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This website is a great resource for English Language B teachers. Lots of information and best of all, free resources to use in class! I also like the way it's very up-to-date... I can highly recommend it!

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This site is an invaluable resource of information both for starting teachers and experienced ones. It is always up-to-date with new additions in all exam components. One of the best things about this site however is the immediate contact with its curator...

Sadrina Vlachou, H.A.E.F (Psychico College), Greece

Our school has subscribed to InThinking English since we started our IB program in 2013. David provides excellent resources and sensible guidance which answers questions directly. As well as building program contents, there’s invaluable advice about...

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Nowt s'queer as folk

7 December 2018

When I was growing up in Yorkshire, the phrase above (Eng.trans: 'There is nothing so strange as people') was a commonplace, used as a coda... more

Howards End revisited

6 September 2018

I have just re-read E.M. Forster’s Howards End. I first read it at university, as part of the Cambridge LitCrit production line of 2/3 novels... more

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  • 11 Dec biba kodek
    New CUP Course Book
    Thank you, we will order it.
  • 11 Dec Noemi Tello
    Text types, explored
    Hi! As I read the new guide and saw the long list of texts suggested, I decided to take basically the same ones as we had it previously. I assume that the main thing is that we tackle all three text types: personal, professional and mass media....
  • 11 Dec Noemi Tello
    NEW Grade boundary chart
    Thank you David! I had made a chart for my own, and I am pleased that most of it was just as the one you created. I´m curious how everything will develop with the students...
  • 11 Dec David Ripley
    New CUP Course Book
    I contacted Brad Philpot, Biba, and he has provided me with a link to the recently published expanded Teachers Resource site - which I have added to the page above.
  • 11 Dec Carolyn Heard
    The Migrant's Tale
    Thanks, very helpful, David!
  • 11 Dec David Ripley
    EE checklists
    This sounds more like Cat.2B than anything, Catherine, if she is mainly interested in the impact of a historical event (WW2) on social values in US society. It would seem that 'Catcher in the Rye' would be used more as illustration than as...
  • 11 Dec Catherine Gallagher
    EE checklists
    Hi David. I have a student who wants to write about how WWII impacted Salinger's themes of loss of innocence and rebellion in The Catcher in the Rye and what this showed about a post wold US society. She is interested in the cultural impact...
  • 11 Dec biba kodek
    New CUP Course Book
    Hi, I like the new CUP book too. However, the teacher's resource pack includes only a sample on Citizens of the world unit. Do you think they will add the rest later on?
  • 10 Dec David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hmm... I think I understand what 'negation' means in general, but I'm not sure what it means in practice in this RQ - that CNN uses 'not' much of the time? And where would that take us? General thesis apart, some comments in detail: 1. As...
  • 10 Dec Jenni Grimshaw
    Extended Essay 2018
    My student has now changed her topic to that of the use of language in the media...obviously it still needs significant refining. Would something along the lines of ' An analysis of the use of negation in CNN news headlines in the post-Trump...
  • 10 Dec David Ripley
    Paper 2 Writing
    Tell them not to worry, Peter - yes, in theory there should be no detail which identifies the candidate, but examiners have so many scripts to mark, they are unlikely to pay any attention to whether addesses on invented letters are real or...
  • 10 Dec Peter Bennett
    Paper 2 Writing
    Hi David, my students ask about the appropriateness of adding identifying details in Paper 2. For example, a letter as text type/format would properly require the sender's and possibly recipient's address at the top, (with flexibility for...