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Have you ever played Pictureka?

Have you ever played Pictureka? | TELT | Scoop.it
If you haven't, watch the video to find out how to play it :) Pictureka is fun. It's a visual-based game. We roll the dice, read the mission and you have a certain amount of seconds to find the pic...
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Nice example of game for young learners.  What I like is that preparing for the game is as much a learning opportunity as playing it - perhaps more so.

 

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Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations

Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations | TELT | Scoop.it
Choose an excerpt from a long text or a very stand-alone short text, not more than about 3 sentences long. It should be at or slightly higher than the students’ current level.
 Use a programme like ‘Audacity’ (freely downloadable software) or www.mp3cut.net to isolate the clip that you want to use.
 In class, tell students that they will listen to the clip as many times as they want to, with the aim of reproducing exactly what they hear.
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Writing bingo: Sandy Millin

Writing bingo: Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
I've got a pre-intermediate teenage class at the moment, and I'm finding it a bit difficult to engage them in class, so when this activity worked well with them the other day, I was over the moon!I...
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Nice description of writing activity and how it went over in lower-level EFL writing class.

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Knowble for individuals | Knowble Articles

Knowble for individuals | Knowble Articles | TELT | Scoop.it
is an online language learning program that helps you improve your English for free.
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40 Things to Do with a Text

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This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers’ Associations journal. Before we get started…...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A huge variety of activities for all levels, many not requiring much if any preparation.

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Blubbr - Make Youtube Quizzes

Blubbr - Make Youtube Quizzes | TELT | Scoop.it

David Deubelbeiss of English Central and EFL Classroom 2.0 recommends this quiz maker, saying it has the "most potential of any Youtube quiz maker. It has an attractive interface, is well laid out and designed and the library is very accessible.  One downside - it doesn't allow you to edit the quiz after you've produced it (usually the case with just launched sites).  I'm sure they'll work things out"


Via David Deubelbeiss
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Many of my undergraduate EFL students are big fans of English Central, so there is certainly an interest in video-based quizzes as an entertaining form of self-study.

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Susan's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:17 AM

Make quizzes that students will enjoy doing!

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Film Circles: Scaffolding Speaking for EFL Students

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A 2012 article in English Teaching Forum by Crissa Stephens, with Rocio Ascencio, Ana Luisa Burgos, Tatiana Diaz, Jimena Montenegro, and Christian Valenzuela describing an action research project for group work on a film viewing activity.


A clear description of class activities including the roles ascribed to each learner to ensure maximum participation and learning, many of which are relevant to other topics and teaching contexts.

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Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker

Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker | TELT | Scoop.it

"Bingo Baker makes it easy to create bingo cards. You can generate hundreds of random cards and print them using the printer-friendly PDF (with no ads or watermarks). You can also save paper (and waste electricity instead) by playing your bingo game online (it works on the iPad).

Instructions: Just type your words into the grid on the left. You can give your game a title and can change the BINGO column headings too. Then click the Generate button."

 

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No images, just text, but very easy to use all the same and handy for different types of vocabulary practice in the language classroom.


Via Sharon Hartle, Juergen Wagner, Evdokia Roka
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A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nice short (2min 45sec) video, no speech, showing one man going about his day.

 

David Deubelbeiss suggests using it for speaking/writing about daily routines: "Ask students to describe (as you play) or write (during / after) what this guy does in his day. Nice, real context for practicing speaking about routines."  But it could just as easily be using for describing what is happening at the present time, to practice present continuous or for fluency.

 

 

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Whistleless | Film English

Whistleless | Film English | TELT | Scoop.it

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate (B1)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Communication and creativity

Language: Narrative tenses


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Phil Wade Lesson Plan: Raspberry Pi pocket computer

Nice lesson for intermediate learners and beyond, handout and play-by-play included.

 

Winner of onestopenglish Lesson Share competition: congratulations!

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I Am Poems

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"The "I Am Poem" is a template-based poem that requires students to represent themselves in the form of poetry as well as in visual form."

 

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This is a great activity for intermediate learners and above, or it could be simplified for young learners.  Class members write a poem about themselves using the template, then e-mail their poems with a photo to a Flickr account or shared Google Docs presentation.  All class members can view each others' poems, and they can then be shared in class with each person reading their contribution aloud.

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Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net

Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net | TELT | Scoop.it

"How to mimic natural English pronunciation and intonation through accent training and pronunciation practice using the shadow reading technique."

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Out of the window: Sandy Millin

Out of the window: Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
A very simple activity, which works very well as a filler, as revision, or as the prompt for a whole lesson. All you need is a window with something going on outside. Ask the students to look out o...
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Simple low-prep speaking activity which can be tweaked to work on vocabulary and present continuous.

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On this course, ladies and gentlemen, we shall consider information presented visually.

On this course, ladies and gentlemen, we shall consider information presented visually. | TELT | Scoop.it
Lying graph is show for trind for UK for buy of ice cream for J F M A M J J A S O N D. At the begin , littel ice cream . Afeter, many ice cream . We can look the ice cream sweep dramatickelly upstairs with a peak .
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Great snapshot of teaching presentations in a multicultural EFL class.

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Reading for advanced EFL: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Reading for advanced EFL: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | TELT | Scoop.it
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been one of my favourite books since I first read the trilogy in five parts at the age of 11. (It also led to me reading A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute,...
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Lesson plan and materials for reading from Sandy Millin.

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Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz!

Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz! | TELT | Scoop.it
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this resource! ImageQuiz is a fantastic new website that lets users create image-based quizzes with ease. Just upload your image, choose a title, and begin tagg...

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:44 AM

Upsss! Another digital toy. Seems to be use useful for proactive techno-teachers

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Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz!

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This is one of the coolest resources. I already have a project that I want to use it with that I will be #teaching . So many #teachers and #speakers will love this.

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Set up pair and group work

Set up pair and group work | TELT | Scoop.it
One way of encouraging effective interaction for learning is by using information gap activities.
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Example of a high school EFL CLIL class in Germany, where pupils are grouped in one of five sub-topics, then re-grouped to share their expertise using a diagram to map information and a record answers to "why" and "how" questions.  Neat example of creating a need to exchange information and a structure in which to record it.

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Teaching literature to teens – “Unpacking” C.S. Lewis

Teaching literature to teens – “Unpacking” C.S. Lewis | TELT | Scoop.it
Valentina Morgana teaches English in a Milan upper secondary school and blogs about EFL and technology.
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This post describes an initial lesson on C S Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" with 12 year-old A1-A2 learners.

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Making Interactive Lectures

Making Interactive Lectures | TELT | Scoop.it

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"Created by Heather Macdonald College of William and Mary and Rebecca Teed, SERC and updated by Gail Hoyt, University of Kentucky, Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University, Barbara Millis University of Texas, San Antonio, and Jose Vazquez-Cognet University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

This module on Interactive Lectures provides strategies and specific examples of techniques and activities designed to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. The module is designed for the instructor who does not want to replace lecture, but rather to enhance and punctuate lecture to create an interactive classroom experience."


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, August 9, 2012 9:44 AM
Interactive lectures can increase student engagement with course material and facilitate learning. In traditional lectures, the majority of class time is devoted to the instructor’s delivery of information. During interactive lectures, the instructor interrupts the lecture to allow time for short activities.
These activities can take on many forms as discussed later, but they are important in that they allow students to use material learned in class and contribute to their own learning.During lecture breaks, the instructor poses a question or problem that promotes students to actively work with the concepts learned in class. Because learners tend to retain information based on their involvement in the learning process, transforming students from passive receivers of information into active users of information leads to increases in student retention of material.
The idea of incorporating activities within lecture time is often met with the criticism that it wastes time that could be used to cover additional course material. However, sustained lectures that exceed the typical attention span of 10-20 minutes do not ensure that the material is actually reaching students. In fact, students record in their notes a greater percentage of material from short lecture segments than they do from longer lectures. Many of the activities described below take only a few minutes to implement, but still provide important learning opportunities for students.Another benefit of using activities within lectures is that it can create a feedback loop for instructors to get information about student learning earlier than the exam or major assignment date. Seeing students struggle with an activity can be the stimulus for the instructor to review important concepts related to that activity.
In recent years, the lecture has fallen on hard times.
Prominent researchers have raised doubts about its use, claiming that lectures rely on rote learning and fail to promote active engagement. Yet most of us have either attended or delivered wonderful lectures—lectures that have expanded our thinking, provided fresh insights, or opened our eyes to new worlds. Clearly, lectures can be an efficient way of transmitting large amounts of information in a relatively small amount of time.
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Single White Weirdo: Authentic Texts with Lower Levels

Single White Weirdo: Authentic Texts with Lower Levels | TELT | Scoop.it
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Nice account of an EFL lesson using authentic online ads for flatmates by Genevieve White, who teaches adult learners in Lerwick and keeps the blog Notes from a Shetland ESOL classroom.
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Tiny Tap App in the Foreign Language Classroom | Langwitches Blog

Tiny Tap App in the Foreign Language Classroom | Langwitches Blog | TELT | Scoop.it

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (Langwitches blog) tries out TinyTap, "a new app that caught my eye for its potential to make students creators and designers of games on the iPad."

 

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Read her account of using the app with older learners to make language learning games for younger schoolmates.  Interesting for the method and learner comments as well as for the app itself.

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Video of the Week: Preposition by The Bazillions

Video of the Week: Preposition by The Bazillions | TELT | Scoop.it

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Veraguas EFL Teachers blog recommends this video for teaching or reinforcing prepositions of place to young learners.

 

Deathless lyrics:

"Preposition, it’s your ambition
to tell me tell me tell me
exactly my position
Preposition, You’re on a mission
to tell me tell me tell me
exactly my position"

 

 

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Playing with lexical cards

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Nice language activity for all levels of learners using http://www.just-the-word.com.

 

Leo Selivan, British Council:

"Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words go with what other words, i.e. collocations. For example, students are familiar with the word party but may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but it can be adapted for other parts of speech."

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Show and tell: Video feedback on written work

Show and tell: Video feedback on written work | TELT | Scoop.it

Using Jing to record your screen as you provide feedback on students' written work.

 

Nice presentation of learning task, example of student response and teacher's feedback, followed by a walk-through of screencasting software Jing.

 

So pedagogy, technology, concrete examples - what's not to like?

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