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PTE Young Learners: Preparing for Breakthrough (Level 4)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Young Learners is designed for students aged 6-13. It assesses their understanding and use of real-life, practical English. Each of the four different exam levels (Firstwords, Springboard, Quickmarch and Breakthrough) integrates listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on completing fun communicative tasks in age-appropriate contexts.   For …

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People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. (Ep. 340 Rebroadcast)

Richard Thaler, father of behavioral economics, has been an irritant to mainstream economists. His research, about humans’ tendency to make suboptimal decisions, tarnishes their elegant economic models. (Photo: Bengt Nyman/flickr) You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. …

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How to Actually Focus on Writing: The Dangers of Pseudo-Working

I first heard the term “pseudo-working” from Cal Newport, author of How to Become a Straight A Student and Deep Work. Pseudo-working looks like work, but it doesn’t produce much. If you’ve ever been trying to focus on writing an article while checking your phone for social media updates and fielding dinner requests, you’re pseudo-working. (No, …

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Sneak Peek: Black Friday and Write Practice Wednesday Gifts for Writers

How’s your holiday shopping going? You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This year, we’re introducing something new: Write Practice Wednesday! If you’re looking for gifts for writers this season, you’ve come to the right place. Gifts for Writers: Write Practice Wednesday Whether you know a writer whom you want to …

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