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  • Uniforms... Good Or Bad?

    Well the answer entirely depends on age, country norms and whether one is a parent or guardian of a school going child or adolescent. For parents, the answer to whether uniform is a good or bad idea seems to be an overwhelming...

  • Try Try Again

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – William Edward Hickson Perseverance is key in language learning. You have to keep trying and like most things practice makes perfect. Mistakes are part of...

  • The Case for the Visual Learner!

    It is not news that ‘learning styles’ differ among students. A learning style describes a person’s natural, habitual and preferred way of taking in, processing and retaining new data. Depending on what one reads there are a...

  • Why Learning English is Essential in Today's World

    English has official or special status in at least 75 countries, covering circa 2 billion people. English is predominantly spoken as a first language by roughly 375 million people. Countries where English is used a first language...

  • What Age Should Formal Schooling Begin?

    Different countries have different ages for starting schooling with many kids been packed off to formal schooling at the tender age of 2 (officially still kindergarten, but run like ‘big’ school, the gold standard in many...

  • Curious about how many countries have English as a primary language?

    Have a glance at the list below which shows all countries where English is the most spoken language: Ø Antigua and Barbuda Ø Australia Ø Bahamas Ø Barbados Ø Belize...

  • Grouping Students by Ability

    Should students be grouped by ability? Grouping by ability or ‘streaming’ became unfashionable some time ago in many schools and education systems; that trend is now turning back again and in my opinion for very good reasons. What...

  • Simple Steps to Help Boys Succeed at School.

    1. Give more breaks in the school day. Boys need to be on the move, OFTEN! Regular, unstructured play, like 10 minutes in each hour (as happens in Japan) is ideal for boys in particular. This is also great for the girls too...

  • Growing Up

    “One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried,...

  • Is it ok to fail?

    Which is worse, failing or never trying? What do you think? Photo courtesy of graur codrin/FreeDigitalPhotos.net