Teachers can view, create and share wordlists with students via email or social media… all for free! Here’s an example wordlist on ‘technology’ to get you started: bit.ly/2dOuC8b

Words about technology - intermediate

When was the last time you entered a classroom as a complete beginner? Can you really remember how it feels? This was the challenge set out by the pedagogy research team.

Colleagues across Cambridge were invited to join a special language lesson to learn the ancient language of Faroese - find out how they got on: bit.ly/2dzNl68

Do you remember how it feels to be a new language learner?

With the Paralympics now underway, here's a fun interactive classroom quiz to help you teach topical sport vocabulary. There's also extension activities to help bring out your students' creativity!

Olympic sport vocabulary quiz!

What did people talk about during this year's Olympics? Do people change they way they report sporting achievements based on the athletes' gender? These were the questions put forward to our Language Research team. Discover what they found after delving into their bespoke Sport and Rio 2016 corpora: bit.ly/2bpv4Tp

Was this the most sexist Olympics ever? The Language Research team investigate