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  Students from the EU face English language tests for the first time as part of the government’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration regime. The crackdown is intended to prevent the student route being used to get around new rules that will be imposed to limit EU nationals coming to Britain to work. Officials said the Home Office may need to introduce...

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The teaching-learning experience is mainly comprised of three essential entities: the students, the teacher, and the instructional materials. One of the most commonly recognized and used forms of instructional materials is the ELT coursebook (CB). The CB offers structured content in a uniform format for ready implementation. As such, it is a primary...

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You probably use tons of expressions, idioms, and slang phrases every day that don’t make literal sense. If you ever thought long and hard about why you say something a certain way, you could probably make a guess. However, some English expressions are so crazy and unusual that it is impossible to guess where on earth it originated from — unless you know...

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The comma is the punctuation mark most likely to cause angst. This is largely the result of the many different ways the comma is used. Sometimes, the comma indicates a pause that would occur if the sentence were spoken aloud. Other times, the comma separates grammatical components of the sentence. Finally, there are mechanical and stylistic uses of the...

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Harvard academic Amy Cuddy, famous for her work on 'power poses', talks to Jon Severs about the impact of body language in the classroom. According to a feature on TES (tes.com), those teachers who plan their classroom speeches to the syllable, Amy Cuddy has some disappointing news.   “Some researchers did a study looking at a rating students gave a...

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Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Seven)

An integral part of preparing and carrying out a presentation has to do with the selection of the appropriate software. Most of us would tend to use what is readily available: the software that is installed on the computer we...

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Hellenic American Union introduces a new B2 Level Exam

    Hellenic American Union introduces a new B2 Level Exam Assessment Board for Language Examinations: Level B2 (ABLE B2) The ABLE B2 is a standardized examination designed for candidates who wish to obtain certification of their competency in English as a second or...

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Classroom Routines

Classroom routines are important for effective classroom management for many reasons. Teachers with well established and clearly defined classroom management strategies can make fantastic positive effects on their student's behaviour. How do you successfully implement classroom routines? Incorporating effective routines into...

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English is no longer a foreign language in NL

  Are the Dutch now native speakers of English, and is Dutch-English a distinctive thing? Deborah Nicholls-Lee meets linguistics expert Alison Edwards to find some answers. English is no longer a foreign language in the Netherlands, asserts Leiden University’s Alison Edwards...

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