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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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Jonathan's English: Language learning and Mind Mapping

Jonathan's English: Language learning and Mind Mapping | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

Can mind maps help you to learn a language? This article will explain why mind maps are useful to anyone wishing to learn a new language and will also show you how to use mind maps in language learning.

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Vocab Swap

Vocab Swap | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This is a short activity you can use to practise or revise vocabulary.  All the students are involved in speaking and actively listening and it can be used as a warmer, a game or a filler.
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Who is the Oxford 3,000™ actually for?

Who is the Oxford 3,000™ actually for? | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Bjorn Candel is an EFL teacher in the UAE. In this post, he looks at how the Oxford 3,000™ – a list of the 3,000 most important words in English – can be used with EFL students.
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St. George? Total legend.

St. George? Total legend. | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Marcus Lodwick’s The Gallery Companion: Understanding Western Art describes Saint George as “a totally legendary saint whose existence has been in doubt since the fifth century”.
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Words and phrases: frequency, genres, collocates, concordances, synonyms, and WordNet

Words and phrases: frequency, genres, collocates, concordances, synonyms, and WordNet | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

Would some of your students be better suited to Medieval times? Use this website to show them that their ´moreovers´ and ´furthermores´ are best kept for academic circles and the Round Table!

 

Also great for exam classes!

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Too Big to Comprehend – Listening for Detail: numbers

Too Big to Comprehend – Listening for Detail: numbers | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
A designer Lessons ESL lesson plan developed by George Chilton This is a Business English class designed for an advanced group of students, with the aim of testing their detailed listening and note taking skills.
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Get Students Using Different Words

Get Students Using Different Words | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
In fifth grade my teacher Ms. Sipe outlawed “four letter words.” She wasn’t referring to swearing; she didn’t want us to use words like: good, nice, or tall. She thought we could use better words:  noble, pleasant, or towering.
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I also remember a teacher banning us from using 'nice'.  Which is probably why I use it so much nowadays. Anyway, this is a nice little idea...

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Teacher Marija ESL: Building Vocabulary

Teacher Marija ESL: Building Vocabulary | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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Some interesting ideas for promoting vocab learning...your students will need smartphones/computers, though.

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The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is…

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is… | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

(Illustration © Barry Hall, cube fish media)   "It’s that time of the year again. With a fanfare and a drum roll, it’s time to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year."

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Guessing Meaning From Context

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Level: Upper intermediate+ Location: Computer room Skills Focus: Reading Language focus: Guessing meaning from context Game: Something Amiss As an autonomous learner there are times when you come across a word that you don’t know and there’s...
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If you've got access to a computer room or can think of other ways for studens to do it - homework maybe?

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V is for Vocabulary teaching

V is for Vocabulary teaching | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
A teacher educator in Norway reports on how she has used ideas from my book How to Teacher Vocabulary (2002) on an in-service course for local primary and lower secondary school teachers.
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Lexical notebooks or vocabulary cards?

Few would doubt that students should leave a lesson with some kind of transcript of it: be it a notebook or, if technology allows, pages from an Interactive WhiteBoard (IWB) emailed to your students – in order to be able to go over the material...
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