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Pas Cap (A spelling game)

Pas Cap (A spelling game) | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Copyright © 2014 Emma Gore-Lloyd
I loved this game when I was learning French at school (probably because I was really good at it) and was delighted to be able to use it in class yesterday. I know it as Pas Cap (short for Pas Capable?
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Methodology: teaching large classes

Methodology: teaching large classes | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Tips and suggestions for teaching large classes.
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I was looking for ideas on choral drilling but instead was amazed by the sizes of the classes talked about in this article. I'll never complain again about having 15 students in a class. 

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Teaching Students with attention, concentration and hyperactivity difficulties – how to stop those spinning tops

Teaching Students with attention, concentration and hyperactivity difficulties – how to stop those spinning tops | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Marie Delaney is a teacher, trainer, educational psychotherapist, and author of ‘Teaching the Unteachable’ (Worth).
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Wooden Spoon Speculations

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Copyright © 2014 Emma Gore-Lloyd
I found this game on a party games website sometime a couple of years ago. It’s a guessing game that works well in a class of students who are fairly comfortable with each other and have a good sense of humour.
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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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'Antisocial' Networking

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A listening and vocabulary lesson about social media, for adult English language students and teens. Watch a short video, learn some useful new vocabulary, and complete a multiple choice test to check for understanding. Part of a free series of online lessons about technology and social media use.


Via Sue Lyon-Jones
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100 words

100 words | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Following on from the class I wrote about in the last post , I received this piece of homework from one of the students.  I’ve added the photo as it’s one of my favourite beaches too – cows and all!
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Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
I spend a lot of time looking at different web-based tools and apps and thinking about if and how they can be used for learning. Sometimes it takes some thought and at other times it’s really obvious.

Via Nik Peachey
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hmm...this looks interesting

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Anthony MARTINS de NOBREGA's curator insight, March 20, 2014 5:26 AM

un exemple des apports de la technologie à la simplification de l'apprentissage

David Baker's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:27 PM

I am sharing this with several ELL teachers I work with.  I see this as a tool of potential for our secondary learners as they will have an iPad over the next few years as a part of our 1:1.

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 3, 2014 9:20 PM

Organize vocabulary...

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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

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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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