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Using students' first languages in the classroom - UsingEnglish.com. Summary: Using students' first languages in the classroom 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. 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. And when adults are responsive to their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs, adolescents feel this as genuine concern for their welfare, which in turn makes them feel valued. But adolescents can be uniquely frustrating to many adults. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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. 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. So here it is for non-community members by the volume of interest, it is definitely something that should be in the public realm. Enjoy and keep inspiring students with music and song – they’ll love you for it! Here are some of the best ways to use music in your teaching, each with a nice resource or example (EFL Classroom membership required for some). 1. 2.

Listen To It. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Listen To it. 18. 19. 20. ESL Song Lessons - tefltunes.com - Songs For Teaching Grammar. ESL and EFL teachers looking for inspiration for lesson planning will find this list of songs to teach English grammar we’ve compiled a useful resource. Highlighted are songs available as complete ESL song lesson plans here on tefltunes.com. Songs for teaching present simple Eric Clapton / Wonderful Tonight (lyrics) The Beatles / She Loves You (lyrics) Bette Middler / From A Distance (lyrics) Songs for teaching present continuous Rod Stewart / Sailing (lyrics) Fool’s Garden / Lemon Tree (lyrics) Suzanne Vega / Tom’s Diner (lyrics) Songs for teaching past simple The Beatles / Yellow Submarine (lyrics) Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive (lyrics) Celine Dion / Because You Loved Me (lyrics) Songs for teaching past continuous John Lennon / Jealous Guy (lyrics) Oasis / Champagne Supernova (lyrics) Aerosmith / Cryin’ (lyrics) Songs for teaching present perfect Songs for teaching present perfect continuous Songs for teaching past perfect Songs for teaching used to Songs for teaching going to future.

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. 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? There are three main objectives for the videos: (1) add new materials to support existing content on my site through the recycling of vocabulary and topics (e.g., a video on trains is linked to a conversation called, Train Tickets: Getting Around Tokyo), (2) provide more visual multimedia content that can aid students in the language-learning process, and (3) share my own personal life experiences that might be of benefit to those who want to see new things (for example, how many people have camped in freezing, snowy conditions . . .

AND had fun?). TEDxESL | ESL discussion material based on TED talks. Breaking News English Lessons: Easy English News | Current Events. Make your own Word Scramble Puzzle. This page allows you to create Word Scramble puzzles using your words. 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. If you want to ensure that you have a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave a message with: wordscramble@armoredpenguin.com When you generate your puzzle, you will have the opportunity to see an answer key as well as list the puzzle where others can see it until it evaporates from the server.

Please keep the listed puzzles to a "G" type rating so that people of any age can enjoy them. 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. 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. Background readings and resources In case you didn´t know, I´m an avid tweeter, especially for Professional Development and networking with colleagues all over the world. Yesterday, #ELTchat was about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching. 13 readings and resources,68 ideas for using songs,50 example songs with links,11 music-related web 2.0 tools All this information, which I have tried to digest for easier consumption, is too long to be posted in one blog post so I have divided it into 4 parts: 1.

Some readers´suggestions that are worth sharing 2. Why use songs? Possible tasks 3. 4. Music @ ESOL UK. Read the paper here for an introduction to the theory and practice of using music for language learning. 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. Click the heart shape to add to favourites. Basic ideas: could start by doing some global listening activity which includes giving learners a few words from the lyrics and asking them to make a sentence, or fill in a bingo board and then listen to the song and check the words they hear. Use different tasks for the different stanzas which include: - audio gapfill, remove key words and listen - word choice, provide two options and students have to listen and identify; e.g. The emphasis is always on task-based learning. Adapted from Gabriel D'az Maggioli. 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. 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: • communication and language • physical development • personal, social and emotional development The specific areas of learning: • literacy • mathematics • understanding the world • expressive arts and design The learning characteristics: • playing and exploring • active learning • creating and thinking critically A completed EYFS Profile consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child is assessed in relation to each of the 17 Early Learning Goals descriptors, (ELGs) together with a short narrative describing the child’s ways of learning expressed in terms of the three characteristics of learning.

The primary uses of EYFS Profile data which have informed the development of the Profile are as follows. Information sheet Guidelines for documenting children s learning. Positive Learning Environment - Primary | Teachers TV. EducatorsEn. NQS PLP E Newsletter No36.

Key Person & Attachment. The Key Person Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. 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.

It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child. Why Attachment Matters What is attachment and why is it important for young children? How Are Happiness and Learning Connected? As teachers, we also know that when students' affective filters or defenses are sky high, fight or flight responses will be modus operandi. A room full of defensive behaviors (withdrawn, angry) is a sad, unproductive place to teach and learn. Now let's flip it and take a look at how much more we are able to learn when we are in harmony with the people and things in any given educational environment.

Being in harmony means feeling safe, feeling valued and a necessary part a group, and in this case, a learning community. Hearts and Minds in Sync What does research show to be the opposite of the brain's fight or flight response? It shows that when we don't feel threatened at all, we have a willingness to be vulnerable, to be open to new ideas and guidance from others -- the ideal learning scenario!

Co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute Dr. Unfortunately, the hyper focus on standardized testing has gravitated many public schools so very far away from whole-child teaching and learning. 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.

Since parents are a child’s first teacher, knowledge of language development in children improves their ability to interact with their child to stimulate and guide them in their ability to understand and communicate with their environment. There are four main components of language: Phonology involves the rules about the structure and sequence of speech sounds.Semantics consists of vocabulary and how concepts are expressed through words.Grammar involves two parts.

Songs | LearnEnglish Kids. Short stories | 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. Listen to an interview with Gail in our podcast and register for her webinar taking place on Thursday, 2 October. Illustrated storybooks provide an ideal resource for helping children learn English. This is because children love listening to stories. Storybooks present language in familiar and memorable contexts, and high quality illustrations help children understand as they match what they hear to what they see. Why use storybooks in the classroom? Teachers can use storybooks to complement an English language course or as the main teaching resource. Storybooks can meet a variety of learner needs Selecting the right storybook The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.

Discovering new storybooks. 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. So what can parents do at home to support their learning? 1. To build a positive attitude towards learning, and towards English as a language, the best place to start is with yourself. 2. Children will naturally learn everything around them without any adult intervention. 3. 4. 5.

You can easily replicate activities like this at home. 6. 7. 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 toggle caption David Gilkey/NPR 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. This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. Our friends at MindShift have been looking at the role of play in learning. Learning From Animals Where does play come from?

The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain. Play to Learn | Teachers TV. 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. Play • ZERO TO THREE. Glossary CLIL. 6 Types of Play: How Children's Play Becomes More Social. Getting the right balance between adult-led and child-initiated learning | Optimus Education Blog. 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? 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 -- ScienceDaily. 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 | MindShift | KQED News.

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