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Out of the box: Know your funsultant from your cruffin


English is a fast-evolving language and it pays to keep up to date with the latest new words and phrases. Word-lover and journalist Adam Jacot de Boinod does the legwork for English teachers trying to keep up.

Every year new words slip effortlessly into unofficial, informal English. Invariably, to stand the test of time and to find their way into the official dictionaries, they need to catch on. This is most likely if they incorporate brevity, wit or inventiveness rather than simply be a profanity or vulgarism.

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The new British empire


Setting up a branch abroad used to be an activity for only the bravest, boldest and best resourced independent schools in the UK, Irena Barker writes. 

Harrow School, alma mater of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch and prime minister Winston Churchill, was the first to plant its flag in foreign lands – opening a campus in Bangkok, Thailand in 1998. It now has a ‘chain’ of four international schools in East Asia.

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The moist hated words in the English language


Claudia Civinini writes

Is there a reason why people hate the word ‘moist’? Research says there is – and it has to do with its semantics more than its sound.
With social media periodically bringing up the topic, we decided to dig for the evidence.

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Bilinguals better at recognising voices

Lucélia Ribeiro Sandy

Claudia Civinini writes

Bilingualism is known to give children many advantages, but a new one has been added to the list.

A new piece of research has revealed that bilingual children are better than their monolingual counterparts at recognising voices.

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Point of View: The great disruptor

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Virtual reality technology could bring top-quality education to millions of learners, argues Mark Steed

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