Who needs dictionaries? Are they going the way of the dodo?

Michael Rundell explores the future of dictionaries. In this seminar he discusses the idea that dictionaries are going the same way as encyclopedias. In just a few years most activity has moved from paper to electronic media and for pedagogical dictionaries, whose users are mostly young and therefore digital natives, the switch from old to new media is even more advanced. Is there any future for dictionaries?


Free flashcards website

Here is a great free flashcards website. While not all teachers use flash cards, they can be useful for some levels and for creating custom activities for your class:


Here’s also a great video that explains how to use the website and what amazing things you can do with the free flashcards (including downloading a .pdf file for use in your class and for vocabulary review of adjectives, emotions, holidays, and actions, for example.)



Macmillan Interactive Webinars

There are many “webinars” that talk about specific subjects related to teaching. Here is a link to Macmillan, a publisher with links to webinars. What is particularly interesting about this website is its use of Java’s “Blackboard Collaborate,” which is special software that enables the webinar. What is a webinar? Basically an online seminar. It’s professional development that you can watch when it’s most convenient for you.


When you click “view,” (to watch the webinar) you will need to click the “keep” button in the bottom left-hand corner of your browser to download “Blackboard Collaborate.” It’s like a webinar version of Skype where people from around the world who have registered can comment and ask questions. If you want to try out a live webinar, Kate Pickering is doing one on the 7th of November:

Beginners in English, Experts in Life

All too often low level coursebooks (and teachers) start off from the premise that there is a strong correlation between students’ linguistic limitations and their general intelligence. The session – by one of the authors of Global Beginner and Elementary – will look at different ways to support low level students’ learning while recognising and incorporating their real-world expertise.

You’ll have to register to participate at this link:    macmillanelt.eventbrite.com

How to do it:

Step 1: Click on the REGISTER button next to the webinar(s) you would like to attend, and fill in your name, email and country. Keep the email confirmation we send you safe – it has the link to the webinar in it.

Step 2: On the date of the live Webinar click on the link in your confirmation email up to 30 mnutes before the start time. When the Blackboard Collaborate session launches, you will be asked to enter your name (and country if you wish) so that the moderator knows your identity.