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Orals: what's expected?free18 June 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

Experiences unit: war and peacefree18 June 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

How to write goodfree11 June 2019

I found the following witty little list on the internet, in the form of an anonymous photograph of something found "on a fridge in Hull". I have shortened the original list slightly, dropping out items... more

Sharing the planet unit: Too late?29 May 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

Listening exam #128 May 2019

This is a complete exam, following the pattern of the new Listening Component. I would immediately point out that it is in no way an 'official' example. I have not seen the specifications in instructions... more

Skim reading...new normal22 May 2019

The evolution of ingenuity ... The use of language is ingenuity in action. The selection of words, the organisation of ideas, the adjustment to audience and context - all of these require the constantly... more

On nationalism 7 May 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

Oral IA Criteria, unpacked7 May 2019

Here are the Oral IA Criteria organised by bullet-point, in order to make the range of values as clear as possible. Note that:HL and SL distinctions - In Criterion A Language, there is mainly a 'one-step'... more

Twitter, brevity & wit30 April 2019

"Brevity is the soul of wit" says Polonius in Hamlet, and for once the pompous old bore got it right! The principle of 'wit' is to be clever, succinctly - and the more succinct the sharper the impact.... more

Leaflets & pamphlets16 April 2019

Brochures, handouts, fliers, pamphlets, leaflets, call them what you will ... what they all have in common is that they should be concise and communicate efficiently. The ability to write succinctly and... more