Category Archives: Vocabulary

Focus on: Dead

  Hello! Halloween is just around the corner, so why don’t we make the most of the theme and take a closer look at the adjective dead? Dead, as you know, refers to something having lost alive or that’s not … Continue reading

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ELT: On working with readers

 Last semestre I had an intermediate group which had a mandatory reading – the Slumdog Millionaire graded reader, adapted and published by Macmillan. Even though many (if not all) of my students had seen the film, I made a point of … Continue reading

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Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO)

We’ve been talking a lot about dictionaries here and another thing I often talk about to my students is how English language – or, rather, every language in use – is changing all the time, for this very reason: the … Continue reading

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Listening: Ira Glass on Storytelling

This video is aimed at writers and people who do creative work, but the first time I’ve seen it I was so inspired by it that I thought it could easily apply to other contexts, other professionals and to people … Continue reading

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