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A summer reading (and viewing) list for aspiring teachers.

Summer reading



Standards Unit – Business

Standards Unit – Business.

I am teaching in China again this summer. I leave tomorrow evening and will  begin teaching a group of Business English teachers on Tuesday. I wanted to take them some resources that are contextualised to business topics, and recalled the Standards Unit materials that were delivered in expensive boxes to most FE colleges in 2003. Sadly they are too bulky to take with me, so here are the business materials in word/rtf, pdf and ppt format. Anyone teaching Business Studies will find these invaluable as a starter pack.

Tools for Teaching – Chapter

Tools for Teaching – Chapter.

Tests Document Readability

Tests Document Readability.

This free online software tool calculates readability : Coleman Liau index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), SMOG. The measure of readability used here is the indication of number of years of education that a person needs to be able to understand the text easily on the first reading. Comprehension tests and skills training.
This tool is made primarily for English texts but might work also for some other languages. In general, these tests penalize writers for polysyllabic words and long, complex sentences. Your writing will score better when you: use simpler diction, write short sentences.
It also displays complicated sentences (with many words and syllables) with suggestions for what you might do to improve its readability.

Basic text statistics are also displayed, including number of characters, words, sentences, and average number of characters per word, syllables per word, and words per sentence.

Persuasion Map



Free Online MIT Course Materials for High School | Highlights for High School | MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT Professor Gilbert Strang has created a series of videos to show ways in which calculus is important in our lives. The videos, which include real-life examples to illustrate the concepts, are ideal for high school students, college students, and anyone interested in learning the basics of calculus.

Watch the videos


The University of Huddersfield PGCE /Cert.Ed (Lifelong Learning) Introductory reading list – all in one place! amazon.co.uk

Create & Play Online Games


Critical thinking In the classroom