Latest updates

YouTube & Innocence10 December 2015

I actually set out to write this page about the video 'Innocence of Muslims', posted on YouTube, which caused a major controversy in September 2012. This video, or rather reactions towards it, remains... more

Women & Facebook10 December 2015

Here's a topic that surely will be relevant to a lot of your students! It doesn't just involve the whole issue of how Facebook enables new ways of presenting yourself to the world, there is also the underlying... more

Student internet wordnet10 December 2015

What do we get from the internet? The amount of stuff you can find on the internet is absolutely enormous - but surely we would recognise that it is not all equally useful or valuable. How do we decide... more

Age on the internet10 December 2015

This page principally proposes a writing activity - practising how to incorporate quotations in an article - but it may also be used to raise a number of ethical issues about how the internet should be... more

Obama at Tucsonfree10 December 2015

There are moments when language changes life - when the course of events is changed by choosing the right words at the right moment.It would appear that such a moment happened on Wednesday 12 January... more

Fantasies8 November 2015

James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939) is a classic short story which encapsulates, in just over 2000 words, a fundamental element of human psychology - the ability to fantasize. more

Stone Cold31 October 2015

..'Stone Cold' by Robert Swindells is a mystery coming-of-age novel that explores homelessness in the streets of London through the experiences of Link, the 17-year-old protagonist. Depicting parent/children... more

The lit.text, analysed27 September 2015

A standard part of the design of Paper 1 is that one text is chosen to be more challenging than the others, in that it will require more sophisticated reading through the use of subtle inference skills.... more

Internet Apocalypse22 September 2015

Petra Lonka teaches IB English B and English as a foreign language at Kannaksen lukio/Kannas Upper Secondary School/ IB DP programme in Lahti, Finland.Wayne Gladstone, a columnist for explores... more

The tasks toolkit22 September 2015

Assuming that the concept categories in the PNCCPS framework ( see Literary study tasks ​) are our general teaching targets, how do we get the students to understand them, and to apply them as analytical... more