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Famous People English Lessons: Biographies and ESL Lesson Plans

Famous People Lessons: Ready-to-print handouts (164 so far) for English lessons on the lives of famous people. FREE Word and PDF downloads.
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This site was recently recommended to me as a source of interesting and engaging reading and listening texts and of related exercises to develop comprehension and language knowledge.
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FutureLearn — Learning for Life

FutureLearn — Learning for Life | ELT | Scoop.it
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This website hosts free courses run by British higher education institutes including Open University and the University of Lancaster.
Some of the courses available are related to linguistics.

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Learning Theory Concept Map - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory Concept Map - What are the established learning theories? | ELT | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey...
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A very useful overview of learning theory presented visually.
With thanks to Mohamed Jlasi for the recommendation.

 

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Learning Strategies: Learn to Think in English! - YouTube

If you speak with a lot of pauses and hesitations, but you want to speak English fluently and naturally like a native English speaker, the secret is... Learn...
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Learners are often advised to 'think in English' but they are rarely taught 'how' to do so.  This video offers a graded progression for encouraging learners to 'think it English.'  The first grade of 'thinking in English' is suitable even for low-level students.
The video is designed for language learners, but I feel that the content is also useful for teachers and instructors.

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busuu - Learn languages for free online

busuu - Learn languages for free online | ELT | Scoop.it
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A learning resource that can be accessed online by students at home.  Its free membership provides access to the majority of the site (although there are frequent prompts to upgrade, some of which are quite obstructive), The website also has an associated app.
The site can be encouraged to support independent learning and autonomy.

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LearnEnglish Apps | LearnEnglish | British Council

LearnEnglish Apps | LearnEnglish | British Council | ELT | Scoop.it
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Sometimes it feels like the students' smartphones are a teachers worst enemy.  But you can work with this technology instead of against it.  Encourage your students to work autonomously in their free time....if they download relevant apps, they'll be carrying the means to practise English in their pockets.
*** But check for in-app purchases before recommending them to students, some have a combination of free and pay-on-demand content.***

 

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Quizlet

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We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
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Encourage your students to work independently using quizlet, a website for creating flashcards, and learning from them using quizzes, games and tests.
You can:

- create a set of flashcards for the learners,
- point them to an existing set of flashcards,

- encourage them to make their own flashcards,

- encourage them to search existing flashcards for useful vocabulary sets.

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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | ELT | Scoop.it
We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.
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A great website for getting graded reading and listening texts for your learners.  Each news story is presented in three levels of difficulty, meaning that you can choose the one that is most appropriate for your group of learners.

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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language | ELT | Scoop.it
This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages.
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A wide range of American English listening texts and simple activities. A useful self-study resource, or thematic listening texts that can easily be slipped into a lesson.
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Inspirational Video (from Educating Yorkshire) - Giving Musharaf a Voice

British School Boy Musharaf has had a stammer from a very young age. With the help of his teachers, he is eventually able to over come it in time for an English teacher."

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In any profession it is important to feel inspired and to know that your role as a teacher is, potentially, of value.  I think this video really shows the important role teachers have in empowering students.
The student in the article also wrote an article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/educating-yorkshire-channel-4-stammer

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That’s Plagiarism?: Teaching Paraphrase Skills to Pre-university Students

That’s Plagiarism?: Teaching Paraphrase Skills to Pre-university Students | ELT | Scoop.it
Learning how to paraphrase another’s words is difficult for any writer, even more so for nonnative speakers who come from countries that don’t have any concept of plagiarism. Man
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With thanks to J.Rosen for the recommendation.

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Resources for learners with dyslexia

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Not many people know that Headway publishes Dyslexic-friendly versions of all their 'Headway 4th edition' reading texts on their website.
These resources can help you differentiate your teaching to cater to the needs of individual students.

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The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Your ESL Students

The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Your ESL Students | ELT | Scoop.it
If you haven't witnessed the explosion of Smartphone popularity, you have been living under a rock. Thousands upon thousands of applications are available from Apple’s App Store,
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More ideas to try to engage your techno-savy students and to encourage language learning, retrieval and practice outside the classroom.  Some of the apps are free, some offer in-app purchases for expanding the app, and some must be paid for.

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The Right Reader

The Right Reader | ELT | Scoop.it
Penguin Readers are a carefully graded collection of Readers that enable English language learners to enjoy reading whatever their language level.
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Extensive reading is widely considered to be an excellent way of ensuring quality graded input for learners, to maximise langauge acquisition.  However it can be difficult to choose the correct level for your students.  Use this guide by Penguin to help your students' choose the best books within their range.

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Learning English - Words in the News

Learning English - Words in the News | ELT | Scoop.it
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A great source of video and written news stories, and associated exercises, designed for learners of English.  There is a great range of stories to select so it's quite easy to find something of relevance or interest.  The video stories are shorter and more accessible, whereas in my experience the general news stories are more difficult.

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Introduction to Teaching Pronunciation Workshop - Adrian Underhill (COMPLETE) - YouTube

Due to popular demand we've now made the whole 1 hour 'Introduction to teaching pronunciation' video by Adrian Underhill available for you to view. We hope y...
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This practical demonstation is a great introduction to segmental pronunciation teaching.  It's conducted by the author of 'Sound Foundations', Adrian Underhill.
Pronunciation Teaching is widely avoided by English teachers; many teachers just don't know how to approach it in a systematic and informed manner.  This video may help overcome some of our uncertainties.

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