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Our fond regards to ELT colleagues in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere.

Our careers in English Language Teaching and publishing have taken the Henry Brothers to some incredibly beautiful parts of the world but for John nothing matches a visit in 1997 to present a new primary course to teachers in a … Continue reading

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Subway hero – a true story (with activities for the ELT classroom)

This is an amazing and inspiring true story that we want to share with you. It’s a story that everyone should read (and below you can find clips of television news and interviews about the incident). We found it in … Continue reading

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ELT traveller’s tales – R. B. McKerrow in Japan, 1898

Cambridge scholar R. B. McKerrow told a funny story from the time he spent teaching English in Tokyo from 1897 to 1900, where he also learnt Japanese, wrote a textbook on English phonology (in Japanese), and had his own printing … Continue reading

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How to write a school play – an example from the late 1500s

In the Times Literary Supplement of July 1st Shakespeare Institute lecturer Martin Wiggins reports that the Elizabethan Club of Yale University has recently acquired the manuscript of Oedipus – a play for schoolchildren written in the late 16th century (the … Continue reading

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How I Met Myself – a reflection on the use of graded readers in ELT….

When Cambridge University Press began publishing graded readers in the late 90s we took a decision not to sell the abridged versions of classic or popular novels that were the bulk of most publishers’ lists. We chose instead to make … Continue reading

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“Capability” Brown – landscape gardener. And role model for teachers.

The train from London Stansted Airport to Cambridge passes the 17th century country house of Audley End, at one time a palace of King Charles II. Today the house is open to the public and in summer there are picnics … Continue reading

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Describing the kangaroo: poetry in the ELT classroom

“Poetry is a form of writing that, among other things, deliberately employs puzzles as a means of engaging the reader in the pleasure of solving them.” (Poet and critic John Fuller in his new book “Who is Ozymandias? And other … Continue reading

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