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A GeekyMomma's Blog: The Vilification of Class Dojo and Other Ways To Avoid Taking Responsibility For Yourself

A GeekyMomma's Blog: The Vilification of Class Dojo and Other Ways To Avoid Taking Responsibility For Yourself | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
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Fruit and Nut Problem Solving

Fruit and Nut Problem Solving | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
MAIN AIMS Speaking to describe processes, noticing and looking up vocabulary, improving group dynamics and motivation SUITABLE FOR Younger learners, teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above TE...
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Video Lesson: Mr. Bean

Video Lesson: Mr. Bean | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
This is a video lesson based around the video "Mr. Bean packs his suitcase" thanks to British Council for bringing it to my attention in their lesson plan on making predictions but I've adapted it ...
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Random Choices!

Random Choices! | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
One of my favourite teaching books is Drama and Improvisation by Ken Wilson. There is an activity from this book called 'Actions and Locations,' which you can find on page 37. I have enjoyed using ...
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, November 21, 3:42 PM

Giving choices works to engage many students.

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Employing both NESTs and nNESTs benefits students and improves business

Employing both NESTs and nNESTs benefits students and improves business | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
NEST - Native english Speaking Teacher nNEST - non-Native English Speaking Teacher I would like to share with you an interview with Andrew Davison, the founder of Learn English Budapest, in which w...
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Teaching Learning/Learning Teaching: The World is Your Staffroom: Using the Internet for Professional Development Part 1 - Seminars and Webinars

Teaching Learning/Learning Teaching: The World is Your Staffroom: Using the Internet for Professional Development Part 1 - Seminars and Webinars | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
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CPE Review

CPE Review | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
This is a handout with as much language and advice possible for approaching the CPE writing part 2 review tasks. I made it for my December candidates, fingers crossed they actually read it! I only ...
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The perils of categorising formal and informal language: Is 'and' more formal than 'nonetheless'?

The perils of categorising formal and informal language: Is 'and' more formal than 'nonetheless'? | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
In this week's blogpost Chia Suan Chong considers the arguments around formal and informal language
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An inspiring experience - Education | The Star Online

An inspiring experience - Education | The Star Online | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
A teacher is full of praise for a course that helps those in her profession to further hone their English language skills.
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Anti-Bullying Week: YL materials

Anti-Bullying Week: YL materials | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
It's Anti-Bullying Week in the UK from 17-21 November, so lessons at our school this weekend are all aimed at raising awareness of what bullying is, how to prevent it and how to respond. If you're ...
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The Best Places To Get The "Same" Text Written For Different "Levels"

The Best Places To Get The "Same" Text Written For Different "Levels" | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Having the "same" text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that i...
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Marco Favero's curator insight, November 17, 10:29 AM

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Teaching Online Doesn't Have to Mean Sitting All Day | Teaching ESL Online

Teaching Online Doesn't Have to Mean Sitting All Day | Teaching ESL Online | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
When I first talked about starting my own thing online to my friends in Valencia, I remember one teacher saying, “It sounds great, but I couldn’t teach while sitting down at a desk all day.” For whatever reason, that has always stuck with me. And come to think of it, have you ever seen an engaging lesson within a classroom setting where the teacher is sitting down? There is no doubt that we are much more animated and energetic when standing. And, and I’m pretty sure you’re aware of the health implications of sitting all day (how sitting is killing you). But when working/teaching online, the vast majority of people use/get a comfy chair and desk. However, there is an alternative: the stand up desk. Over the last few years, there have been more people that I know and follow getting stand up desks, and a couple of weeks ago, after much research, I finally decided to get one too. Here is what I found. My Experience With a Stand Up Desk After a LOT of research (you know the type: hours spent reading reviews and looking at all the options), I went for Adjustable Height Stand Up Desk from The Stand Up Desk Store. This desk can be cranked up or down, meaning that you can adjust it to a standing or sitting position. I went for this style of desk because I read that transitioning from sitting to standing all day can be difficult. And anyway, there are times when I know I’ll really want to sit down (mainly just after lunch!). It took a while to set up, mainly because of my lack of patience to fully read the instruction manual. But, what do I make of it? Was it worth the investment? In a nutshell: I couldn’t be happier. I was really pleased with the price and this thing is solid. It’s also on wheels meaning that you can move it around a little. I went for the one that is 48″ wide (there are bigger options available), and it has plenty of space for two large monitors. The keyboard and mouse tier is lower than the monitor tier, which allows for correct ergonomics when standing. Here is a picture of what it looks like: The handle on the right allows you to adjust it to the height you want it at. I’m 5ft 11″, and it’s highest setting is just right for me. So, if you’re taller than that, then this might not be for you. On the whole, I have loved being able to stand up while teaching and working. At the moment, I’m spending around 75% of my working day standing. I feel more focused and energetic for sure, and doing presentations and teaching this way has really helped me become more dynamic; there is something about standing and presenting/teaching that just goes together. I highly recommend the desk that I got, but here are a couple of alternatives that I found during my research that I want to introduce here. I also talk about what you should look for in a stand up desk. Features of a Stand Up Desk and Two Alternatives Here is a great visual of the how you want your desk to be set up: As you can see, the table height should be the same as your elbow height, and the screen should be elevated. Try to avoid stand up desks that have the same height for the keyboard and monitor (in the picture, you can see the monitor on top of a box, which is a way to get around this). The DIY Version ($22) Here is a very popular way to convert your current desk into a stand-up desk for around $22: This uses a side table and other pieces from IKEA, that when put together, sits on top of your existing desk. From what I’ve read, people love this set up, and it is quite easy to do. Here is a guide to this if you feel like building your own. If you have a desktop, then it would be difficult to go from sitting to standing with this setup. The Varidesk People also love this version too. It goes on your current desk, and you can go from sitting to standing and back very easily. I was considering this for some time, but the current desks I had were too small to accommodate it. It comes in three different sizes, and make sure you do the calculations so that it’s the right height for you. Click here to read more. Over to You Do you have a stand up desk or are you thinking about getting one? If so, please leave your comments below. Hybrid Connect Error : Connector could not be found
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Misplaced Modifiers—What are They and How Can you Avoid Them? | Gallery Languages's Blog

Misplaced Modifiers—What are They and How Can you Avoid Them? | Gallery Languages's Blog | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
The Grammar Owl Photo by http://owl.excelsior.edu/ If you've ever wondered how to help your learners avoid misplacing modifiers in sentences then this
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Questions prompted by the Image Conference 2014

Questions prompted by the Image Conference 2014 | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
I've just got back from a great weekend in Cordoba visiting friends and attending the Image Conference. This event, organised this year by IH Cordoba, comprised a full day of talks - 8 in total, in...
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Marco Favero's curator insight, November 24, 5:50 AM

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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: Using Pair and Group ...
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Hack-schooling discussion

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This is a discussion class for higher levels (high B2 - C2) based around the Logan Laplante's TED talk video on "hack-schooling" a form of home schooling based round applicable skills and hands-on ...
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9 great reasons to use infographics in your EAP classroom | EAP Infographics

9 great reasons to use infographics in your EAP classroom | EAP Infographics | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
My learners were tired. They didn’t want to do any work. They were visibly slouching down in their seats, losing the battle against sleep, or at least total
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Using the webcam to engage with online students - EnglishUp

Using the webcam to engage with online students - EnglishUp | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Share184530Studying online can be a very solitary process and it’s this feeling of isolation that is most often attributed to the high rate of student drop-outs in online courses. As an online teacher, this makes quickly building a good relationship with your students all the more vital. Sympathetic head tilt In this article I’d like... Leia mais »
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5 resources for teaching would and used to

5 resources for teaching would and used to | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
A lot of students have trouble with the difference between 'used to' and 'would' when talking about past habits and actions. In today’s post I'm sharing a
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Marco Favero's curator insight, November 18, 8:14 AM

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Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher's Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language

Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher's Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
Photo from Ping Li Lab, Penn State Regular readers of this blog and/or my books are familiar with how I help students see the physical impact learning new things can have on its brains (see The Bes...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 18, 11:33 AM

The more we use the brain for learning the more it changes. It is not a muscle or machine, but it has qualities of the two.

 

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The Travelling Teachers: Street food in the UK: let's try some fish and chips!

The Travelling Teachers: Street food in the UK: let's try some fish and chips! | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it
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