While we think of languages as rather quicksilver affairs, subject to rapid change, grammar in fact, changes slowly. We might add new words with gay abandon; but we do not, for example, add pronou ..
A new year, and what are we to do? This year, of all years, the appetite for energetic re-invention is in severe abeyance, for all sorts of reasons too obvious to mention. Do we really want to bet ..
As one year draws to a close, and a new one springs into existence, most of us will naturally be turning our thoughts to the coming year. Unfortunately, if 2016 is anything to go by, man ..
Quite a few of our students come to Oxford in order to prepare for an English exam, IELTS being by far the most popular. Getting a good result in IELTS can have a significant impact on ..
I was asked directions a few days ago, for the first time in a long time – a young man stopped me as I was leaving the school, wanting to know how to get to St. John’s College. He was a bit nervy, ..
The drone armies will soon be with us, bringing peace and cheer to all men, and I look forward to the day when I have to lay out a landing strip for my ..
Oxford Festival of Light
The Christmas light festival kicks off the festive season in Oxford and runs over three days. It includes a range of unique festive and cultural ..
All languages make use of idiomatic phrases as a regular feature, whether spoken or written, so of course whenever you set out to learn a foreign language, such as English, you will be faced w ..
Most students at OISE Oxford choose to stay with a host family during their course and, if they are new to the experience, it is not unusual for them to feel a little apprehensive befo ..
I sometimes show my students the scene from Apollo 13 in which the hapless astronauts attempt to build an adaptor to fit a round CO2 filter into a square hole. They have to tear and rip various th ..
"Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead.
There grew an old apple tree over his head.
The apples were ripe and ready to fall.
There came an old woman and gathered them all,
Oliver rose and gave ..
Which teacher does not suffer a little preparation anxiety? We all over-prepare, take too much along with us, have stuff up our sleeves. Just in case.
In case of what? You would thin ..