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ESL Library - English Lesson Plans, English Flashcards, for ESL Teachers

ESL Library - English Lesson Plans, English Flashcards, for ESL Teachers | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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ESL Library offers great materials on a variety of topics that interest students. I love how they provide well leveled materials for all skills.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, February 10, 2013 1:42 PM

 Business English lesson plans that follow an ongoing storyline in an office setting. This full Business course follows Lee from the beginning of his job search until the day he signs his resignation letter.

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Does China have a secret plan to take America’s place?

Does China have a secret plan to take America’s place? | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
In the bestselling but controversial new book "The Hundred-Year Marathon," author and former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury argues that China is angling to replace the United States as a global superpower. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews Pillsbury about what he thinks the U.S. can do to counteract the “secret strategy.”
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PBS had a very interesting article by an one-time "Panda Hugger." I think he still appreciates China, but isn't looking at their politics with rose-colored glasses.

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Presentation Zen: Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

Presentation Zen: Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis...
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What a great idea. The students must present the story boards for their presentations and get peer feedback.

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10 Quotes by Sherlock Holmes

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Last week during my online class with Ana, we discussed the latest Sherlock episode she had just watched. She told me that she has always had a passionate interest in Sherlock Holmes.

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My students are reading Sherlock Holmes short stories and "Hound of the Baskervilles."
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Susan Kelly's curator insight, November 22, 2013 9:43 PM
Remember - Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
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Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating - Telegraph

Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating  - Telegraph | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
What should have been a hushed scene of 800 Chinese students diligently sitting their university entrance exams erupted into siege warfare after invigilators tried to stop them from cheating.
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Seems parents think their children have a right to cheat.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Resources for Teaching & Learning About Shakespeare

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Resources for Teaching & Learning About Shakespeare | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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We're reading Romeo and Juliet now.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 24, 2013 2:39 AM

Different resorces to learn about the famous bard and his language

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'Sherlock' series 3 - The latest on-set photos from 221B - Hypable

'Sherlock' series 3 - The latest on-set photos from 221B - Hypable | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
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'Sherlock' series 3 - The latest on-set photos from 221B
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This time a second Sherlock crew member has joined in on the fun of sharing pcs. He appears to have been inspired by Arwel Jones, who started this trend and continues it on.
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Cannot wait. My students and I love this program!

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ELT Reflections

ELT Reflections | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Musings of a teacher always in training (I am starting something new and I would appreciate your feedback | ELT Reflections http://t.co/gVJ3DpWYrR #elt #tesol #eltchat #ellchat)...
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An interesting blog, particularly if you're relatively new to the field.

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The world's low-cost English teacher

The world's low-cost English teacher | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
With low fees and US call-centre accents, the Philippines is rapidly growing as a place to learn English. (Philippines a new player in the ESL field - face to face and online!
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More competition = more job insecurity. Not what we need, but that's capitalism.

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

"The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0."


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How I'd love to use these ideas. However, we're so behind the times vis-a-vis technology at my school.

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Peter Evans's comment, July 19, 2013 2:28 PM
A useful summary table although I'd emphasise that the different 'versions' of education all have their place - v2.0 does not supercede v1.0
Elke Watson's comment, July 19, 2013 4:49 PM
Thank you. I'm not quite ready myself to do away with teaching professionals or brick and mortal education. I value learning in a group context. I found the second summary table more useful (pedagogy, andragogy, heutagogy)
Veronica Hoyos's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:22 PM

We could talk of the evolution from Education 2.0 to education 3.0 after carrying an evaluation on the impact of the Web 2.0 in education

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Students with Learning Difficulties and ESL Teachers

Students with Learning Difficulties and ESL Teachers | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
When I think about teaching English as a foreign language, I think about having a class with students who will have a range of different abilities within a particular level.
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I have taught such students and they're a joy, but you need to expand your understanding.

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FLIPPED CLASSROOM - CLASSE INVERSEE | An INFOGRAPHIC introduction

FLIPPED CLASSROOM - CLASSE INVERSEE | An INFOGRAPHIC introduction | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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What is the flipped foreign language classroom like? Who's tried it?

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Monica MIRZA's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:53 PM

A plain and detailed infographic that helps you figure it out.

 

Marylin Alvarez's comment, April 16, 2013 9:57 AM
great thanks =)
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Beginnings, and their educational importance

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“You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing.” – PLATO, The Republic, Book II. Where to begin? – an essential question in ...
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Agree or disagree, Grant Wiggins always offers thought provoking commentary.

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Misconceptions about English | Mental Floss


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Did you know all this?

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Monica MIRZA's curator insight, May 15, 6:42 PM

Mental Floss  debunks common misconceptions in weekly video shows.

This one discusses some misconceptions about English.

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Yucui Shanghai Education Consultancy Co. Ltd.

Yucui Shanghai Education Consultancy Co. Ltd. | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Welcome to my neighborhood! After traveling to 17 countries, and working as a teacher for 7 years, 3 of which I spent teaching in Asia I decided to work with Yucui Shanghai Education Consultancy Co...
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Talk about a bait and switch. These poor teachers were led astray and exploited.

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Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action | Video on TED.com

"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa.
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This would be a good presentation for class discussion. What do students think about transportation? How do they get around? How do they feel about cars when they aren't driving in them? How can bus service improve? How can a mayor convince people this is a better way?

 

Also, it's a good prompt for role plays.

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“English in China: A Miraculous and Conflicted Encounter” by Joel Heng Hartse | The Font

“English in China: A Miraculous and Conflicted Encounter” by Joel Heng Hartse | The Font | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
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Fascinating new way of understanding the role of English in China.

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Govt says ‘no timetable’ to resume work on collapsed tunnel project linking Macau to Hengqin

Govt says ‘no timetable’ to resume work on collapsed tunnel project linking Macau to Hengqin | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
The Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) said Sunday that it had not yet set a timetable to resume construction of a tunnel that will connect Cotai and the University of Macau’s future campus on Zhuhai’s Henqin Island, after part of the...
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This is an old story, 2012. Still I hope the tunnel's finished and safe!

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Audit slams govt for ‘inadequate’ Hengqin Island UM campus cost estimates

Audit slams govt for ‘inadequate’ Hengqin Island UM campus cost estimates | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
The Audit Commission (CA) has criticised the government’s Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) for its failure to correctly assess the budget for the new campus of the public University of Macau (UM) in Hengqin Island, asserting that any &ldq...
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I'm thinking of working here. Trying to find out what's going on at the school. Lots of confusion according to the emails I've gotten.

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From My Students

From My Students | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Here are a few short films and YouKu discoveries my students have shared recently.
from Spain
from Pixar
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Every day we begin our lesson with a short film that a student has found and introduces. Here are a few.

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British Council LearnEnglish

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LearnEnglish is the BritishCouncil's website for learners of English.
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I like using their videos to portray grammar.

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James Ramirez's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:51 PM

Extremely useful

 

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Dating game

Dating game | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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My students seem too shy to tackle this, even though our current unit is on men and women, dating and such.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:31 AM

Nice way to introduce dating as a communicative issue!

James Ramirez's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:52 PM

Seems interesting

And fun

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The 21st century skill students really lack. | ...

The 21st century skill students really lack. | ... | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Most teachers t think that students today have a problem paying attention. They seem impatient, easily bored.
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Murakami gives 1st public lecture in Japan in 18 years

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Bestselling author Haruki Murakami said Monday that writing a novel is like descending to a very dark second basement of your psyche, when you are not even sure where the corridors are.

In a rare public appearance by the publicity-shy but wildly popular writer, Murakami spoke at a seminar entitled “Observe soul, write soul” in Kyoto.

“For novelists or musicians, if they really want to create something, they need to go downstairs and find a passage to get into the second basement,” Murakami said, comparing the human mind with a building. “What I want to do is to go down there, but still stay sane.”

About 500 Murakami fans won a ticket for the seminar at Kyoto University, the author’s first public appearance in Japan for 18 years.

Press coverage was strictly regulated, with reporters barred from using audio or video equipment to record his speech and no photographs allowed of the author on stage.

Murakami, who wore casual salmon pink trousers and blue training shoes with a light green jacket, said he is fiercely private and hates the idea of being recognized easily on the street.

“Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away,” he said. “If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful.”

Murakami’s last public appearances in his native Japan were at book-readings in the wake of the 1995 earthquake that leveled much of the western city of Kobe, Japanese media said.

The Monday seminar was held to mark the establishment of a literary prize in memory of late clinical psychologist Hayao Kawai, an old friend of Murakami.

The event also came less than a month after the publication of his latest novel: “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi” (Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage).

The book tells the story of a young man struggling with an ordeal in his past, who uses the support offered by a romance to get back on his feet.

The author said he had experienced something similar even if not as bad as what the main character, Tsukuru Tazaki, had undergone.

“When you get really hurt, you would want to hide the trauma from other people’s eyes and try to get past it, but you cannot leave it behind easily,” he said. “What he experienced, I think is very real.”

Murakami recalled the time he interviewed a young woman who lost her husband in the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

“It was about half an hour later when I got on a train after the interview that tears suddenly welled up in my eyes. I could not stop crying for about an hour after that,” he said. “That kind of experience means a lot to me. It comes back even when I am writing a different story.”

Murakami’s latest novel is set to become one of the fastest selling Japanese novels in recent years, with a print run of a million copies to meet anticipated demand in the first week of sales.

No definitive sales figures have yet been released.

It is Murakami’s first work in three years and comes after the final installment of the acclaimed “1Q84”—a three-part novel containing the usual Murakami mixture of parallel universes, bizarre characters and surrealist happenings as the lives of a female murderer and a male novelist intertwine.

“1Q84”, which can be read as “1984” in Japanese, was a worldwide phenomenon.

Murakami’s novels, which have drawn international praise and been translated into around 40 languages, include “Norwegian Wood”, “Kafka on the Shore” and “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”.

The author, who divides his time between the U.S. and Japan, has a huge following. Fans praise his lyrical and surreal prose, which often takes as its subject Japanese people living on the margins of a homogenous society.

© 2013 AFP


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Saint Patrick's Day - ESL Resources

Saint Patrick's Day - ESL Resources | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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The 17th will be here before you know it.

 

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