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Sham 69!

Welcome to Blog 69. It makes me remember Sham 69! For the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on vocabulary and how challenging it can be to acquire new words. (‘Lexical ítems’, as we call them in the business). Today I want to focus a little more on the person who’s learning the language, […]

By |March 18th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Welcome back real friends! (Not false ones, I trust!) So, I hope you enjoyed the poem and worked out some of the funnies. ‘A law suit’ is not the gown that a Judge wears in court and the word they were looking for wasn’t ‘toupee’ but ‘wig’. I also believe the oil men were ‘drilling’ […]

By |March 11th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Job Opportunity!

LEC (Paris) seeks, an experienced, TEFL qualified, dynamic and engaging teacher of English for French language students visiting Bournemouth 12-23 July 2019. Position involves 3 hours class tuition, weekday mornings and assistance with afternoon activities and excursions. Candidate should be a native English speaker and should reside in the Bournemouth area.

Contact Susan 07775 662098

By |March 1st, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A large deal… a big deal?

Looking back at last week’s blog and the example in the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s hardly surprising that learners sometimes find it all a bit challenging! However, if someone said ‘a strong frost’ to me, I think I’d know what they meant, wouldn’t I? Scott Thornbury in his ‘A to Z of EFL’ says that in […]

By |February 25th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Teachers needed for ETC International College, Oman.

ETC International College is looking for personable, dynamic and motivated EFL teachers to join our team in our Omani school, based in Salalah. Teachers must have a Trinity Cert TESOL or a Cambridge CELTA, a degree and preferably prior experience of teaching, though we also welcome newly-qualified teachers. Contracts start at a minimum of 15 […]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What does it mean?

Where did January go? Away with the snow, probably! The world looked so pretty for a few hours. So, back to business. February, and what does it mean to actually ‘know’ a word? To answer this question, I’ve taken the following definition from ‘The Primary National Strategy, 1779-2005DOC-EN’. It’s what I believe our children’s teachers […]

By |February 4th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


Greetings. Welcome back to the ETC blog. I hope you’ve been feeling yourself over the last week, if not totally yourself, maybe a bit self-ish. (Yes, you’ll have to read that opening a couple of times!) I was intending to look at the importance of ‘groups of words’ this week, but will save that for […]

By |January 28th, 2019|Uncategorised, John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Happy New Year

From everyone at ETC in Bournemouth, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Trees and trimmings have been put away and hopefully, Father Christmas had some nice things in the sack for you. So, where do we start in a brand new year? I believe I left you contemplating the eye-brow flash? Well I hope you did your homework […]

By |January 7th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Merry Christmas

OK, welcome back ‘seasonal bloggers’ to ETC’s final blog of 2018. Let’s leave the tinsel and crackers for the moment and get back to the eye-brow flash. There are rumours that the Royal Family, pupils at expensive schools, politicians and statesmen were, I believe, taught not to move their eyebrows as it gave too much […]

By |December 17th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Big Eyes

Last week we considered the eye-brow flash and its implications on communication. Well, the theory goes something like this. Between English native speakers, the eye-brow flash is believed to be an indication of the trustworthiness of the speaker. It’s a subliminal message that, if not received, could make the non-recipient feel uncomfortable. Obviously, you can […]

By |December 10th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments