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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 16. 80 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

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What's the #1 ....... (Resource all teachers need)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.

A Picture Library

If a teacher with a few years of experience doesn't have one - they won't get a job working with me. It is absolutely necessary, a small folder of pictures that the teacher has laminated and can use for all sorts of activities with students.


Pictures are crucial to teaching. Even more so with today's visual/digital learners. The number one weakness I see with new teacher's lessons that I observe is the lack of visuals for contextualizing learning and helping students "get it". So teachers should be constantly cutting from magazines / newspapers and getting together a great library of visuals!


Nowadays, teachers can also have a digital "go to" library. I have a great collection of my own presentations on our Practice page. For example - Africa / National Geographic / Best Photos all time, Sports ... to name just a few. Also try Nat. Geographic's "The Big Picture".
Get the Powerpoints of many on EFL Classroom 2.0 and you can easily print out the pictures for use in class.

All sorts of activities you can do with pictures. From categorizing and listing vocabulary to questioning and story making. My favorite is the 5Ws. Student for each picture must ask and answer like a journalist, the 5ws for each picture. They write down their answers on the back and the next group can use their questions/ answers for a quiz!

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