Reading Time: 5 minutesCritical thinking is often associated with teaching students at higher language levels. Perhaps it’s because the kinds of problem-solving tasks which are associated with critical thinking require a level of English at Intermediate or above. Maybe it’s also that the kind of language used to describe critical thinking skills includes
Reading Time: 2 minutesDid you miss TED Speaker Hetain Patel and ELT materials writer Lewis Lansford’s recent webinar? The good news is you can still watch it here on the In Focus blog. Read on to find out more about the talk, learn about the speakers and watch a recording of the live
Reading Time: 3 minutesA simple hack to control language level In the first post of this blog series TED Talks work for all levels: Try it!, I talked about how TED Talks can be used in the classroom for students at any level, as long as the activities that support them are level-appropriate.
Reading Time: 1 minuteListen to our interview with Dan Barber talking about how TED Talks really do make good English lessons and download Dan’s FREE lesson plan around Rana el Kaliouby’s TED Talk on an app that can read your emotions! Have you read Dan’s article here?
Reading Time: 3 minutesTED became popular around the same time as Twitter, so it may come as a surprise to the millions of enthusiastic fans to meet people who haven’t heard of it. TED Talks aren’t quite as ubiquitous as funny-cat videos but they provide an intelligent balance to that more frivolous side
Reading Time: 1 minuteListen to Tom Fast explain in more detail his guiding principles for teaching English and the three things he’s learned as a teacher! Have you read Tom’s article?
Reading Time: 6 minutesIn 2014, I started writing a textbook with National Geographic Learning that was part of a series for teens. For six months, before any writing took place, our team of authors and editors conducted lengthy discussions on the content and methodologies that would go into the books. This gave me
Reading Time: 1 minuteAt National Geographic Learning, we believe in the power of curiosity to fuel the desire to learn, which is why we use incredible photography and video to inspire that curiosity in the English language learning classroom. Learning to speak English as a foreign language has become an essential part of