I designed this …Continue
This morning, sat down and had some "my time". Went through a number of my hundreds of notebooks full of philosophy, essays, poems that I've been collecting over 4 decades. A lot of stuff buried in these books but was surprised to pull open about 50 pages on film. Don't even remember writing this but it was fascinating. One part was on Dogme, when it was a new approach to film making in the 90s.
P.A.W. (People At Work) is a free MultiROMsource that aims to teach occupations with an attractive, colourful and easy way. It has 3 parts; learn with presentation, practice with hot spot…Continue
Yesterday, the genius and voice behind "The Count" died. A Sesame Street great, the count is just a wonderful character for teaching English. Even better to use his iconic song to get students doing…Continue
I'm a big proponent of SCC - Student Created Content (my own term). It is an approach where students create the content, the materials by which they'll practice their language skills. It immediately clears up the gap between their world and the materials presented for language study - a huge problem that faces teachers. Read more about it in the forward to my free SCC coursebook …Continue
This video is stellar and a great jumping off point for a full lesson and vocabulary building around clothing and the weather.
I also teach clothing with a focus on the body. Matching and item of clothing with a part of the body.
"You wear ........................ on / over / around / your __________________'
Also, you might Dress Janet or read a simple…Continue
Communicative Competence (CC) is the core of modern language learning theory. We learn language by actively, functionally using it and communicating our meaning so that others know what we mean. It is a very "deep" process which can be directed and guided through set conversation questions/prompts.
We have …Continue
One of the nice things about running this community is the charming, inspiring teachers that pass through and who I get to interact with. Nelson Beard who created this next resource is one of them. A truly dedicated teacher who really took my own Karaoke materials and…Continue
It is very repetitive and perfect for young learners. Doesn't get a lot of traction here - so…Continue
This "must watch" video (which I'll get to in a moment) comes at an opportune time for me. I've spent the summer in a bit of a cloud. You see, I've been struggling more and more with my own complicity in a system that I'm…
Today, EnglishCentral released the first version of their Pronunciation and Vocabulary courses. They'll be making some changes and additions as they go along but what they have right now is just "out of this world" and a great leap forward in how students can both gain clear pronunciation and build academic vocabulary quickly.
The amazing video WORDS is one of the most used resources on the community. The video by Radio Labs is captivating and perfect for language instruction. It teaches students the meta skill of "language awareness", something very important for all language learners (and part of the realm of "noticing" that allows learners to become self - directed learners).
The video has sets of…Continue
Our LinkedIn group is growing and there is a lot of sharing of ideas. A great place to do some summer professional development or to add your own thoughts. So here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out! See our previous list of popular conversations here - …Continue
Most of the teachers quit their job because of trouble-maker students and noise level in the classroom. As a teacher , I have tried many ways to make my classes quiter.
One of the methods I implemented in my classes.
Last year with my 3rd graders ,I used a method based on tickets.Each student has 3 tickets.In an inappropriate behavior like talking without raising hands or…
It's a simple concept. Each student gets a card with prepared words in a Bingo grid. As the lesson proceeds, students have to listen carefully and when they hear a…Continue
This really isn't one resource but a hidden discussion which is a vein of gold nuggets all to help you teach students vocabulary. This discussion has it all.
Lots of insight and thought about how best to build student vocabulary whether that be activities, worksheets,…Continue
Teaching vocabulary can sometimes be trying. Mostly because it involves a lot of "new" stuff for students and a lot of slogging through, a lot of hard work on the part of the learner. This game I made, helps make it more engaging.
What The Wordle helps! They are a series of presentations, games really, that I made to…Continue
Bingo is a common classroom game especially in the language classroom. However, it is often a time waster (IMHO) and not very communicative at all. Best to make it whole language and functional - about communicating some meaning/idea.…Continue