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Detailed geography information for teachers, students.Example Map of Africa, Countries,infos ect Worldatlas.com

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Detailed geography information for teachers, students.

 

 EXAMPLE: Free political or physical map of Africa and individual country map of Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe and other African countries. 

AFRICAN HISTORY:

As for Africa, scientists have formerly concluded that it is the birthplace of mankind, as large numbers of human-like fossils (discovered no where else) were found on the continent, some dating back 3.5 million years.

About 1.75 million years ago, early man spread throughout parts of Africa. They became aggressive hunters, lived in caves and used fire and their ability to create stone tools just to survive.

The Neanderthals arose some 200,000 years ago and inhabited regions in northern Africa and across parts of southern Europe. There is also clear evidence that they had control of fire, lived in caves, as well as open-air structures of stone and vegetation.

One of the most important developments of primitive man was the creation of stone tools. By 5000 BC farming was somewhat common in the northern areas of Africa, as people were growing crops and herding livestock. During that time the Sahara Desert was a fertile area.

In 3200 BC the Egyptian culture emerged along the lower reaches of the Nile River; it was among the earliest civilizations and their tools and weapons were made of bronze. They also pioneered the building of massive pyramids and temples.

Egyptians also developed mathematics, an innovative system of medicine, irrigation and agricultural production techniques, writing and the first ships. In short, the Egyptians left a lasting legacy upon the world.

Around 600 BC the use of metal tools spread across small population bases and....

AFRICA GEOGRAPHY FACTS:AFRICA INFORMATION:

Links to Africa information that are updated daily.

Africa famous native sons and daughtersAfrica facts and figures, capital cities and currencyAfrica country flagsAfrica land statistics, highest and lowest pointsAfrica landforms, lakes, mountains and riversAfrica latitude, longitude and relative locationsAfrica links to major attractions and points of interestAfrica maps, outline, political and topographicalAfrica symbols, coat of arms and flagsAfrica time zones and current timesAfrica timeline of events and historyAfrica travel information, airfares, cruises and train travelAfrica weather forecasts and current conditions
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This website provides information about African countries: Fast Facts, Landforms, Maps, and much more. Click your country on the interactive map of Africa. 

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 5:27 AM

lots of useful information.

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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

A slideshow:http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?c=y&articleID=119483704&page=1

 

"Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884."

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

"Sister and brother, circa 1905, wear traditional white dresses in lengths appropriate to their ages. “What was once a matter of practicality—you dress your baby in white dresses and diapers, white cotton can be bleached—became a matter of ‘Oh my God, if I dress my babies in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up perverted,’ ” says Paoletti."

"Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress:

"Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble.

We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s outfit was considered gender-neutral..........

.......The march toward gender-specific clothes was neither linear nor rapid. Pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I—and even then, it took time for popular culture to sort things out.

For example, a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.

In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago.

Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers. “It could have gone the other way,” Paoletti says..............."

 

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Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest by Solar Energy - Planetsave

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July 15, 2013  Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels.

 

Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has access to electricity.

 

“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” said Merino.

 

The first phase of the program, called “The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program” was initiated on Monday (July 8) in the Contumaza province, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. These installations will power 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.

The program plans to install about 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems to provide for approximately 500,000 households at an overall cost of about $200 million.

 

 Peru is the third-largest country in South America, with a population over 24 million. It has average solar radiation levels which can reach 5 kWh per m2 a day in the Sierra (foothill of The Andes). Peru is also home to the first major PV installation in Latin America.

 

This follows Peru’s public commitments to accelerate renewable energy development, as reported here previously by CleanTechnica.

 

And also:

 http://grist.org/list/perus-poorest-will-soon-have-solar-power

 

 Peru Unveils Plan to Use Solar Panels to Provide Electricity to 2 Million People, Latin American Herald Tribune:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=848797&CategoryId=14095


  http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/31/peru-south-american-nations-turn-to-reverse-auctions-to-accelerate-renewable-energy-development/

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WORLD CULTURE - India 2_Don’t compliment babies or touch offerings to the gods.

Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.

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Une série de vidéos sur les DO'S and DON'TS dans le monde - Différences culturelles...

Cliquer sur VIMEO pour accéder aux autres vidéos !

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4 techniques for switching your brain into language mode: Make your language learning happy place

4 techniques for switching your brain into language mode: Make your language learning happy place | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Have you ever heard of a phenomenon called " Priming "? Priming is what psychologists call it when your brain adapts to the environment around it without you realising.

Make your language learning happy place

Now, how can we make our brains help us with what we're learning? Try out some ideas that learners and teachers can use to make priming work in the right way:

 

 


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Building background knowledge

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Inner Secrets: "who killed..." Beautiful interactive story practice the Simple Past Tense

Inner Secrets: "who killed..." Beautiful interactive story practice the Simple Past Tense | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"Two years ago, I designed a PPT-based course to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students the Simple Past Tense. I recreated part of this interactive story to test iSpring products´ features. You can see the demo here."

 

Beautiful interactive story practice the Simple Past Tense.

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Really good interactive for past tense revision but who killed the victim? My students are going to ask. The son?
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The Armageddon Letters, the Cuban Missile Crisis: a multi-media resource (book, website, videos, blog)

The Armageddon Letters, the Cuban Missile Crisis:  a multi-media resource (book, website, videos, blog) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

How a multi-media resource The Armageddon Letters (book, website, videos, blog) can be used in middle school, high school and college classroms when studying about The Cold War, Nuclear Proliferation (then and now), and the delicate balance necessary in designing political messages.


The Armageddon Letters  a trans-media project was launched in 2012 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It incorporates multi-platform storytelling, taking 'visitors' behind the scenes during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive time-capsule rendering web-site and a book.

 

The book is a trans-media publication/time-capsule with an introduction, a "cast of characters," a prelude and four Acts: Collision, Spiral, Escape, and Squeeze.

 

Each Act unfolds with a graphic novel introduction by Koji Masutani, a theatrical preview (a play where Castro, Khruschev and Kennedy assume their roles on stage), and transcripts of the actual letters they passed during the crisis.

The web site, http://www.armageddonletters.com/, has  links allowing visitors to view the graphic novel chapters found in The Armageddon Letters book, its ongoing blog, and links to the following "short films" they've created:


   * "Who Cares about the Cuban Missile Crisis";
   * "Welcome to the Armageddon Letters" explaining the project;
   * "Message to Professors" explaining the project for college professors
   * "Be Castro"
   * "Be Khruschev"
   * "Be Kennedy"

 

  


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History in the News

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Carla Saunders's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:13 AM

Lots of sources here - Active History does it again http://www.activehistory.co.uk/

Clare Treloar's curator insight, February 15, 2013 6:10 AM

Sources recommended

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6 Ways Comic Books Can Help a Child with Aspergers

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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Excellent Presentations on The very progressive Finnish education system -Pasi Sahlberg –

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Finnish education system by Pasi Sahlberg


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Finnish education system by Pasi Sahlberg

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European History Interactive Map


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Fascinating & Exceptional : Interactive animation The Scale of the Universe 2 From the smallest to the biggest

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Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between.

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A Republican, GOP House staffer, calls for climate action -- and has to remain anonymous to keep job

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"A Republican staffer at the U.S. House has written a fervent call for conservative action on climate change, winning second place in a young conservative writing contest sponsored by the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. But he won’t be collecting his prize in person. He’s afraid to reveal his name or face.


The piece was published yesterday on the Real Clear Science website under the pseudonym of Eric Bradenson. The author explains that he is “writing under a pen name to protect his boss and himself.” Here’s how his piece kicks off:


Someone in the GOP needs to say it: conservation is conservative; climate change is real; and conservatives need to lead on solutions because we have better answers than the other side.


… conservatives have long fought to protect the natural rights and property rights of individuals, living and unborn, from infringement by environmental degradation and pollution.


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Two-Sentence Horror Stories are actually pretty chilling

Two-Sentence Horror Stories are actually pretty chilling | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Reddit recently asked their users, "What's the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?" And their responses were terrifying! Who knew we could be so scared by such small stories?

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/


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Douglas Rushkoff "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now." We must become the programmers instead of the programmed..

Rushkoff blew Stephen Colbert’s mind back in May

 

Author of 12 books, the media theorist, who "has been writing about the internet since the early ’90s,insists the solution lies in understanding our technology and making it work for, rather than against, us. We must become the programmers instead of the programmed, he argues.

He  talks about the dot-com boom, Facebook "friends" and stock derivatives with Stephen Colbert..  (04:52)
 
GRIST: "How do we encourage an open, vibrant world without being driven crazy? …."Human time has become a new commodity. "We end up living in this perpetual state of interrupted emergency which used to be endured only by 901 operators  or air traffic controllers"

 And also:
http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_404_-_douglas_rushkoff

http://grist.org/living/howd-the-present-get-so-tense/.
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On why you should be an environmentalist for your mind:

Awareness and nervous systems are part of the environment. Just as you can pollute a river with plastic poison, you can pollute a consciousness with self-destructive memes and ideas. What you choose to focus on, what you choose to work towards, what you choose to articulate, is not abstract. It is as real as you are. If we begin to respect our nervous systems, our awareness, our consciousness, the same way we’re asking everyone to respect a pond or a stream or the planet, we may actually reveal to ourselves a high leverage point for changing the way humankind interacts with its planet.


On why real-life interactions have enduring value:

[Facebook] serves the interests of corporate capital and advertising. If I see you on the street, and we have a conversation about something and look into each others’ eyes, that’s not monitored. It can’t be tracked for keywords. It can’t be advertised over. We’re not using any airtime or cell contracts. We can’t be distracted with other things on the screen at the same time. It’s not contextualized under a certain brand or some official group of interactions. It’s much less controlled.


On sustainable corporations:...

 

On getting caught up in personal change and footprint rather than political action:

We do better to disempower Walmart by developing local industries to which we can shorten the supply chain supplying us with our food and goods. If we change our behaviors so we’re thinking less of ourselves as consumers, we’re becoming satisfied and enriched by doing things with each other rather than buying things at the mall. [We do better when] we live in a society where having one barbecue at the end of the block that everybody uses is actually more gratifying than everyone having their own barbecue in some competitive suburban nightmare. That’s when you start to see the types of changes that we need."

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Free Science Fiction Classics on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & Beyond

Free Science Fiction Classics on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & Beyond | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Today we're bringing you a roundup of some of the great Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dystopian classics available on the web.

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Graphics - Gendered Arrangements:why girls are considered burden in India Design Observer

Graphics - Gendered Arrangements:why girls are considered burden in India Design Observer | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Girls are considered a burden in Indian society, the issue is popularly known as the “missing girls” phenomenon."

 

"DesignObserver ‏@DesignObserver

 

"Graphics tell story of why girls are considered burden in India and over seven million have been aborted in a decade. http://dogroup.co"

 

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Not Your Ordinary English! 9 Creative Ideas for Teaching Language Learners | ESL Library Blog

Not Your Ordinary English! 9 Creative Ideas for Teaching Language Learners | ESL Library Blog | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today’s post celebrates the innovative ways teachers are motivating their English language learners.

Teaching English through Rap

Jason Levine, also known as Fluency MC, uses rap songs to teach learners collocations and vocabulary. He raps about grammar and structures and provides the pdfs with lyrics. He has several videos created that you can use with your learners in case you aren’t the type of teacher who raps. Here is a recorded presentation in which he explains his method, how he started, and the results. Also, be sure to check out Tara Benwell’s post about a teacher who teaches English using Hip Hop.

Teaching English through Lip Dubs

Chuck Sandy has his university students in Japan create Lip Dub videos of famous songs. You can check out one of these videos here. In a lip dub, students learn the lyrics to a song then record a video in which they mouth the words to the lyrics as the music plays. The students lip sync in the video. The students seem to be having a lot of fun and it helps with team building. Here’s a lesson plan to get you started.

Teaching English through Karaoke

Greta Sandler had her 5th graders in Argentina karaoke on Singing Fridays. They use this time to sing English songs they have created, teach others English songs through Skype, and sing famous English songs they have prepared and memorized throughout the week. You can find ideas and web tools to help you get started in this post about teaching English through song lyrics. One of our favorite tools for language learners is Lyrics Training.

Teaching English through a Geolocation Game

Paul Driver has invented SpyWalk, a location-based urban game. Language learners play in teams with mobile devices and live GPS tracking to complete missions. The project was recently nominated for an ELTon.

Teaching English through Memes

Nina Jeroncic, who is based in Slovenia, recommends teaching with Internet language or memes. According to wikipedia, memes are ideas, behavior, or language spread throughout a culture. Here is a recorded presentation in which Nina explains various tools and lesson ideas. She uses examples like YOLO, the Grumpy Cat, and more. Her ideas would be great to motivate teens and university students.

Teaching English by Creating AppsTeaching English in Virtual WorldTeaching English via Taboo Topics

One way to get learners thinking critically is to bring up topics that will rile them up. We have a variety of lesson plans on controversial and taboo topics.

Teaching English through MagicDo you have more innovative ideas to add to this list?

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Very interesting!!!!!!!
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Amazing!

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Apps for CBL||Challenge Based Learning

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Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

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Easy to find the apps you need to research, organize, brainstorm, design, create, and present and solve a challenge-based problem.

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More stuff for those ones developing and delivering PBL in your classes

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Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE | Edutopia

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Posted by ryan Schaff

 

"Andrew Miller at Edutopia summarizes the wonderful tools and resources he found at the annual ISTE convention in Texas. These resources (which are all free) help educators craft meaningful game-based learning experiences for the classroom. I am really looking forward to exploring the Educade for potential learning activities and games for future instruction.”

 

SimCity Edu

We have all been awaiting the release of SimCity Edu, and you can now pilot it this summer in anticipation for use in the classroom this fall. Although applications for this pilot close on June 28, I’m sure there will be more to release soon. In the meantime, you can still log in and create your own lesson and ideas as well as browse other sample units and lessons. One sample unithas students focus on creating civic engagement in SimCity, aligned to civics learning objectives and essential questions. Many of the other lessons are aligned to common core standards and other content standards like business, math and science.

Educade

Newly announced from GameDesk is Educade.org, a huge database of games and game lessons that teachers can use in the classroom. It’s free, and you can even create your own lessons to share with the PLN they’ve created. It’s a great way to get your own GBL ideas out there for feedback and collaboration. The lessons are aligned to content, grade level, and even 21st century skills like critical thinking and collaboration. You can also add lessons to your “backpack,” “like” and comment on lessons, and share them on social media. I especially liked the lesson idea of using statistics to predict and plan outcomes for the board game Settlers of Catan (one of my favorites). Educade’s mission is to “zap” boredom, so if you’re using the tools, consider joining the Twitter hastag PLN #EducadeZAP.

Quest Designing Tools

Dr. Chris Haskell of 3D Game Lab has put together some great resources on designing effective gamification environments for learning. One of the best articles I’ve seen on this site — and on this subject — is

 

“Understanding Quest-Based Learning,” which goes over effective usage of game mechanics in the classroom, as well as quest design, incentives and assessment components. 3D Game Lab also has paid Teacher Camps that allow participants to use their learning management system. However, the resources on the site also provide a great framework for ensuring quality gamification in the classroom.

 

It’s clear that there are more and more tools.........


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:56 PM

Gret resources to dig into.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

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Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

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Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

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Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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Boost your vocabulary

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It's a good idea to challenge yourself to vary your vocabulary. Pick out a few synonyms and use them in class. By doing this, you'll expose your students to these words and tou can also challenge them to do the same.


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Phrasal Verb Game 1 & 2 – Macmillan Dictionary

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Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/language-games/

 

Choose the best of four prepositions to make the correct phrasal verb.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsOne/

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsTwo


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:38 AM

This is probably the best of the four games I have just posted - there is a full sentence to give context, and learners choose the correct particle to complete the sentence.  

 

The game factors should help maintain motivation, so the only question that remains is retention - can/will learners remember any corrections?  Or is the reinforcement provided for the expressions they already know enough?

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Charge Your Phone With Urine? Scientists Say It's Possible Using Microbial Fuel Cells

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Often forget your phone charger? Well, scientists in the United Kingdom have devised a way to conceivably charge a mobile phone with something for users on the go -- or, more aptly, for users who have to go.

 

Researchers at the University of the West of England say it's possible to charge a phone with urine by using microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which convert waste into electricity.

 

The team tested the potential of urine power to energize a Samsung mobile device, effectively using the mechanism to make a phone call, send texts and browse the Internet, according to the Press Association. So far tests have been successful, but the team still needs to perfect the method so that MFCs can provide a full battery..........


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A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia.

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2013/07/16/science/16language.html?ref=science  

 

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There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia.

 

"Carmel O’Shannessy, back left, spends up to eight weeks a year in the village of Lajamanu. Gracie White Napaljarri, back right, is a Warlpiri speaker but children in her family speak Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri.

Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules.

 

The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue.

 

Dr. O’Shannessy has published several studies of Light Warlpiri, the most recent in the June issue of Language.

 

And also:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/130715/australian-youth-make-totally-new-language-called-warlpiri

 

"They have been combining their local dialect of Warlpiri with "varieties of English and/or Kriol," making for a "radical restructuring of the verbal auxiliary system" over the past three-and-a-half decades, according to O’Shannessy. ...This is a legit new language, not two tongues smashed together. As The Smithsonian explains: "So, the new language, light Warlpiri, borrows some verb structures and nouns from its parent languages, but it puts these pieces together in a new way. This is in much the same was as how many of the Romance languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian, seem to borrow words from each other while being noticeably different languages.".......


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