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Stretch Competition | Oxford University Press Home Stretch Competition Welcome Welcome to the Stretch Presenting Skills Competition 2014-15! One of your students could win a two week scholarship to Regent Oxford, an English language school in Oxford. The Stretch Presenting Skills Competition encourages students to present in English. We are really looking forward to watching your presentations. Grand Prize 1 student wins: A two week English World scholarship at Regent Oxford, including flights, accommodation, and meals 1 teacher wins: Stretch classroom set The presentation topics all come from Stretch, a brand new, four-level, skills-driven series. The Stretch classroom set will give you: 25 Student Books with Online Practice access25 WorkbooksA Teacher’s Book with iTools Online accessClass Audio ProgramDVD with BBC Worldwide Learning videos Runner-up Prizes 3 students win: Oxford American Dictionary for learners for English 3 teachers win: Oxford University Press portfolio How to enter Entering the competition is simple. That's it! Rules

Networking - Life Skills Resources Social Networking: Infographic Do you know how many people use Facebook? Or what the most retweeted tweet is? Exploring how we keep connected in the online world, this infographic provides a snapshot of how social networking is used around the world. Download the infographic Lesson 15: Networking How can networking further your career? Download the lesson Lesson 16: Networking and Effective Communication Networking is important both on and offline and developing good interpersonal skills is vital to this. Download the lesson For Fun: Celebrity Squares Can you work out each of the names in our network? Download the puzzle For Fun: Emoticons Reading body language makes networking easier. Download the puzzle Onestopenglish Lesson 15: The office party Have you got the networking skills to navigate the office party? Download the lesson plan from onestopenglish Onestopenglish Lesson 16: Meeting people Meeting new people for the first time can be intimidating. Download the lesson plan from onestopenglish

The Life Skills Day - Macmillan English Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 2014 Life Skills Day! Watch the entire day of talks and workshops again and visit our current webinars schedule for more Macmillan online events. Workshops: Critical thinking, time management, and organisation are just a few of the life skills educationalists and employers claim today's students are lacking. Talks: While there is a lot of research around life skills, what evidence is there to suggest that teachers should put in time and effort to teach life skills in the classroom? Life Skills Day Schedule: 14.05.2014 10.00 – 10.30: Introduction 10.30 – 11.15: Emma-Sue Prince 11.30 – 12.15: Jeanne Perrett Lunch-break till 13.0013.00 – 13.45: Rebecca Robb Benne, Robert Campbell and Rob Metcalf14.00 – 14.45: Jonathan Marks 15.00 – 15.45: Dorothy Zemach 16.00 – 16.45: Life Skills with Macmillan Education16.45 – 17.00: Close Speakers Emma Sue Prince: Why are life skills important? Talk Download slides Download handout Practical Workshop Download slides

Lost Masterpiece Painting Found in the Background of 1999 Film 'Stuart Little' Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Geena Davis in 1999’s Stuart Little, with the mysterious missing painting in the background Though it only received lukewarm reviews from critics upon its 1999 release, it turns out that the children’s movie Stuart Little did contain at least one masterpiece. Gergely Barki, a researcher at the Hungarian national gallery, was watching Rob Minkoff’s family comedy with his daughter in 2009 when he noticed what appeared to be, remarkably, a famous missing painting by the Hungarian avant-garde artist Róbert Berény on the wall of the Little family home. Two years later, he finally received a response from a former production designer who worked on the film. A closer look at “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” "She had snapped it up for next to nothing in an antiques shop in Pasadena, California," Barki told Agence France-Presse, “thinking its avant-garde elegance was perfect for Stuart Little’s living room.”

Delta Professional Development Webinars This autumn you’re invited to a series of 6 free live professional development webinars with leading authors from our Delta Teacher Development Series and Photocopiable Series. All you need to participate is a computer and internet connection. Participants attending all 6 live webinars will receive a participation certificate. To receive a certificate participants will need to email by 31st January 2015, quoting the six passwords given in each webinar. Read on to find out more about each webinar, and simply click on the links to register to take part: Wednesday 1st October 4pm BST with Jason Anderson – Webinar recording now available here! Speaking Games – Learning to play As well as being great fun, I believe speaking games constitute one of the best opportunities for ‘authentic’ language use in both adult and teenage classrooms, promoting real communication in interaction between learners, interaction with the teacher and interaction with materials. Going Mobile

This awesome dissection of internet hyperbole will make you cry and change your life | Charlie Brooker The other day I was talking to a music fan who’d recently gone to see one of Kate Bush’s widely praised live appearances. Naturally I was keen to hear a first-hand account of this era-defining event, so I asked what it was like. “The first half was great,” she said. “But the second half got a bit boring.” Well that was jarring. For weeks I’d been told by seemingly everyone on the internet that witnessing Kate Bush live was a life-changing event; a transformative experience of staggering magnitude. And make no mistake, the person I’d spoken to was a bona fide Kate Bush fan herself, yet one who described feeling so disconnected from the feverish level of excitement and sense of occasion other audience members were displaying – even on their way in, before a note had been sung – she was left feeling almost like an imposter. But maybe the praise reached deranged heights because nothing’s allowed to simply be “very good” or even “great” any more. It’s enough to make you weep.

Learned Optimism: Martin Seligman on Happiness, Depression, and the Meaningful Life by Maria Popova What 25 years of research reveal about the cognitive skills of happiness and finding life’s greater purpose. “The illiterate of the 21st century,” Alvin Toffler famously said, “will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Our outlook on the world and our daily choices of disposition and behavior are in many ways learned patterns to which Toffler’s insight applies with all the greater urgency — the capacity to “learn, unlearn, and relearn” emotional behaviors and psychological patterns is, indeed, a form of existential literacy. Last week, Oliver Burkeman’s provocatively titled new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, prompted me to revisit an old favorite by Dr. Seligman begins by identifying the three types of happiness of which our favorite psychology grab-bag term is composed: The optimists and the pessimists: I have been studying them for the past twenty-five years. Share on Tumblr

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