January 27, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Themes in fiction for teens and adults 1: Houses and homes

This is a new series which takes a theme-based approach to the teen and adult reading class. In our first post we’ll take a look at houses and homes in 15 classic novels. We have already approached this theme in the primary … Continue reading

January 18, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Theme-based lessons for young learners 1: Houses and homes

Among the various approaches to content-based instruction and content and language integrated learning (CLIL) some of the most effective ones seem to be theme-based and language-driven. It means that content becomes ‘the vehicle for language learning’,  opposed to content-driven approaches, in … Continue reading

December 20, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Key Figures in Education 3: Kieran Egan

In this series we introduce key figures in education, and take a look at pivotal areas of their thinking. Educational research draws on research from a number of fields, and these in turn influence our approaches to designing our lessons and … Continue reading

October 11, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Language and CLIL Projects for World Food Day

‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.’ World Food Day, an event promoted by the United Nations’ World Agricultural Organisation is held on October 16th. This year’s theme revolves around climate change and agriculture. How can we approach this theme … Continue reading

June 30, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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5 New Thinking Train Titles: Picture books for the English class

We are excited about the five new titles in The Thinking Train series. The success of the first series of five books, which were nominated for the ELTons 2016 Awards in the Innovation in Learner Resources category, tells us that picture … Continue reading