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Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp

Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

The online classroom can at times seem like a very cold space and building a supportive and friendly environment for students while getting a clear idea of their capabilities can be quite challenging. Having some zero preparation activities up your sleeve to get students speaking can be a real benefit. 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 26, 2014 5:02 AM

Some tips for worming up the online classroom.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 27, 2014 3:00 AM

Usefuuuuuuul!!!

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Using the webcam to develop pronunciation

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of.  So here are a few tips and examples to help you use your webcam to help with your students’ pronunciation.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:23 AM

This is my latest post for the EnglishUp Teachers' Blog. This one is about using the webcam to help develop pronunciation when teaching online.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:11 PM

Reinforcing the visual intelligence realm -- with particular applicability for higher ed  EL pedagogy

Janet McQueen's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:11 PM

A great idea to support ELLs pronunciation in the classroom by using webcam. 

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Global Citizenship Education | UNESCO | Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/

 


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How to Achieve True Learner Engagement: Tap Into These Core Motivators

How to Achieve True Learner Engagement: Tap Into These Core Motivators | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
Do you know what your learners want and what makes them actually complete your eLearning course? Understand the science behind what motivates people and there you'll find the answers.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 23, 2014 9:25 PM

Teaching is an invitation into learning. Teaching is about relating and piquing curiousity.

 

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M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, December 27, 2014 10:28 AM

I agree whith that

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VOA Learning English - Chocolate Improves Memory and Heart Health

VOA Learning English - Chocolate Improves Memory and Heart Health | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
 
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
Can eating a chocolate bar every day really prevent age-related memory loss?
No.
Can eating chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner be good for your heart?

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity) becomes a real issue. Teachers need to be able to critically  assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across. This could be done through adopting a critical thinking lens to filter things that could otherwise unconsciously affect one's stance and interpretation of  a given meaning.

Juliet Hinrichsen and Antony Coombs from University of Greenwich developed this excellent framework to help you understand the concept of critical digital literacy. This framework is made up of 5 dimensions:


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 11, 2014 1:20 PM

ALFABETIZACIÓN DIGITAL CRÍTICA aquí encontramos cinco dimensiones...Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 12, 2014 2:10 AM

This topic is crucial for all educators. "Teachers need to be able to critically  assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across." And it doesn't matter where the materials are published. Can't agree more...

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 12, 2014 12:14 PM

About five years ago, I worked with a large suburban school on developing awareness and teaching/learning skill sets in the area of critical literacy. The nuances of digital and even print text within structure and conventions suggests meaning that extends far beyond the alphabetic word. This framework would have been a helpful tool to ground discussion and build understanding. 

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5 Levels of Personalized Learning | EDUcation | Infographic

5 Levels of Personalized Learning | EDUcation | Infographic | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
5 levels of personalized learning.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Personalized+Learning

 


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CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets

CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

CommonLit is a nonprofit organisation building an open-source, free collection of news, poetry, and stories to support literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking.


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Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 4:16 PM

Cool!  I'm an English teacher, and anything that helps to promote literacy and exposure to new and interesting texts gets an A in my book.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 5, 5:57 PM

Choose a theme - choose a discussion question - choose a text.

Open-source resources offering a great range for primary through to year 12 students.

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, February 11, 9:07 AM

These texts can be downloaded and are aimed at varying literacy levels. The topics are broad and can be used to promote critical thinking. In an ELT context they could be used to form the basis of discussions. The text worksheets also contain questions to encourage reflection and debate.

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Six Alternatives to Book Reports

Six Alternatives to Book Reports | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

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Marinhos's curator insight, September 23, 2014 3:59 PM

Estímulo para a reflexão e a escrita. Mas pelo que sei só funciona em iPad.

Diane Ilkiw's curator insight, September 24, 2014 9:23 AM

Love this idea

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Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times

Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

by Rory O'Connor

 

How One School Teaches It

"Using an approach acquired from the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and after training at the center’s summer institutes, the principal and staff at Intermediate School 303, a New York City public middle school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, implemented a program to encourage students to become smarter readers and analysts.

"In its curriculum, the school stresses concepts like the need to evaluate information and sources. Each week the sixth, seventh and eighth graders at I.S. 303 study the concepts and learn how to apply them to current stories in the news.

"Sometimes they use free educational media materials like these, created and distributed for classroom use by Stony Brook and often featuring journalists and reporting from The New York Times.

"The lessons are then shared more broadly throughout E.L.A., Social Studies and other courses — as well as at home with parents, siblings and friends."


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Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam-Webster Online | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

description by The Scout Report

 

"Every writer needs a dictionary. The Merriam-Webster app provides "America's most useful and respected dictionary," plus synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, and many other bonus functions. It's free, it's easy, and it's available for iPhone and iPad (iOS 7.0+) as well as Android (2.3.3+)."


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Anita Rissler's curator insight, November 8, 2014 4:44 AM

Utmärkt synonymlexikon nu gratis på nätet!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:44 AM

This one is my favorite online dictionary. Easy to use.  Definitions understandable even for kids.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 16, 2014 7:50 PM

The M-W app should be part of the chromebooks we have at mps. I wonder if it can't be installed because it's Android not chrome... Some chromebooks take android apps, but would this one? If you read this and know the answer please drop me a line. I would like to make a suggestion to have the MW app added if it's compatible.

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Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten | Tech Learning ~ Tech & Learning

Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten | Tech Learning ~ Tech & Learning | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to help teach writing. This is a lesson on prefixes, suffixes, and roots using, among other resources, the lyrics of the song, Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield.  The extremely detailed lesson plan includes a rap song about prefixes, suffixes, and roots, notes about root words, and add-ons, and a work sheet of commonly used prefixes. There is also a graphic organizer tied to the song, Unwritten.This is a great lesson for middle school students.

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Writing suggestions for visual learners with need for writing output adaptations.PDF


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 2, 2013 5:44 PM

Useful and practical ideas for students who struggle with writing output.  

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So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil

So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

In the last 2 years I have interviewed over 100 candidates in Brazil, all of which were in English because no other language unites an international company like ours. Only 40% of these candidates were fluent in English and the rest didn’t even make it past the 1st round even though they had excellent experience.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 28, 2014 5:48 AM

An article with a good infographic on the importance of learning English.

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10 Habits for successful English language learning

10 Habits for successful English language learning | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

Here are some tips to help you build good learning habits and make your lessons more productive and to make English language learning part of your life.


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nicolaperry's curator insight, January 9, 7:16 AM

Not rocket science but good basic sound advice.

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, January 21, 11:41 AM

Useful habits to help any language learner

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, February 8, 2:44 PM

Good summary

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Merry Christmas

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RATOMAHENINA HARRY's curator insight, December 24, 2014 2:33 AM

SCOOP Team . Big boss . Joyeux noel Solidaire , a Tous et a Toutes .

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5 Presentation Predictions for 2015

5 Presentation Predictions for 2015 | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

With 2015 fast approaching, I’m going to use my futuristic lens on once again, and offer my 5 presentation predictions for this upcoming year.


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Arjun Rajagopalan's comment, December 24, 2014 10:50 PM
No question at all, we have come a long way from having Powerpoint as the king of the heap of presentation software. The variety of options on offer, and the range of capabilities are wide, diverse and individually tailored to the needs of presenters. The day of one-package-does-it-all is over. Microsoft themselves seem to have realised it and ar pitching Sway as the successor to Powerpoint. Interesting times ahead.
RATOMAHENINA HARRY's curator insight, December 25, 2014 1:39 PM

Merci a SCOOP IT Big boss . Merci a tous pour votre position et attitude " WE CHANGE THE WORLD " .

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, February 12, 1:15 PM

Great predictions.

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What Can Popular Presents Tell Us About Linguistics? A (Metaphorical) Gift Guide.

What Can Popular Presents Tell Us About Linguistics? A (Metaphorical) Gift Guide. | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
Mele Kalikimaka may be the Hawaiian way to shine your linguistic star this holiday season, but how can us word-nerds and language-curious types share our passion in a more tangible way? Is there anything to spin our dreidels and jingle our bells that isn’t yet another grammar guide? Of course there is! While they...

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5 Levels of Personalized Learning | EDUcation | Infographic

5 Levels of Personalized Learning | EDUcation | Infographic | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
5 levels of personalized learning.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Personalized+Learning

 


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10 Trends for 2015

10 Trends for 2015 by Havas Worldwide. While two years ago, the report noted the coming rise in “co-” words (co-create, co-parent, copreneur), for 2015 “self-” is the overriding idea.


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Josie Gibson's curator insight, December 12, 2014 3:24 PM

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http://richardverkley2.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/want-to-know-who-is-richard-verkley/

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 14, 2014 2:19 PM

Very interesting predictions.  Worth looking at if marketing and strategy are your interests.  

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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

The Best Children’s Books of 2014 | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

by Marie Popova

 

"This is certainly the case with the most intelligent and imaginative “children’s” and picture-books published this year. (Because the best children’s books provide, as Tolkien believed, perennial delight, step into the time machine and revisit previous selections for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.)"

 

Jim Lerman's insight: Popova's post is lavishly illustrated with images from the 15 books she selected for this year's list. Fans may wish to visit her list of winners for the previous 4 years as well.


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Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches."


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Donna Farren's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:51 PM

Wow!  What a great tool! 

Mónica Beloso's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:40 PM

agregar su visión ...

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

"The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."


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Bruno Koffi's curator insight, November 15, 2014 10:01 AM

An article worth sharing. Offers a wide variety of topics of discussion and composition

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 2014 7:24 PM

To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 2014 3:14 AM

Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now

Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It's the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give a r...


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 2014 1:38 AM
Some cool writing tips for sharing the joy of writing!
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 2014 7:27 PM

Great ideas for writing lessons together with a partner!