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eLearing. Writing a biography. You are going to Talk about famous people Read and listen for information about two celebritiesCompare and contrast them Write a biography of someone famous Note; This post was updated 30/12/2011 due to the Shakira biography clip being removed from Youtube.

Writing a biography

I replaced it with another clip and altered the comprehension questions. 1) Discuss Look at these people. Do you know who they are? Highlight here for answers; Leo Di Caprio, Bob Marley, Martin Luther king, The Beatles, David Beckham Che Guevara, Mother Teresa, Shakira, Elvis Presley, Beyonce 2) Read and watchClip 1 You are going to watch a clip about ShakiraWhat do you know about Shakira? Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Answer these questions; What was her dream when she was growing up? Clip 2 Answer these questions; Text. The English Doctor is Available. So you want to teach academic English? Here's how... English for academic purposes, or EAP, isn’t rocket science, but it can be an intimidating prospect for teachers who haven’t done it before.

So you want to teach academic English? Here's how...

Anyone who has the skills to teach English can do it, it just requires a particular focus when it comes to what skills you aim to develop and what language you should be focusing on. This post isn’t a guide to everything you need to know: please consider it merely as an introductory overview. It is, nonetheless, a starting point that you can use to examine any EAP program, with an eye to judging if it is on the right track or not. Look at what I write here, look at the EAP program you’re involved with and… ask questions if you don’t see these things being done!

Where is your course heading? Zeitguests: Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings discuss 'the round' Your ads will be inserted here by Easy AdSense.

Zeitguests: Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings discuss 'the round'

Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot ORSuppress Placement Boxes. I’m delighted that Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings have taken the time to answer a few of my questions for their brand new publishing project. As Luke and Lindsay are two of the most innovative and forward thinking people in the ELT profession, it’s no surprise that they have come up with a new model for publishing: the round. Zeitguest: The Merits of Social Media and Modern Modes of Communication in Education by Maria Rainier. Your ads will be inserted here by Easy AdSense.

Zeitguest: The Merits of Social Media and Modern Modes of Communication in Education by Maria Rainier

Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot ORSuppress Placement Boxes. Maria Rainier thankfully eases my blogging load with a guest post in which she shares her thoughts on the place of social media in education. Since social media and modern forms of communication first made their way into the mainstream, their influence on society and youth culture have been under constant debate. There are numerous voices coming from both sides of the debate. Zeitguest: ‘Keeping Students On Task Online’ by Marina Salsbury.

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Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot ORSuppress Placement Boxes. Here is another fantastic guest post from Marina Salsbury, her second for my blog,in which she investigates how to effectively use online tasks. More schools and teachers are recognizing the Internet and other new technologies are wonderful educational resources and using them increasingly in classrooms from PhD programs to elementary schools, and of course this is true in ELT programs as much as anywhere. Unfortunately, along with the great resources available online there is also a lot of unreliable information and distractions. Software Despite wanting to take advantage of all the Internet has to offer, schools often rely on filtering software to prevent students from accessing websites that might contain adult content or otherwise be inappropriate. 15 great ice-breaker ideas and downloable worksheets. Teach them English Adam Simpson's blog Skip to content ← 30 free resources for lessons about personality and feelings.

15 great ice-breaker ideas and downloable worksheets

5 great ice-breakers in 5 days: #1 Where in the World… Welcome back to my blog!

5 great ice-breakers in 5 days: #1 Where in the World…

Sorry that I appear to have been absent for most of this month, but believe me, I’ve been very busy elsewhere. As well as presenting at the upcoming ISTEK International ELT Conference, I’m delighted to also be part of the social media team, promoting and sharing the whole conference experience with the wider world. This has meant me dealing with almost thirty pre-event interviews with speakers for the conference blog, which has obviously taken up a lot of my blogging time over the past week or so (please have a look at the fruit of my labors here).

5 great ice-breakers in five days: #2 Idea Sprint… Welcome to part two of my Tyson Seburn-inspired five-day Blogathon.

5 great ice-breakers in five days: #2 Idea Sprint…

For more detail, please visit yesterday’s post. The idea sprint The Idea Sprint is a fantastic way to either review topics you’ve already covered, or brainstorm what learners already know. 5 great ice-breakers in five days: #3 Picture Scavenger Hunt. Number three in my quest to complete five blog posts in five days (day one here and day two here)… Picture Scavenger Hunt Pictures are worth a thousand words and nearly everyone carries a photo of somebody or something with them.

5 great ice-breakers in five days: #3 Picture Scavenger Hunt

When you have a new class, you can use these photos for a scavenger hunt! What you need… 5 great ice-breakers in five days: #4 Brain Gym Master Class. Number four in my quest to complete five blog posts in five days (day one here, day two here and day three here)… Brain Gym Master Class Sometimes the brain needs a bit of physical activity to get it going at the start of class.

5 great ice-breakers in five days: #4 Brain Gym Master Class

Brain gym is the art of stimulating mental activity through bodily movement. 5 great ice-breakers in five days: #5 The super-quick speed dating mixer… Number five in my quest to complete five blog posts in five days (day one here, day two here, day three here and day four here)… The super-quick speed dating mixer… You probably know the idea of speed dating… A person talks to another person for 5 minutes and then moves on to the next person. Why not use this in class to share ideas? What you need… A clock/watch and something to make noise withYou can provide questions if you want, but it’s not necessary (adults don’t have any trouble making conversation on their own)Enough people so they can mingle (good for large classes)

5+8: A March blog roundup of great ELT posts. 7+7: A February blog roundup of great ELT posts. So, here’s the deal: For every blog post I write during the month, I’ll feature one more from my favorites from around the Blogosphere. 9+9: A January blog roundup of great ELT posts. So, here’s the deal: For every blog post I write during the month, I’ll feature one more from my favorites from around the Blogosphere. I plan to keep this going throughout 2013, but I’ll probably need reminding by the end of February! This month I posted nine times, so I get to focus on nine posts from other great ELT bloggers. Here, in no particular order, are the posts that I enjoyed reading in January… Problems remembering student names? You're not alone... and here's some advice. I first started this blog back in September, 2009 and now seems a good time to reflect on some of the things I’ve written about and to breathe new life into some of my old posts.

Here’s an early post from the blog, slightly revamped and given a new lease of life now that another academic year is about to begin… For the longest time, remembering names was a huge problem for me. In my first classes, way back when I started teaching, I was still struggling after several weeks and it got quite embarrassing in the end. If you also suffer, you have to find strategies that work for you, as I eventually did. The view from the trenches. The nine golden rules of using games in the language classroom. 4 great reasons to use songs in English teaching. 4 reasons not to give our language learners any homework.

5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom. 10 video clips that will help you to enter the world of Dogme ELT. Your ads will be inserted here by. 10 things we can learn about motivation from Good Guy Greg. Good Guy Greg (also known affectionately as GGG) is an internet phenomenon. His real identity remains unknown, but his image is that of a friendly man smoking happily and smiling. Good Guy Greg is a kind, generous and empathetic character, the total opposite of Scumbag Steve (more on him in a later post). Good Guy Greg, obviously, is just a meme, but embodies the positivity of all those who ascribe their thoughts to this character. 10 things we can learn about motivation from Good Guy Greg – part two. Good Guy Greg (also known affectionately as GGG) is an internet phenomenon. His real identity remains unknown, but his image is that of a friendly man smoking marijuana and smiling.

Good Guy Greg is a kind, generous and empathetic character, the total opposite of Scumbag Steve (more on him in a later post). Good Guy Greg, obviously, is just a meme, but embodies the positivity of all those who ascribe their thoughts to this character. 10 reasons to use games in language teaching. 10 Ways of getting back into your teaching routine after a holiday – Part 1. We’ve all been there and we know how hard it is: going back to teaching after a long summer holiday can be quite a chore. In a way, it is more difficult every academic year, as the familiarity of our work surroundings and our increasing experience in the job might lead us to underestimate just how hard it can be to get back in the swing of things after a few weeks away. 10 Ways of getting back into your teaching routine after a holiday – Part 2. 6 ways for teachers to tackle the post-holiday blues. Upcoming BC TeahingEnglish webinar on activities to stimulate creativity. A great selection of upcoming BC webinars.

The keys to creative class activities: An online chat with Teaching English. Nominated for the BC ‘innovative teaching ideas’ blog award. My #RSCON4 presentation. My presentation at INGED 2013. How I prepare to give a workshop to teachers. My next speaking engagement: #ISTEKELT 2013. Reflections on #sswebcon: The 1st British Council Turkey Story Sharing Web Conference.

My next speaking engagement: The 1st international conference on outliers in ELT. How to get the most out of a #RSCON4. My Talk At RSCON4 - TheTeacherJames. Workshop recordings. The 'scene of the crime': a creative way of teaching modals of speculation. Just something we did in class: Modals of speculation. Using images to stimulate learner interest in their course books. Cheat! - TheTeacherJames. 1 great way of using technology to give feedback to learners. DO IT! Fostering creativity in exam classes. A cracking activity for stimulating creative thought that requires very little prep and can be used at any level. P Is For Bacon - TheTeacherJames. 5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to. 3 creative activities for practicing prepositions of place. A grammar question I'd like you to answer: when do you teach the third form of the verb?

Lesson plan – choosing a career. Favourite infographic for November: National Teacher’s Day around the World. Favourite infographic for October: What are the hardest languages to learn? Favourite infographic for August: A short history of the language learning lab. Favourite infographic for July: New detailed taxonomy wheel for teachers. Favourite infographic for May: Monolingual vs. Bilingual… Are 2 languages better than one? Favourite infographic for April: Tips for Becoming a Digital Teacher. Favourite infographic for March: Theories of learning. Contemplating who I am as a teacher: Plans for professional development. Reopening the case for learning styles. How dealing with conflict led me to success. Coping with the death of a student. The ELT survival kit: 3 steps to keeping your whiteboard clean.

Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms. Tech Trends in Higher Education. Does Twitter Help Teachers LEARN, GROW & “Get Off The Planet Faster”… (Pt 03 of 03) The Next “BIG THING” in #EDtech… Everything NO Single Teacher Should EVER Want to Know About EdTech, Digital Literacy and 21st Century LEARNing… Have you ever wondered why your group activities fail to inspire students? Want to know how class is going? Why not ask the people who count? Focus on portfolios: 4 advantages of alternative assessment. Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms. 9 great reasons to use posters in your language classroom. 4 great things to do with newspapers in the language classroom. 6 Useful tools for teaching and learning vocabulary. 3 fun online activities for practicing verb tenses. 4 great strategies for starting early morning classes. 5 creative activities for teaching adjectives.

7 tips to help your learners speak English fluently. 4 ways to quickly stimulate creativity in adult learners. Lessons in motivation – what do we really need? 3 Ways to Make Language Learning Fun over the Holidays. 2 practical approaches to lesson planning. 6 great online sources for games and quizzes. Game-Based Learning 1.1. 10 downloadable lesson plans for teaching environmental issues and problems. 15 free resources for teaching classroom language. 31 resources for teaching the language of graphs, plus one website that allows you to make your own. 17 free resources for lessons about jobs and careers. 6 online activities for developing knowledge of subject-verb agreement. 6 things to consider when learning English in England. A huge bunch of resources for teaching the present perfect tense.

30 free resources for lessons about personality and feelings. 20 resources for teaching and practicing parts of speech. Great games for the language classroom: Blockbusters. 15 more free resources for teaching classroom language. Ideas and resources for Halloween teaching. 3 fun ways of incorporating games into beginner level classes.