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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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Why Education Needs Augmented—Not Artificial—Intelligence (EdSurge News)

Why Education Needs Augmented—Not Artificial—Intelligence (EdSurge News) | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Education technology has a public relations problem. In a space where words carry wide currency, our choice of language matters.That’s why I’m troubled by Artificial Intelligence (AI). At a time when educators need assurances that digital innovations will work for them, the fundamental premise of th

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Many educatiors don't know much about Augmented Intelligence or Augmented Reality. I haven't used it with my students, but would love to. This article is well worth reading.
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John Rudkin's curator insight, October 10, 2016 2:56 AM
...and it is so accessible.
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Worth reading and using...
 
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Top 10 Tips for Doing E-Research at College

Top 10 Tips for Doing E-Research at College | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
A research librarian at Harvard University offers advice on how to find information for that paper.

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Megan Poindexter's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:38 PM

21st century learning skills emphasize the importance of students being college ready. Research is part of the list of college readiness skills and while this article gives tips directed to college students it can easily be translated to the secondary level. 

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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, 2015 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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SocialCops | Better Data, Smarter Decisions

SocialCops | Better Data, Smarter Decisions | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
At SocialCops, we're on a mission to solve the most pressing problems facing humanity through data.
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I use Social Cops with my EAP university students to show them the best practices of writing about data. 

Native speakers can certainly benefit from this illuminating site as well.

Take a look. It's engaging and well done.
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TOP TEN DATABASE SEARCH TIPS : Library

TOP TEN DATABASE SEARCH TIPS : Library | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it

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A few good tips for researching. I'd also add that you should brainstorm a variety of search terms. You'd be surprised by the differences in applying terms.
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Megan Poindexter's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:41 PM

Database sources are arguably the most credible when conducting research. Berkley's database search tips help guide students in database use to maximize the value of database sources.

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Final Exams or Epic Finales

Final Exams or Epic Finales | Gems for EFL Teachers | Scoop.it
Instead of a multiple-choice final, try ending the semester with one last, memorable learning experience.
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Hmm. In China we can't do too much that's this creative. Still I try to do what I can within parameters. My finals are only worth 10% of the grade.

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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.

Via Thomas Faltin, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
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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
Hypable
'Sherlock' series 3 - The latest on-set photos from 221B
Hypable
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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