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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


Your Knowledge Of Language

Over the last few years, I've created a number of really neat games / quizzes that test teacher knowledge, and metaknowledge about language. Many can also be used with students and test what I call, "language awareness" - how well they recognize other speech patterns and how knowledgeable they are about the global presence of English.

Here are the games/quizzes/presentations:

1. Name The Accent 1:  

The "easier" version that plays an accent either from a native or non - native speaker and asks you to select who is speaking.  10 quick questions. 

2. Name The Accent 2:

The "difficult" version of that above but all depends on your own experiences/knowledge.  10 quick questions to name which accent is heard. 

3. Name The Language:  

This is a tough one. You have to listen to an excerpt of the first article of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights read in one of the languages of the UN.  Which one is it?  Different lengths of quizzes. Try the short challenge, version first!

4. Who Is Speaking?:  

Using audio from the cool site - Speech Accent Archive where people from around the world read a similar passage.  Great for comparing and with this quiz, you get two photos and have to choose which one you think is the speaker. Meant to get teachers/students thinking about their own linguistic/cultural biases! 

5. TEFL Acronyms: 

Simple presentation to test how well teachers know all the "alphabet soup" in our profession.  TOEIC, ELF, ZPD etc ....   How well do you know all these acronyms and abbreviations?

6. Grammar Knowledge:

New native speaking teachers often have a hard time with this. Not easy to know all the parts of speech, uses and complexities of this vast subdiscipline. This short quiz will let you know if you have the basics to explain to students about grammar and talk competently about English language grammar. 

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