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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 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

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Kids love comics. Heck, adults love comics! They seem like a great tool for language teachers, one that almost any level of student could tackle.

I've put up a folder of comic related materials in our media fire storage site, after being asked by a member about how to use comics as a language learning tool. She's a little shy so I said, I'd ask members how they've used them before.

Any ideas? I've attached a little handout which outlines how to make a minicomic book. Pretty cool stuff.


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Another comics site: http://www.cartoonstock.com/default.asp may already be in your files but I haven't had much time to explore.
p.s. Creating a screencast would be great for my teacher training groups here. Any leads to where I can learn how to create these?
William,

Screencasts are such handy things for teaching and not just techie things.

I use Camtasia but it isn't good in the demo model, too big files (a problem with many screencasting applications) . But wow, it is the top of the top in the paid version. You can see examples of some stuff in the karaokes I've put on the mainpage, recorded on the screen with camtasia. I can send by bittorent if you want. Stay tuned.

Jing is getting rave reviews and Screencast-o-matic is a standard. I first used

Here is a discussion on our sister site, Classroom 2.0 about screencasts. Links for the above are there....

David

PS. On another note. First search for something you want to explain. Often there are many screencasts already professionally done.....there are a few online libraries and I'll send a link later.
I've attached some cool comics (thanks to Sean and his link above... comics.com ) that might be useful for writing practice. Ferd'nand series. Nice sequences very adaptable for ESL/ EFL .

I also through them into a movie and will post in our A/V player....

David
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Grammar Rock Youtube. Interjections, Conjuctions, adjectives ,adverbs,nouns ,verbs

I also love the Dysfuction junction. A parody on Conjuction junction all about ADDHD and Ritalin very funny.
Sorry to arrive at this discussion a little late, hopefully with a couple of contributions.

I am involved in a European Union funded project (under the Lifelong learning programme) called EduComics. This is quite a new project so the current website is merely introductionary: http://www.educomics.org/ . The project is investigating and initiating actual uses of digital comics in schools and will be building and adding as resources, 'Case Studies' of the results.

I will post more here as the project continues.

Meanwhile I have added a number of links to Internet based comic and animated comic resources on the Kindersite in the section 'Educational Games' , please excuse me if I repeat any of the resources you have already listed:

Myths and Legends - http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/
Minivid - http://www.fuzzwich.com/minivids/index/_fz_build/1/
Dvolver Moviemaker - http://www.dfilm.com/live/moviemaker.html
Comics creator - http://www.kiddonet.com/kiddonet/comicsPlatform/thecone.html
Historic Tale Construction Kit - http://www.adgame-wonderland.de/type/bayeux.php
Make Beliefs Comix - http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/comix.php

Joel
Kindersite Project
There is a three or four book series (I don't know if they are in print or not still ,)by Jag Publications, of comics designed for efl instruction. Comics and Conversation, New Comics and conversation and More Comics and Conversation contain mostly two, three and four panel cartoons from Mad Magazine alumnus Sergio Aragones. None of the cartoons have words. At the beginning of the book are some instructions how to use the comics with beginner, intermediate and advanced level students. With my Beginner level middle school kids, I scan the comics and show them one panel at a time and ask mostly literal questions about the content and asking students to tell me 'what are the characters saying or thinking? I've made worksheets of additional comics from the same book and added dialogue/thought balloons so pairs and groups can write the dialogue. Similarly, you can copy and white out the words of other comics for writing and speaking lessons.
Here's an informative slideshow I ran across...

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