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Friends in the classroom!

Friends in the classroom! | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
A new ELT activity in this virtual Central Perk every Sunday!
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I'm not a big fan of Friends but I reckon some teachers are...

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7 Fun ESL Games to Practice Pronunciation

7 Fun ESL Games to Practice Pronunciation | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Let's all be honest. Pronunciation is one of those things that we don't often teach explicitly. Of course, we correct our students' pronunciation when they make mistakes, w
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Minimal resources: Speaking activities

Scott Thornbury gives us some great tips and ideas for building dialogue in speaking activities.
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Ideas for dialogue builds. Let us know if you have any more!

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TPR | ELT Experiences

Posts about TPR written by Martin Sketchley
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I'm currently thinking about warmers for beginner/elementary learners with a TPR element. This article includes some ideas for circle games.

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Crafty ways of learning English

Crafty ways of learning English | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Gabby Pritchard, co-author of the new kindergarten series, Show and Tell, offers some practical tips for making the most of creative craft activities in the very young learner English classroom.
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Edmodo: Introducing the virtual classroom

Edmodo: Introducing the virtual classroom | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Sean Dowling, an Educational Technology Coordinator, looks at using Edmodo as an alternative to blogs for running web-based English language courses.
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Edmodo's nothing new but still a favourite for creating  a VLE. 

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Monkey Madness Speaking Activity

Monkey Madness Speaking Activity | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Level: Pre-intermediate Location: Connected Classroom Skills Focus: Speaking Language focus: In-game vocabulary Game: Monkey Go Happy In my experience I’ve found that young language learners can assimilate and produce language above their level if...
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The Story of Sounds: Episode 20: Discovering the vowel /ɔː/ starting from /ɜː/

The vowel sound /ɔː/ is what I call an ‘extreme vowel’ of English, because it requires two fairly extreme movements that seem to be ‘off the map’ of many of my students’ experience. This is because...
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Teaching with Instagram: 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teaching with Instagram: 20+ Ideas & Resources | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
In the Mobile Learning category
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. – Yousuf Karsh
Every day people share the stories of their lives through images and short video clips on Instagram. We heart them and comment on them.
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Grammar Corgi: Direct & Indirect Objects

Struggling to understand what a direct and indirect object is? Bowie the Grammar Corgi is here to help you learn!

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This has to be the future. Replacing human teachers with dogs.

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Warmers Fillers Icebreakers for EFL Classrooms

Warmers Fillers Icebreakers for EFL Classrooms | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
warmers, fillers, icebreakers, efl, esl, fun activities, drama
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Drawing Mr Men: a fun "getting to know you" activity

Drawing Mr Men: a fun "getting to know you" activity | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Another activity that I demonstrated in my session at our ELT Conference last weekend (the original idea [content in Spanish] for which came from my colleague Xavi Mula).
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A guide to adaptive learning in ELT

There is a good chance that many readers will have only the haziest idea of what adaptive learning is. There is a much better chance that most English language teachers, especially those working in...
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I checked this out after reading about Philip Kerr's talk at the IH Bcn Conference. If you're planning to work in education in the future, you might like to read it too. Don't make my mistake of starting with part 'neo-liberalism and solutionism' though. You might not want to stay in teaching then.

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Audacity- Every Teacher Should Learn To Digital Audio Record (Part 1: Getting Started)

Audacity- Every Teacher Should Learn To Digital Audio Record (Part 1: Getting Started) | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
  Before I delve into the content of this post...I want to share this video created by students at Robin Hood primary school in Birmingham. This video sums up the purpose of this post...or act...
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I was looking for something on using recorded reading texts in the classroom and I came across this article. It's a few years old now but there are some good ideas here and well worth reading and watching the videos.

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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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VOA Learning English - YouTube

VOA Learning English - YouTube | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Learn American English and much more with captioned news reports that are read at a slower speed
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Saving Grace

Saving Grace | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson is designed around a short film called Saving Grace by Toad’s Caravan commissioned by the charity Mary’s Meals which provides 860,000 free meals every school day to hungry children.
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Free teacher workshops in Barcelona

Free teacher workshops in Barcelona | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Free teacher training workshops in Barcelona
Oxford TEFL is offering FREE workshops to TEFL teachers in Barcelona starting on March 14th.
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Pictures taken by learners, shared via WhatsApp

Pictures taken by learners, shared via WhatsApp | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Photos taken by learners on mobile phones Another one from my IH Barcelona ELT Conference session earlier this month, both ideas tried out by two former colleagues, Kate and Rachel, with teens.
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Class poem

Class poem | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This simple activity could be done with almost any level to practise adjectives (and perhaps comparatives) and give the class a sense of group.  It will also result in something you can put on the wall.
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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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Soulmate

Soulmate | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film and interactive questionnaire by Arturo Perez and the theme of soulmates.
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Say something nice

Say something nice | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This warmer is appropriate for a class that already knows each other quite well. In essence, the students to greet each other, and pay each other a compliment.
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exam time

exam time | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
(this is a version a post which was published on the British Council Teaching English blog) Last month was mid-term exam and reports time.
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