Recommended Resources – ELLstudents. The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites. Last week, my classes all of a sudden became more challenging.
Instead of teaching two separate classes of United States History to Intermediate English Language Learners, one double-block period of Beginning ELL’s, and one period of IB Theory of Knowledge, my schedule now looks like this: First Period: U.S. History to Intermediate ELL’s Second Period: Prep Third and Fourth Period: Combined class of Beginners and Intermediates Fifth Period: U.S. Sixth Period: Theory of Knowledge It’s all going to work out fine, and I’ll certainly get some new good ideas out of it to add to my upcoming book on teaching ELL’s (Katie Hull, my co-author and colleague, and I just submitted our 90,000 word manuscript to editors over the weekend — it will be published next July, and I’ll have time to make additions in December).
But it did force me to make some changes to my new English class blog. I just copied the sidebar from the class blog and pasted it here. Drawing Out - ALTA English Publishers. Educational Resources - Aomori JET Homepage. Best Teaching Resources for JET Program ALTs. 5 Online Resources For English Language (ESL) Teachers. Once upon a time (before coming to work at MakeUseOf), I was an English language teacher here in Germany.
I still do it to a certain extent but I am not sure if one student a month really counts anymore. But from 2004-2007, I had up to 15 German students a week who would pay me for the pleasure of putting them through their lingustic paces – “the Polish started to polish their boots…..at the bank she looked at the interest on her loan with interest….after eating dessert, the army deserted in the desert…”. At the end, I would wonder why the students staggered off looking for the nearest bar. English language teaching is very hard and one of the hardest parts about it is preparing lesson materials. Robin Williams made it look easy in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam” with his quick fire wit and dialogue – but that’s just in movie-land. Here’s some of the places where I got my material from : Breaking News English You can download each lesson plan in doc, PDF and mp3 format.
ESL Cafe Inside Out. The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More. I have periodically shared links to lessons on using art as a language-learning activity, and have published some of my own.
I thought it would be useful to start compiling them here, and to invite readers to contribute what I hope are a whole lot more. I’m excluding music lessons from this list since I have several separate ones for them: The Best Music Websites For Learning EnglishThe Best Online Sites For Creating MusicThe Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language LearnersNot “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music SitesThe Best Places To Find Lyrics On The WebThe Best Sites For Ideas On Making Simple Musical Instruments You might also be interested in The Best Resources Discussing The Importance Of Art In Education — Help Me Find More. Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian. Lessons Learned: 2.5 Years Teaching ESL Online - Off2Class. Hello, my name is James Heywood and since the beginning of 2013 I’ve been teaching ESL online, on a full-time basis.
Since that time, I’ve logged almost 4.500 hours online, teaching a mix of Young Learners and adult students. This month, I’m moving on from online ESL teaching to pursue a new project. I think it is a fitting time to share some lessons learned with other teachers who may be interested in teaching online. Please feel free to get in touch either in the comments section of this blog or by email. Free English Language lessons and EFL exam practice. Critical Thinking - Making the most of your coursebook - ELT Connect. I joined in yesterday in the Macmillan Education online conference and Ed Newbon’s webinar in particular on Critical Thinking Skills really got me, well…thinking.
He argued that our role as teachers is changing, that nowadays it is not enough for students to only speak English, they need to have transferable skills for work, studies etc. Critical thinking is one of the skills that we can incorporate into the ELT classroom which can help students perform in the outside world. So what is critical thinking? Newbon gave several examples but in a nutshell, it is seen as higher level thinking: problem solving, making judgements, evaluation and reflection.
So as teachers it would mean not just focussing on right/wrong answers from a student, not just going through exercises and asking comprehension questions but getting students involved. Do you already incorporate critical thinking into your classes? Home. Listening. Larry Ferlazzo: Instructional strategies for multi-level classes of English language learners. The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests.
There seems to be a fair amount of confusion about the definition of a “Webquest.”
Bernie Dodge, who originated the model in 1995, described it like this in a comment on this blog last year: “A critical attribute of a WebQuest is that it engages higher level thinking, the upper part of Bloom’s taxonomy. Things like creativity, analysis, synthesis. judgment…. A WebQuest is also wrapped around a single challenging task, not a sequence of separate activities A WebQuest isn’t a scavenger hunt and it isn’t a worksheet with links.” Here’s an additional helpful comment Bernie added to this post: “A WebQuest is centered around a challenging, doable and (ideally) authentic task. Obviously there’s a place for both WebQuests and scavenger hunts, but they are different places with very different goals.” I can empathize with his desire to make the distinction clear between a scavenger hunt and a webquest. Given that, however, we all live in the real world where ambiguity reigns supreme.
Related. Revision activities. BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU! The TES - Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forums.