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"Why should I bother to learn a foreign language?"

"Why should I bother to learn a foreign language?"

(Posted on 05/02/20)

Throughout the last decade or more teaching foreign languages in the UK, I have often come across the argument, “But sir, everyone speaks English, so why should I bother to learn a foreign language, e.g. French or Spanish?”As a bona fide professional, I smile and aim to debunk this pervasive myth with articulate logic and irrefutable evidence.While no one can deny that English is indeed...

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(Posted on 05/02/20)

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"One man's trash is..."

"One man's trash is..."

(Posted on 29/01/20)

When you upgraded your iPhone 6 to the 7 plus or the X, where did your old device go? Maybe it was placed into the ‘bits & bobs drawer’ - This is the abyss of old AA batteries and Nokia 3310s from the good old days. Maybe you threw it in the bin, and this would have made its way to one of the 500+ landfill sites in the UK. Perhaps you considered recycling the phone at a collection...

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Sustainability

Sustainability

(Posted on 20/01/20)

'Sustainable' has become a very popular word in recent times. The word lines the packaging of food, hits the headlines and flashes up on our screens. But what is sustainability and what does it have to do with you and me?First of all what is sustainability? Sustainability ensures our species' survival. It requires us to stop using resources and food faster than we can replenish it. If we don&rsquo...

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Why you should spend 20 minutes a day reading

Why you should spend 20 minutes a day reading

(Posted on 12/01/20)

It would be very easy for me to sit here and list reasons as to why everyone should dedicate twenty minutes a day to reading: It improves your imaginationIt improves your language and grammarIt makes you a better writerIt improves your self-discipline It encourages cultural knowledge.....The list could go on! My love of literature first appeared when I was a young teenager and I fell...

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A Growth mindset in Maths - Daryl Goodwin

A Growth mindset in Maths - Daryl Goodwin

(Posted on 06/01/20)

What is the first thing you think of when you see this?ARRRRRRRGHHH! However all of the steps required to prove the quadratic formula are skills that most people are taught by year 10. Granted the above proof is not easy but there are steps that are recognisable to a large cohort of students.It is the same with answering exam questions. Students often say to me ‘I don’t get it!&rsquo...

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