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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

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SITE OF THE DAY - HUNDREDS OF THE "BEST" - Teaching Recipes

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

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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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

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Nowon Middle School Our Song Class Project May 2010

My after-school conversation class was inspired by Lindsay and her students, who made the "I've Got a Feeling" video featured in the April newsletter. After studying the meanings of the phrases, they created the illustrations and are now working on being able to sing it. It's fast, so it's hard work for them. This activity generated lots of spontaneous English conversation. My school let me add it to the English section of our school web page, so all the students can view it anytime they want. It's also good PR for the after-school class and camp. I'm sure we'll do it again, because the students have submitted a lot of their favorite English songs that they would like to study in class.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 28, 2010 at 4:31am
Bravo!!! 5 Stars!

So, so cute.

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Comment by Tommy Mc on April 28, 2010 at 5:38am
THis must have been so much work. You put it together so well.

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Comment by ddeubel on April 28, 2010 at 10:28pm
Way to go Donna - will tweet this and get other teachers to see! Excellent work. Cool song. Did you suggest it or did they want to do this one?

Did you use karafun or WMM? wondering.

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Comment by Kerry Maher on April 29, 2010 at 12:40am
Great job! I love the country feel of the song, which is a great contrast to the K-pop, etc., which everyone uses. Wonderfully creative and fun!

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Comment by Donna Doerfler on May 3, 2010 at 12:41am
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! Without this website, I would never have thought to do the illustration/video activity. I used WMM (my first try--had to get some advice from Lindsay). I strongly suggested the song. My advisers are my 22 year old son and my 11 year old granddaughter in the U.S. They know what's currently popular. I like to use crossover country/pop because there is always lots of slang used. I especially like anything by Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Owl City. I've been using songs since last summer in camp. The kids loved it, so I kept doing it. However, I just learned how to make the movie. Last summer we did Fireflies, See You Again, and Fly on the Wall. See You Again and Fly on the Wall are fast, so it's great practice for the kids. They can do it! Once they understand the words, they are intrigued by all the teen slang. I also take requests from them. If I don't know the song, then I check it out on Youtube. If it has inappropriate words, then I clean it up. I tell them that it had words that I don't want to teach, and that I substituted other words. They seem to respect that. They know I don't want them swearing in the classroom. (Don't forget, I'm older than almost all of you.) Another activity that I do in camp is that we Skype with Video to my son, daughters, and grandchildren. The students have to introduce themselves and ask them questions. It's live, authentic English. The students loved it and my family loved it, too. The students could see typical U.S. family life, including lots of pets, etc.

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Comment by Donna Doerfler on May 3, 2010 at 12:48am
P.S. It's actually not that much work. The students do all the work. If I had a reliable computer in my classroom, I would have them take the photos, upload them, and make the video, too.
My after-school students went from dragging in tired, to hurrying in! One 3rd grader walked in, gave me a hug, and said, "I've been waiting all day for this class." She made my day :)

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Comment by BFESLTeacher on June 9, 2010 at 4:51am
Thanks so much for sharing!

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Comment by Juhee Jeong on June 1, 2011 at 3:10pm
Thankyou for special Idea!! Students will like it : ) I want to try when I become a teacher.

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