In this Issue
Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

What's in a word?
Professor Michael Hoey
considers the consequences
of changes in lexicography

Language Interference
False Friends between
Spanish and English
Read about cognates, false friends
and unreliable friends

Focus on Language
Awareness: Word formation

Common processes of
word formation in English
UK version ¶ US version

New word of the month
Compounds and blends

Top Tips for the CD-ROMs
Using the CD-ROM for
teaching collocations

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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

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teacher talk forum


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Don't miss our 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. We provide a printable WebQuest and teacher's notes (with answers) to use in the class. Current WebQuests feature Boston, Kingston, New York, Oxford, Dublin, London, Sydney and Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

teacher's log
Visit the Teacherís Log where teachers from around the world share their experiences of teaching English in different countries. All featured letters win a library of books! In the latest letters, you can read about teaching English in Slovakia 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.