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Listening Activities that Work!

I published this on my "outside" blog a few months ago. For some reason I forgot to publish it hear at "home". So here it is - a nice blog post with tons of Listening Activity ideas. Enjoy and hopefully you'll find something that will work with your own students.



Listening! Activities galore for your classroom!



Listening is a very overlooked skill in our classrooms. It is as vital (or even more so!) in the beginning as speaking and we should treat it so.… Continue

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The 7 "Deadly" Sins of New Teachers!

One of my previous blog posts spoofed the 7 "marvellous" sins of great teachers. Now, I'd like to unspoof and great real and talk about "new" English teachers. I just spent 2 days interviewing 29 new teachers each day! Wow, talk about a treadmill..... The teachers besides answering questions had to go through a "demo"…

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Teaching Recipes - Got one?

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I've long been a fan of very simple teaching ideas - the basic core of all good teaching. My Lessons in a Can are part of that. Now however, we've got a new Web 2.0 resource which you can be a part of - Teaching Recipes.



The idea I came up with is to have a very basic site where teachers can share their lesson ideas. Just small notes to help other new or newer or just wanting to be re"newed" teachers. A… Continue

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Class Tools - a nice place to make games/presentations!

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I've been back again to the marvelous ClassTools site. On the site, you can very easily make all sorts of presentations and games. Just click and check out the games on the side of the site. The one above I made in 2 minutes! Just get an embed code. No… Continue

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Commercials in the EFL Classroom





I use commmericals a lot in my classes. For many reasons;



1. A clear, concise message. Great as context for language learning.



2. They are short!



3. They are hip. Cultural translatable and current.



4. Easy to spin off into other areas of learning. Great for engagement.



5. Wonderful for teaching media literacy, critical thinking!




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Practical Teaching Skill Tips

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This is #1 of a series of presentations focusing on micro teaching… Continue

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Teaching Tips for the Trenches...



I recently got a barage of requests for "advice". I really am honored and EVERY time try my best to give the most and most apt advice I possibly can given all the variables involved.



This got me thinking and of course, "out popped a powerpoint"! I thought I'd record my thoughts in some fashion, to help all those new teachers continually entering our great profession. Also, to give a second sober thought and second wind to all those who are… Continue

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teaching in korea

i just had a great interview with manager of a school in south korea, a few minutes later the recruiter emailed me and said that she was pleased with the interview but wants to know if i went to high school in us? that is a visa requirement. can anyone confirm this?
thanks

ely

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IN Praise of Slowness...

If there is one piece of valuable advice that could fit almost ALL teachers - it would be to "S L O W D O W N!"



One area of course is in terms of speaking speed. Teachers need to let students process language and really suck the communicative juice out of words. They need CI along with their O2! Comprehensible Input in the form of being able to follow the speaker and let the gears of their LAD (Language Acquisition Device) grind them bones… Continue

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Exam 2.0 - Make Exam Online and Get Results Automatically

Now that the New Year’s Day hangovers are a thing of the past, it’s time to trade in the warm sofa for cold, hard desks as the spring semester approaches. As technology is developing so fast last year, Web 2.0, E-Learning, Mobile Learning and collaborative learning are changing the way we live, learn and teach. As a teacher in 21st century, how do you take the new technology to your classroom becomes a popular problem, especially for the non-technical teachers.…





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Top 5 Warning Signs the Teacher isn't yet a Teacher





I know I'll take a lot of flak for this and I know it isn't the standard way to go when talking about "teaching" (the standard approach being to talk about what is "good" teaching), however, during my years of helping teachers, I've come upon some warning signs that set off alarm bells and signal A) the teacher really isn't fit for teaching B) the teacher has potential but really needs some "basic training".



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Tips For Teaching Languages.....





If I had to say my number one tip for teaching languages.....I couldn't. There is no No. 1, top dog, big cheese. Why?



Well, I think us teachers are all so different. What works with one, with another it bombs...... All depends is the defining language....



But if I were forced to state something, I'd probably first say -- "Make it necessary". There has to be a need and a teacher can go a long way in providing that fundamental emotive drive and desire.… Continue

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Tips for Learning languages.....

My number one tip for learning a language is...................



Well I have too many for there to be a NUMERO UNO but if I had to say something first, I'd say --

"A little Every Day".



Just a little a day adds up. Do whatever you like - watch videos, go to class, memorize words, mumble infront…

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Top 10 Language learning Tools (my list - what's yours?)

I just sent Jane Hart this list of my top 10 picks of language learning tools/aplications. Take a look at her page for more lists from many more educators! Very insightful and lots mentioned.



My top 10 list.



1. Voicethread - Without a doubt, as significant a development as the pencil was to learning! I really mean that. Simply… Continue

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How to embed swf files (for techies)

If you are building your own web page and want to add a flash .swf file you will need to use the full code. See just below this screenprint for instructions.

to get the code just click on this link, open the source of the page, change the URL of the swf file to the URL for your swf file(marked in pink above), change the dimensions to your liking (marked in dark yellow above), copy…

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