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English Ideas

The English Ideas Project is on on-going project to develop better English language teaching.

New School Year: The First Lesson 28/08/2023

My new Substack post is about an idea for first lessons, as the 1st of September is coming soon, and the start of the new school year here.

New School Year: The First Lesson Something to do in your first lesson

Reflect, then Act 07/08/2023

My latest Substack post is about continuing professional development for teachers. Please share.

Reflect, then Act Continuing Professional Development for Teachers

Walking the CEFR Backwards 12/02/2023

A new SubStack article for our subscribers, which examines how we need to approach the CEFR.

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Walking the CEFR Backwards Originally published: Keynote article: The CEF: walking ‘can do’ backwards in Modern English Teacher October 2011 The CEF: walking can do backwardsThe English Ideas Project Substack is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subs...

More Thoughts on ChatGPT 02/02/2023

A new article on ChatGPT for our subscribers.

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More Thoughts on ChatGPT ChatGPT is best thought of as an information compiler. It responds to requests by putting together the information, data, facts and figures, and people's opinions it has read into coherently organized and grammatically correct text. This output is the smart bit. It is pretty impressive compared to o...

18/01/2023

The English Ideas Project now has a Substack. You can subscribe for free. Or become a paid subscriber (which would be great!).

The Substack makes it easier to keep in touch with you, as new articles are sent directly to your inbox if you subscribe.

The Substack will be looking at all aspects of teaching and learning.

https://robertbuckmaster.substack.com

09/01/2023

There has been a lot of, er, chatter about the OpenchatGPT, which can be found here: https://openchatgpt.co/

On YouTube, social media and in the blogosphere, there has been a lot of angst and doom mongering about this chat bot, as well as schemes how to use it to make a quick buck. Lawyers, doctors and artists now feel threatened by AI when they had previously thought that their highly skilled and credentialed jobs would be safe and the people most at risk would be in the lower orders.

Read more at: ww.englishideas.org/opencatgpt/

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Testing Ideas – The English Ideas Project 26/12/2022

There is a new testing article on the Testing Ideas page of the English Ideas Project, discussing Integrated Scenario-based Competency Tests. Please share.

Testing Ideas – The English Ideas Project Testing Ideas Testing is an interesting and challenging area for teachers. Constructing tests is not a task to be undertaken lightly. It is easy to create tests which do not have face or content validity, do not test what they purport to test and are unreliable. Article 1 This article discusses a Ca...

Teaching Uniformed Personnel – The English Ideas Project 02/12/2022

Issue 12 of the free Teaching Uniformed personnel magazine is now available from English Ideas.

Teaching Uniformed Personnel – The English Ideas Project Teaching Uniformed Personnel A Free Quarterly Magazine for Military, Police and Border Guard Teachers. Teaching Uniformed Personnel is a free quarterly magazine written especially for teachers of army, navy and air force personnel, police officers and border guards. The Magazine is a free electronic...

Testing Ideas – The English Ideas Project 29/11/2022

I have just uploaded an article which analyses a supposed C1 level essay provided by a certain well-known examination board. Is it really C1?

It is available for free on the testing Ideas page.

Testing Ideas – The English Ideas Project Testing Ideas Testing is an interesting and challenging area for teachers. Constructing tests is not a task to be undertaken lightly. It is easy to create tests which do not have face or content validity, do not test what they purport to test and are unreliable. Article This article discusses a Camb...

Thoughts on Grammar Dictation – The English Ideas Project 24/11/2022

We've added a Thought about Grammar Dictation to the English Ideas project.

Thoughts on Grammar Dictation – The English Ideas Project Thoughts on Grammar Dictation © Robert A. Buckmaster 2022 Grammar Dictation or Dictagloss is a fantastic but neglected technique. Oxford English published a book called Grammar Dictation by Ruth Wajnryb, way back in the 1980s. This book is worth searching for. Grammar Dictation (GD) is such a usefu...

Materials for High School Teachers – The English Ideas Project 24/11/2022

We've updated the Materials for High School Teachers page on the English Ideas Project.

Materials for High School Teachers – The English Ideas Project Materials for High School Teachers On this page you will find an advanced curriculum, methodological articles, links to texts, lesson materials, plans and ideas. An Advanced Curriculum An Advanced Level (C1) Core Syllabus (forthcoming) Course Planning (forthcoming) The Latvian Higher Level High Scho...

Teaching Uniformed Personnel – The English Ideas Project 30/09/2022

The September issue of Teaching Uniformed Personnel Magazine has just been sent to subscribers.

Teaching Uniformed Personnel – The English Ideas Project Teaching Uniformed Personnel A Free Quarterly Magazine for Military, Police and Border Guard Teachers Teaching Uniformed Personnel is a free quarterly magazine written especially for teachers of army, navy and air force personnel, police officers and border guards. The Magazine is a free electronic....

02/08/2022

The English Ideas project has just published An Active Study Notebook for English language learners, with a language guide and note pages to complete.

The Notebook has a self-assessment page, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference. The Language Guide covers word classes, the noun phrase, time phrases, verb phrases, the key verbs: do, get, give, go, have, put, take and turn, modal verbs, conditionals (seven of them), sentence analysis, idioms, binomials and metaphors. In the Guide there are pages for learners to collect their own examples. There is advice on how to exploit texts to identify new language, and key word pages to collect collocations and phrases associated with words the learners identify as important for them.

There are also topic vocabulary pages to collect language around different topics of interest. The Skills section looks at the language of presentations, meetings, reports, letters, telephoning and questions, again with space for learners to add their own examples of useful language. Finally, there is a list of irregular verbs.

The Notebook is available from all Amazon stores.

Thoughts on Unintended Consequences – The English Ideas Project 28/03/2022

Thoughts on the unintended consequences of some of the rules we use.

http://www.englishideas.org/thoughts-on-unintended-consequences/

Thoughts on Unintended Consequences – The English Ideas Project Thoughts on Unintended Consequences All decisions have consequences, intended or otherwise. The same is true for the decisions we make in teaching. If we spend a lot of time doing gap fills in class, our learners will think that doing gap fills is a key exercises. We should what we think is importan...

Thoughts on Pearson’s Machines (and their Humans too) – The English Ideas Project 17/03/2022

A new Thought piece on Pearson English language tests:

http://www.englishideas.org/pearsons-machines-and-their-humans-too/

Thoughts on Pearson’s Machines (and their Humans too) – The English Ideas Project Thoughts on Pearson’s Machines (and their Humans too) Pearson, the very large publisher, have moved into English language testing in a big way, throwing a lot of money at the problem, and providing stiff competition to the likes of Cambridge and IELTS. About their PTE Academic exam, they say: ‘P...

Thoughts on Exam Writing Tasks: Letters and Emails – The English Ideas Project 10/03/2022

The English Ideas website has been revamped to make it more mobile friendly.

And we have a new Thought article up about answering email and letter tasks in exams.

Thoughts on Exam Writing Tasks: Letters and Emails – The English Ideas Project Thoughts on Exam Writing Tasks: Letters and Emails In this Thought we will look at how to answer letter and e-mail tasks in English language exams. IF4Ws This acronym represents the points you should consider when planning to write a letter or email task. They stand for: Let’s look at a task and s...

English Insider IELTS GT Task 1 Final 14/02/2022

We have a new video up on YouTube looking at the IELTS General Training Writing Task 1.

This is also useful for school students who have to write a letter for their final exam at school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g8DMWR3d5I

English Insider IELTS GT Task 1 Final In this video we look at the IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 and show you the secrets of how to understand the questions. This is essential if you want...

TUP Magazine 07/02/2022

The December 2021 and January 2022 issues of Teaching Uniformed Personnel have been sent to subscribers. The December issue was about Listening, while the January issue was about Testing.

http://www.englishideas.org/TUPMag.html

TUP Magazine Teaching Uniformed Personnel is a free quarterly magazine written especially for teachers of army, navy and air force personnel, police officers and border guards.

English Ideas Sentence Analysis 1 09/11/2021

We have just started adding sentence analysis videos to our new YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/flYQ1yBU0B4

English Ideas Sentence Analysis 1 This video shows you how to label the phrases and word classes of a sample sentence, and how to draw a dependency diagram for the sentenceThe sentence is: M...

10/09/2021

A recent headline could be understood in two ways:

'Lindsey Lohan bitten by snake in Thailand.'

Think about it for a moment and see the picture for the analysis.

27/07/2021

A new book for teachers from the English Ideas Project.

The English Noun Phrase: A Handbook for Teachers

The English noun phrase is the most complex part of English grammar. Noun phrases may be single word nouns and pronouns or multi-element noun phrase complexes which can contain a huge range of sub-elements. Noun phrases can include determiners, adverbs, adjectives, nouns modifying nouns, and compounds, relative clauses, prospective-to clauses, do-ing clauses, done clauses, prepositional phrases, and noun content clauses. All these elements are used to help make the noun understandable and the reference clear, and to give essential information about the noun. This book explores the intricacies of the noun phrase, with a special focus on the complexities of determiners and post-nominal modification, and helps you improve your understanding of both simple and complex noun phrases. It then shows you ten techniques you can use with learners of all levels to improve their understanding and production of noun phrases. The book includes photocopiable materials for you to use in class with intermediate + learners.

http://www.englishideas.org/books.html

17/05/2021

English has a set of expressions which can mean the exact opposite of their literal meaning. These include: 'Surprise, surprise!' , 'Shock horror!' and 'Big deal.'

TUP Magazine 17/05/2021

Issue six of Teaching Uniformed Personnel has now been sent to subscribers.

http://www.englishideas.org/TUPMag.html

TUP Magazine Teaching Uniformed Personnel is a free quarterly magazine written especially for teachers of army, navy and air force personnel, police officers and border guards.

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