A snowy morning on the lake here in Canada. A beautiful view.
However, as I look outside, I'm thinking about language and how it "takes us away" from meaning. This statement may seem totally illogical but if you think about it like I have this morning, you can't but come to that conclusion. The more words we add, the further we get away from the meaning, the essence of what we want to say.
Sen Teacher is the bomb! The last few years I've been acquainting myself with special education and also finding that so many special ed. techniques/tools/methods really work well with language learning. Same with websites, they offer a plethora of resources for use in our classroom. Sen Teacher does too!
As an EFL teacher, many us are nomadic and spending time in many different cultures/countries - either teaching or traveling. Culture Crossing is the perfect site to get info. on the cultural differences of your next home or destination! It is really accessible with nice easy map navigation. You can find our how to greet locals, about eye contact, personal space, gender, laws , communication, gift giving and… Continue
Hi all!I have a lot of things to do today but of course I will write to my blog cos I have found another spectacular website and you will love it!
Here is the adress: http://www.myenglishimages.com/Home.html It is one of my faves about teaching with pictures .You will agree with me when you look at the webpage.I am planning to use all of the pictures in my classes!
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Okay- I feel like an idiot. But at least it's not toooo late for me. And maybe this will help some of you too. And perhaps you'll have some good advice for me.
This is my second year teaching in Korea- one in a hogwan (private academy) and once in the public schools.
This is the second time I have had a hearing impaired student attend classes. The problem? Lip reading is hard to do in your native language. A second lanugage is even harder. What is needed is a better…
I'm not a big fan of focusing on words. I'm more a "big picture guy" or for that matter a, "top down person".... However, Wordia, has some great UCC (user created content), videos about many words. You can find a word and listen to someone talk about it. (and this is probably where students will learn the most English!). It is great content for authentic English and I was impressed by the majority of the videos.
This article I stumbled across (while looking for flash video recorders). It is a plethora of great sites! Wow! A treasure trove , a treasure chest. Eureka. I'll let you stumble through it! [use the full screen for better viewing]…
Kindersay is a nicely styled package of vocabulary with audio. It got my #1 young learner vocabulary site nomination.
All the basic vocabulary is there for students and I really like how you can see visually, the person pronounce the words. This is so important for learning language, online or off. Just seeing the face and how the face/mouth acts. Language is not only sound and fury!
I just came home from the movies. In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, "I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself from a book."
This was something I had realized early, sitting in the town library one "PD" or professional development day, years ago in grade 8. I was flipping through a National Geographic and chanced upon an article about Jane Goodall. I was stoked, we had… Continue
Kizclub (don't get it confused with "Kids Club" like I do!) is a Korean site that my students - both graduate and certificate went gaga over.
I really like it too. It offers basic materials that are infinitely adaptable for teachers - on a wide variety of vocabulary selections. Most of the materials target young learners. All or most in nice pdf (printables) that you can cut/paste and use to supplement lessons. Perfect for teacher…
Here is a quick update to a post I really think valuable to teachers - Teaching as Chopping Wood. The update is me chopping wood and really just to get others to read a blog post I am proud of and which I think has some valuable though general advice........ But teaching is like chopping wood! Here I am new in Canada, reacquainting myself with the old chopping block....…
Learn Free is a great site for your students to visit and get "practical" lessons focused on the language they will use in daily life. It is very attractively designed and has a series of modules with audio and interactive (flash) exercises. Extremely easy to use, userfriendly. The site will keep track of the lessons you've completed and the use of audio is a great feature.
USA Learns is a site of extremes. IMO, It is probably one of the best places for adults to "self-study" and get good audio and topic friendly content. (it made my lit of TOP Websites for ELT). The lessons are all free (THANK YOU!) and with good quality… Continue