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August 2009 Blog Posts (17)


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Vygotsky - Thought and Language. A must read.

The teacher must orient his work not on yesterday's development in the child but on tomorrow's. - Lev Vygotsky



At a lecture last week, I mentioned Vygotsky and several teachers were curious and asked me for more information. It got me thinking about my own relationship with this…

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Teaching Tips - Professional Development

I have many presentations both on our Professional Development page, on our Practice Page and on our Teacher Training page -- which provide many tips and pointers regarding teaching language.

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Technology and Language Teaching

I've been giving more and more workshops on using Technology and Language Teaching.

Here's a presentation with lots of direct links to applications, tools, games, resources that I think English teachers will find useful in their "wired" classroom.



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European Day of Languages - Some lesson material



Pluralism is something we don't think about too often but WE SHOULD, especially as language teachers, especially English language teachers.



Part of our role, wherever we are, is to educate our students about the incredible diversity of this planet, cultural/linguistic. Educate our students to embrace "the other" and love the other (if I may be so old fashioned). Part of doing this, is to be… Continue

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Funny Newspaper Headlines....

Headlines Around the World



Long ago, when lost in translation, in E. Europe, I was a copy editor for a English Chinese business magazine. I'd get the articles and polish them and send them back. This was in the very early days of the internet. Part of my…
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Euroclubs Schools

This site is payperview, nevertheless it offers some interesting information about Spain, Italy and France. For Primary stages.

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Twitter in the classroom: 10 useful resources (For Ellen)

Again I'm posting here a link from Jane Hart
Twitter in the classroom: 10 useful resources

Enjoy the reading!

Best and "warm" (still in Spain) reagards

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Time for School Series (Wide Angle documentaries)

I just finished watching episode 2 of this series, Back to School, which, along with original 2002 Time for School broadcast, can be watched in their entirety online. Part 3 is coming in September. I'm really glad I watched.… Continue

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Jukebox

Music Playing Device, good for holiday season and (OK...) for research on popular music since the 1940s.

Click here and check if it works

By the way, I'm very pleased to inform you that I'm going to Edinburgh next Sunday to attend a teacher training course in the Scottish capital itself!!! Kinda excited! Have a great time all of you.

Warm regards.

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Understanding your students - A great resource.



 

It is so important for language teachers to understand "the world" of their students and/or the society they are entering/visiting/living in....

One of the essential handbooks for gaining quick and valuable information about a foreign culture is Understanding Your International Students - Jeffra Flaitz, U. of Mich. Press. / Also,… Continue

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What the Wordle Part 2 - Using Picasa

I tried to do something different with this presentation of wordles. Simply GO HERE and see them. Play What the Wordle. It is in my Picasa web album - something teachers might use!





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What the Wordle...a new game. Comments?



I spent some time making a new word game. You could make your own too! I'm just testing this out and would like comments. Further editions will be "lower" in level and much easier. Just want to see how this might work as a concept. I got the idea from a blog I visited awhile back but for the life of me, can't remember which!



It's called What's the Wordle? Much…

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Hanguel, the Korean Alphabet "saving" languages!

  • Hanguel, the Korean Alphabet "saving" languages! link

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New Parent Engagement Blog & Book

I've recently begun a new blog called Engaging Parents In School: Going Beyond Parent "Involvement".



It's designed to support my book that will be published in the fall, Building Parent Engagement In Schools.



This article, Parent Involvement or Parent Engagement, gives a preview of the… Continue

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Interesting thoughts / podcasts about language

Our audio / music player, besides having some damn fine music, has a lot of great conversations and podcasts/lectures on all kinds of topics about language and teaching. I really enjoy just turning to these from time to time, to refresh myself and get my brain "a priming" and feeling alive with the mystery and wonder of it all.



I've now made it easier. Here are a couple of series of podcasts. The first, just 5… Continue

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