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Forums, lists. Blogs Top. Task-based speaking. ESL Matt-erials. Home - ESL Ideas. Bettinghandout. Silent Cacophony. Welcome to Teaching Tip Tuesdays – The Table of Contents Please visit this page often as I will continue to update it every week with my latest teaching tip.

Silent Cacophony

Below you find the tips in the order they have appeared on my blog. The tips are also grouped by theme a little further down. I hope that you will find this series of posts useful in your classroom. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or would like to write a guest post for Teaching Tip Tuesdays, please leave me a comment below, send me an email, or get at me on Twitter Teachers helping teachers is what it is all about.

7 Ways to Error Correct - ELT Connect. Teaching English Games. Articles on teaching one to one, using drama, teaching at preschool, teaching primary school, using songs, teaching teens and adults, classroom management, pronunciation, teaching grammar with games, motivating children to learn and using technology in class.

Teaching English Games

Overview Articles for Teaching Children One to OneUsing Drama To Teach English to Children (ESL or EFL)Teaching English at PreschoolTeaching English at Primary School - Motivating Children to Learn​Using ESL SongsESL for Teens and AdultsESL Classroom ManagementThe Hows and Whys of Teaching PronunciationTeaching Grammar with Games in the ESL ClassroomUsing Technology in the 21st Century ClassroomPaperbacks Articles for Teaching Children One to One How to teach your child English and make it fun.

For parents and private tutors. Online TEFL Training ← No-nonsense, fat-free Online TEFL advice. Life in the Classroom Archives - My Life! Teaching in a Korean University. Life Beyond Gap-fill? In the 70s and early 80s, when functional syllabuses and communicative language teaching gained prominence in ELT, our profession was a relatively gap-fill-free zone.

Life Beyond Gap-fill?

For controlled and semi-controlled practice, students were usually asked to engage in A-B exchanges, role-plays or any other activity types that included some degree of choice, information / context gap, personalization and unpredictability. Even certain types of contextualized oral drills were considered more mainstream than “Fill in the blanks with…” way back then. If you’ve been teaching for more than twenty years you probably know what I’m talking about. Then Headway came along in the mid 80s, grammar made its humongous comeback and since then it has pervaded every crevice of our profession, for both the right and the wrong reasons, for better and for worse. And as fate would have it, gap-filling was catapulted back into ELT. So what’s the big deal? 1. 5. 6. 8. 11. Please remember: 15 Quick Ideas for Using Hip-Hop in Class. If you are reading this post, you are probably an English teacher.

15 Quick Ideas for Using Hip-Hop in Class

I assume you’re a creative, open-minded person who’s ready to take risks and try new things in the classroom. Perhaps that’s the reason why you’ve been following ESLhiphop in the first place. You love the concept of teaching and learning languages with rap music, but you’re still reluctant to give hip-hop a chance. Instead of offering a complete lesson plan this week, I wanted to share a list of 15 activity ideas that you can use with your students right away. Many of these activities are tried and true favorites that we all know, and some of them might be new to you. 15 Activities with Hip-Hop Dictogloss – Explain to your students that you will dictate some of the lyrics and they will listen without taking any notes.

Boost learning by understanding human nature. 5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb. So many of us teach the way we were taught.

5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb

We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that means certain practices get passed down year after year without question, methods that are such a normal part of the way we do school, we perpetuate them without realizing there are better alternatives. Today I’m going to roll out five of these for your consideration: five teaching practices used every day that are not backed by research. In many cases, these practices are not only ineffective, they can be downright harmful.

A few caveats before I start: First, I have used every single one of these methods. A.K.A.: Round-Robin Reading, Volunteer Reading What it is: A teacher wants her class to read a text—a short story, a chapter in a textbook—so she has each student take a turn reading out loud while the others follow along silently. Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations.Cult of Pedagogy.

You’ve probably heard of — and maybe used — learning stations in your classroom.

Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations.Cult of Pedagogy

With stations, teachers set up activities around their rooms, then have students rotate from station to station, performing each task. They are a wonderful way to provide variety and engagement in your classroom. There’s only one real downside to stations — they take a LOT of time to set up. And because we’re all short on time, we may not use stations as often as we could. So today I’m proposing a watered-down version of stations that keeps the movement, interactivity and variety while minimizing the prep work. Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction. Listen to my interview with Tracy Enos or read the transcript here.

Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 44:52 — 62.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | In our never-ending quest to find better ways to differentiate and personalize instruction for students, we have plenty of options. I covered a lot of the basics in my Differentiation Starter Kit. Then last year we learned how math teacher Natalie McCutchen manages a self-paced classroom. Now, Rhode Island teacher Tracy Enos shares her system for customizing instruction to meet the needs of every student. First, consider what we usually do: When planning a typical unit of instruction, teachers map out a series of lessons to deliver, assignments for students to complete, and some kind of final assessment at the end. With playlists, the responsibility for executing the learning plan shifts: Students are given the unit plan, including access to all the lessons (in text or video form), ahead of time.

FluentU English Educator Blog. Home. Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help. It's all around us.

Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help

It's permeated Facebook, Twitter, all social media and the Internet. Yet I have seen adults fall for these hoaxes all the time. It's been hard for me to not say anything when I see these stories repeated and shared daily.