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Adapting Games - Pictionary for lexical chunks

Adapting Games - Pictionary for lexical chunks | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Pictionary is a great game for some quick revision of vocabulary, and I'm sure most teachers use it in the classroom. However this adaptation seeks to go further, and allows for freer practice of l...
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Sentence-Phrase-Word: Capturing the essence of a text

Sentence-Phrase-Word: Capturing the essence of a text | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
In this post I will describe the Sentence-Phrase-Word thinking routine. It is a routine that helps learners engage meaningfully with a text with a focus on capturing "what speaks to them". It also ...
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 27, 11:43 AM

This article has a great list of phrases on giving opinions and stating agreement and disagreement.  This is good practice for students in not only conversations, but debates as well.  

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How Blogging Changed Me - Reflections on the Blogging for Professional Development Webinar

How Blogging Changed Me - Reflections on the Blogging for Professional Development Webinar | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Blogging and Professional Development was the title of the webinar led by Sandy Millin on May 21st as part of the British Council webinar series. This was actually the first webinar that I have bee...
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Larissa's Languages: Teaching for exams? Have fun - A card game to revise

Larissa's Languages: Teaching for exams? Have fun - A card game to revise | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 25, 6:30 PM

I carry a deck of cards in my book bag at all times, but mostly it's used to put students into random pairs or groups of 3 or 4 (depending on how many cards are missing by the end of the session).  I never thought to use it for a review game like the one stated in this article.  It's a great idea because students love a little friendly competition, and it turns a dull review session into something more engaging for everyone.

RebeccaMoore's curator insight, May 26, 6:53 AM

Although it takes some preparation, this is a great review idea for students preparing for a test. Students use a deck of playing cards and answer review questions based on the suit of the card they choose. They are awarded points for the number on the card

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A Question to Learners: “How Do You Learn and Remember Things in Your Everyday Life? Why Not Apply It to Learning English?” | Gallery Languages's Blog

A Question to Learners: “How Do You Learn and Remember Things in Your Everyday Life? Why Not Apply It to Learning English?” | Gallery Languages's Blog | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Photo Credit: Pixabay Last year I wrote a post in which I said that in order for adult learners to 'own' their learning, they should take responsibility for
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 21, 3:41 PM

"Relax, repeat, and remember" is good advice to give our students when trying to learn a new language.  Relaxing lets their affective filter open up so their brain can handle the new information.  Repeating the new information in as many ways as possible (games, conversations, written work, presentations, pictures, whatever it takes) also aids in learning  new information.  Good luck with your class's new mantra.

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What were the last 10 teaching books you used?

What were the last 10 teaching books you used? | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Last week my boss Martin Sketchley (eltexperiences) was sitting next to me compiling his list of recommended reading for the CELTA. It made me think about resource and reference books in general, a...
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5 tips for creating activity instructions in PowerPoint

5 tips for creating activity instructions in PowerPoint | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
The way you give instructions is what makes or breaks an activity in the classroom. Using graded language, gestures and clear modelling help, but recently I have been producing diagrams in PowerPoi...
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How To Use Pro-active Thinking Maps For Writing Exam Success - Official WizIQ Teach Blog

How To Use Pro-active Thinking Maps For Writing Exam Success - Official WizIQ Teach Blog | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” William Shakespeare What’s good in education? What’s bad? Think about it;) As...
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What's The Difference Between Band 5 and 8 in IELTS Writing Task 2? Band Scores Explained.

What's The Difference Between Band 5 and 8 in IELTS Writing Task 2? Band Scores Explained. | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
One of the keys to success in the IELTS writing test is understanding how the test is marked and using this knowledge to increase your band score. You can then give the examiners exactly what they ...
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Best Music to Learn English | EASY ENGLISH ARTICLES

Best Music to Learn English | EASY ENGLISH ARTICLES | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Here are my top 5 music artists that English students should listen to. They have been chosen because they have clear pronunciation and great vocabulary.
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(authentic) resources for an HR English course

(authentic) resources for an HR English course | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
I've recently finished teaching a one-to-one HR English course (which lasted, on and off, about 18 months), and I feel it would be good to share some materials I've been choosing, using and sometim...
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Fun activities for the 2nd conditional

Fun activities for the 2nd conditional | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Let me begin this blog post by saying that conditionals are not the easiest phenomenon to teach, especially since there are lots of combinations which are used in natural speech, but are not really...
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10 Tips for Lesson Observations

10 Tips for Lesson Observations | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
My previous post, 10 recommended books for the CELTA course, was somewhat well received and I have been thinking about a suitable follow-up for this post. Anyhow, after observing teachers during th...
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Game: Articulate

Game: Articulate | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio Image credit: www.drumondpark.com This is a great end of year game to play with all ages and levels. It's based around the popular board game "Articulate" which i...
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It's All about Tenses: Time to 'Chocolate'

It's All about Tenses: Time to 'Chocolate' | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. If you think the sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" makes no sense, you're right. It was devised by Chomsky to prove that syntax and semantics a...
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 27, 12:00 AM

Did the picture get you?  It got me!  Then I read the article, and I was even more interested.  Here's a fun way for your students to practice vocabulary and verb tenses.  Which verb tenses?  Any tense you are studying.  Three engaging suggestions will keep your students' attention.  Have fun! And don't forget the chocolate.

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8 Contexts For Listening, Speaking and telling stories with Mindmaps - Official WizIQ Teach Blog

8 Contexts For Listening, Speaking and telling stories with Mindmaps - Official WizIQ Teach Blog | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map, your soul your guide… and you will never get lost. Ritu Ghatourey Continuing on from...
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Marco Favero's curator insight, May 23, 4:11 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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35 Idioms for class

35 Idioms for class | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Time to get Schooled!!! 35 classroom idioms and how to use them.
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 21, 3:33 PM

Idioms are a lot of fun to teach in my opinion.  This list is good for students who may be going to study abroad in an English speaking country.  Many of these idioms are still current today.

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Used to/would - Past habit and states

Used to/would - Past habit and states | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Photo credit: pinterest.com Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio This is a lesson plan for intermediate students to practice "used to" and "would" to talk about past habits and states using videos an...
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Developing Speaking Skills in the Classroom

Developing Speaking Skills in the Classroom | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Speaking is one of the four Macro Skills. More specifically, it is one of the two Productive Skills - the other being writing. However, unlike in writing, time-constraints are a defining feature of...
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terry clarke's curator insight, May 19, 2:00 AM
Definitely agree wit the writer's premise!
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WORD GAMES

WORD GAMES | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Ammon Shea, a 37-year-old former furniture remover in New York, spent 12 months conquering what he describes as the Everest of dictionaries, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), by ploughing throug...
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CELTA tip: language analysis assignment

CELTA tip: language analysis assignment | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
The language analysis assignment is quite straightforward. It’s in two parts, grammar and vocabulary. You’re given a particular grammar structure or lexical items, and you have to analyse it and ex...
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Here's A Successful Music Lesson We Did With Beginning ELLs (Hand-Outs & Student Examples Included)

Here's A Successful Music Lesson We Did With Beginning ELLs (Hand-Outs & Student Examples Included) | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Here's a two-week-long music-related lesson that, thanks to my extraordinary colleague, Alma Avalos, was a very successful one that took about a week. It includes all the domains -- listening, read...
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 11, 11:32 PM

For those of you who want to incorporate more music and songs into your lessons, check out this lesson.  If it's not for you, go to the end of the article to the link that will take you to websites for more ideas, songs, and lyrics to use in your ESL/EFL classes.