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Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

My Life-Long Love of the English
Language Business

Ken Wilson reflects on English
Language Teaching

Language Interference
English Loan Words in Japanese
Read about the pitfalls of loan words and false friends in Japanese

Focus on Language

Academic Writing:
Writing an Essay — How to begin

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New word of the month
The Language of the Web

Read about the creation of new
words for the Internet

Top Tips for the CD-ROM
Find out how to practise
spelling with SoundSearch

MED Magazine is just one of a growing family of Macmillan mailing services and websites that are devoted to English teaching. You can keep up-to-date with the latest developments by visiting is a free community resource site for EFL and ESL teachers. The website provides a range of services to the English teaching profession, including professional support, methodology articles, sample chapters, a large databank of teaching materials, and worksheets covering American and British English for all age groups and levels.
Scroll down this page for links and more information.

anecdote competition
We'd like to hear your teaching anecdotes so that we can publish stories about what happens in classrooms around the world. We're looking for:

  • Funny stories from the classroom

  • Horror stories from the classroom

  • Disaster stories from the classroom. Your first day as a teacher?

All winners will receive a bag of Macmillan products. This will vary but will always include methodology titles, readers and much more. Each month, one special prize will include a copy of the new Macmillan English Dictionary with CD.

teacher talk forum


A problem shared is a problem halved, so the saying goes. If you have a problem or question that you'd like some help with, why not post it on Teacher Talk, the onestopenglish discussion forum? There are many ways to benefit from Teacher Talk. Here are some suggestions.

Don't miss the exciting WebQuest feature! A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. Every month there is a new WebQuest based around a city. We provide a printable WebQuest and teacher's notes (with answers) to use in the class. This month's WebQuest features Boston. Click here for more information.

teacher's log
Visit the Teacher’s Log where teachers from around the world share their experiences of teaching English in different countries. All featured letters win a library of books! This month you can read about teaching English in Italy and China.

lesson share competition
There is now an archive of exciting lesson plans from the Lesson Share competition, with lessons covering writing, reading, integrated skills, grammar and vocabulary, and pronunciation.

There's a new round of the lesson share competition every month, so it's never too late to enter! For more information and to see the winning entries from earlier rounds, click here. The five best entries will win books worth about 100 $140 €160 20000. Click here to see the prizes for this month's competition.