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March 2011 Blog Posts (38)


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Risk Taking and learning a language



Sue Lyons shared this wonderful video on her blog and it really hit me as a great symbol of a language learner who "takes a chance" and just lets the language come out and go through him or her.



Risk taking is one of the most important features of a good language learner. They accept what they don't know (the ambiguity of language/communication) and they focus on what they do know. They… Continue

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Top 5 "TV Style" games

GameShow2 I'm quite enjoying the process of making a decision about " The Top" games and find previous lists HERE and HERE. The GAMES and… Continue

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Top 5 "educational" and traditional games

quiz Following up on yesterday's Top 5 online games for learning - today I offer my Top 5 that are more "traditional".



By that I mean they are more controlled and less authentic. Quizzes, Q and A trivia, mix and match, multiple choice - you get the idea. Still, if done well, they can be really effective learning tools or even assessment tools. They are meant to be used by students at…

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The "Din" inside the head

insidehead I've written a lot about Krashen's ideas on this blog. Fundamentally because they focus so well on what is "essential" in language learning.

 

He doesn't suffer fools gladly and I'm glad about that.



I was going over his online articles and especially his seminal work - Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning. I kept coming back to the feeling I had as a teacher -…

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English language learning resources

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I can see many familiar names amongst fellow members but I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet more fellow EFL enthusiasts/

I teach and produce learning resources which you can find here: http://eslreading.org/. My starting point was writing readers - details of my background here: http://eslreading.org/about/about/editor.html

 

  I also blog regularly for…

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Fotobabble

Fotobabble is another great audio site that both teachers and students can use.



It really is super simple! Just upload a photo and then record an audio voiceover. Send the link or embed to share with others. Simple indeed.



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Little Tech for Big Results

Barbara Sakamoto(our last member of the month) just gave a delightful presentation for teachers of Young Learners.  I thought it is essential "eating" for those teaching Young Learners - so sharing it here. Lots of ideas.

 

Get more ideas in the Young Learner's group, where I've listed…

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The #1 .....(Teacher in Canada)

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.





David Suzuki David Suzuki

 

There are many great teachers in Canada. Are and have been. However, despite my love of…

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Then and Now ....

"Where is the life we have lost in living?" - T.S. Eliot





 
Teaching in Karlovy Vary, C.R. - early 90's

Teaching in Karlovy Vary, C.R. - circa 1990-1991

I have had the honor and pleasure to interact with a lot of new teachers over the last 6-7 years. Energizing and invigorating.…

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"Partly Cloudy" Video and Speaking Activities

 

This short animation video from Pixar is adorable.  I haven't actually used it in my classes yet, but I plan to next week...so I thought I would share.

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Bobby McFerrin the Sounds of Languages


Here Bobby talks about intonations and sounds. He says, "Everybody's got the same instrument (voice box) but there's hundreds of sounds from hundreds of cultures." Some cultures don't have much intonation in their spoken language but intonation can be found in their music. Jazz and even beat box can be used as a warm up for a language class.

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TESOL Convention 2011

For anyone who is interested, I just put up a post about TESOL 2011 on my organization's blog, with some links to a few resources on vocabulary and some really innovative uses of new media.  Click here to access the post. Please share, enjoy, and post whatever links you might have!

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Making School so it doesn't Stink

My blog is something I put a lot of myself into. A way I have a conversation with myself as much as with you the reader. It is organic and natural.



As I look over the last year and 250 + posts, I see one very important theme emerging like a crooked stem off the trunk. That theme is student autonomy. Giving…

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Using Picture Sets

Pictures are the fundamental "intermediary" for context in language teaching. That can be the pictures in a textbook, those in flashcards, on the board, in a power point or through video. They bridge the bewilderment of sound and give it meaning.



The best pictures for language teaching that I know of are "picture sets" - sets of instructional pictures used by special educators to teach certain life skills. I won't bore you with another diatribe about how I believe teachers should… Continue

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New Orleans, TESOL and the blues...

blues I'm just on my way home from a great conference in New Orleans. Refreshed by many conversations with fellow teachers (but have lost my voice!). The small talk and conversations were even more important than any of the presentations I attended or gave. Really and truly, a conference is about all the little things and thoughts you share with others working in different and diverse environments. It all adds up and… Continue

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BEFORE AND AFTER THE TSUNAMI IN JAPANESE COAST

A friend of mine has just sent me this link.

Drag the cursor over each picture from right to left to see before and after images. You'll see an  amazing sequence of pictures, very meticulously arranged.…

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Let the kids rule the school

This is from a New York Times article about a school in America where the kids were given full rule over the curriculum.

The link to the article is here:

The rest of this blog is a quote from the article:

 

(Their…

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A Pale Blue Dot (The picture of Earth from 4 billion miles away)

   “A Pale Blue Dot" _written by Carl Sagan_is one the best books I’ve ever read in my life. It's not just a report about the earth or space, it’s not just a kind of so technical explanations about the universe, but it’s a poetic writing about   , aboutour life and…

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Lessons for teachers from "The King's Speech"

kings One of the nice things about the small city I moved to recently, is that it has a wonderful theater downtown, minutes from my house. Every Sunday, they have a $5 showing and tonight they showed "The King's Speech". Great movie, highly recommend it despite my aversion to "period pieces", especially British ones! Go see it and if you are in the mood, think about the lessons that it might have for us teachers.…

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I have just subtitled a catchy song (more international songs in English)

 Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa (pronounced Asha) was born in Paris, to Nigerian parents in 1982. Aṣa grew up in Lagos in the south-western part of Nigeria.

According to the Telegraph this small, bespectacled and softly-spoken, is an unlikely pop star.…

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