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Linguistic invasion! The foreign influence of English's political and military ... - The Week Magazine

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Linguistic invasion! The foreign influence of English's political and military ...
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After all, England was ruled by the French for a few centuries, and the French had a profound effect on English vocabulary.
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Rather interesting... some of it we knew, some is new....

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interesting articles on sites about teaching English as a foreign language.
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Life in the UK - The London Underground

Life in the UK - The London Underground | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
This free online quiz about London's underground rail network will help you improve your English. Watch a short video to listen for some specific information about The London Underground, try a multiple choice quiz to test how much you have understood, and review some useful new vocabulary. Practise your English and prepare for the Life in The UK Citizenship Test with our free series of online lessons about British life and culture.
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this looks like fun for my tourism classes although they are not preparing for life in the UK.

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English Language FAQ: Most common spelling mistakes in English?

English Language FAQ: Most common spelling mistakes in English? | Articles re. education | Scoop.it

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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yes.. even I can spell these wrongly.  Specially when writing on the board!

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Angst In Germany Over Blitzkrieg Of American English - WFAE

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Angst In Germany Over Blitzkrieg Of American English
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"Languages do tend to affect one another, but the influence of English in Germany is so strong that Germans are having a hard time advancing their own vocabulary," he says.
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with a nice podcast and recording script.  Level C1?

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What Integrated Reasoning Really Tests on the GMAT - Businessweek

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What Integrated Reasoning Really Tests on the GMAT Businessweek The entire GMAT requires focus, but integrated reasoning in particular is not about mathematical equations or English grammar; it is about your ability to focus on the question in...
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Try the test... it had me going.  I got as far as number 3 and realised this is not my world - too numeric - I have pretty good reasoning but not for numbers!  You can do better.

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EFLproblems – Motivating Intermediate Students - Oxford University ... good advice

EFLproblems – Motivating Intermediate Students - Oxford University ... good advice | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Bringing teachers and other ELT professionals top quality resources, tools, hints and tips, news, ideas, insights and discussions to help further their ELT career. Follow Oxford ELT on Twitter. Find Oxford ELT on Google+.
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good to reflect on..

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You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. - Washington Post (blog)

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. - Washington Post (blog) | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
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You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.
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We had our science teachers and our social studies teachers and our English teachers and our math teachers.
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True.. true.. and true again!

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Tinder: The Best Way to Practice a Language - Bustle

Tinder: The Best Way to Practice a Language
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Duolingo is an ideal tool for learning elementary vocabulary and grammar of a language. Plus, it's Candy-Crush-level fun. But what happens after you've mastered the basics?
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A big boost for anyone who wants to learn a language without school or teachers.  The ideas here are great. Find a language buddy and get going.  You can learn a lot this way.

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Film English: An Online Resource for ELT | TESOL Blog

Film English: An Online Resource for ELT | TESOL Blog | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Learn how to use the website Film English to help your adult ESL students with public speaking, along with other skills.
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http://film-english.com/

 

great.... can't wait to browse there.

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The History of English in Ten Minutes - OpenLearn - Open University

The History of English in Ten Minutes - OpenLearn - Open University | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.
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These 10, very short videos are an insight into where our English words came from and all are narrated with a very dry, British sense of humour.  As a follow-up to light-hearted learning I could recommend Bill Bryson's excellen book 'Mother Tongue'.  More of the same but with more information.

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Labour saving devices

The best labour saving gadgets
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I made this little video on Animoto to begin a discussion about labour saving devices.  The video shows my favourites. 

You can discuss the pro's and con's of machines that make our lives easier - or maybe not!

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The EFL SMARTblog: Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?

The EFL SMARTblog: Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day? | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
You are going to. read information in a video about Valentine's Day; do a true or false quiz based on the clip; read an infographic about Valentine;s Day. 1) Discuss. What do you know about Valentine's Day?
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Never know what to do with your students on Valentine's Day, well here's  a nice info video with questions to go with it.  My suggestion for more advanced learners:

Roses are red

Violets are blue..

.................Now you finish the little 4-line rhyme

e.g

Roses are red

Violets are blue

....I think I'm the greatest

And so do you... :-)

 

......Spending each minute

Thinking of you...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Surviving the zombie apocalypse: A great way to teach conditionals | Teach them English

Surviving the zombie apocalypse: A great way to teach conditionals | Teach them English | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Like many of my students, I’m fascinated by the concept of zombies. Many’s the classroom break I’ve spent hypothesizing with students about the impending doom that will be brought about by the zombie outbreak.This interest has led me to a resource that I think might make for a fun class activity.
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this is fantastic!  Loads of ideas to make lessons really different.  I guess it depends on the age of your audience but many of the ideas are adaptable I guess and well, why not do something zany from time to time....?

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QuizBean | Quickly Create Online Quizzes For Free

QuizBean | Quickly Create Online Quizzes For Free | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
QuizBean is the easiest way to create and share online quizzes with your friends. It's totally free, so what are you waiting for? Make your first quiz!

Via Ricardo Martín Ramirez 
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I'm all for free quiz sites so let's go.....  but for free you get I think only 6 quizzes per year... so one quiz every 2 months.  Get your $$$$ out if you like making quizzes.

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VOA Learning English - America Loves Blue Jeans

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America Loves Blue Jeans


Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English.

I’m June Simms.

Today on the show: a little history of one of the most popular pieces o...

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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Nice one to listen to.  It's an American accent (not my accent) but the lady speaks slowly and clearly and should not be a problem for students accustomed to other pronunciation. 

As everyone wears jeans, this is a nice listening.  Probably around level B1/B2.  If you are using Benchmark Pre Intermediate this would tie in nicely with one of the earlier units (Unit 3 I think) where there is some work around Levi Strauss.

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19 Super Smart Tees To Celebrate National Grammar Day

19 Super Smart Tees To Celebrate National Grammar Day | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Acknowledge your grammatical superiority in fantastic fashion form.
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Some great T-shirts here, many making use of the punctuation/too many or not enough commas -  made famous in 'Eats, shoots and Leaves'.

Want to make a statement about English grammar?  Grab a T-shirt.

 

Mind you, you can do just as well by buying cheap Asian T-shirts with texts, which often have some real horrors in print form. Apparently nobody checks whats's getting written on the shirts, main thing, it's English, of a sort.

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Scott Thornbury on Repetition in English Language Teaching - YouTube

Author Scott Thornbury talking about the use of Repetition in English language teaching. For more information see www.macmillanenglish.com/methodology.
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I admire Scott Thornbury anyway and his short talk about repetition, repeating/recycling vocabulary is extremely useful. 

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Bryant Elementary uses technology to help students with reading and English skills - KTIV

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Bryant Elementary uses technology to help students with reading and English skills
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Working on the program allows students to increase their vocabulary and practice their reading skills, which makes them more confident learners in the classroom.
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This is tomorrow's world for kids.  Learning reading and spelling onlline.  It looks as if the programme helps and the kids seem enthusiastic.

I just wonder how I learned to read, write and spell in the days before such sophisticated technology came into the learning world.

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7 Reasons Why Grammar Nazis Should Never Eat Out - The Poke

7 Reasons Why Grammar Nazis Should Never Eat Out - The Poke | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Are you driven to unparalleled levels of fury and rage by spelling and grammar mistakes? If so, you probably shouldn’t eat out. And maybe just relax a bit.
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This one is just for fun.... have a browse around, there are a few more things to amuse you here.

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar - The Atlantic

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar
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The result: No significant differences among the three groups—except that both grammar groups emerged with a strong antipathy to English. There is a real cost to ignoring such findings.
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Yes.. students can learn writing without being restrained by grammar rules

However,  in this day and age when so much of our information is exchanged in a text format (mails, user guides, directives...) compared to previously having been exchanged via a landline or having had something explained orally, writing has taken on a new significance. 

 I think of grammar rules as a 'safety net' something to cling to in moments of doubt when your text should be as correct as possible. 

 

That doesn't mean that students should be overburdened with rules but at the very least they should have the basics to know which of their choices to use or where to look in moments of doubt.

Even I, a native speaker, sometimes need to consult a grammar book and to give students the extra possibility can't be deleterious. 

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Edmodo: Introducing the virtual classroom | Oxford University Press

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The official global blog for Oxford University Press English Language Teaching. Bringing teachers and other ELT professionals top quality resources, tools, hints and tips, news, ideas, insights and discussions to help further ...
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I have done courses on Edmodo and I have also 'played' with it for me, as a teacher.  It seems to be extremely useful.

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One School Allowed Their Students To Design Their Own Curriculum. Here's What Happened Next. - InformED

One School Allowed Their Students To Design Their Own Curriculum. Here's What Happened Next. - InformED | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
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Fascinating... the way forward?

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Good English Language Teachers Are Those Who…

by Lía Kamhi-Stein. In this post, I would like to raise a question that I believe is an important one for all teachers, regardless of language status or racial or ethnic origin: What makes a good language teacher?
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What really does make a good teacher.  Read on....

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#qskills – Could you recommend useful tips for teaching writing skills?

#qskills – Could you recommend useful tips for teaching writing skills? | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Today’s question for the Q: Skills for Success authors: Could you recommend useful tips for teaching writing skills? Joe McVeigh responds. Do you have a question about teaching English for Academic...
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This site has some good ideas, and not only for writing.  Take a look around.

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Chad, Matt & Rob | Official Site

Chad, Matt & Rob | Official Site | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
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Oh wow,  there are loads of Chad, Matt & Rob films and some have a choice of endings - or maybe they all do.  I haven't fully explored yet but these little films are great.  So, what to do with them?  In the 'Learning English' sense?

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Talk2Me English : Top 10 Tools for Creating Teaching Materials

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A nice, well thought out blog with lots of good ideas for everyone in teaching.

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