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mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: The five best teachers

mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: The five best teachers | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
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A lovely post from Carissa in appreciation of her teachers past and present.
Thank you for the mention, Carissa. You are a true inspiration. 

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Brainstorming - Book Review

Brainstorming - Book Review | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
The process of brainstorming in the classroom is often a rather haphazard and stilted affair.  Learners are coming into a topic area they know little about and feel uncomfortable in, they might feel that they don't have the language to express their ideas as fluently as they would like, and when ideas do get produced…
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David Petrie's latest post.

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President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen

President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
In a second live public interview with novelist Marilynne Robinson, the US premier says fiction helps us to find truth in a complex world
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Stephen Krashen says: "Research solidly supports both Mr. Dixon's and President Obama's conclusions: Studies confirm that fiction readers develop high levels of literacy, a great deal of knowledge in many different areas, the capacity to empathize with others and a greater tolerance for vagueness. In a recent study from the University of London, fiction reading was a very strong predictor of adult vocabulary knowledge, stronger than reading non-fiction."

As an avid fiction reader, I feel vindicated. 

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Back to basics - writing professional emails

Back to basics - writing professional emails | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
I’ve been teaching English for 16 years, and there are very few courses I’ve taught which haven’t requested email writing practise – business or general English. Although most learners in the workplace who have some element of regular communication in English already write emails, most need reassurance that they’re doing a good job. I work…
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Shakespeare Solos: watch the first six films

Shakespeare Solos: watch the first six films | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
Leading actors perform key Shakespeare speeches in a set of videos that capture the romance, tragedy, villainy and magic of his plays
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#shakespearelives

What a treat. 

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Development - Business English Professional Development Webinars 2016 | Delta Publishing - English Language Teaching

Development - Business English Professional Development Webinars 2016 | Delta Publishing - English Language Teaching | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
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To my fellow Business English Trainers,
Note for your diary this year. 

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Teaching Collocations: a Low-Prep Activity

Teaching Collocations: a Low-Prep Activity | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
I am almost embarrassed to share this super easy lesson plan with you, but right now I am in the middle of a love affair with collocations and all my classes, no matter the level, are working  with collocations.

Please, don’t freak out! I am not going to give you an obnoxious list of collocat
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My clients love collocations!

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Processes and Passives

Processes and Passives | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
This is a lesson I did with my advanced class the other day as part of a review of passive structures.  I've typed it all up into a full plan and procedure which you can download in pdf through this link:  teflgeek - A lesson on processes and passives It is based around a short…
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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 425+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School
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A wish list for ELT in 2016

A wish list for ELT in 2016 | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
I asked teachers, teacher trainers, Directors of Studies, materials and methodology writers, and the President of IATEFL to make one wish for the English Language Teaching profession. Here are their wishes:   "Can I have three wishes, please, like in all good fairy stories? (1) I wish we could shake free of the creeping colonialism…
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Is your wish on the list?

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This post is just great and full of hope.

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Introducing our free new ebook – Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2)

Introducing our free new ebook – Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2) | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
Introducing our free new ebook – Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2)
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I love Parsnips!!!

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The 30 questions and student thinking time

The 30 questions and student thinking time | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
The other day I came across an interesting post by Nick Bilbrough about student thinking time, at the end of which the author poses the following question: Is student thinking time as important as student talking time? If so, what’s the best way of maximising it in your classes? Obviously, my answer is yes! and here's why.…
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Thinking time is as important if not more important than speaking time. I agree, Hana.

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The Cruelty of Teachers and the Greed of Course Providers

The Cruelty of Teachers and the Greed of Course Providers | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
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Food for thought.

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Wake-up call: the true cost of our electronic gadgets

Wake-up call: the true cost of our electronic gadgets | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
This post is a report on a series of lessons around the topic of consumerism, electronic gadgets, and their impact on Earth. It was sparked when during a course book unit on shopping I asked students "what do you like shopping?". There was a surge of answers towards electronic gadgets. This made me think that…
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Scared Stiff! - Fear and Horror Film Expressions

Scared Stiff! - Fear and Horror Film Expressions | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
Image credit: metro.co.uk Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio I’m running the Barcelona Half-Marathon dressed as David Bowie to raise money for Cancer Research, sponsor me here: https://www.justgiving.com/Timothy-Warre/ This is a lesson plan for higher level students (high B2+) in which students learn expressions related to fear and horror movies. It is a good companion activity my Chucky's…
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Tim Warre's latest post is squemish!

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Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world? - BBC News

Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world? - BBC News | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
As more and more writers choose to self-publish, how are these author-entrepreneurs changing the bookselling industry?
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Video: Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year

Video: Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it

Can you guess which 2 creatures of the zodiac are the most important symbols of Chinese New Year? Get the full history of the holiday by watching this video. TRANSCRIPT Every winter, a sixth of the world's population, including more...


Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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10 Dictation Activities for EFL classes

10 Dictation Activities for EFL classes | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
Why write things on the board for the students to write in their notebooks when you can dictate them? Dictation gives your students a clear model of pronunciation and allows them to practise their
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Thanks, Dylan.

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What Makes an Online Class "Real" to Students?

What Makes an Online Class "Real" to Students? | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
The for-profit online school industry has received a great deal of attention over the past few years and the reasons have involved recruiting practices, low retention rates, and the failure to pay
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Very interesting reading for anyone thinking of starting an online course.

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Here's Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter

Here's Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
The pen is mightier.
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Writing helps the learning process. That's why writing skills are so important in helping our learners remember.
Fascinating article. 

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Wait, Hope, Expect & Look forward to - Learn English with Simple English Videos

You can see this video with a clickable transcript at our video website: http://www.SimpleEnglishVideos.com A big thank you to Rachel or Rachel's English and...
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Welcome back and Happy New Year to Vicki Hollett and her wonderful videos.

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30 questions to ask yourself

30 questions to ask yourself | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
This time last year, Anna Loseva posted a list of 30 questions to ask yourself on New Year's Eve. I thought this idea was so good I set a reminder to answer them, so here goes: 1. The best moment of the year. This is a hard one to choose - I've had a pretty…
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An Introduction to Teaching the Unteachable

An Introduction to Teaching the Unteachable | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
I wonder how many people who are looking at the title of this post, and indeed the title of the upcoming webinar on this topic, are wondering what constitutes “unteachable”?  It’s a tricky concept to grasp, not least because it is so heavily context dependent. My personal view is that nothing is unteachable and that…
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Lost Property

Lost Property | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film titled Lost Property by Asa Lucander. Students do a dictation, work out meanings of the verb ‘lose’, speak about lost items, watch a traile…
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Kieran Donaghy's first post for 2016. A gem as usual.

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ALL IN ONE: VOCABULARY ORGANIZER/FLASH CARD MAKER

ALL IN ONE: VOCABULARY ORGANIZER/FLASH CARD MAKER | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
The other day I came across this post by Pete from ELT-Planning describing the Frayer model (a 4-square graphic organizer) as a vocabulary development tool and offering an interesting expansion to this model, which definitely makes it more worthwhile for learners. I’ve been using this organizer to teach speaking (see GOING GRAPHIC: 4 SQUARES FOR BETTER SPEAKING), yet…
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Dickens - A CHRISTMAS CAROL – scanning and listening comprehension in a Christmas context – pre-intermediate

Dickens - A CHRISTMAS CAROL – scanning and listening comprehension in a Christmas context – pre-intermediate | Professional Development and Teaching Ideas for English Language Teachers | Scoop.it
A Christmas classic in two pages to practise scanning and listening comprehension skills is another way of approaching Dickens and acquiring exam skills.   I summarized the story to be done in a...
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A lovely activity by Susan Brodar.

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A lovely activity by Susan Brodar.