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Review: Short and sheep


In a terrifying online world of Peppa Pig porn and terrorist recruitment videos, Learning Time with Timmy is a reassuring YouTube series for young learners of English, Irena Barker writes

Learning Time with Timmy (online tv series),
British Council with Aardman

Since Aardman’s stop-animation characters Wallace and Gromit first launched their rocket to the moon in 1989’s Grand Day Out, they have become national treasures in the UK and international superstars.

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Blending in


Wayne Trotman reviews a book outlining a sensible approach to blended or ‘flipped’ learning

Best Practices for Blended Learning,
Pete Sharma and Barney Barrett
ISBN: 978-1-911028-84-0
Pavillion Publishing

The authors of this title point out early on how the term ‘blended learning’ (BL) seems to mean all things to some and perhaps nothing to others.

The general consensus, however, is that BL combines traditional face-to-face classroom teaching with an online component.

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Review: Find your way into research


Language teachers are the target for a book which seeks to demystify action research, writes Wayne Trotman.

A Handbook for Exploratory Action Research,
By Richard Smith and Paula Rebolledo. British Council Publications,
ISBN: 978-0-86355-885-6
Download from https://tinyurl.com/ycpjqumh 

For most foreign language teachers, the notion of ‘research’ calls to mind people in white coats sat in poorly-lit rooms on university campuses analysing huge amounts of numerical data.

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