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BBC Learning English: Phrasal Verbs. Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners. This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski.

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

This post is excerpted from their new book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels. "I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much. " -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students We can think of far worse things a student might say to us, and John's comment demonstrates our perspective on using video with English-Language Learners (and, for that matter, with all students) -- research and our experience show that it can be a very effective learning tool, but it has to be used as an active one. The word "active" comes from the Latin "actus," which means "a doing, a driving.

" Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 1. This Is 40,000 Years of London’s History—Made Entirely of Paper. A List of 16 Websites Every Teacher should Know about. 1- Teachers Network Teachers Network provides lesson plans, classroom specials, teacher designed activities for different subjects and many other resources. 2- Smithsonian Education Smithsonian Education offers a wide variety of free resources for teachers, students and parents. 3- Education World This is another great website for teachers. 4- Discovery Education Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell 5- The Gateway This is one of the oldest publicly accessible U.S repositories of education resources on the web. 6- EdHelper EdHelper provides teachers with free printables, graphic organizers, worksheets, lesson plans, games and many other activities.

A List of 16 Websites Every Teacher should Know about

Digital Agenda for Europe. Creating and Using Meme Images in the Classroom. Have some fun!

Creating and Using Meme Images in the Classroom

Get your ‘Meme' on. It's Probably Easier Than you Think. Well, to be clear, Wikipedia defines a Meme as “an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.” Creating something that is going to spread like wildfire is not easy, and that's not really what I'm writing about here. As the concept of the “Meme” has become ubiquitous with the Internet, we've all become familiar with meme images. English Language Learning Tips - Varieties of English. How to Improve Your English Pronunciation to Talk Like a Native. “What?”

How to Improve Your English Pronunciation to Talk Like a Native

“Can you say that again?” How many times do you hear this when you’re speaking? Even if your vocabulary and English grammar are perfect, it can still be difficult for people to understand you because of your pronunciation. Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning English. The English language has some sounds that your native language might not, so you will have to learn how to make completely new sounds. Plus, English vowels make it really tricky to know how to say a word. Ah! Learn British accents and dialects – Cockney, RP, Northern, and more! Mobile. 15+ different Vocabulary Methods (How to teach words) TESOL or nothing: Unreal TV. These ads, which have been recorded for a fundraising campaign for public TV in the U.S., mock reality TV and may serve as a springboard for debate in the English language classroom.

TESOL or nothing: Unreal TV

If you want to use them in a conversation class, here are a few suggestions: Lead-in:Pair Ss up to talk about the questions: a) What are your favorite TV shows? Why do you like them? (If you don't like TV, why don't you?) B) How do you (or people you know) choose new TV shows to watch? Or... Give each S 3 blank slips of paper. Ask Ss to write the names of their 2 favorite TV shows and 2 TV shows they can't stand.Ss mingle to find someone who is very similar to them and sit next to their "TV soulmates".Listening/Viewing for gist: Tell Ss they are going to see two TV commercials to identify what they are advertising and what they have in common.Show two of the commercials and stop right before the white titles in the black background.

Creative Guided Story Writing. Jul July 10, 2013 | 2 Comments I’d like to share a guided writing activity that I adapted for my classes.

Creative Guided Story Writing

Give students a card and ask them to read the instructions. Tell them they are going to invent a story about what happened to the characters on their cards. Give them the pre-prepared questions and ask them to answer the questions Tell them these questions will guide them to write their stories. You can even give them the characters from the novels or short stories. I prepared a Google document for the instructions and another for the questions and I’ll add more when I come up with an interesting idea.