Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?

Welch’s t-test

From Stephen B. Heard’s blog Scientist Sees Squirrel: If you’re like me, you’re continually frustrated by the fact that undergraduate students struggle to understand statistics. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: a large fraction of undergraduates simply refuse to understand statistics; mention a requirement for statistical data analysis in your course and you’ll get eye-rolling, groans,… Read more Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?

Economics games

The Economics Network has some games for economics classes. For example: The International Trade Game CARTEL: a board game for teaching game theory Tennis Balls in Economics The Production Possibility Frontier Game These are not computer games, but require pencils and paper, scissors, tennis balls, etc.

Learn English with Cambridge

Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers. The videos so far: 3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English American vs. British English vocabulary differences Asking for and giving directions in English Common travel expressions in English Common mistakes with modal verbs in English Dietary requirements… Read more Learn English with Cambridge

The Question Box

ELT Journal table of contents, 1946

The ELT Journal has been published since 1946. Until 1981 it had a section called The Question Box, which answered readers’ questions. Three examples from the earliest issues: Question: I have recently come across fry-pan for frying-pan. Is this form considered correct? Answer: Fry-pan is not accepted as standard English and is considered incorrect by… Read more The Question Box

Grammar glossaries

There are many technical terms used to describe grammar, vocabulary, etc. For example: determiner, inflection, morphology, subordinate clause, transitive verb. Some glossaries have been compiled to help English teachers in British schools: Glossary for the programmes of study for English [PDF] UK Government: Department for Education About 80 terms, for use in primary schools.* Englicious… Read more Grammar glossaries

Ten online resources

Ten resources for today’s teacher training session: BoB Recorded TV and radio programmes that you can watch and clip Statista Statistics and charts on business, industries, consumer habits, etc. Credo Reference Cross-referenced collection of reference books Academic Phrasebank Phrases used in academic writing Cite them right online Referencing tips and examples BrowZine UEA Library’s academic… Read more Ten online resources

Principles for teaching reading

In 1986 Ray Williams formulated 10 principles for teaching EFL reading. They included: In the absence of interesting texts, very little is possible. The primary activity of a reading lesson should be learners reading texts—not listening to the teacher, not reading comprehension questions, [etc.]. In 2002 Richard Day and Julian Bamford devised 10 principles for… Read more Principles for teaching reading

Cambridge Papers in ELT

Cambridge University Press publishes Cambridge Papers in ELT, a series of research papers on various topics, including speaking and extensive reading. At present there are 17 papers, which can be read and downloaded by everyone from the website, Language and Pedagogy Research for ELT. Blended language learning ELT trends: beyond technology Enhancing student interaction Extensive… Read more Cambridge Papers in ELT