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
I've made one for my adult English students who are learning shopping vocabulary. They can view the images, listen to audio, watch a short video and click on the link to go to a Voxopop discussion group where they can record an audio message in answer to my questions.
Glogs can also be used as class projects and to encourage collaboration. I hope this one will stimulate you to try it also.
I've written a lot about using poetry in the classroom. However, came across my old audio page collection and noted Billy Collins great audio recordings (see below) - couldn't help sharing. Decided to collect his wonderful "visual" poems in a nice player. Find them, along with more resources and other great poems for use in the EFL Classroom…
I've been shining my light into the future and acting on my beliefs regarding teachers writing and publishing their own books - both ebooks and POD "real" books. I think it is the future and a much better model - giving more voice to our profession from actual practitioners on the ground and not the crowned prince "experts".
Today, I'd like to highlight a trailblazer, Ana Maria Menezes. See her… Continue
Which side do you generally side with when making decisions? Do you make decisions based on your expert knowledge and experience or do you lean towards the data and numbers?
I'm asking because I've had some interesting conversations in this regard, with a colleague. How some companies (or people) make decisions based on their own sniffer. How others are very rational and go where the numbers and… Continue
My students have bought me a present and I'm happy to share the pics here.
It is special to me because this school year has been a really tough one, new curriculum and legislation, in charge of the selection of the Erasmus students, head of the department and a fresh start with post secondary levels.I've been rewarded with much more than this beautiful plant.…
My work over the years has brought me into thinking heavily about the role of video in language instruction. Even more so now with my work with EnglishCentral. I'm a big fan and have been from the get go. I saw its power as a university T.A. - tramping around the campus showing heavy "reels" of film to mesmerized… Continue
Definitely yes, language is linked to culture; therefore, one cannot be taught without having to mention the other. Moreover, including culture provides teachers a tool to attract students. Fine arts, music, design and films have always kept students entertained and engaged. check my blog at read-n-read.blogspot.com and zoom-english.blogspot.com
I started Project Peace 2 years ago. I've been amazed by the response and how other teachers have motivated their students and brought "peace" into their curriculum through song (and taught a lot of English!).
I will be doing more with the project this year and especially so now that we finally have "a home". We've moved from our original Ning page to… Continue
Using the journalistic technique of the 5W questions is really effective for any listening / reading activity. Students can read or listen to the news item or story and then write out the 5 questions that would cover the story. They can then quiz each other for comprehension instead of the teacher asking the questions.
Here is a clip from newsround (below). I give students the task of writing the 5 questions for one news item. So students only have to listen in detail to a… Continue
I've always been fascinated by the role memory plays in language acquisition. It isn't a straight forward relationship (better memory = better fluency) however, looking at student "2nd language memory" does allow us teachers in a very crude way, to gather knowledge about student fluency.
There is a lot of research on the subject, no better place to start than… Continue