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Some Final Thoughts — And Adventure Ahead!

Using puzzles in class

Alan Miesch's new blog post

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How to Talk to a “Problem Student” Without Them Tuning You Out

Tactic 1: Start off the conversation on the right foot with these three elements

1. Recognize/thank the student
2. Describe signs that the student’s success is at risk
3. Ask how you can support the student

Here’s an example. “Thanks for coming in to talk. I know you’d like to do well in this class and I’d like you to do well,...
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Mood Swings

David Lisgo's new blog post on his communicative card game for children for practicing feelings.

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.

A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. Yes, they need to learn grammar, but the old-fashioned way does not...
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A Two Minute Activity that will Change your Learners Lives

A new blog post by Neil Millington

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Why Test Scores and Course Grades should not Share the Same Bed

A new blog post by Mike Guest

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A Song and Video Activity Book

A note from Jason Levine (Fluency MC)

'The book and optional media pack are for English language teachers to use in their classrooms. I have a created a second order page with a special "back-to-school" discount, valid between now and September 2.

On the page you can find out everything about the materials as well as download a sample unit for free.

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Does Music Really Help you Concentrate?

‘I won’t be able to focus if you turn that off,’ a gazillion teenagers have whined at their parents. Is it possible that they’re right?

Why would music help us concentrate? One argument is to do with attention.

For all its amazing abilities, the brain hasn’t really evolved to take in abstract information or spend prolonged periods thinking about one...
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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.

Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more accurate at producing...
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Top 10 Rules For Success – when opening and running a language school.

A new blog post by Ian Simpson

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London is the Most Educated City in Europe

Where in Europe would you expect to find the highest concentration of graduates?

Would it be a particularly earnest quarter of Oslo? Or an erudite corner of Finland or Germany?

The answer - by a considerable distance - is London. In parts of London, more than two in three adults of working age, have a degree or higher education equivalent.

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Study: Sleep Makes Relearning Faster and Longer-Lasting

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you've forgotten, even 6 months later, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

"Our results suggest that interleaving sleep between practice sessions leads to a...
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New Research Links Reading Books with Longer Life

Sitting for hours has gotten a pretty bad rap of late, and by now most people know that a sedentary lifestyle leads to all sorts of health problems. But new research shows there’s at least one thing you can do during all that time off your feet that’s actually good for you: read a book.

A study published online last month (July 18) in Social...
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This is your Brain on Sentences

Researchers, for the first time, have decoded and predicted the brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences, and successfully predicted what the brain patterns would be for new sentences.

The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure human brain activation. "Using fMRI data, we wanted to know if given a whole sentence,...
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How English gave Birth to Surprising New Languages

English has morphed into several other languages all over the world.

Tok Pisin
There are many English-based creoles in the world, and many of them exist informally and with multiple variations ranging from quite different from standard English to very close to it. In some places, the creoles are the dominant language and have gained...
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We are confronting this ugly headed animal called corruption and eradicating poverty. We have taken a firm resolution that Land expropriation is the only restoration of black peoples dignity and a fair method applicable in harnessing inequalities amongs our people.
We will not hesitate to reiterate that the wealthy must come to the forefront in this struggle for economic freedom to collaborate...
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