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Survey Lesson Plan for ESL Students. Nunn - A Holistic Classroom Activity - The Class Survey. The Internet TESL Journal Roger Nunnnunn [at] University (Kochi, Japan) Introduction A so-called "post-communicative" view of language teaching, is said to be more eclectic. Language teaching is seen as an adaptive process rather than as the application of an ideal method or approach. In contexts that seem to require or favour the learning of actual abilities to use a language, it is useful for a teacher to develop a repertoire of holistic activities within which a variety of approaches may be adopted. A teacher's repertoire often includes activities such as simulated conversations in pairs and small groups, speech making or story telling. All of these holistic activities act as a framework for the adoption of different approaches and roles, ranging from strictly and centrally controlled teacher-fronted interaction to devolved interaction in which students structure their own discourse.

Multiple Aims A class survey responds to several aims. Flexibility Stage 1 Stage 2.

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Superlatives. 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills. Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon? Young people often want to hurry up and make meaning via a quick skim or a cursory glance when a text can demand patience and focus.

Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions. This takes practice. But it certainly helps when students want to read the text. We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?”

Below, we offer ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Learn English Paraphrase Writing. Paraphrase writing means you take a sentence and change some words but keep the same idea. It’s a good skill for ESL students because it helps them learn English words and different ways to write a sentence. These ESL teaching materials provide writing students with 4 strategies to paraphrase sentences. What is Paraphrasing? Paraphrase writing is actually quite difficult. It involves several tasks. find and keep the main ideachange the key wordschange sentence order Paraphrase Practice Questions Here are 4 sets of paraphrase practice questions. Part 1. Isolate key words and phrases and replace them with words that express a similar idea. For example: Several high school students are taking pictures of themselves in front of a coffee shop.Quite a few high school students are taking selfies in front of a cafe.

Practice Writing Questions Part 2. Change a sentence written on the passive form and make it active. Many buildings were destroyed by the earthquake.The earthquake destroyed many buildings. Opinion Stage: Create Polls, Quizzes, Lists and more. Email Marketing, Content Marketing and Content Curation Tool.


Making Small Talk for English Learners. Making Small Talk The ability to make 'small talk' is highly valued. In fact, many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures - and rightly so! Small talk gets friendships started and 'breaks the ice' before important business meetings and other events. What is small talk? Small talk is pleasant conversation about common interests. Why is small talk difficult for some English learners? First of all, making small talk is not difficult only for English learners, but also for many native speakers of English. However, small talk can be especially difficult for some learners because making small talk means talking about almost anything - and that means having a wide vocabulary that can cover most topics.

This lack of vocabulary leads to some students 'blocking'. How to Improve Small Talk Skills Now that we understand the problem, the next step is to improve the situation. Do some research Use the Internet to gain specific vocabulary. Chit Chat and Small Talk: 5 Activities to Get the Conversation Started with Your Students. Socializing Small Talk ESL EFL Activities Worksheets Games. I had a great weekend ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes Here is a useful activity to help students practice making conversation about weekend activities. In the activity, students play a guessing game where they have to ask questions to find out what activity a classmate did at the weekend. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of activity cards which they place face down in a pile on the desk. I had a great weekend.PDF Exclusive What do we have in common? ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes This engaging speaking activity helps students become better acquainted with one another.

What do we have in common.PDF Exclusive Both of Us ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 40 Minutes In this fun ice-breaker activity, students find out what they have in common with their classmates. Both of Us.PDF Exclusive Common Responses ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 20 Minutes Common Responses.PDF Free. Target Language: Practise spelling, vocabulary & grammar – tekhnologic. The reason for creating this new PowerPoint quiz format was to have some variety. Rather than simply playing Jeopardy or using a class quiz, why not play a game where students get points for hitting the target and for practising the target language of the lesson/course.

Watch the tutorial below to see how to edit and use the PowerPoint template. Video tutorial demonstrating how to edit and use the Target Language PowerPoint.The video run-time is 2 minutes and 37 seconds. Click on the image or follow the link below to download the Target Language PowerPoint. Download the Target Language PowerPoint. The template has a menu slide with twenty-eight targets that link to twenty-eight question slides. Once a target has been selected and the question has been answered, the selected target will disappear. Using the template Open the template.There are 30 slides in total. How to play Variations Try using different color targets to represent different categories. has a list of several games. This Video About Acts Of Kindness Is Great For ELLs & Everybody Else. This inspiring video about acts of kindness would be great to show English Language Learners and have them write and talk about what they saw. Here’s another one on the same topic. Related Video: Acts Of Kindness As I'm sure many readers know, it's common for drivers in Russia to have dashboard cameras because of the danger of insurance fraud through false accusations. The Web is awash with unflattering clips from them. May 4, 2013 In "video" The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos Earlier today, I shared a "Pay It Forward"-like video, and thought it would be useful if I brought all the similar ones I've posted in the past together in one "Best" list.

March 18, 2017 In "best of the year" The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 -- So Far I use short, funny video clips a lot when I'm teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). July 2, 2013. “Your One Word” Seems Like A Pretty Useful Idea For A Lesson. I’m a big fan of Dan Pink’s “One Sentence Project” (see The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”). In that lesson idea, students develop a…sentence that the want people to say about them forty or fifty years in the future. I do it every year and it’s always very engaging and helpful. Today, I learned about a similar idea that I think would be an excellent complement to the One-Sentence lesson. It’s called “Your One Word.” The idea is that you choose one word that can sort of be your lodestone in life.

That’s the only story, I think, that I’d share with the students as part of this lesson (the other stories are more marketing-related). One thing that makes the general idea even better is that the video provides a three-step process to develop your word, and I think a teacher can pretty much take that process and use it right in a classroom. Related All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners - Linked With Descriptions October 19, 2014 In "best of the year" June 27, 2010. Projects — Zooniverse. QuizPedia - Home of Quiz Making. The Power of PechaKucha. PechaKucha has become quite a popular presentation format, perhaps coming in just under TED’s level of infamy. Like TED, there are a number of “PechaKucha Nights” popping up in cities and at universities around the world. It has enjoyed this rise in status for good reason: people like the brevity, the visual appeal, and the informality. PechaKuchas are typically 6 minute 40 second presentations consisting of 20 slides (or images) displayed for 20 seconds each.

Each slide automatically advances until the end, ensuring a presentation that is fast-paced, information dense, and has an end in sight. This model means that a number of speakers can present in a relatively short period of time. PechaKucha makes a great presentation tool for the English language classroom. The goal of this blog post is to detail some of these reasons and show how PechaKucha can be adapted for almost any context. 1. The short time of PechaKuchas has a number of benefits. 2. 4. 5. 6. Like this: Like Loading... 13 Study Tips. Google Slides: Choose Your Own Adventure - Teacher Tech.

Eric Curts posted directions for using Google Slides to create a choose your own adventure style activity. Using hyperlinks within a Google Slides presentation, build a story or tutorial that asks the viewer to make decisions. Google Slides is probably my favorite collaboration tool. See what your students can collaborate on and create! My students created an awesome adventure story using collaboration tools. They were not physically together and had no other directions than those provided by Eric Curts. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016. CristinaSkyBox: In A Nutshell - An Activity for Business English Students. How many educators really know their students? Perhaps when you are teaching classes of 20+ learners, are swamped with administrative duties which eat away at the time that could be spent preparing lessons, when teachers are demanded to be everything to all, it's not realistically possible to really know one's students beyond their names and perhaps, their grades.

So let me start again, how well do your students know each other? A regular activity when teaching Business English is to ask students to write out their CV for a possible role play (a role play focusing on interview skills, for instance, or writing application/covering letters for a job). Today, there are digital tools which enable this quite easily, adding visuals and easy sharing among social media. These tools not only offer a real world practice to learners but also help them to learn about each other, thus opening opportunities of better class dynamics and ways of collaboration with each other. Further Suggestions: Images. Speaking For An Audience. These new kids need more public speaking skills than us. They will work on projects in teams, they will present their projects and they will need to be more confident in front of an audience.

Thus, as teachers we can encourage our students to speak in front of an audience by assigning weekly projects. Friday afternoons can be a great time for doing this as on the last day of the week they feel tired and demotivated. You can find a lovely box, or a jar and put the project ideas in and ask them to choose the one for the next week. Here are some suggestions but we can add more, Every week students choose a song which tell a story and prepare a 3-minute presentation about the song. CristinaSkyBox: A Perspective on Geography.

Home. A place where one returns to when the day is done, a place which evokes childhoods and familiar environments. Home is also broader than the individual experience. It is our planet, in all its fragilities and strengths, its beauty, mysteries, cultures and eco-systems. Geography is a wonderful way of discussing environmental issues, of learning about cultures, and thinking about solutions for problems which affect our planet. GeoGuessr and Smarty Pins are both free online games which learners can play either on their own or in pairs. One can also link history with geography with games such as Which Hisotrical Civilization Do You Belong In, by the National Geographic Kids the world , which offers a variety of games on animals, and other topics related to geography and our planet. World Geography Games is another resource for games but better still, why not ask students to work in small groups and create their own geography games?

Home from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo. Images. WordWriter. The Best Visually Engaging News Sites. This is a one-of-a-kind “The Best…” list. I don’t think any of the sites on this list are very accessible to English Language Learners. Those sites can be found at The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners. This list is just a collection of links I’ve been accumulating for applications that visually represent current news in particularly unusual ways. I wouldn’t get my news from them, but I thought readers might find them intriguing to glance through.

It’s pretty difficult for me to describe them, so I’ll just list them here and let you discover how they work on your own. Here are my choices for The Best Visually Engaging News Sites: * News Map * Interceder * Newser, This site shows a large grid of news photos, along with a headline, short description, its source, and how long ago it has been published. Breaking News is a current events news-reader designed in an intriguing way. Ten By Ten Feel free to offer additional suggestions. Related October 26, 2008 Reverbiage.

New & Useful Resources On Bloom’s Taxonomy. Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom. Most, thought not all, of these new resources relate to Bloom’s and ELLs: EFL Classrooms Can Teach Higher Order Thinking Skills is an article from Humanising Language Teaching. Asking The Right Questions Using Bloom’s Taxonomy with English Language Learners Bloom’s Taxonomy classroomsnextlevel.wordpress.comSAMR App Dice1Samantha Morra21st Century Classroom Related Bloom's Taxonomy For Language Learners The New Jersey World Languages Curriculum Framework is a PDF document with a lot of interesting stuff. July 22, 2009 In "teacher resources" The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom's Taxonomy In The Classroom Bloom's Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational circles.

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