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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

Tags: atutor, technology, online, ecourses, elearning


Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 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

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 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



I made this PPT to teach a lesson on directions in my class. It starts out with really basic vocab (up, down, left, right) then gets a little more difficult.

There are a few slides in which I ask the students to give me the control-pad directions for performing special moves in various video games. This was my initial concept, but it sort of fell flat due to lack of material. It is actually hard to find screen shots from classic video games, let alone animations (as was my initial intent). Regardless, the students LOVED this. It hovered around the basics, but the attention they gave me afterwards was well worth it.

The last slide is a map of some part of England (I think). At that point I ask the students how to get to various places.

The lesson also included an information gap activity with directions to the COEX Mall and a local IBK branch, but that is on my computer at school which can't access this website without freezing (all of a sudden).

A lot of the lesson is kind of silly, but with my morning class full of soccer players I need it to get through the lesson.

In the last 10 minutes of class, I ask them to draw me a map of the school and give me directions to the cafeteria. Some of them get pretty inventive. "Jump through window. Break down wall. Fly across soccer field" etc.

P.S. depending on the version of PowerPoint you use the presentation may come out a little wonky.

Also see this presentation.

Downloads: 5954

Comment by ddeubel on October 26, 2009 at 1:02pm

This powerpoint is super. Well designed and student image friendly. I'm sure they enjoyed it and thanks for sharing!

Have you tried - or to store and present your powerpoints. I recommend both those two, take a look. Also helps if you put them in your post so users can see your amazing ppts! I know you are probably humble but you should show these off!
Comment by George Swen on October 26, 2009 at 1:57pm
I must join in (although not a big fan of ppts;) - I love this one because it is so descriptive, straight to the point. It will certainly work. Well done!

Comment by Morgan C. Reynolds on October 26, 2009 at 2:18pm
Thanks for the support guys. I find that if I am having fun it translates to the rest of the class pretty well. As long as we also happen to be learning, the faculty approves.

David, I will check out those sites-- thank you. I should note, however, that I am not as technology savvy as I may appear to be. For every succesful PPT I make there is a complimentary half-hour of banging my head on my desk. My favorite moment was asking my co-teacher, "What does this mean?" as I pointed to the Hangul written at the top of my open browser window. He replied, "Is not respoding."

George (or Mr. Swen, as the case may warrant), I was against PPT's at first, too. In the end, however, during my "Study" periods I would find my studens saying "Yes," or "Okay," after every sentence. If I asked them to explain what I meant in either language, or even repeat what I'd said, they were unable. Part of it is because their Korean teachers are all really old and traditional and they NEVER speak English, and part of it is because they are teenage boys with limited attention spans. Just having the lights dimmed warrants a certain amount of attention, and the pictures really do speak, and invoke, a thousand words. Don't worry though, I still like to slip in a worksheet or two every other class.

Comment by ddeubel on October 27, 2009 at 11:48am
Yes Morgan - do whatever it takes.

And yes to the power of context! Pictures are key and that's one of the weakpoints I see in many classrooms I observe - teachers not using enough context to help scaffold and bootstrap comprehension. I'm continually amazed too at how many teachers DON"T have a picture library. This should be a must for any EFL / ESL teacher. A nice folder of laminated photos you can pull out any time for instruction or group work.

Keep on keeping on.... Your skills with ppt are really increasing, takes time like you are doing but it is a valuable skill.

Comment by George Swen on October 27, 2009 at 6:47pm
Just to explain - I have seen too many presentations packed with words and data where the audience lost their interest after third slide. So I am always pleasantly surprised by a quality ppt and hurry to commend it:-) then it fulfils its function and I have nothing against it.

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