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The trail of the magpie: How foreign words create exceptions to the rules

The trail of the magpie: How foreign words create exceptions to the rules | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Ian Brookes is a freelance writer and editor based in Scotland. He has edited a number of dictionaries and has written books about spelling, writing, and punctuation. In this post he takes a look at where some of our words have come from.
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The Story of Sounds: Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/

The Story of Sounds:  Episode 21: Discovering the vowel /e/ | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
It’s a lot of fun working with the vowel /e/. Just about every language has one or more versions of this sound.
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Introducing the pronunciation chart at beginner level

A question from Kathryn Irwin Hello Adrian, I just wondered if you have any tips or advice about introducing the chart to beginner or elementary level students? What kinds of activities would you recommend in the first few lessons?
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Spontaneity, improvisation and teaching pronunciation

Spontaneity, improvisation and teaching pronunciation | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
In the last few years I have been exploring the role of spontaneity and improvisation in teaching, and have written and spoken about it here and there (IATEFL TD Newsletters 2009/2010; ETP issue 82, 2012 (with Alan Maley); IATEFL Conference … Continue...
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Warming Up the Gears: 7 Fun, Field-Tested Vocal Exercises

Warming Up the Gears: 7 Fun, Field-Tested Vocal Exercises | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Getting students speaking is one of the toughest challenges a language teacher can face.
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Drilling

To most English language teachers, drilling is perhaps one of the most detested and underused skill. Inexperienced teachers often do not see the point to drilling. They may not drill for fear of boring their students stiff as they believe they should be filling their classroom time with more interesting activities. One thing is for certain: the total absence of drilling, or drilling ineffectively, will always result in students getting embarrassed when practice activities are botched and teachers getting frustrated because target language is not mastered and lesson aims not achieved.

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Valentine’s Typing

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Level:  Primary Language Focus: Alphabet Skills Focus: Pronunciation Game: Valentine’s Typing This game is used to practice and consolidate the pronunciation of the letters of the alphabet.  It can be played either in a connected classroom or a...
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Sound Discrimination with KRS-One

Sound Discrimination with KRS-One | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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ESL Hip Hop anyone? This lesson is a novel way to focus on /f/ and /v/ and the blog has plenty of other lesson ideas based on hip hop. Credit for this Scoop is with Carissa Peck and her Melting Activities blog.

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The Story of Sounds: Episode 16: Using /iː/ and /uː/ to locate the ‘tongue button’

The Story of Sounds:  Episode 16: Using /iː/ and /uː/ to locate the ‘tongue button’ | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
When exploring sounds it is always helpful to keep in mind this important fact: Consonants have relatively fixed places in the mouth where the sound is produced.
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