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When You Get Nothing But Crickets. Recommended Resources – ELLstudents. Drawing Out - ALTA English Publishers | 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… 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. In real life, it is much more difficult. Here’s some of the places where I got my material from : Breaking News English ESL Cafe One Stop English 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.

Here is a beginning Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English: Videos: Using Art As A Language-Learning Activity Using art in the classroom is from ELT-Cation. Five Reasons to Teach English Using Art. SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | | Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments. 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. I’m always happy to field individual questions. My top lessons learned after 2.5 years of teaching ESL online: #1 Set your prices at a rate you can live off and live with When I first started teaching ESL online I was tempted to undercut my prices in order to attract my first customers.

. #2 Bend over backwards for your first students We all know that finding students as an independent online ESL teacher is difficult. . #3 Don’t get buried in technology #4 Learn from others About the author: 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. Get them to problem solve, evaluate and justify their answers.The process of critical thinking is often linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy pyramid. Over to you. 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. Examples of WebQuest tasks might include: writing a letter to the mayor taking a stand on whether a new landfill should be opened; writing a diary as if you were living in 1491; designing a travel itinerary for geologists visiting Italy; or creating a commemorative mural celebrating space exploration.

WHAT IS A WEBQUEST? Revision activities. BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU! The TES - Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forums.