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Using case studies with care

Gareth Davies showed us how case studies have travelled from the business school to the language classroom. While I recognize their value, I believe case studies need to be used with care.

Teaching and learning with video

This is the era of video. YouTube serves well over a billion views a day worldwide, sales of DVDs are booming, and the technology is developing rapidly with high definition flat screen TVs, Blu-Ray and 3-D.

The fear of the native speaker

Those of us who have taught foreign execs learn early on that they would far rather speak English with other non-native speakers than with an English person, or – heaven forbid – an American.

How can I teach students who know more than me?

Teaching English for Medical Purposes (EMP) to a class of trained or student doctors can be a daunting prospect.

Why it's important to mix business with pleasure

Socializing with your business contacts isn't just for fun - it can also make doing business a lot easier. How many business deals have been closed not in the boardroom, but in a restaurant or bar? Not everybody agrees with this, though. We look at some of the most common myths about socializing.

Changing the world

How much impact is the telecoms industry having on the way we live, and what does that mean for English across the world?

How to make progress with Advanced students

If advanced-level students think they're not making much progress, or they're struggling with motivation, it's time to try some new ideas.

Who's going to shoot the puppy?

Picture the scene: you're in a boardroom at a crisis meeting. The market is shrinking, profits are falling rapidly and jobs must go immediately. Staff need to be told. 'So,' someone asks. 'Who's going to shoot the puppy?

Talking all over the world

The spread of English and how it affects people.

ESP - You are not alone

For many newly qualified teachers - and some very experienced ones - the acronym ESP can be a bit scary.