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Season’s greetings from Cambridge!

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I’ve described my festive season in three words and added them to the Cambridge Christmas Corpus. Add yours today!
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Add to the Christmas corpus!

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Rogeting: why 'sinister buttocks' are creeping into students' essays

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In an attempt to get away with plagiarising their work, unscrupulous students are using a thesaurus app to ring the changes on essays copy-and-pasted from the internet. The results are often hilariously inept
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Takes plagiarism to a whole new level!

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L is for Language

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At Easter it’s our custom (more out of nostalgia than out of any sense of religiosity, it has to be said) to listen to the Lebanese singer Fayrouz singing traditional Easter songs from that region....
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Good references and assessment to remind us of some fundamental principles.

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The history of English - Oxford Dictionaries Online

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Nicola: An interesting read for the weekend.

 

The history of English by Oxford Dictionaries Online.

 

Five Events that Shaped the History of English
Philip Durkin, Principal Etymologist at the Oxford English Dictionary, chooses five events that shaped the English Language.


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10 Brainteasers to Test Your Mental Sharpness - article from Forbes

10 Brainteasers to Test Your Mental Sharpness - article from Forbes | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers!): 1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

 

 

 NP: For more of the same and the answer to this one, follow the link to the article from Forbes. Great material to see if learners can understand the tricks and play on words. Helps develop thinking skills or initiate discussion about how we think and learn.


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Prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings

Prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
"It's likely this stems from social prejudice rather than mere lack of comprehension on the part of the listener,"
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Language is power ...

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Tessa Woodward explains what 'The Fair List' is all about (April, 2013)


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The Fair List is an annual award that celebrates excellence of gender balance in plenary speakers, presenters and speaker panels at ELT events, in the UK. Read more here: http://thefairlist.org/

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8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need

8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
Because you're typing all the time and emoticons are dumb. Read "8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need" and more funny articles on CollegeHumor
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Some of these would really help! It seems strange, when you think about it, that English invents new words and expressions all the time but never neew punctuation. 

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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
What's the difference between an ebook, an app and an interactive ebook? We explain.

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