Category Archives: Writing

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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Using electronic gadgets in class

Mobile phones in class? Yes! I can recall at least 4 situations which involved the use of electronic gadgets in my English lessons throughout the last semestre. Some of my colleague teachers were so interested that I thought it might … Continue reading

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Focus on: the date

 Hello-o! Here’s a quick take on basics, because there is a difference between the way we say a date in English and the way we write it. We can write: 16th June, 2013 or 16 June 2013 or 16/06/2013. We can say: … Continue reading

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Idioms: hat tip

I guess most of you are familiar with this widely known idiom: I take my hat off for somebody (especially in the UK and Australia) or I tip my hat for somebody (this one mostly in the US), which means that you respect and … Continue reading

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The World’s Worst Typos, in pictures

 Remember that some months ago we were chattering about written communication and how one’s writing skills (or the lack of them) can easily put their credibility at stake, especially on the Web? Well, The Guardian has recently written about a … Continue reading

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