Do you know your ghosts from your goblins? Read the 12 definitions and provide the correct fantasy words.
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”.
Also available as a video:
This book is aimed at English language teachers. Tip number 1 is “Start with a smile” and number 100 is “Do your own thing.” Here are some of the others:
- Don’t give homework at the end
- Use the coursebook – selectively
- Do correct mistakes
- Use mother tongue to explain
- Avoid grammatical terms
- Limit tasks by time, not amount
- Don’t worry about the topic
- Don’t always pre-teach vocabulary
- Don’t make students read aloud
- Talk a lot
- Teach a lot of vocabulary
- Teach spelling rules
The Resource Centre has a copy, which you can borrow.
If you want to read the day’s news in English, here are some sources:
- BBC News
- Mail Online
- Sky News
- Google News
- New York Times
- NBC News
- Al Jazeera
- RT (Russia Today)
- China Daily
- South China Morning Post
In addition, Nexis provides access to hundreds of news sources in various languages.
Sometimes you need data about people’s opinions to include in an assignment. For example, a recent opinion poll asked who should be the next British monarch after Queen Elizabeth II.
These polling companies publish some of their results online:
YouGov and Ipsos MORI have partner sites in other countries. Some examples of their polls:
- Garuda Indonesia is the most positively perceived brand in Indonesia
- Eight in 10 Saudis agree women should drive in the Kingdom
- 43% of Chinese nationals have used internet dating
- Americans Would Rather Renovate than Buy a New Home
You can also find polling data on the statistics site, Statista.
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, more usually known as the Royal Society of Arts or the RSA, was founded in 1754. Even the internet didn’t exist then! Now that it does, the RSA has taken advantage of the fact by publishing videos of talks, some with animations.
For example, you can listen to South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang on Economics is for Everyone:
Drama Online has over 2,200 plays which you can read online. You can browse them by title, playwright, period or genre (for example, Theatre of the Absurd, Asian drama, Children’s theatre, Feminist theatre, Musical theatre, Street theatre).
From The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde:
Lady Bracknell: Are your parents living?
Jack: I have lost both my parents.
Lady Bracknell: Both? To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune — to lose both seems like carelessness.
From Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett:
Vladimir: Pull on your trousers.
Estragon: You want me to pull off my trousers?
Vladimir: Pull ON your trousers.
Estragon: (Realizing his trousers are down.) True. (He pulls up his trousers.)
Vladimir: Well? Shall we go?
Estragon: Yes, let’s go.
They do not move.
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