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The word gap; challenges, impact and how to bridge the gap!

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” – Wittgenstein By now I’m sure you have heard of the word gap and how learners’ limited vocabulary in mainstream upper-primary and secondary education has a negative impact on overall performance in the classroom....

Why challenge is good for building language competence

We asked Antonia Clare and Steve Oakes, co-authors of Speakout 2nd Edition, for their thoughts on challenge. This is what they said: A lot of people are afraid of challenge. They avoid it, and prefer to play it safe and stick to the status quo. After all, challenging...
5 academic skills to prepare your students for higher education

5 academic skills to prepare your students for higher education

Studying abroad in an English-speaking country is a fantastic opportunity for your students to use their language skills in real-world situations and give their confidence a boost. But how can we help prepare them for success, so that they can really benefit from...
Preparing learners for the world of work using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

Preparing learners for the world of work using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

If there’s one thing all our learners have in common, it’s that they are going to graduate school or university and enter the world of work. As well as introducing our students to essential 21st century skills they’ll need to get ahead in life, we can also get them...

Raising English language standards: Japan case studies

In today’s globalized world being able to communicate effectively in English is more important than ever. If we take Japan for example – a country where previously there were relatively low levels of foreign visitors, little to no immigration and a tendency to keep...