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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

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(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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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
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I like this one. Might use it for my wife's card!

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David Corp's curator insight, February 13, 2014 3:30 PM

This is a great idea. It's also worth chekcing out Marija's links different apps which could be used for writing tasks.

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Valentine’s Typing

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Level:  Primary Language Focus: Alphabet Skills Focus: Pronunciation Game: Valentine’s Typing This game is used to practice and consolidate the pronunciation of the letters of the alphabet.  It can be played either in a connected classroom or a...
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Webinar: Integrating academic study skills from A1

Webinar: Integrating academic study skills from A1 | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Sarah Philpot, Headway Academic Skills co-author, discusses the issue of addressing academic needs as early as possible in language learning. You can join Sarah for her upcoming webinar “Integrating academic study skills from A1” on 18th February.
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Lights, Camera, EMOTION!

Lights, Camera, EMOTION! | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Skits are a great way to encourage students to be creative while using the language. But sometimes they fall flat. ...
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Skit=role-play, right? 

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Smart Questions

Smart Questions | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
OK picture this:
You're in the middle of explaining how to write an essay, or a tricky grammar point.
You've already done the warmer, the model, the example, drawn your visual and maybe made some comparisons.
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Useful suggestions...

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Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
The British trait of being too polite to speak one's mind has led to a table translating numerous hollow English phrases becoming an internet hit.
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Thanks Rachel. Very interesting!

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The Great Gatsby: Comparatives, Superlatives and Double Comparatives

The Great Gatsby: Comparatives, Superlatives and  Double Comparatives | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
 
I. Watch the segment from the movie The Great Gatsby.
II. Complete the lines of the opening scene from the movie "The Great Gatsby" with the correct form of the adjectives, nouns or expressions from the box.
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40 Simple Ways To Use A Smartphone In The Classroom

40 Simple Ways To Use A Smartphone In The Classroom: smartphone, apps, mobile learning, classroom (40 Simple Ways To Use A Smartphone In The Classroom http://t.co/n0GHfvN43K #mlearning #edtech)...

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#EFLproblems – Teaching the over 50s

#EFLproblems – Teaching the over 50s | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
We’re helping to solve your EFL teaching problems by answering your questions every two weeks. This week’s blog is in response to Simone’s blog comment requesting extra hints for teaching the over 50s.
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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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Popcorn Reading

Popcorn Reading | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
I like having students read out loud sometimes. It doesn't need to be a whole story. It just can be the questions and sentences in a grammar assignment, or the directions to an assignment.
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Stop/try/remember to say “banana”

Stop/try/remember to say “banana” | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Copyright © 2014 Emma Gore-Lloyd Verb patterns can often be confusing for students and some verbs like stop, try and remember are even more so, given that the meaning of the verb changes depending on whether it’s followed by the gerund or the...
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Homophones: Some Sound Advice

Homophones: Some Sound Advice | 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.
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Angry Dad shoots daughter's laptop : Tech ELT Blog

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Just been looking at a unit on anger for CAE group - this clip might stimulate some interesting discussion about anger and anger management!

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One Voice

One Voice | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This is a quick, no-prep warmer which can really help students to settle in to class and concentrate. I have a class of adult FCE students who find listening exercises quite difficult.
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London

London | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
 
This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Simon Smith who recaptured the shots of London taken by Claude Friese-Greene in 1927.
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Me too!

Me too! | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This is a great speaking activity that can be used as a warmer or as a short speaking activity to practise a grammar point or  some vocabulary or anything.
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