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Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com

Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

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Many English Language teachers, when deciding to work with a video clip in their classrooms, make a false assumption that for an activity to be considered as really teaching, then prior to showing it, they'd better sit down for a few hours, prepare an extensive worksheet filled with vocabulary and grammar questions and what-not...in order to turn it into a good pedagogical exercise, you know to ensure it's really not just glorified babysitting.  ;-)

Personally, I don't agree and I really don't think that extensive worksheets provide a particularly authentic experience - such a thing mainly just erodes the power of the message within the video, takes away the, inherent pleasure in learning from TED speakers. [...]"

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decentralisedteaching's curator insight, October 20, 2014 3:23 AM

I totally agree with NOT slaving over a worksheet!

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Help Your ESL Students Improve Their Listening: 7 Ideas that Really Work

Help Your ESL Students Improve Their Listening: 7 Ideas that Really Work | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

It's no big secret. ESL students won't get very far if they have weak listening skills. [...] Students often believe that to improve their listening they must simply exercise their “ear”. But it’s important for students to understand that it’s not as simple as that – the ear is not a simple muscle to train; listening comprehension is a lot more complex than that. Merely sitting and listening to something for hours won’t do the trick; they can learn a lot more from a focused 15-minute listening exercise."

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3eanuts

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Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing...
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Selected strips... might be used in ELT :)

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BSU Music Collection Blog : Musicians of the Civil Rights Era | ELT - EFL - ESL

BSU Music Collection Blog : Musicians of the Civil Rights Era | ELT - EFL - ESL | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

Via blottiere
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Thanks to R. Blottiere -co-founder of http://lhistgeobox.blogspot.fr/ -for having us discover this interesting website !

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blottiere's curator insight, January 26, 2013 4:00 PM

The 1950s-1960s are the years known for the Civil Rights movement as exemplified in the actions of Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tragic events such as the murder of civil rights workers in Mississippi, and landmark legal cases such as Brown vs. the Board of Education.

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The PIRLS Reading Result - Better than You May Realize (D. Willingham) ~ A key to understand DYSLEXICS' difficulties in English ?

The PIRLS Reading Result - Better than You May Realize (D. Willingham) ~ A key to understand DYSLEXICS' difficulties in English ? | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"[...] the results of the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) were published. [...]  There's a small but decisive factor that is often forgotten in these discussions : differences in orthography across languages. Lots of factors go into learning to read. The most obvious is learning to decode  -learning the relationship between letters and (in most languages) sounds. Decode is an apt term. The correspondence of letters and sound is a code that must be cracked.
In some languages the correspondence is relatively straightforward, meaning that a given letter or combination of letters reliably corresponds to a given sound. Such languages are said to have a shallow orthography. Examples include Finnish, Italian, and Spanish.
In other languages, the correspondence is less consistent. English is one such language. [...]"

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Which probably also explains why English is such a hard school subject for French dyslexic learners. The article offers a relevant insight.

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More Intelligent Life | The Economist

More Intelligent Life | The Economist | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Life. Culture. Style. Intelligent Life is an award-winning magazine from The Economist. With its spirited writing and evocative photography, Intelligent Life is food for the brain and a feast for the eyes.
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Thanks to A. de Barbuat, a fellow list member, I've discovered this bi-monthly from "The Economist" : beyond politics and economy, loads of interesting articles and smart pictures that have us feel... more intelligent ;-) And provide with possible ELT resources as well !

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London Christmas Shopping

London Christmas Shopping | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
"Intermediate reading and listening activity about Christmas shopping in Oxford Street, in London."
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Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

"As social media become more and more predominant as platforms of connection and collaboration, the need for creating and maintaining a PLN ( Personal/Professional Learning Network ) becomes more pressing. As teachers and educators we are expected to be on top of the latest trends that can inform and enhance our classroom teaching as well as our professional growth. [...]"

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Skyfall, by Adele

Skyfall, by Adele | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

"A gap listening fill quiz for English language students on the theme tune to the New James Bond Film Skyfall, to learn and practise using simple, high frequency English words."


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Detroit redémarre en mode DIY | owni.fr

Detroit redémarre en mode DIY | owni.fr | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

"Le webdocumentaire "Detroit, je t'aime" raconte le quotidien des habitants d'une grande ville à l'abandon. Entre créativité, échanges de ressources et de savoirs, potagers urbains, DIY et récupération de matériaux, Detroit vit un renouveau qui préfigure peut-être la société de demain. 'Detroit n’est pas la ville des rêves, c’est la ville des réalités.' – Grace Lee Boggs, 96 ans, activiste et habitante de Detroit [...]"

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Plus de 250 films en 150 secondes | Ecrans

Plus de 250 films en 150 secondes | Ecrans | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Le top 250 de Imdb est l’une des listes les plus célèbres du net. [...] elle offre un classement des meilleurs films de l’histoire. Jonathan Kheog a réussi l’exploit de tous les faire tenir dans une vidéo de 2 minutes et 30 secondes. Et vu qu’il avait encore de la place, il en a rajouté 53 autres pour un total de 303."

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---> Un (tout) petit extrait de cette vidéo pourrait être utilisé en classe d'anglais comme warming up -en guise d'oral ou writing prompts, pour faire ensuite développer une brève 'film-review' des films reconnus, par exemple... ou autre  :o)

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Halloween's getting closer | 13 Common (But Silly) Superstitions

Halloween's getting closer | 13 Common (But Silly) Superstitions | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 13 strange superstitions and beliefs for Friday the 13th. "Many superstitions stem from the same human trait that causes us to believe in monsters and ghosts [...]"

 

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Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups

Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

"This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation."

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Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:24 AM

Priceless resources. Very motivating material

Marylin Alvarez's comment, April 16, 2013 10:14 AM
great material, thanks for sharing
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Lucidchart | MIND MAPPING - DIAGRAMMING

Lucidchart | MIND MAPPING - DIAGRAMMING | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"English teachers across the nation are using Lucidchart’s collaborative diagramming software to better reach a variety of different types of learners. [...]It’s no surprise that one student learns differently from another. Introducing visuals into a traditionally text-centric environment, such as an English class, is a powerful way to help students collect, analyze and communicate their ideas.

By creating a mind map, for example, visual learners can easily brainstorm for upcoming papers and projects. If it’s a group assignment, the collaborative aspect of Lucidchart will allow multiple students to brainstorm at the same time from anywhere.[...]"

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Lucidchart is a complex and powerful tool that enables teachers and learners to organize and visualise their researches, notes, work, plans...

                                          Not mentioned on michellehenry.fr yet    :o)

 

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BELEARNER : collaboratif - mutualisation | plateforme VIDEOS-AUDIOS

BELEARNER : collaboratif - mutualisation | plateforme VIDEOS-AUDIOS | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

Via CAFEL_Creation, Karine Marquis
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Cette  plateforme collaborative/contributive est destinée à l'accompagnement éducatif et la formation professionnelle : basée sur un lecteur vidéo innovant elle a été développée par Danier Roucou pour la société EDERNET.

Entouré d'une équipe d'enseignants et de documentalistes, ils y proposent des contenus numériques élaborés (vidéo interactives).

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"Anciennement salarié au département Actions éducatives de France5, Damien ROUCOU est enseignant à l'université de Paris-IV la Sorbonne et formateur à l'IUFM de Créteil dans une discipline directement liée à son projet : l'éducation à l'image et les ressources audiovisuelles pour les enseignants."

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La société EDERNET propose un service innovant de création et de publication de parcours de formation en ligne à toute la communuaté éducative. La plate forme s'auto-alimente de tous les apports mutualisés des utilisateurs et surtout, elle leur offre la possibilité d'organiser et de créer leurs propres ressources et leurs parcours.

 

Une façon très facile d'entrer dans la formation en ligne sans trop se préoccuper du back-officeet avec le luxe de trouver dès le départ, un grand choix de ressources et surtout d'exemples à suivre ou à réutiliser.

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10 Ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer

10 Ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Twitter is a relevant language teaching tool for students to learn how to be concise and focused... and check grammar and spelling. These tips may well have the little bird help your students to become eagles :-)

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'GOODBYE HMV' - A Tribute to HMV | Mark Read

As I was watching the news on Monday morning, I found myself getting a little teary eyed over the reports of the last great music store HMV going into admini...
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Had been wilfing on the web for a while to search for resources around the music industry and its giants and stumbled on this : a pleasant -and well-known- tune.. that had me shiver. Mark Read's got a nice voice  -by the way, how can it be his ?!! His imitation's of Elton John has got so close...

The song sounds thrilling -witty lyrics filled with emotion, irony... and possible ESL plans topics !

To me the song makes a smart example to illustrate a lesson plan on parody, along with other literary figures. Might also be considered an interesting resource to work on the digital age possible cons or casualties -food for thought to help our students' debate for or against an "all digital world".

Part of the English-speaking world civilisation, the British "Voix de son Maître" [didn't know HMV was its primary name !] illustrates the evolution of music industry / unemployment in the UK / ...

Well done, Mr Piano Man, you made my day :-)

 

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Judith Morais's comment, January 26, 2013 10:59 PM
Hi Monica. I loved this find. Its a great song, and like you said, it will be great for a lesson on parodies. Wonder if we will be able to get the words- useful for ESL learners.
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How to search for Openly Licensed educational resources

How to search for Openly Licensed educational resources | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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"Free and open educational resources are aplenty and teachers around the world are adding to the repository every day. [...] But how do you actually find the best (or any, for that matter) open education resources? There’s more to it than just firing up the ol’ Google search. The following infographic demonstrates 8 steps to finding the best OER and it’s a skill every teacher should have. [...]"

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DocsTeach : bring HISTORY to life | ELT resources

DocsTeach :  bring HISTORY to life | ELT resources | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Historical primary resources from the National Archives : documents and relevant material to build your lessons upon and create your own activities.

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Comic Strips For Students & Teachers

Comic Strips For Students & Teachers | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

From Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day


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nice and funny =9
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Do U text ? | INFOGRAPHIC

Do U text ? | INFOGRAPHIC | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

How does texting affect grammar ? Is it helping the English language ? ... go and view this infographic to get a few clues.

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The Pop History Dig - a collection of short stories about popular culture

The Pop History Dig - a collection of short stories about popular culture | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Pop History Dig - a collection of short stories about popular culture - its history, its people, and its power."

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Relevant resources to teach American history through the popular culture lens... most interesting :o)

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Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class

Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

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Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:27 PM

Print this for sentence frames

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Interactive Whiteboard Tips | Teaching Ideas

Interactive Whiteboard Tips | Teaching Ideas | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

ICT - A selection of tips and ideas for making the most of an interactive whiteboard - age range : 5 to 11

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Halloween | The Guardian

Halloween | The Guardian | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Latest news and comment on Halloween from guardian.co.uk..."

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The editor's pick : snaps sharing, Halloween events, scariest songs, Halloween dog parade in New York...

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