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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




What's the #1 ...... (song in ELT)

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

                        That's the way uh ha, uh ha, I like it.

I"ve been teaching and hawking the use of songs in education/esl/efl/even hell, for longer than I can even remember (farthest back I does remember is Ostrov nad Labem, 1993, cassette player that ate my tape in the middle of a workshop!).

During all this time, I was constantly confronted with the question to kill all wish of an answer, questions -- what's the best song for the EFL / ESL classroom?

Well I won't hold you in suspense any longer. I've finally arrived at a definitive decision. A song that has stood the test of time, teacher's incompetencies, student distraction and the comings and goings of various musical genres.... it is without a doubt -- That's the Way I like It by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

This song has it all. A groove that you can't forget, young or old. A simple language point - saying "I understand" by Uh Ha, Uh Ha... It also moves your hips! Further, it is suitable for singing in a group. Divide the class into 3 and then rock on! 1) That's the way 2) Uh ha, uh ha 3) I like it Keep them going in sequence with the swing of your microphone....

This song is the ultimate earworm. You will NEVER get it out of your head. So teachers beware but at least students will have achieved something - a few lasting phrases.....

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 2, 2009 at 8:20pm
Hilarious! What is, is!

David, I know you've mentioned this before, but what program do you use to convert karafun to a video?

Comment by ddeubel on December 2, 2009 at 10:59pm
Ellen - glad you see my own playfulness with the #1 concept! Stay tuned for more...

The videos are made with the karafun studio program. I'll send you a PM about it. Not so easy to use or more to the point, get the right settings regarding codecs (so you get good compression and not a huge file).

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