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Welcome to ELT Karen Benson Scoop.it. This magazine is designed to link teachers to useful classroom resources, thought-provoking readings and technology tips and tricks. The magazine aims to supplement the great staffroom conversations we have every day as well as hopefully introducing some news ideas. Enjoy :-)

 

 Many thanks to #qldelt for the inspiration for this newsletter.

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher


Via Darren Burris, niftyjock
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Issue 34 – contents « IH Journal

Issue 34 – contents « IH Journal | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

So many useful articles in the latest edition of IH Journal. There is something for everyone. Very worthwhile subscribing.

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meetelt.com.au - MEET #2

meetelt.com.au - MEET #2 | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
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Over 20 lesson plans to download generated by the 80 odd teachers who attended MEETelt #2 PD event :-)

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ELT Karen Benson's comment, May 31, 2013 4:25 AM
Useful presentation by Ceri Jones reminding of us of the value of writing in second language learning, along with a series of practical activities to use in any class/course/level.
Strathfield College teachers: the notes are not attached to the slides so give me a shout if anything is unclear. We can work it out together ;-)
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Monitoring class activities

Monitoring class activities | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
  Dictionary definitions of monitoring include: To check the quality or content of something. To keep track of systematically with a view to collecting information. To keep close watch over; s...
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Another highly practical post from Rachael Roberts, this time on monitoring techniques for the classroom.

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PD Fest Sydney 2013 - May 18

PD Fest Sydney 2013 - May 18 | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

Attend 1 full day of practical teacher PD on Saturday 18 May. The cost is $50.00 (inc lunch) but the first 4 Strathfield College teachers to register will be reimbursed by the College ;-) Oh, and they have a free coffee wagon - always good! And a drinks voucher for after PD drinks. See you there!!

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Soap Opera Dramas - Lesson Plan

Soap Opera Dramas - Lesson Plan | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

Love them or hate them, most students around the world will be familiar with the concept of soap operas. For students in English speaking countries, soap operas can often be a way of not only understanding local culture but also practising listening comprehension. This is a great, low prep lesson plan for students to create and film their own soap.

 

Thanks again to Jo Cummins for another great creative writing lesson. This is a blog worth following: http://creativitiesefl.wordpress.com/

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Pronunciation Teaching: 11 quick multi-sensory techniques - Evolutions

Pronunciation Teaching: 11 quick multi-sensory techniques - Evolutions | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
11 pronunciation techniques that use other senses to perceive the mechanics of the sounds of a language. Links to resources and instructions included.
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Hancock McDonald ELT Resource Blog

Hancock McDonald ELT Resource Blog | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald are ELT authors, speakers and teachers. On this site, you'll find free classroom materials and downloads on pronunciation, listening skills and other topics, conference reviews, ELT articles and information about their books.

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Liverpool Online | The 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

Liverpool Online | The 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
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Follow this site to follow the action from the massive IATEFL Conference. You can watch the conference online. There is bound to be something for everyone ;-)

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ELT audio resources: a long (but surely incomplete) list

ELT audio resources: a long (but surely incomplete) list | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
Learners need lots of listening practice, no doubt about that. Practice makes perfect as they say, so the logic follows that the more learners are exposed to aural input, the better they’ll get at ...
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eGrid | Welcome to the e-Grid website,An EPG project innovation

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Yet to explore fully...but here to remind me! Mentioned by Andy Hockly on AusELT as essentially as CEFR for teachers and managers to guide PD planning.

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#AusELT

#AusELT | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
Connecting ELT professionals in Australia and beyond
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Latest content: insightful & practical summary on July's #AusELT chat on managing mixed level classes. The tips could be applied to any classroom :-)

Thanks to Sophia Khan for a great summary.

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Working exercises hard

Working exercises hard | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
Last weekend at University of Westminster, we held our first one-day Lexical Conference. This will hopefully now become an annual event, and we were greatly encouraged by the fact that it sold out ...
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Excellent narrated presentation about working lexical exercises harder. Lots of useful advice and practical examples ;-)

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Teaching materials: using literature in the EFL/ ESL classroom

Teaching materials: using literature in the EFL/ ESL classroom | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
An article discussing ways to use literature in the EFL/ESL classroom.
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IELTS | LearnEnglish | British Council

IELTS | LearnEnglish | British Council | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

In our IELTS section you can find practice materials and advice to help you prepare for the listening, speaking, reading and writing modules of the IELTS test.

You can watch learners from different parts of the world give views and opinions about IELTS. There is a series of videos focusing on the speaking module of the test, as well as online practice activities and mock test papers for the other three modules.

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Useful homework/research tasks for our IELTS prep students...
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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.
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A useful website for student listening & reading homework. Not entirely error free but nonethless useful to have news material for low level learners ;-)

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Writing articles | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Writing articles | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
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How do you approach writing in the classroom? A series of useful articles to provide inspiration for your classroom ;-)

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Australia Network - Learning English - Learning Programs

Australia Network - Learning English - Learning Programs | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
Australia Network - Learn English - Learning Programs
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There are so many useful resources on this website for use in class. Go explore and share with the staffroom and your PLN ;-)

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Taking a genre approach towards IELTS writing part 2: Organising Task 2

Taking a genre approach towards IELTS writing part 2: Organising Task 2 | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it

Ideas for using a genre approach to help students with IELTS writing. In this post, Rachael Roberts looks at some ideas for Task 2, the essay. This is useful for our IELTS teachers and teachers attending the IELTS assessment training in May.

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Extensive Reading: Why? and How?

Extensive Reading: Why? and How? | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
An extensive reading program was established for elementary level language learners at the British Council Language Center in Sanaa, Yemen.
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A very useful and concise article outlining the benefits of extensive reading with practical classroom ideas. And don't forget to remind students about the SC graded reader library ;-)

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Top Tips for Students - Memorizing Vocabulary

Top Tips for Students - Memorizing Vocabulary | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
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Useful short video which you could use with students. Michael McCarthy giving his top tips for memorising vocabulary.

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Five minute fixes - Easy to use puzzle maker

Five minute fixes - Easy to use puzzle maker | ELT Karen Benson | Scoop.it
This post explains how to use Discovery Education's wonderful 'PuzzleMaker' website. ‘Language learning is hard work… Effort is required at every moment and must be maintained over a long period of...
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