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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Can it be as effective? Distance versus blended learning in a web-based EAP programme
Author: Mihye Harker
Institution: The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Author: Dmitra Koutsantoni
Institution: The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: This paper discusses the effectiveness of a web-based learning programme of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for British students from ethnic minority backgrounds. Original web-based materials for English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
were developed and 43 student volunteers participated in two different modes of learning during the 9-week long programme:
through blended learning and at a distance. The study attempts to investigate which mode of delivery is more effective in terms of student retention, achievement levels and satisfaction with the programme. The study found that the blended learning mode was much more effective in student retention in this non-credit bearing programme, whilst students’ achievement levels were similar in both groups. In addition, formative and summative feedback from the students suggests that most students in both groups were satisfied with this web-based EAP programme.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 17, Issue 2.

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