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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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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

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This is a presentation  and series of handouts I spent a long time putting together but it follows my belief that it is valuable to combine communicative teaching with a focus on form and in particular "language chunks" - learning expressions that are useful in different contexts. 

This N.Y. Times article is an interesting read on language chunks. 

Each lesson focuses on a different language function where students use  a language prompt and then respond to it using one of the given language chunks/expressions.  Teachers can guide student use - not every chunk is a correct response and the usage / difference can be subtle.  

Also see below - Language In Use.   As well, Conversation Gambits.

Here is a sample of some of the 25 lessons in the full book. 


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This PPT of language is along the same lines - Language In Use.  Download the ppt, won't have the bad formatting like this converted version!


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