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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: saying you are sure or unsure

    Posted by on July 23, 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 saying you are sure or not sure. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: saying you are sure about something

    Posted by on July 22, 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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  • What goes in the dictionary when the dictionary is online?

    Posted by on July 15, 2014

    The familiar question of “how words get into the dictionary” is harder to answer when the dictionary is online. Printed dictionaries have limited space, so we have to be selective. This contributes to the popular view of lexicographers as “gatekeepers” – the people who decide, on behalf of the rest of the population, which words are […]

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  • Do you know the lingo?

    Posted by on June 18, 2014

    Say you’re watching a football match with your friends or you’re thinking of joining a sports club – and the chosen language to communicate in is English. But what if you don’t know all the sports lingo that will be used when watching or playing a game? Macmillan Dictionary has made a selection of commonly […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: expressing personal opinions in writing

    Posted by on June 17, 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 being polite. This week’s tip gives some ways of expressing personal opinions in writing: In our recent post on ways of giving your opinion we looked […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: giving your opinion

    Posted by on June 11, 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 giving your opinion. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans – including […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: giving your opinion

    Posted by on June 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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  • Don’t let them bully you!

    Posted by on June 03, 2014

    Readers of our blog will be aware that – despite several decades of serious linguistic research based on the evidence found in corpora – the world is still plagued by self-appointed “experts”, who seem to enjoy lecturing the rest of us on what is wrong with the way we write and speak. Worse still, these […]

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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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  • 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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