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IELTS and newspapers -

IELTS and newspapers - | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

Via Jim George
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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 2014 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

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This is the most common embarrassing thing to do on a plane

This is the most common embarrassing thing to do on a plane | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Falling asleep on a complete stranger has topped a new poll exposing the 10 most common embarrassing experiences for people while flying.
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Will religion ever disappear?

Will religion ever disappear? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer investigates.
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Declinism: is the world actually getting worse? | Pete Etchells

Declinism: is the world actually getting worse? | Pete Etchells | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A recent survey suggests that 71% of people think that the world is going to the dogs. Are things actually that bad, or is it a psychological trick of the mind?
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The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect

The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The neurobiology of how the warmest emotion blurs the boundaries by you and not-you.

We kick-started the year with some of history's most
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Sleep: How to nap like a pro

Sleep: How to nap like a pro | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard of the merits of power naps, says Tiffanie Wen, but are there good and bad ways to sleep during the day?
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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Homework is 'completely pointless' claims education expert

Homework is 'completely pointless' claims education expert | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A new Ofsted regime will encourage “completely pointless” homework for students, a teacher and education expert has claimed.
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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests Continue reading...

Via Louise Robinson-Lay, Juergen Wagner
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:40 PM

Writing still dominates in schools. Our exams are handwritten and many students are still encouraged to handwrite notes. There are some benefits to handwriting. It allows for thinking time which can assist in clearer writing and it gives students the space to be more creative as it slows down the process. While it is crucial to be computer literate a blended approach to writing must be adopted by schools in order to allow students the benefits of both approaches. 

A tablet computer, where students can handwrite, are a good option for note taking too, but less useful for writing essays and longer texts.

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Will Technology Benefit Very Young Children?

Will Technology Benefit Very Young Children? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Technology literacy is important to the economic and educational future of the next generation.
Scientists and educators in the U.S.
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VoA Learning English - Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide

VoA Learning English - Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
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Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwidei ▶ ▶ || 0:00:00 ... ⇱ MP3 - 5.9MB MP3 - 2.9MB ...
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BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / Are computers making us dumb?

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'Slack attitudes to spelling will lead to slack literacy skills' - Telegraph

'Slack attitudes to spelling will lead to slack literacy skills' - Telegraph | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Far from trying to eradicate inconsistencies in English spelling, we should be celebrating them, argues Boarding School Beak
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Thinking of moving abroad? Here are the cheapest and most expensive countries

Thinking of moving abroad? Here are the cheapest and most expensive countries | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The below inforgraphic shows the cheapest and most expensive places to live in out of 119 countries in comparison with prices found in New York.
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Eight ideas that changed the history of Western music

Eight ideas that changed the history of Western music | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
From pre-historic times to the present day, music has been constantly developing. BBC Culture picks eight moments that changed the course of its history.
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The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe
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Farage v the facts: the truth about foreign doctors

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Nigel Farage has stated that GPs’ poor language skills and overseas training are political scandals. He clearly has a lot to learnDo you have trouble understanding your doctor’s English? No? Well, apparently some people do.
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Impossible? Giving for nothing - Lily Cole's social network ambition

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The model and actress Lily Cole has been running her own social network, Impossible, for a year. The site allows people to ask for something they need, or offer what they can give for free - without expecting anything in return

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How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

How Much of You Does Facebook Own? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
 
If you use Facebook, your friends might have posted an update saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. 
The message says, “The content of my profile contains private information.
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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

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A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 2014 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, December 20, 2014 5:03 AM

What fun.