Archive for May, 2014

  • Language and words in the news – 30th May, 2014

    Posted by on May 30, 2014

    This post contains a selection of links related to 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 submit a link […]

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  • Language tip of the week: approve

    Posted by on May 29, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the verb approve: When approve means ‘to have a positive feeling towards something […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: agreeing/disagreeing

    Posted by on May 27, 2014

    Have you seen our latest lesson plan by author Jonathan Marks? This new resource is part of the ‘expressing yourself’ series and helps learners review and consolidate ways of expressing agreement or disagreement. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans – […]

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  • How many ‘alternatives’ can there be?

    Posted by on May 26, 2014

    In my post ‘Who’s the boss of English?’, I refuted several prescriptivist rules about English usage asserted by the journalist Simon Heffer. One was his insistence that when it comes to alternatives ‘there can only ever be two’ – that any more than two means they are ‘options’. This curious belief is worth a closer […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd May, 2014

    Posted by on May 23, 2014

    This post contains a selection of links related to 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 submit a link […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of being polite

    Posted by on May 20, 2014

    As part of this year’s pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous language tip looked at ways of saying thank you. This week’s tip gives some ways of saying something politely: In our recent post on ways of agreeing and disagreeing we looked at […]

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  • Word roots and routes: scribe

    Posted by on May 19, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. A scribe was someone whose job was to copy documents and books before the invention of printing; the word is now sometimes used humorously to refer to a writer, and especially a journalist. However, English has an extensive set […]

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  • Language tip of the week: can

    Posted by on May 15, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the modal verb can: The negative form of the verb can is cannot. […]

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  • Join our Life Skills Day this Wednesday!

    Posted by on May 13, 2014

    Are you interested in learning more about teaching life skills? This Wednesday, Macmillan will host its first ever Life Skills Day with webinars covering a variety of teaching situations, from working with young learners to teaching adults. The day will consist of six talks and workshops, discussing the benefits of teaching life skills and how […]

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  • Who’s the boss of English?

    Posted by on May 12, 2014

    Some people worry that English is endangered by misuse – or what they believe to be misuse. They may be unhappy that hopefully has gained an additional meaning, or that literally often isn’t meant literally, or that like has expanded its repertoire: ‘It’s a verb, for crying out loud!’ protested a commenter on my language […]

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