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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

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

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

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

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

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling


Storyboards are simple but effective ways to get students both speaking (telling) and writing. A real "whole skill/language" way to teach. It focuses on the objectives of both language production and writing, mainly of the past simple tense.  (here are some free storyboards)

They are very simple to do.

1. Do one together. Put 6 pictures on the board or a power point and ask the students to tell a story using the pictures. Write down their simple sentences underneath.

2. Erase parts of the sentences and get the students to retell the story by taking turns in their groups.

3. Give the students the handout (see the one of Mr. X or the template). Tell them to either write the story or draw their own pictures and then write the story. Time permitting, two side the handout and do both. One as guided writing (pictures given) and the second as their own (personalized).

4. After students are finished and the teacher has monitored and corrected/assisted - get the students to share their stories in their groups. Best if they "fold up" their words and try to tell without reading. After, give to other group members who can then read what was told. This works!

Lots of repetition, lots of student motivation as they create their own work and product, a product they can be proud of.

A perfect lesson for a camp too!  If you like Mr.X, see the video I made and materials - HERE.

Also see the Story category on Gif Lingua Books for loads of stories as examples. 

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Here are some more, pre-made, in a similar vein.

Writing organizers Story Board.pdf


This is a very nice Story Sequence template. Students fill in to review the main events of a story, a video, a film etc ... really simple and handy!


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