Perfect for both naming a vocabulary item and then also describing the action of that vocabulary item. Things do things right? So as teachers we shouldn't teach vocabulary separate of the…Continue
I'd love to sit down and have coffee with this guy. He hits many nails on the head and the point that most impressed me was "being personal". I've always championed this to…Continue
I'd like to share that with members of this community, so my leg work becomes accessible to you. To that end, I've started a new magazine, updated daily with new items related to…Continue
This has directions in a separate word document and they are also built into the ppt.
Essentially, it is a communicative activity where one or a group of students have a picture shown behind them ( the powerpoint) that they cannot see and another student or students have to give them hints without using the actual word. It is an excellent way to practice vocabulary. I designed this to review vocabulary we were studying and it has a decided Korean slant, but could be changed…Continue
We have LOADS of karaoke for use in the classroom here. See and get the player/songs through the links assembled below.
Karaoke is a great tool for any language teacher. It really helps with phonetic…
I've always been one of the guys screaming for a more student centered focus in language instruction. Especially with such a "human" and "deep" subject as language -- a social oriented subject -- this has to be the case. We learn language by social interaction - the research is unequivical on this point. If a baby has no social interaction or little, their language skills are…Continue
It is great to show and offer students many examples of English language in use. Meaning, students appreciate that there are many ways to say the same thing and like to see the "nuance" of the English language.
Here are some images showing different ways / expressions to communicate a similar thing. Might be handy. Also, view as a slideshow or you can…Continue
This presentation I've used in workshops outlining for teachers some best practices for testing oral proficiency of students. Get a nice placement test for testing student's language level…Continue
Get it free and use with or without EnglishCentral. Lots of great content for upper intermediate / advanced level students.…Continue
I had a wonderful time last weekend playing with dogs. Nothing better than romping and running with happy go lucky dogs! Then, phoned my mother and we got to talking about all the dogs that have passed through our lives, each with a story. A day going down memory lane.
Then as coincidences will be, a teacher…Continue
I usually don't write too much about the other things I read on the web. I find for the most part, a dearth of really good writing about language and especially teaching language. Not being elitist but most often the underlying ethos is focused on delivering lessons in a "studious"…
October 01st, we will be hosting the 34th edition of the ELT Blog Carnival. Post any and all entries HERE
This edition will be all about "Great Lessons". Share a post, new or old, that highlights a lesson you felt really worked.
Check out all prior Blog Carnival entries, now nicely archived on the…Continue
A short reminder of how powerful a few words of encouragment can be for our students. Often maligned, I'm one that thinks we can't praise enough -just have to do it well and purposefully. Here are a few tips I have regarding Praise in the Classroom. …Continue
Here is a presentation / story that I play often to begin the school year or at the end for graduating teachers in…Continue
I've written about google before - all that you can do there and what it offers.
Today, just have some questions to throw out there after rewatching a fav. singer Raul Midon and his "All The…Continue
A few photos to outline some of the basic things we should think of when putting together our lessons. Over time, these don't have to be thought of consciously - they'll be automatically part of our belief system and unconscious actions as a teacher.