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Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2) It’s 2016, and what better way to start the new year than with a brand, spanking new e-book for all of my dear readers!

Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2)

If you’ve already downloaded volume 1 of our series Parsnips in ELT, then you’ll have an idea of what this book is about. The PARSNIP is, as many of you will know, a reference to all those topics that are commonly left out of the standard ELT coursebook: Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, -Isms, Pork. Written by, Rob Howard, Noreen Lam, David Petrie, Adam Simpson, Mike Smith, T. Veigga and Phil Wade, this ebook has 7 lesson plans for ELT teachers that cover Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, Isms and Pork in an engaging and enjoyable style.

Enjoy a lively start to 2016 with our brand new ebook! 10 great ELT e-books that are free to download. As those of you who drop by regularly will have seen, I’ve recently been involved in the production of a free e-book of ‘controversial’ lesson plans (if you missed my last post, take a look).

10 great ELT e-books that are free to download

To continue in this spirit of giving and sharing, I’m following up with a list of ten fantastic and totally free ELT e-books for you. Here we go then, with ten books you can download right now… 1. Entertainment in English — 12 Game Show Lesson Plans for ESL by Luan Hanratty In this collection of lessons Luan Hanratty has readapted some of the most successful and entertaining gameshow formats from US and UK television and radio from over the last forty years. 2. 10 books you need to read if you're taking a four-week TESOL course. It’s been 15 years since I took my language teaching certificate course and here I am, still going strong!

10 books you need to read if you're taking a four-week TESOL course

Something I remember about the course is how tough it is to take in so much new information in such a short space of time. With that in mind, my one piece of advice is to get your reading caps on and get stuck in before the course starts. This won’t necessarily guarantee you an easy ride when you start the course, but it will give you a solid background and set you nicely on your way. Here are the ten books I recommend you read to get a head start on your certificate course: 1. The 10 Best Places to Find ELT Listening Materials. If, like me, you find that one of the most commonly heard requests from your learners is to provide them with additional listening materials to study with outside of class, this post is definitely for you.

The 10 Best Places to Find ELT Listening Materials

I’ve trawled the internet and the result of my extensive labors is the list of ten great resources you see below… enjoy! 1) Link Eng Park. Resources for teaching language learners about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving gives language learners a fantastic opportunity to learn a little more about American culture.

Resources for teaching language learners about Thanksgiving

This is one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. and so represents a unique aspect of that nation’s culture. If you’re giving a Thanksgiving-themed lesson, there are many resources out there to help you make it as fun as possible. 5 resources for teaching would and used to. A lot of students have trouble with the difference between ‘used to‘ and ‘would‘ when talking about past habits and actions.

5 resources for teaching would and used to

The best places to find ELT resources for teaching about Valentine’s Day. Well, it’s coming up at the end of this week, so what better time to review the best materials available to us on the web.

The best places to find ELT resources for teaching about Valentine’s Day

Here, then, are the best ELT resources for teaching about Valentine’s Day, in no particular order. 1. Busy Teacher’s ‘9 Valentine’s Day activities that every ESL teacher must have’ Four text-to-speech resources you might like to try. This post discusses my investigations into various free online text-to-speech (TTS) resources.

Four text-to-speech resources you might like to try

Before my class’ recent mid-term (which I talked about at some length here and will return to again soon), I did all I could to involve them in the process of exam preparation. This involved getting them to prepare practice materials themselves. Part of this process was recording as mp3s certain scripts they’d chosen as listening materials. This meant quite a bit of work in terms of recording the lengthy scripts as well as formatting the student-prepared materials in time for classes the following day. It was a bit touch and go but I got there with time to spare. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but wish there was an easier way of doing it. A huge bunch of resources for teaching the present perfect tense. Almost universally, elementary learners of English are systematically introduced to the simple present and simple past forms.

A huge bunch of resources for teaching the present perfect tense

Then, somewhere around the end of what we consider to be elementary level and the beginning of pre-intermediate study, learners are introduced to the phenomenon known as the present perfect tense. In many cases, this is more than just a stumbling block on the road to learning English. This is primarily due to the fact that for many learners there is no tangible equivalent to the have/has + V3 in their first language. Even those languages that utilise a perfect tense may do so in a way radically different to English. What is the consequence of this situation?

ESL teaching ideas for present perfect Present perfect grammar worksheets with accompanying written exercises. 30 free resources for lessons about personality and feelings. Teach them English Adam Simpson's blog Skip to content.

30 free resources for lessons about personality and feelings

20 resources for teaching and practicing parts of speech. Learning the difference between the various parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections – can be tedious and confusing for any language learner. Nevertheless, a clear and thorough understanding of the parts of speech is a necessary step in helping to prepare your learners for future success in speaking, writing and reading English , so a major goal for you as a teacher is to get them to a point where they are able to identify and use all eight parts of speech without difficulty.

‘Students’ by @yearinthelifeof (me) from ELTPics In my experience, this is something that needs constant, steady work in – and outside of – class. Rather than spending the whole lessons working on the parts of speech, intersperse activities and games to make things fun and interesting. 17 free resources for lessons about jobs and careers. Teach them English Adam Simpson's blog. Ideas and resources for Halloween teaching with young learners.

Halloween offers an enormous opportunity for teachers and learners to use their creativity for ideas with a Halloween theme. Reading projects, fun Halloween alphabets, coloring pages and story writing activities all provide teachers with inspiring ways to teach while celebrating the holiday. Here are some Choose activities that are designed for your classroom’s age level and curriculum goals. Halloween Reading Worksheets Halloween reading worksheets are often freely available from teacher sharing websites. Look in particular for reading worksheets that offer editing skills, spelling crossword puzzles, word search puzzles and riddle solving tasks. 31 resources for teaching the language of graphs, plus one website that allows you to make your own. Teach them English Adam Simpson's blog. 15 more free resources for teaching classroom language.

Teach them English. 15 free resources for teaching classroom language. Best free resources for... Business English. Like every other teacher in the world, I’m always on the lookout for the best resources I can find for a variety of different aspects of language teaching. In this continuing series of post here on the blog, I’ll be sharing what I find with you in the hope that it helps you out. Today I look at Business English… Free e-books Download Phil Wade’s e-books here.