October 12, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Meet the illustrator: Sara Menetti

What is it like to illustrate classic literature? How does an artist approach famous novels like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility? We talked to Sara Menetti, illustrator of these two beloved classic texts to share insights … 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

January 13, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Colour your days and your reading: a literary colour quiz

Do you ever feel blue? Do you easily see the silver lining? Have you ever felt green with envy? Colours convey so many different feelings and meanings that we could easily dedicate a series of lessons to English phrases and idioms … Continue reading

September 15, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Hooked on Books: Illustrating the Classics with Viola Niccolai

In this series of interviews we talk to teachers, ELT writers, visual artists and researchers about the importance of using literature in the language classroom. Together they have over a hundred years of experience in teaching and writing so they can definitely … 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