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Browse the Digital Public Library of America

Browse the Digital Public Library of America | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
The Digital Public Library of America is a huge collection of digitized artifacts and exhibits from museums and libraries across the United States. Through the DPLA you can find documents, books, images, audio recordings, and video clips.
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This looks like a fascinating resource. It seems to be open to developers to create different apps based on resources. There are photo / video exhibtions, archives, timelines, etc.

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Amoeba, Amoeba: a hilarious game, fun to film

Amoeba, Amoeba: a hilarious game, fun to film | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Also from last week's session in Zaragoza…
Here's one that my daughter Isabel brought back from Canada last summer and which I suggest as a fun activity to do with young learners, perhaps in the last 10 minutes of an "animal vocabulary" lesson.
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This sounds fun. You might have to think about how to word the instructions though.

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YouTube Videos for Merit School Teachers

YouTube Videos for Merit School Teachers | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

Tonnes of videos: supplementary clips for the classroom, methodology clips, presentations and lectures, and songs.

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David Corp's comment, April 15, 2013 7:52 AM
Any other teachers free to use them of course!
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Reading for pleasure – Activities to get students involved

Reading for pleasure – Activities to get students involved | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Continuing the Reading for Pleasure series, Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, looks at ways of involving students in the reading process.
So, we’ve started our class library. Students have the books and many have begun reading them.
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The Poetry Idea Engine Helps Students Create Poems

The Poetry Idea Engine Helps Students Create Poems | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
April is poetry month. At least that's what Scholastic tells me. Scholastic has assembled a big list of lesson resources for teaching poetry this month. One of the resources that I really like is the Poetry Idea Engine.
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Writing for an academic Journal

Writing for an academic Journal | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Do you want to write an article for an academic journal? Don’t know how to get started? Graham Hall, editor of ELT Journal, offers some advice.
What’s your view of ‘theory’ and ‘research’ in English language teaching?
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Why has the lexical approach been so long in coming?

Why has the lexical approach been so long in coming? | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Twenty years after Michael Lewis used computer research to show that the phrases and word groups used in English hold the key to learning the language, not grammar rules and vocabulary, ELT remains resistant to changeOpinion Twenty years after the...
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Khan Academy founder on the future of teaching

Sal Khan discusses his video-based learning system, which departs from traditional lecture-seminar methods of teaching
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In this short interview, Sal Khan gives a brief explanation of what the flipped classroom is. What are the benefits of flipping your classes? How could you flip your classes?

 

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Incomplete sentences? Sure! Why not?

Incomplete sentences? Sure! Why not? | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
My latest article for TheWeek.com is up, and it’s on the oft-maligned “sentence fragments”: It’s totally okay to write incomplete sentences A few readers have pointed out, as I rather thought someone might, that Shakespeare isn’t really the best...
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This is my forté, although mine don't usually make sense.

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The pitfalls of exam preparation

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Ahead of his talk at IATEFL Liverpool, Zoltan Rezmuves looks at some of the tough choices that must be made when preparing students for exams.
What’s your main goal in teaching English?
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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
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I particularly think that number 8 is important.
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7 Good Virtual Tours for Students

7 Good Virtual Tours for Students | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
You might not be able to take your students on field trips to all of the places that they learn about in your classroom, but thanks to the web you can take them on virtual trips to many neat places.
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Demand High – A Delta Experimental Practice

Demand High – A Delta Experimental Practice | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This interesting article by Simon Richardson is about his experience of using Demand High as an Experimental Practice on Module 2 of the Cambridge Delta.  It might inspire you if you are considering which Experimental Practice to try.
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Welcome

Hope you find this round-up of articles, lesson plans and other tit-bits for language teachers useful. Skim through the items and click on the ones that interest you. If you want to get a daily summary sent straight to your email, then click on 'follow'. If you've got any links you want to share, just click on 'suggest'.

By the way, the logo picture is by Kevin Dooley. Creative commons on Flickr. Check it out if you want some photos to use in class but don't want to infringe copyright!

 

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