First place prize (for design) in the New York Book Show

Last week we received some excellent news – Oxford Skills World: Reading with Writing, a course that we designed with the Oxford University Press ELT team in New York, won a first place prize (for design) in the New York Book Show. The judges said: “Bright, vibrant printing and lively photographs, along with a clean, [...]

PARSNIP in ELT publishing

On a state visit to China in November 2010, David Cameron, with his coalition ministers, turned up to a welcoming ceremony well dressed and well versed in cultural relations between the two nations. As is customary in November, the British ministers donned poppies in remembrance of those who fell during the Great War. However, this [...]

Tapping into IATEFL 2019: inclusivity and workplace English

Here at emc design, we create textbooks and learning resources for English language students, and to do this we need to have a deep understanding of learners today. Only by understanding how real students behave, think and feel when interacting with learning materials can we find the solutions needed to inspire and teach learners of [...]

2019 ELT Freelancers’ Awayday

This month Lucy, Liz and Sarah attended the fifth ELT Freelancers’ Awayday #FreeELT, a networking day for the freelance ELT community with a packed programme of discussions, presentations and speakers. It was a great opportunity for us to put faces to names and catch up with freelancers we’ve worked with closely, as well as make [...]

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emc trekkers take on the Mighty Hike

  Macmillan Cancer Support are putting on their Mighty Hike series for the second year in 2018. These one-day marathon hikes run throughout the most beautiful landscapes in Great Britain. Under the banner of ‘emc trekkers’, Helen, Abi, Kayleigh and Sarah walked a grand total of 26.5 miles to support the great work Macmillan Cancer [...]

Meet Liz – our new Production Editor

Now that we have all met Alicia, it's time to introduce Liz, our newest recruit and new Production Editor. Before joining emc design you worked at The Outlook Creative Group, what did you do there and how has it prepared you for your role at emc? At Outlook I proofread, checked and wrote copy for videos, [...]

Creative Education and Employment

On Tuesday, the BBC reported results of their recent survey, which suggested that creative subjects are being squeezed in secondary schools, with many reducing timetabled lessons, facilities and their number of specialist staff. Jez Bennett, a local Head Teacher interviewed for the article, talked openly about having to cut lessons for financial reasons and was aware of some schools no longer offering GCSEs in arts [...]

Reflecting on the summer and what lies ahead

There's nothing quite like the nights starting to draw in to remind us that summer is on its way out. Yes, it's sad to be thinking of the long, wintery days ahead but hopefully we'll make the most of a few more warm sultry evenings, and wasp-infested picnics before autumn really starts to bite. As the [...]

25 Years of Educational (or ELT) Technology – A Timeline

As part of our 25th anniversary of designing for the ELT industry, Sarah Hemfrey takes an in-depth look at some of the major technology changes which have not only impacted our work but also that of the ELT classroom. The classroom in 1990: A cold wasteland full of aged books with out-of-date pictures? No, the [...]

#IATEFL16 kicks off today!

We're excited as the IATEFL International Annual Conference & Exhibition kicks off today! With over 2,500 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries attending and a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums as well as a vibrant social programme, it's going to be a great few days. Sophie from emc, who is also on the MaWSIG events [...]