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Teacher Guides: implementing project-based learning and assessing key competences. 10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning. As internet connections improve and costs of classroom hours increase, it’s becoming increasingly important to offer some form of blended or totally online materials to enhance courses.

10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning

In this posting I’ll introduce some useful free and freemium tools that can enable any teacher to start creating content for online delivery. 1. Perusall – This tool enables teachers to build onto more traditional course book based courses and add a blended element. Ask Answer Add - A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation. Ask Answer Add - A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation Ask Answer Add is one of my favorite speaking activities and requires no resources in class.

Ask Answer Add - A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation

It is a very straightforward exercise and I’m sure it will really help your learners build their speaking skills and learn the invaluable skill of maintaining a conversation. The premise is quite simple, and it is suitable for any level of learner. Classroom Management From Day One. Megan Toujouse took her classroom management plan to her first interview and was hired immediately.

Classroom Management From Day One

Toujouse had developed the plan, step by step, piece by piece, in a course taught by Elecia Lathon at Louisiana State University. English vocabulary: personality types. Words to describe people. - learn English,vocabulary,english. Magazine Cover: Be a superstar! How to Use the New Version of Padlet. Squealer as a Propaganda Machine in George Orwell's Animal Farm. George Orwell’s 1946 novel Animal Farm uses the animals of Manor Farm as a metaphor for Stalinism in order to demonstrate the corruption and dangers of a Communist leadership.

Squealer as a Propaganda Machine in George Orwell's Animal Farm

In keeping with this theme, the novel employs many instances of propaganda–an oft-used tool of totalitarian leaders–to illustrate that people can be easily convinced by flawed ideas if they’re presented in an engaging manner. This allegorical dystopia uses songs, slogans, and poems to depict the manner in which the animals gradually come under Napoleon’s spell with the effective machinations of Squealer, the farm’s Minister of Propaganda. Although Orwell also uses positive propaganda to demonstrate its power in uniting a populace, the overwhelming message of this novel is that people living under an oppressive regime are ripe to be manipulated by the persuasive power of propaganda.

Animal Farm demonstrates that true power may lie not with the dictator himself, but with the mouthpiece who speaks for him. References. Castles in the Air: 8 Gentle Quotes by Transcendentalists. America’s religious streak took off in an odd direction in the early 19th century as Transcendentalist philosophers and writers began tending to a sorely under-nourished part of our national identity, channeling that world-famous revolutionary spirit toward gentler, more introspective aims.

Castles in the Air: 8 Gentle Quotes by Transcendentalists

“Resist much, obey little,” wrote Walt Whitman, his metaphor tinged with musket-fire but his message pointing directly toward the reader’s pursuit of his or her essential self. On what would have been the poet’s 198th birthday, we’ve assembled a flight of memorable words scribbled by Whitman’s brothers- and sisters-at-arms in the Transcendentalist movement. By yanking the conversation in a particular direction, this gentle band of mystics, preachers, schoolteachers, moralists, and naturalists altered the discourse in ways that are still felt (and passionately re-quoted) today. Goal-Setting for Teachers: 8 Paths for Self-Improvement. Some links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links.

Goal-Setting for Teachers: 8 Paths for Self-Improvement

If you click these and make a purchase from Amazon, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support! One thing I love about teaching is that the list of ways you can improve is a mile long. 10 Best Grammar Resources for Teachers. Every day is a grammar day for teachers, but the whole world is invited to celebrate morphology and syntax on the fourth of March—National Grammar Day.

10 Best Grammar Resources for Teachers

Everyone loves a party, but how can you motivate students to embrace good grammar the other 364 days of the year? Get Organised! Collaborative Speaking Tasks. Image credit: Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio This is a speaking lesson plan designed for teenagers that focuses on various exponents of suggesting, offering, agreeing and disagreeing.

Get Organised! Collaborative Speaking Tasks

The main aim of the lesson is for students to improve their collaborative speaking skills, it will work well as preparation for FCE/CAE speaking exams. You will need the powerpoint and teacher’s notes below: BBC Bitesize - KS3 English Literature - Language - Revision 4. Fun Review Activities. Reviewing material can be so boring.

Fun Review Activities

Not only is it boring for you to teach, but think about how your students feel! When reviewing for a unit or state exam, try to incorporate activities and classroom games that engage students, not bore them. Just write: short, inspiring activities to get students writing. In recent blog posts I have looked at some different aspects of writing in class.

Just write: short, inspiring activities to get students writing

Common to all of them has been the point that good preparation is key to producing a successful piece of writing. However, there is also a lot to be said for writing completely unprepared; short, fun activities where, instead of thinking and planning carefully, students just get on with it and write. These sorts of activities can be used as a warmer, or slotted into your lesson to change the focus and pace. They encourage students to see writing as fun and help to develop creativity and confidence. In many cases the activities can also be used as a starting point for longer writing activities, but that’s up to you.

Soundtracks. Literature is Great. How to use newspaper articles in language class. How should teachers use 'authentic' texts in class? Author, trainer and teacher Rachael Roberts gives valuable advice on the example of newspapers. She will also be delivering a live-streamed presentation Opens in a new tab or window. from Belfast on writing effective classroom materials, 11 March 2014. Using poems to develop productive skills. This is a great motivator. Poems are often rich in cultural references, and they present a wide range of learning opportunities. Insights on professional development for busy teachers. RO Training Handout 2015. ReadOnhandbookPrentice STAMPA. A Teacher Planning Model For Multiple Intelligences. A Teacher Planning Model For Multiple Intelligences by TeachThought Staff Until recently, the prevailing thought in education was that differentiation according the theory of multiple intelligences was a good thing.

Then data started coming out, and the theories Howard Gardner set forth back in 1983 came under fire. Mention multiple intelligence (MI) thinking today, and you’re guaranteed to rise the ire of someone on twitter telling you that it’s 2014, and the 1980s are gone and there is no data that exists that proves MI does anything but waste time. The Background. How to use songs in the English language classroom. What makes for a successful song-based lesson?

Adam Simpson, second-time winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post on conditionals (written with Paul Mains), explains. One of the big problems we all face, whether teaching English to children or adults, is maintaining learners’ interest throughout our lessons. Consequently, we often have to be very creative in the techniques we use. What makes music such a great teaching tool is its universal appeal, connecting all cultures and languages. The Best Music Websites For Learning English. Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners focuses on using music for language development and includes a student interactive, video, and teaching ideas.

I use music a lot in my teaching of English Language Learners. I thought people might find it helpful to see which sites I believe to be the best out there to help teach English — Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced — through music. Songs provide examples of authentic, memorable and rhythmic language. Step by Step Support EN new.

StrumentidibasediOpenSankore. Great video sites for EAP and high level classes. 50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child - CLIL-5 great video sites with CLIL content. 5 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons. Se le catacombe hanno le cuccette… How to Create a Progress Chart in Google Sheets. Other ways to say: Nice, Good, Bad, Sad, Happy, Pretty - learn English,vocabulary,communication,english. How to write a personal statement for a UK university. Kathryn Abell of Edukonexion shares some tips ahead of her talk at the British Education Fair in Madrid taking place on 19-20 October 2015. When applying to a UK university, the discovery that school grades alone are not enough to gain entry onto the programme of your choice can come as an unwelcome surprise. This is especially true for international students, many of whom see the words 'personal statement' for the first time when starting their university application.

Calendar of Events. English as a Second Language. Powerpoint for teachers. The Challenge of Teaching English to Dyslexic Students by Julia Shewry. 10 useful websites for ELT. Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice. By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs.

Introduction to teaching with SKYPE. Ripetizioni gratis: nasce in Toscana il 1° social network per gli studenti. The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Download It Today. Scuola, compattare l'orario... si può! Sperimentando una delle idee del Movimento delle Avanguardie Educative. Stefania Chipa e Lorenza Orlandini - La Compattazione del calendario scolastico è una delle idee delle Avanguardie educative che a Novembre 2014, quando è stato lanciato il Movimento, ha destato timidi interessi; ma poi, nel corso dell’anno, ha raccolto molte adesioni da parte delle scuole adottanti. 25 maps that explain the English language.

Creativity in the English language classroom. Khan Academy. Listening to students' spoken language. C607%20Information%20and%20Communication_WEB%20ONLY_FINAL.pdf. MaterialeCooperativeLearningBreveGuida.pdf. Smart List: 30 Ways to Learn Almost Anything. Study Tools. FORUM FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS-FELT. New Chart Comparing The Best Tools for Creating Educational Posters and Inforgaphics. Web Resources.