October 27, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Five new classics to explore 2: Sherlock Holmes and the Stolen Jewels

When we open a classical novel, we open the door to multiple worlds (historical, geographical, literary, psychological and philosophical) to explore. It is exciting to see what each title means to us, who the author is, how the books were … Continue reading

February 16, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Transformation Stories and Activities for Your Teen Classes

With the growing number of performances related to Shakespeare this year, it is easy to come across A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Watching this play in my local theatre recently I inevitably started thinking about transformations in literature. I soon realized that many of my favourite … Continue reading

January 7, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Hooked on Books: Alan Pulverness on bringing literature into the language class

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 … Continue reading

December 17, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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The 12 Helbling Readers of 2015

We published a dozen new titles in 2015, and it’s time to revisit them. We have published The Thinking Train, a great new series of stories that activate thinking skills in young learners, five new classics for young learners, five classics … Continue reading

September 10, 2015
by Frances Mariani
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Serialisations in the language class

What is serialisation? And why are we telling you about it? In a previous blog we defined serialised stories as ‘series’, similar to our television series today. Serialised novels typically have lots of chapters and an exciting plot with lots … Continue reading