The young German student looked confused. “So, when the English say ‘we agree with you up to a point, but ...’, they really mean ‘we don’t agree with you’,” he was trying to clarify in ..
The Southbank Centre, synonymous with cultural diversity has once again drawn on its heritage as a festive site to promote the arts in all its forms. The annual festival is home to live music, ..
I often talk to my students about how to discuss likelihood and express probability and odds in English, and I usually tell them that likelihood and probability are synonyms, with likelihood bei ..
Do I want to be the best I can be? Well, sort of.
I was talking to one of my students earlier this week about productivity. She told me that when she returned to work after several years away ..
1) Be attentive to new language: write down that interesting phrasal verb from the conversation you ‘overhear’ in the bus, or that nice expression someone said on telly. For instance, ..
Oxford is well-known for its university, as well as for language learning. However, quite often, students who have been away from home for some time crave their local cuisine. Well, ..
It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange
The more things happen to you the more you can’t
Tell or remember even what they were.
The contradictions cover such a range. ..
As the veteran of expat teachers at Happy Chandara, I have been put in charge of guiding the new staff, including OISE’s newest recruits, Izzy and Henry, around the school. It’s been a us ..
I do not sing much as I work. This is perhaps marginally more of a relief to my students than to my co-workers – my students, after all, are paying for my presence; my co-workers are merely paying ..
It will quickly dawn on even the most linguistically incurious student that in terms of vocabulary, English is a mongrel tongue, a hodge-podge of Germanic and French and Latin etymologies ..
I wouldn’t describe OISE as an exam factory (and I have worked at one or two) but we get our share of candidates passing through. The exam, or level test, is the supreme quantifier of the age ..
I have blogged before (https://cambridgenoise.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/migration-patterns/) on the remarkable cuckoo-tagging project, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, noting ..