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Using students' first languages in the classroom - UsingEnglish.com. By: Alex Case |Audience: Teachers|Category: Teaching English Whether it is better to use the students' first language (L1) in class or have an English-only policy is something that has been much debated and that has seen many changes of fashion over the years. It seems, therefore, that the only sensible reaction an individual teacher can take to this controversial subject is to neither accept nor reject the use of L1, but simply to search for an ideal level of its use in each individual class- maybe changing its use as the class progresses in level or changes in other ways. Here are some tips to help you spot if you have found your own perfect level of L1 use in your classes and how to adjust the level if you haven't reached that point yet.

Possible signs that there is too much L1 in your classroom 1. Possible signs that you could usefully have more L1 in your classroom 1. Other signs that you might not have the balance of L1 use in class right 1. 1. Copyright © 2008 Alex Case. Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect. We know that adolescents are acutely aware of when adults are treating them with respect and when they aren't.

Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

We also know that engagement leads to successful academic outcomes and a greater sense of well-being for both the student and educator. If teens are more likely to engage with adults who respect them, it's safe to say that respect is essential to student learning. When adolescents describe the ways in which they experience respect, they report that they want to feel challenged by being pushed beyond their comfort zone. They want adults to hold the bar high for them. They feel respected when adults listen and respond to them without judgment, and accept their beliefs and values, however different from their own. 50 Ways To Use Music & Song. I’m presently working hard on a number of forthcoming 50 lists to go along with the dozen I’ve already come up with.

50 Ways To Use Music & Song

Some of the lists forthcoming are; * 50 ways to teach writing* 50 ways to activate creativity and inquiry* 50 ways to foster reading skills* 50 great apps for teaching and learning English* 50 thoughts to help transform education EFL Classroom 2.0members, get all the current lists to read, inform, help their teaching. By far the most popular has been 50 Ways To Use Music & Song, thousands upon thousands of views and downloads. ESL Song Lessons - tefltunes.com - Songs For Teaching Grammar. <div style="font-size:9pt; text-align:center; color:Red;"> This site requires a javascript enabled browser.

ESL Song Lessons - tefltunes.com - Songs For Teaching Grammar

<br />Please enable javascript then refresh the page. <br /><a href=" id="ctl00_HowToJavascriptLink" target="_blank">How to enable javascript</a><br />(opens in annother tab or window) </div> Songs For Teaching English Grammar ESL and EFL teachers thinking about using songs and lyrics to teach English grammar will find this table we've compiled a useful resource. Highlighted songs are those available as complete lesson plans here on tefltunes.com... Please contact us with your own suggestions. Also see our table of songs for discussion topics. Clauses - watch and read. Dvolver Moviemaker. Make digital movies online. Formerly Dfilm. Home. Make Beliefs Comix! Online Educational Comic Strip Generator for Kids of All Ages. Storybird - Artful Storytelling. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language.

Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students. The movie clips called Video Snapshots are designed to provide additional learning content related to other listening activities on my site.

Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students

To learn more about this project, read the Frequently Asked Questions below: Current Videos (Click the picture to watch the video - Click the link below the picture to visit a related listening activity). You can also search by title below: Why did you create this section of your Website? ESL discussion material based on TED talks. Breaking News English Lessons: Easy English News. Make your own Word Scramble Puzzle. This page allows you to create Word Scramble puzzles using your words.

Make your own Word Scramble Puzzle

Please enter a set of words. When you are done, hit the "Puzzle" button to generate a word search puzzle. Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the "print" button on your browser to print the page on your printer. The web page generated will remain on this server for about two months. The Teacher's Corner - Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities. Free Puzzlemaker. Create Your Own Game - ProProfs Game Maker. » Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/2011. This absolutely fantastic summary was contributed by Vicky Saumell on her blog in 4 consective posts which I have merged into one single post.

» Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/2011

As Viky herself remarks below in her post, it is an amazing collection of resources all shared by you, #ELTchatters! What a fantastic resource this has turned into! And thanks to Vicky for an outstanding job!!! 1. Music @ ESOL UK. Read the paper here for an introduction to the theory and practice of using music for language learning.

Music @ ESOL UK

Please note, many of these videos are high quality. For best performance, pause the video at the beginning and allow the video to progressively download onto your computer. This will ensure smooth playback; especially for use in a classrooom. Click the 'i' on each video to find lyrics and worksheets. Elementary English Listening - Easy Song Quizzes. Learn Languages with Music Videos, Lyrics and Karaoke! Lessonstream.org by Jamie Keddie Lessons - Lessonstream.org. Our global network. Job Map. International House Schools around the World. Sharing learning objectives. Observation, Assessment and Planning. The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS.

Observation, Assessment and Planning

It is based on on-going observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, set out below: The prime areas of learning: Information sheet Guidelines for documenting children s learning. Positive Learning Environment - Primary. EducatorsEn. NQS PLP E Newsletter No36. Key Person & Attachment. The Key Person Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships.

Key Person & Attachment

This is normally provided by a child’s parents but it can also be provided by a key person. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS which is working successfully in settings and in Reception classes. How Are Happiness and Learning Connected? We've all heard of the fight or flight response.

How Are Happiness and Learning Connected?

We go into survival mode when threatened by something or someone. We either put up our dukes (literally or metaphorically) or take off running (literally or metaphorically). Students often go into survival mode when they feel threatened by an overwhelming cognitive task or confusing text, or when they are called on and don't know the answer, or are confronted or teased by another student (or a teacher!) Can one even learn in such a setting? It's a question that deserves our full consideration. Look Who's Talking! All About Child Language Development. Language and communication skills are critical to a child’s development. Good communication makes them better able to engage in socialization and to learn from their environment and and from formal classroom instruction.

When we talk about communication we are talking about both speech which is the verbal means of communication and language which is using shared rules to put words together to express thoughts and feelings as well has to understand the meaning of language through both spoken and written communication. LearnEnglish Kids. LearnEnglish Kids. How to teach children English using illustrated storybooks. What makes illustrated storybooks such a good resource for teaching young learners of English? The British Council’s Gail Ellis, co-author of a storytelling handbook for primary English language teachers, explains.

Ey making mark matters76708 1. 45+ Quick & Easy Kids Crafts that ANYONE Can Make! School Radio - Nursery songs and rhymes. Ten ways to support your child’s English-learning at home. As the British Council opens a new Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy centre in Mexico for two- to six-year-olds, senior teacher Sarah Reid offers some useful tips for supporting your child’s learning at home. More and more parents want their children to learn English from a young age.

I often meet parents of children as young as two or three who say that proficiency in speaking English will help their child 'get ahead in a globalised world'. In other words, the sooner their children get started, the better. The single most important factor in a child’s success with English is their parents' interest and encouragement, no matter what their child’s age. A longitudinal investigation of the role of quantity and quality of child-directed speech in vocabulary development.

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain : NPR Ed. Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to "play wild. " David Gilkey/NPR hide caption. The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain. © 2008 - 2014, Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Science supports many of our intuitions about the benefits of play. Playful behavior appears to have positive effects on the brain and on a child’s ability to learn. Play to Learn. Why play-based learning? (free article) - Early Childhood Australia. Play and learning. Plays potential in early literacy development.

Play based learning statement EN. ThePowerofPlay. Learning through play ey. Different types play. Importance of play for babies & children. How young children learn English through play. ZERO TO THREE. Glossary CLIL. 6 Types of Play: How Children's Play Becomes More Social. Play is a serious business.

The pioneering developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky thought that, in the preschool years, play is the leading source of development. Getting the right balance between adult-led and child-initiated learning. As an early years practitioner you will know the importance of creating the right balance between adult-led and child-initiated learning.

Help all children learn and develop with this guide. Deb Roy: The birth of a word. Listen to Your Mother. Let's Talk. Why does my toddler love repetition? How can young children best learn languages?

The British Council's Tracey Chapelton explains how parents of young children can lay the foundations for success. Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center. Benefits of word repetition to infants: Repeat after me! Parents who repeat words to 7-month-olds have toddlers with larger vocabularies. Translate while teaching. How young children learn English as another language. Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies. What Parents Can Gain From Learning the Science of Talking to Kids.

Does being bilingual make you smarter? A few more myths about speakers of multiple languages. How Children Learn to Talk.