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WORD GAMES. Ammon Shea, a 37-year-old former furniture remover in New York, spent 12 months conquering what he describes as the Everest of dictionaries, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), by ploughing through 20 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words (read more here).


We can only guess how much of what he read has stayed between his ears, which is, at times, quite a challenge for our students. Luckily for the latter, though, their word lists are much shorter. Flipping Feedback: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays by Ron Martinez. By: Ron Martinez, PhD January 8th, 2016.

Flipping Feedback: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays by Ron Martinez

English Learning. Roleplays & drama games for ESL teachers: eslflow webguide. Hurry up Raa Raa (Raa Raa The Noisy Lion) TagsAdvanced Every episode opens as we zoom into the Jingly Jangly Jungle as Lorraine Kelly, narrator, talks about what's happening there that day.

Hurry up Raa Raa (Raa Raa The Noisy Lion)

All the stories are strong, simple and linear with lots of wordplay. The stories are easy to follow and easy to retell. EFL Magazine - The Magazine for EFL Teachers. Nik Peachey - Creativity in the language classroom_0. 10 lifesaving websites for ESL teachers. Lisa has asked me for some recommendations regarding useful sites for EFL teachers and I’m happy to make a little compilation of the places I visit most often to find ideas, inspirations, betimes lesson plans if I feel exceptionally lazy (The Liberation of the Garden Gnomes by Peter Vahle is just shiny!)

10 lifesaving websites for ESL teachers

And share them with you. So, here we go – my ten favourite websites: Hope you’ll like my choice and give these sites a go. 10 lifesaving websites for ESL teachers. 8 Reasons To Stop Being A Monolingual Muggle. - Languages Around the Globe. So you’re a muggle… I gabbed about learning another language for years, but for some reason never really found the time or built up the motivation to sit down and really get to work.

8 Reasons To Stop Being A Monolingual Muggle. - Languages Around the Globe

Maybe I didn’t really know how. I thought I had no time. A few discussion activities for English language students. What discussion activities work in class?

A few discussion activities for English language students

Tekhnologic, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for a post on setting discussion goals, shares a few ideas. A discussion can bring out your students’ interests and motivate them; it’s a chance for them to talk about the things they really care about. Giving and justifying opinions in English can also bring students a sense of accomplishment, as they are using the language to express complex ideas. Discussion activities encourage critical thinking, and are therefore excellent preparation for speaking tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL, which partly examine the ability to express and justify opinions in English. David Dodgson: More Than a Word - The Green Cross Code and Other Vocabulary Tips. I am currently taking the online component of the Trinity Dip TESOL course and our current focus is on Unit 1 ‘Language and Methodology’.

David Dodgson: More Than a Word - The Green Cross Code and Other Vocabulary Tips

As this week’s topic is lexis, it seemed only natural to contribute to this month’s vocabulary topic. One of the most beneficial things about doing a course like this online is the chance to reflect on your immediate practice and reassess exactly what you and your students do in class and why. The most important thing to get students (and teachers sometimes!) Hack Learning Mobile App. The Hack Learning Mobile App: It’s Just Better!

Hack Learning Mobile App

The Hack Learning mobile app puts amazing podcasts, books, articles, and videos about better teaching, learning, and inspiration in the palm of your hands. Download the free Hack Learning mobile app for any device today. It’s in your favorite app store. Download Hack Learning from iTunes Download Hack Learning from Google Play. Little tips from CELTA training that go a long way. When you undertake a 1-month intensive CELTA course it’s near impossible to absorb all the information you’re given.

Little tips from CELTA training that go a long way

You have to prioritise, and that means getting the basics right. Staging a lesson, introducing new language effectively, anticipating problems, that type of thing. Even learning English grammar rules, that’s hard enough for a native speaker! How to Build Your Mobile Language Learning Toolkit - Languages Around the Globe. Even in a digital era in which more people check Facebook and surf the Web with their tablets and smart phones than they do their computers, not everyone is yet sold on mobile language learning.

How to Build Your Mobile Language Learning Toolkit - Languages Around the Globe

Some cite past experiences using language applications as “less authentic” or somehow inferior to more conventional methods. Teaching Challenges – inspiration for you and your learners. Create a professional development plan that works for you Sign up Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about improving your teaching knowledge and developing your teaching skills. In this Challenge, you will learn more about professional development, your strengths as a teacher and identify areas you want to work on.

Feedback on writing. Why is feedback important and how do you give feedback on writing? In this post you will find information about feedback, self- assessment and peer feedback, ideas on how to correct as well as a few suggestions on how to avoid burnout. Feedback- some background information “In teaching, feedback refers to comments or other information that learners receive concerning their success on learning tasks or tests, either from the teacher or other persons.” (Richards & Schmidt, 2010) The objective of feedback is to help the learner improve his/her performance (Ur, 2004) and give appropriate praise + suggestions (Harmer, 2013).

Assessment: the learner is informed about how s/he performed.Correction: some specific information is provided on aspects of the learner’s performance (Ur, 2004). Untitled. The conference was opened by Carmen Zamorano, Responsable for Translation and Interpretation at the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, José Antonio Agúndez Garcia, General Director for Cultural Promotion of the Ministry for Education and Culture of the Regional Government of Extremadura (Spain), Francisco Moreno Fernández, Academic Director of the Instituto Cervantes, Antonio Ventura Díaz Díaz, General Director Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste and Uwe Mohr, Chairman of the European Platform of the Civil Society to Promote Multilingualism and Project Director.

The opening was followed by a speech given by guest speaker Belén Bernaldo de Quiros, head of the Multilingualism Policy Unit at DG Education and Culture at the European Commission. She underlined the importance of fostering language competencies amongst European citizens and presented the new EU programme « Erasmus for All ». Planboard — Lesson planning made easy for teachers. Map of the percentage of people speaking English in the EU by country. Tip: Did you know that the plural of “sheep” is “sheep”, not “sheeps”? Learn more about the most com­mon gram­mar mis­takes in Eng­lish (PDF ver­sion). Some na­tive Eng­lish speak­ers’ at­ti­tude to­wards learn­ing for­eign lan­guages can be sum­ma­rized as “why should I learn a for­eign lan­guage if pretty much every­body speaks Eng­lish?” While it is true that Eng­lish is among the most com­monly learned sec­ond lan­guages in the world, only a small per­cent­age of the world pop­u­la­tion are able to speak it at a con­ver­sa­tional level.

Knowing German Makes Learning English Easier. Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English – regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run, as a linguist from the Univ. of Zurich reveals in her long-term study involving 200 Zurich high-school children. “A tree must be bent while it is young,” as one saying about learning a foreign language goes.

In other words, the earlier you start learning a foreign language systematically, the better the language level will be in the long run. Positive and negative influences of German on English researched. Americanize, Anglicise: Why Do Brits And Yanks Spell Words Differently? Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak. Speak or write in English, and the world will hear you. How language can affect the way we think. Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) Bilingual, bilingualism, child psychology, cognitive development, language.

Three Good Resources for Developing Lessons About Current Events. Earlier today on Twitter someone asked me for suggestions for resources to use to teach students about current events. Three resources quickly came to mind. A few myths about speakers of multiple languages. Noam Chomsky on Language Aquisition. How to Build Your Mobile Language Learning Toolkit - Languages Around the Globe.

Psychology and ELT – Tweaking Activities. Supports for language learning. A brand new way to learn a language. 4 Apps para aprender inglês - E-Konomista. Chris Baldwin - Learning Technologies for the Classroom: A Whirlwind Tour. The case for language learning: seven big issues facing the UK. 10 Recommended Books for the CELTA Course.

It has been a number years since I took the CELTA Course, at least seven years since I actually completed the course at the British Council Seoul. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet other Native English Speaker Teachers (NESTS) and Non-Native English Speaker Teachers (NNESTS) resident in Korea wishing to develop professionally as teachers. We all shared our commitment to the profession and wanted to improve our skills as teachers.

8 Commonly Cited Language Learning Excuses And How To Beat Them - Languages Around the Globe. L1 in the L2 Classroom – For or Against?   - ELT Connect. How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners. Using video content effectively in your EFL classroom.