A year in review – Part 3

Sarah Stokes

As we come to the end of 2018, we’d like to take a look back at some of our favourite blog posts from the year here on the World of Better Learning.  We’ve seen a great year of helpful resources, insights and ideas shared right here from teachers across the world.  We’ve shared over 250 articles this year so it’s difficult to narrow it down to just five of my favourites, but here goes…

How long does it take to learn a language?

This post from our Director of ELT Research, Ben Knight, was very popular when it was published here on our World of Better Learning blog in October.  While there is no single answer to the question in the title, Ben shares recent findings from his research team, with a downloadable paper.


An interview with the UK’s first Global Teacher Prize Winner

Alongside the world’s biggest teacher survey, which we conducted earlier this year, we spoke to the Global Teacher Prize winner Andria Zafirakou.  She spoke to us about the challenges of her role, what inspired her to become a teacher, and what her goals are for the next few years.


How can we use virtual reality to teach English?

We’ve had a number of different posts on the blog this year related to virtual reality, showing that it is a hot topic for teachers wanting to incorporate new technologies in to the classroom.  In this article, from a 4-part series by Paul Driver, he covers example activities for use with language learners.  Is virtual reality something you’ve tried in your classroom?


Dikembe Mutombo on his journey to becoming multilingual

At the start of this year, we were lucky enough to interview internationally renowned NBA star, Dikembe Mutombo to find out how he ended up speaking multiple languages.  In the video interview, Dikembe tells us more about his life, his tips for learning new languages and why being multilingual has been vital for his career.


Advice on inspiring teachers’ professional development

This article is written by our teacher training and development team, and discusses a free downloadable whitepaper on the seven key principles that provide the basis of continuous professional development.  The principles, based on the acronym INSPIRE, and devised by co-authors Silvana Richardson and Gabriel Diaz Maggioli form a key part of our teacher development courses here at Cambridge.  We interviewed both authors at IATEFL to find out their aims when writing the whitepaper, how they work together and how they continue their own professional development.  Watch the video interview and download the whitepaper to find out more.

We have a huge range of insights, techniques and tools available on our World of Better Learning blog, and we’ll continue to provide even more next year!  Find out which articles Julia from our marketing team has chosen in our next Year in Review.

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