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Have Something Done – a Lesson plan

Have Something Done – a Lesson plan | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
I recently applied for the DELTA course, and one of the tasks was to write a B2 level lesson plan for the language point have something done.
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Like this...i immediately  thought about that Penny Lane activity but I like the way the photos personalise the lesson here.

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Cinco de mayo: a celebration of culture!

Cinco de mayo: a celebration of culture! | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
I started our “cinco de mayo” study with a few interesting articles as I was out of class at PD’s ...
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This is a great example of how carefully chosen pics , videos and articles can make a lesson so much more engaging. We can also be encouraging sts to take interesting/attractive photos themselves to make their projects more interesting. 

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8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms

8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see.

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E-trucit's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:17 AM

Very interesting article full of links to others sources that help to span the vision of possible future and not only in teaching.

Yolanda Bernabeu's curator insight, April 25, 2014 8:49 AM

Aplicación de nuevas tecnologías en las aulas de un futuro esperamos que reciente

Al Post's curator insight, April 27, 2014 10:21 PM

Some of these technologies are just too cool! I love trying to "peek" at the future.

 

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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
As it happens, I value deep reading – and so, perhaps, do you.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 2014 4:06 AM

More on the debate about the changes in our reading habits.

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3XP

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The document below is from Alexandra Guzik who tried the 3XP idea:
Guzik 3XP
I watched the recording and had a go at 3XP. I just thought that you might be interested in knowing how it worked with my students.
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A quick glance at this post suggests that 3XP is basically about making the most out of practice exercises and not treating them as time  / space fillers. This makes absolute sense to me and the procedures attached to the post are a good example of how to do that.

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First Kiss

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This Lesson plan is designed a short film titled First Kiss by Tatia Pilieva and the theme of doing something for the first time. Students speak about experiences and doing something for the first time, write and watch a short film and a video.
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IATEFL

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It IS ok to teach grammar. Ignore those voices that tell you that you have to communicate the whole time. It really is ok to do 'traditional' exercises and drills. Students want them, need them and learn from them. The question is: how do we make them genuinely engaging, challenging and valuable? The answer? Demand high. Aim for 'upgrade'. 

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I haven't watched this yet - too busy - but it looks interesting and I'll certainly be watching it soon.

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An ELT Notebook: Teaching Polite Requests : Part One

An ELT Notebook: Teaching Polite Requests : Part One | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

The first part of this article on teaching polite requests will look at why students often have difficulty with the area and the elements we need to be focusing on. In the second part, we'll look at a sample lesson plan for the area.

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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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Following and Giving Directions: Using the Imperative

Following and Giving Directions: Using the Imperative | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
In any language, a person must give and follow directions whether it is in a cab, when explaining a process, or giving instructions. The following activities will give your ESL students an o
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Creating your own computer games: bringing compulsive learning to the classroom

Creating your own computer games: bringing compulsive learning to the classroom | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Thanks to Simon Hadley for this great guest post all about creating your own computer games to use with students.
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Writing

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Check out our new Scoop.it dedicated to teaching writing in EFL classes. Topics include how to stimulate writing with online tools, writing processes, error correction and more! Have a look and follow us for regular updates.

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The Conditioned

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Facebook Stories about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho who was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years. Raimundo sat in in the same spot and wrote every day.
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How to Change Education

Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

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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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My students say the absolute minimum

My students say the absolute minimum | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Zarina Subhan, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, tackles the second of our Solutions Speaking Challenges: “My students say the absolute minimum”.
I find myself in the classroom in an unfamiliar position.
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Sally's Phone

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Many countries around the world are celebrating World Book Day today.  To mark the occasion we're publishing a piece of creative writing by students in our A2 Elementary class.  The text below is a...
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I really like this reading / writing activity! Have a look...

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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out

50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it

Via Director Of Young Learners
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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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Sentence Stems - The Teacher Toolkit

Sentence Stems - The Teacher Toolkit | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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This technique gives students the opportunity to respond in the form of a complete sentence to effectively communicate. Sentence stems provide scaffolding to help students get started in speaking or writing without the added pressure of thinking about how to correctly formulate a response.

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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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How to use newspaper articles in language class | British Council Voices

How to use newspaper articles in language class | British Council Voices | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
How should teachers use ‘authentic’ texts in class? Author, trainer and teacher Rachael Roberts put together some valuable advice on the example of newspapers.

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