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life skills

  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of apologizing

    Posted by on April 08, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of offering something to someone

    Posted by on March 18, 2014

    As part of our pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous language tip looked at ways of suggesting something. This week’s tip gives some ways of offering something to someone, and some ways of accepting or refusing an offer: Would you like…? is the most […]

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  • Corpus linguistics in a MOOC – the future of education?

    Posted by on March 12, 2014

    Today’s guest post comes from Tony McEnery, Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, and a leading figure in the world of corpus linguistics. ______________ If somebody had told me that, when I agreed to do a massive open online course (MOOC) for corpus linguistics, I would be crowd-sourcing word meanings from thousands […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of suggesting something

    Posted by on March 04, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of expressing uncertainty

    Posted by on February 25, 2014

    As part of our 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 ‘I don’t know‘. This week’s tip gives some ways of saying you think you know something but are not completely sure: perhaps/maybe: used for saying that […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of saying ‘I don’t know’

    Posted by on February 11, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell last month when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, […]

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  • The dominance of English? A view from Italy

    Posted by on March 27, 2013

    Our series on the dominance of English continues with today’s guest post from Paola Vettorel. Paola was an EFL teacher and teacher-trainer in Italy before becoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at the University of Verona. Her main research interests include English as a lingua franca and its implications for […]

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  • Five Rules of Thumb for Polite and Diplomatic Language

    Posted by on March 21, 2012

    Our guest blogger Luke Thompson teaches at The London School of English and produces Luke’s English Podcast, which won the Macmillan Dictionary Love English Award for Best Blog 2011. This blog post is about how hedging and indirectness in English can be used to establish a respectful and polite relationship between speakers. This is particularly […]

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  • Do you mind the gap?

    Posted by on March 14, 2012

    Our second post on Life Skills is by Mariela Gil Vierma.  Mariela has taught English in the US, Mexico and Thailand and has worked for Macmillan since 2002. She is currently commissioning editor and developed the concept for the Mind series which involves the development of life skills alongside English. There’s this gap. I’ve seen […]

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  • Life skills and language learning

    Posted by on February 21, 2012

    This month and next, our Live English blog is going to be looking at Life Skills. Here to introduce the topic is Steve Taylore-Knowles, a Lancashire-based ELT expert who has written many successful courses for Macmillan, most recently openMind and masterMind for the online Mind series.     In the future every educational endeavour will […]

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