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A Summary of Guide 2018free21 February 2019

This page provides a very concise summary of the key elements of the 2018 Subject Guide. This is basically a check-list in note form, in order to give an overview - it is essential to read the Subject... more

Human ingenuity unit: Innovation in technologyfree21 February 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing unit plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts... more

Identity unit: Beliefs & valuesfree14 February 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts or explorations.... more

Basic formal letterfree14 February 2019

The best way to teach Formal Letters is to be quite straightforward: it is the most conventional of writing types, it has a set of simple rules, and this is what you do. That said, the writing of formal... more

Orals: what's expected?8 February 2019

What exactly will be involved in the new Oral Interviews, for first examination in 2020? Many teachers are wondering about this, particularly because of deciding how exactly they should be preparing their... more

Mixed metaphors 2 February 2019

Metaphors are useful because they communicate ideas in fresh and original ways. Indeed, new combinations of words naturally mean new combinations of ideas - if we're surprised by the expression, we're... more

Practising Paper 12 February 2019

.Examples of the various types of question used in Paper 1 are scattered around the site, usually in the handouts provided to support texts for reading.The listing below gives you links so that you can... more

Weird proverbs2 February 2019

Proverbs are supposed to contain the wisdom of ages - but do they? The same thing can apply to commonplaces, cliches, popular sayings... but I would suggest that there are subtle differences between the... more

Negative globalization 1 February 2019

Sharing the downsides? ... that everything is becoming 'global' is now a trite cliché, a statement of the obvious - but all the more reason to examine exactly what is involved. We don't have to accept... more

On nationalism 25 January 2019

Do nations share? ... perhaps the nation state is the biggest stumbling-block in the development of the concept of 'sharing the planet' - after all, each nation sees itself as unique and more important... more