Archive for June, 2011

  • Top Wimbledon BuzzWords

    Posted by on June 30, 2011

    The second (i.e. final) week of the Wimbledon Championships is well underway and the world and SW19 are buzzing with tennis. Here is a quick selection of words popular with spectators of the sport: Move over Henmania, Timbledon and Henman Hill, and make room for: Murraymania, Andymonium and Murray Mound. And it’s not just about […]

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  • Teaching tips for green English: exercises

    Posted by on June 28, 2011

    The vocabulary of geography Next in a series of tips for teaching (about) green English. The worksheet includes key vocabulary used in geography, including geographic features, natural disasters and natural resources. In addition to that, exercises help consolidate students’ knowledge of the terms. Geography vocabulary and exercises For further tips for teaching green English, see: […]

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  • Cut me some slacktivism

    Posted by on June 28, 2011

    We all want to make a meaningful difference, and to have our voices heard, but our days are busy and there are times when all we can do is click a button. Sometimes, therefore, modern activism gets no further than clicktivism. We forward an email, ‘like’ a Facebook page, retweet a worthy cause, add a […]

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  • ‘Which’ or ‘that’ – or neither?

    Posted by on June 26, 2011

    A recent post by professional editor Laura Hale Brockway deals with the differences between which and that. This is a tricky problem (especially if  English isn’t your first language), and she sets out to explain the ‘rules’ without resorting to linguistic jargon. But some of the advice she gives is contradicted by the evidence of […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 24th June, 2011

    Posted by on June 24, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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  • Teaching tips for green English: dictation

    Posted by on June 23, 2011

    Dictation activity: greenwashing The dictation activity called ‘Nature’ focuses on the practice of greenwashing. As well as asking students to listen to and transcribe a short text, the dictation encourages them to expand their vocabulary, asking them to explore some of the many new words that have entered the English language in recent years. The […]

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  • Out of the red with the green stuff

    Posted by on June 22, 2011

    The language of money and the environment overlap in the word green. In a previous post, I wrote about how some businesses have turned to greentailing because it can be both economically and environmentally sound. Now the “green economy” is spreading to unexpected quarters: a recent article in Time magazine reports that Sicily’s mafia want […]

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  • Teaching tips for green English: vocabulary

    Posted by on June 21, 2011

    The language of science In this useful article, author Keith Kelly provides a list of typical language used in the area of science. His list includes adjectives, verbs, grammar patterns, phrases and discourse markers. For further tips for teaching green English, see: Tip 1: renewable energy (worksheet) Tip 2: the greenhouse effect (animation) Tip 4: […]

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  • Crafting green, linguistically speaking

    Posted by on June 20, 2011

    This year, my sewing club, sew make believe’s theme is “green”. It’s about using up what we have already, making rather than buying, mending rather than replacing. And in running the club I’ve discovered a whole new vocabulary set – or eco-lingo – particular to this topic. Everybody recycles these days, but did you know […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 17th June, 2011

    Posted by on June 17, 2011

    This weekly post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education, and language learning and teaching. Contact us if you would like to submit a link, or just add a […]

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