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"Totes annoying : words that should be banned" | the Guardian

"Totes annoying : words that should be banned" | the Guardian | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
The internet is the source of many crimes against language – and these are among the worst offenders
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A Short History of the word "Tomboy" | English

A Short History of the word "Tomboy" | English | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
With roots in race and gender discord, has the “tomboy” label worn out its welcome? An Object Lesson.
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Is Shakespeare Too Hard?

Is Shakespeare Too Hard? | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Is adapting Shakespeare to modern English a good way to engage students and audiences with these classic texts?
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Subtitling in English : "To Surprise a Voice" | The Point Magazine

Subtitling in English : "To Surprise a Voice" | The Point Magazine | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
The subtitles that appear under most foreign-language films in British and American movie theaters tend not to call attention to themselves. Moviegoers only notice them when something goes wrong—when they’ve been rendered bulbously large,…
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Network visualization : mapping Shakespeare’s tragedies

Network visualization : mapping Shakespeare’s tragedies | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Are Shakespeare’s tragedies all structured in the same way? Are the characters rather isolated, grouped, all connected? Narration, even fictional, contains a network of interacting characters. Cons…
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Global Shakespeare : comment le dramaturge anglais est devenu un auteur mondialisé et numérique

Global Shakespeare : comment le dramaturge anglais est devenu un auteur mondialisé et numérique | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Du Canada au Texas en passant par Broadway, notre chroniqueur est parti à la recherche de Shakespeare, dont on fêtait le 450e anniversaire de la naissance en 2014.
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What a difference a word can make : How a single word can change your conversation

What a difference a word can make : How a single word can change your conversation | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
British psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe studies the patterns in talk that most of us don’t even notice. She explains how her research can be used to train people to interact more effectively.
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Most interesting !

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"About Words" - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog | English LANGUAGE

"About Words" - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog | English LANGUAGE | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Commenting on developments in the English language
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I've been using Cambridge Dictionaries Online for years now : their plain definitions are quite usefl in defining new English words in class -and it's quite a pleasant toy to any language lover :)

Here is their blog, "About words" : for teachers, for EFL students, or just to read & learn some more about the English language... in a nutshell : for fun !

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Mind your language ! Swearing around the world

Mind your language ! Swearing around the world | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
What makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains. Warning: contains very strong language.

Via EFL SMARTblog
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As a language learner, I've come across swear words in other languages that to me, as an English speaker, sound horrifying! But to the native speakers of said language, it's nothing out of the ordinary....

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Indo-European Languages—Centum Branch

Indo-European Languages—Centum Branch | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
This page presents the Centum side of the Indo-European language tree
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Same topic, alternative visual...

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"Why the world still loves Charles Dickens" | British Literature

"Why the world still loves Charles Dickens" | British Literature | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Festivals celebrating the great writer take place every year, from Texas to Mumbai to Holland. What makes him so attractive, all these years after his death?
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FLOTUS & POTUS | The English language

FLOTUS & POTUS | The English language | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"There some dispute as to when FLOTUS entered the lexicon..."

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"FLOTUS (an acronym for ‘First Lady of the United States’), is a slang or jargon term for the wife of an American president, on the model of POTUS (President of the United States) andSCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States).
The latter terms originated in the late 19th century, when they were used as telegraphic abbreviations, and were later revived as insider terminology before passing into more general use.
[...] FLOTUS seems to be much newer ; the first evidence thus far found by the OED‘s researchers is from the early 1980s, referring to Nancy Reagan
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"An easier way to learn a language ? This is what research says"

"An easier way to learn a language ? This is what research says" | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Recent studies suggest you can get better at a foreign language simply by listening to it, without speaking it yourself.
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The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter | BBC Culture

The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter | BBC Culture | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Born 150 years ago on 28 July, the British children’s book author was far more subversive than you may have realised, writes Christian Blauvelt.
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"Finding Shakespeare in Thor : The Dark World" | BBC Culture

"Finding Shakespeare in Thor : The Dark World" | BBC Culture | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
There is more in common between the Bard and blockbusters than men in tights, says Solvej Schou.
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"Benefits of Reading" Infographic | R. LYSANDER

"Benefits of Reading" Infographic | R. LYSANDER | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

382 delicious layers, 12 hours of work dedicated to those who adore reading and book. Feel free to share it, and if you wish to make a print of this for educational purposes, don't hesitate to [...]"

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11 popular expressions explained | OxfordWords blog

11 popular expressions explained | OxfordWords blog | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Why do we bury the hatchet? Where does the phrase ‘in a nutshell’ come from? Here are the origins of 11 popular expressions explained.
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"Insults by Shakespeare" (A. Gudenrath) | TED Ed

Ten years of research and 500 face-to-face-interviews led Richard St. John to a collection of eight common traits in successful leaders around the world.
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"You're a fishmonger!"

Shakespeare's words -specifically his insults- get the playwright's works to "transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world."

TED Ed related lesson here :

>>> https://youtu.be/vdCjKH5IKJ8

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Language : Coding Toil and Trouble with Shakespeare | Motherboard

Language : Coding Toil and Trouble with Shakespeare | Motherboard | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
 A programming language that forces coders to write like the bard.
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Coding : considering it "the" future language or not, the article makes yummy food for thought :)

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Coding : considering it "the" future language or not, the article makes yummy food for thought :)

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Tolkien reads from The Hobbit in rare archival audio from his first encounter with a tape recorder

Tolkien reads from The Hobbit in rare archival audio from his first encounter with a tape recorder | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
“He was Gollum — as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes.”
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Misconceptions about English | Mental Floss

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Mental Floss  debunks common misconceptions in weekly video shows.

This one discusses some misconceptions about English.

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Did you know all this?

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English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish etc. Indo-European languages Treef

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Visualising the origins of Indo-European languages.

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