April 11, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Explore the world of Robin Hood

Say the name Robin Hood, and a series of ideas, images and connotations immediately come to mind. Try it in class as a brainstorming activity and let you students give you words they think of when they hear the name. … Continue reading

March 29, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Theme-based lessons for teens: Into the woods

Trees and forests are magical places in literature with a powerful symbolism. Apart from their essential role in our environment, they also have special significance in mythologies and cultures all over the world. A good way to learn about their environmental and … Continue reading

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