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A photocopier or an iPhone: which is more powerful?

A photocopier or an iPhone: which is more powerful? | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
The slide, above, comes from a session I gave on a CELTA course at IH Barcelona last week, during which I asked the question which gives this post its title, referring to their possible use in a language classroom.
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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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Webinars - YouTube

Webinars - YouTube | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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If you can't attend the Cambridge English webinars, you can catch up with them here.
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97% Love Match

97% Love Match | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Ben Brand titled 97% and the themes of apps and dating. Students talk about the apps they commonly use, do a dictation, watch a short film and retell a story.
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Macmillan Education Online Conference

Macmillan Education Online Conference | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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Free online webinars on teaching adults, YLs, Life Skills ...

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Materials related to these lessons are at ESL Discussions.com

13,000 discussion and conversation questions for speaking practice. 650 FREE ESL lesson plans, handouts, worksheets and downloads. Controversial and mainstream topics.
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A positive learning environment: establishing expectations

A positive learning environment: establishing expectations | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This is the third of a four-part series of articles from Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, about establishing a positive learning environment in the classroom.
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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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Jenga in the classroom

Jenga in the classroom | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Everyone loves playing Jenga. If you watch the video below even cats fall victim to this addicting game! 
How can we take this fun game and make it educational?
There are several ways!
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This looks fun. Word of advice though...don't try playing Jenga with a 3 year old like I did - he only wanted to knock it over :(

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All-time favourite listening comprehension activity

All-time favourite listening comprehension activity | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
A few further comments on an idea I tweeted earlier today… Listening task that always works well, B2+: transcribe 60 sec video news http://t.co/K55Ud1wfnH then discuss #ELT — Tom Walton (@Tom_IHBCN) June 1, 2014   I've been doing this with classes...
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Football Remembers | British Council Schools Online

Football Remembers | British Council Schools Online | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

I don't much like footba

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I'm not mad about football but this looks like a nice project with resources that could be used / adapted in the EFL classroom.

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35 common English proverbs

35 common English proverbs | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Each and every language has hundreds of such sayings, but as English is the language at hand, here are 35 common English proverbs for you to enjoy learning.
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In Pursuit of Comfortable Intelligibility

In Pursuit of Comfortable Intelligibility | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Last month I made a pronunciation workshop and lecture tour in Thailand, Vietnam and China. It was immaculately organised by the local teams of Macmillan Education and attended by lively, interesting and informed local teachers.
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The sweetest waitress

The sweetest waitress | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Sweeney and Todd is a well-known pie restaurant in Reading, UK. In 2015, I went there with my brother and we were served by the proprietor, June. As you can see, June is a bit of a star. And she allowed me to film her at work.
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HOW DO WE INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY IN MY SCHOOL? PART I – IN MY SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY IS THE TOOL, NOT THE FOCUS | Aysin Alp's Blog

HOW DO WE INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY IN MY SCHOOL? PART I – IN MY SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY IS THE TOOL, NOT THE FOCUS | Aysin Alp's Blog | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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How to integrate technology into lessons but keep it as the tool not the focus.
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How to integrate technology into lessons but keep it as the tool not the focus.

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añada su visión ...

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EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween

EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
As Halloween is nearly upon us, Stacey Hughes, teacher trainer in the Professional Development team at OUP, has been busy creating a collection of ghostly classroom activities for you to use with your class.  It seems that everyone likes a scary...
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Theo’s Story

Theo’s Story | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson plan is based on Theo’s Story, a beautiful short film about a visually impaired ten-year old boy, by director David Barnes who has created a series of portraits that tell the story of different children with a range of...
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Skyscraper Parcours

Skyscraper Parcours | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Level: Kids of all levels Location: Connected classroom Aim: Better classroom management Game: Skyscraper Parcours Flight was a successful blog post and gave us an all a way to give our learners an incentive to work competitively on what was before...
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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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Educator as a Maker Educator

Educator as a Maker Educator | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

The following materials are being used to present to educators the idea that implementing maker education requires a different mindset, and often different roles and skills of the educator.

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This is what we want of our teachers!

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Two Fingers

Two Fingers | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Jamie Thraves used as a music video for Jake Bugg and his song Two Fingers.
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Useful CPE sites (2013 exam)

Useful CPE sites (2013 exam) | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
There’s not as much useful stuff out there for Proficiency, is there? A lot of what’s there relates to the old CPE exam, too.
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there's a real deficit of material for proficiency so this is a handy post...
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