Teaching schwa. Basics and phonics. The Best Videos Documenting The History Of The English Language. There are quite a number of decent videos documenting the history of the English language, and I’m trying to figure out how to use them in my IB Theory of Knowledge class. Ideas are welcome. Here are the videos I know about: The Story Of English is a nine-part television series, and I’ve embedded the entire playlist below: How did English evolve? Is from TED-Ed. Here’s an “oldie” from The British Council: Get the Embed Code to Add This Infographic to Your Site. 11 places to visit on a tour of the English language is from The Week. Where did English come from? TED-Ed has published this lesson and video. Let me know what I’m missing…. Related New TED-Ed Video & Lesson: "Where do new words come from? " TED-Ed has just published this lesson and video. September 7, 2017 In "video" The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far Another day, another mid-year “Best” list (you can find all 1,700 Best lists here).
Phonic Talk :: Phonics Step 1 Vowels and Their Short Sounds. Goals: In step 1, the primary goals are letter recognition and learning the short vowel sounds using clue words. Introduce the five vowels and their short sounds using Chart 1 and individual flash cards for each vowel. For example: Using alphabet flash cards, introduce the letter ‘a’ by name and by short sound. You ‘read’ the flash card by saying: A says ă, ă apple. * A says ă, ă apple. Introduce and read each of the 5 vowel flash cards the same way. E says ĕ, ĕ egg I says ĭ, ĭ igloo O says ŏ, ŏ octopus U says ŭ, ŭ umbrella On our sample flashcards, we have included the printed ‘a’ as well as the cursive ‘a.’
[JFYI: Prior to the 1940s, when the Dick and Jane readers surged in popularity, children were first taught to write in cursive. Although many public schools today have eliminated the teaching of cursive handwriting, you can find private schools that actually begin with some form of cursive as early as three-year-old kindergarten. Read the chart with clue words: (19 unread) - unspunstory - Yahoo Mail.
Phonics First Curriculum – Genki English. Contrary to the established advice it seems that quite a few of you are having a hard time getting the confidence to say “No!” To parents who, incorrectly, insist you teach reading & writing from the very beginning. (After all we don’t show ABC flashcards to babies back home!) And if you want the best speaking *and* reading results, then the advice always stands to teach speaking first (by ideally doing all of the spoken Genki English curriculum, or at the very least the first 30 lessons) and then Genki Phonics. The more lessons you do before the phonics, the better the results will be. OK, so now that’s off my chest ….. If you really are in the situation where you have no choice …. … and really can’t say “no” to all those parents or admin, then we’ve also been working on a “Phonics First” curriculum which lets you teach phonics, i.e. reading, from the very first lesson.
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Two simple pairwork activities to reinforce young learners’ vocabulary | World of Better Learning. Published 2 November 2018 We love hearing from teachers about what works in their classroom and we love sharing teaching ideas. Today, a Kid’s Box teacher from a primary school near Milan shares what they, and their pupils, like best about the series. Watch the video and read on for some pairwork activities. “They love working in pairs.
It really consolidates their knowledge.” Mariacristina has been teaching with Kid’s Box for four years. Find pairs This activity works equally well with any set of picture cards and is great for reinforcing vocabulary and getting your pupils to practise language in a fun way. Materials: printed copies of Worksheet 1 (one per pupil), scissors (one pair per pupil) Worksheet key: 1 phone, 2 mirror, 3 clock, 4 sofa, 5 mat, 6 lamp Distribute the worksheets in class, one per pupil. Once the pictures are signed, pupils work in pairs, A and B. Why not introduce an extra challenge to the activity? Dialogues Children enjoy codes and puzzles. Personalised sentence matching game | World of Better Learning. Published 29 November 2018 Freelance English teacher and games enthusiast Mike Astbury returns with another game idea for your classroom!
This activity focuses on matching up sentences using an element of personalisation to make the language more meaningful and includes downloadable cards which you can print out and use straight away. For this game I’ve made a set of cards and a handout that you can download here. It requires very little preparation and is a great way for your class to practise second conditionals. This lesson was made for an intermediate level class.
Preparation Students will be working in pairs and each pair will get six cards and a handout. For some quick revision before the game write the following sentence prompts on the board: If I could have any animal as a pet, … The world would be a better place… Students work together in pairs to complete these sentences (just speaking together, not writing). How to play Each pair is given six cards and a handout. Follow up. Word Stress Intersect: Pronunciation Game | World of Better Learning. Published 18 January 2019 We’re sharing another activity from the Cambridge Copy Collection, this time we’re looking at pronunciation in the Be Understood! Resource book. This fun classroom activity comes from Section 2: Syllables and Words and is perfect for engaging intermediate+ (B1+) students in pronunciation.
Pronunciation Practice 1. Put students in pairs, Student A and B. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. First, a player from 1 team rolls the dice and find the stress pattern on the Stress patterns chart that matches the number. 8. Download the Word Stress Intersect pages for additional features and a printable game grid. Teaching Extra In the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, a ‘ mark comes before syllables with the most stress: /ˈɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/ (England). If you enjoyed the this activity why not try Claire Croal’s syllable game, an ideal pronunciation task for A1 and A2 students. Words on cards: not just for beginners, not just for kids | World of Better Learning. Published 9 October 2018 Putting words on cards for students to practise is easy enough, yet it’s a valuable resource for any language classroom, for any language-level, for any age. To have a word – or a phrase – in isolation, not cluttered by any surrounding text, really focuses our attention on it.
Think of signs, logos, etc. Activities that allow learners to touch the cards and move them according to form and meaning also appeal to students with a more tactile learning style. Because they are out of context, having words on cards is better suited for practice activities after the words’ meanings have been presented and understanding of them checked, but there is still a large number of activities they can be used for, especially for collaborative spelling and pronunciation mastery. Why not make a set of 24 cards featuring the words you want your students to focus on and try out the range of activities below? Six great ideas for using your Spelling Practice Cards in the classroom: 1. Auld Lang Syne & Grammar. Board games with cards for kids learning English | Merry Christmas!
15 fun Present Perfect activities.
Taxonomy term. AimsTo develop and practise:vocabulary: words connected to teeth and teeth brushingstructure: ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’curricular work: types of teeth, looking after teethintegrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writingAgePrimary (7-11 years)... Taxonomy term. Learning English | BBC World Service. Content Frame. Summary of distinctions SAY: Say usually takes a direct object. The direct object may be Say can also occur with a to- infinitive phrase that is similar to an imperative: My father always said to put your best foot forward My doctor ‘s answering service says to call back in an hour.
Say can be followed by the adverb so: Why should you stop seeing him? Because I said so! Say is never followed directly by an indirect object pronoun. Please tell me the story of your life. Tell does, however, occur without an indirect object and with a limited number of direct objects in expressions such as tell a lie, tell a story, tell the truth, tell secrets: She never tells the same story twice I’ve never been any good at telling lies. Tell may occur without an overt (visible) indirect object in a certain kind of context—if the context indicates that there is an audience—but only with wh-noun clauses or phrases: The speaker told why these facts hadn’t come to light before.
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The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... I’ve written a lot about the value of scaffolded writing frames for students – English Language Learners and those who are proficient in English – to use when they are responding to prompts. As my colleague Lara Hoekstra says, “As long as we’re clear that these are some ways to write, not THE ways to write, they can be helpful.”
Some of the teachers at our school met today, and shared the different writing frames we use. They’ve given me permission to share them here, and I’m also including links to previous posts where I’ve shared different related ideas (you can lot of other resources at The Best Posts On Writing Instruction). Please share your own in the comments section: “Point, Quote, Connect” Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts “They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource Exploratree Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction “RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy Nicole Simsonsen shared a strategy called T-BEAR: T- Topic Sentence A- Analysis.
Six Word Stories. In this post, I’d like to share a project we worked on earlier today. I’d like to point out that it was not a single lesson but a block of four 45-minute lessons, in which a group of ten teenagers (12-15 year-olds, 8 girls and 2 boys) worked on their Six Word Stories. Here’s what we did. Portraits (icebreaker): First, I asked students to make pairs (some of them didn’t know each other very well, which was to the good).
I gave each student a large piece of paper and I asked them to draw a portrait of their partner. When drawing, they faced each other and they were about 2 meters apart so that they couldn’t see each other’s pictures very clearly. When they finished, I asked them to walk over to their partners, show each other the portraits and talk about them for a few minutes. I pointed out that they were going to need the pictures later on. Guess the words (speaking): The goal of this stage was to give students an idea of what six-word quotes may look like. Life is….. Like this: Narrative Tenses: Where were you when…? Image credit: www.biography.com This is a lesson plan designed to help students practice past narrative tenses. The topic is remembering where you were when big events happened. Download the teacher’s notes and student handout below: Where were you when student handout Where were you when Teachers notes Lead-in Show image of MJ.
Dictogloss Procedure: Ask sts: How did Michael Jackson die? I was at a festival when I heard that Michael Jackson had died. Guided Questions: There are three different past tenses in the text, can you identify them? The Day the Towers Came Down. I was at school when I ______(hear) that terrorists __________(attack) the World Trade Centre. I was at school when I heard that terrorists had attacked the World Trade Centre. Show sts the pictures of important world events, have them choose one and write a short text about what they were doing when they heard about the news.Have sts read out their texts and share their own experiences in open class.
Like this: Like Loading... Regrets, I’ve had a few… Image credit: marvel.com This a lesson plan for B2+ students to teach language of regret. It uses a clip from The Amazing Spiderman and texts about historic regrettable decisions. Download the teacher’s notes and student handout below: Regrets teachers notes Regrets student handout Lead-in Show students a picture of Spiderman and ask them: Why did Peter Parker decide to become Spiderman? So he became Spiderman because it was his responsibility to stop innocent people like Uncle Ben from getting hurt. What happened? Check students’ answers, they will probably try to express Peter’s regret at not saving Uncle Ben. Language of Regret Look at the example sentences, what are the formulas for each structure? Peter regrets not stopping the robber.He should have doneUncle Ben shouldn’t have tried to pick up the gun.If Peter had stopped the guy, he wouldn’t have killed Uncle Ben.If Uncle Ben hadn’t tried to pick up the gun, the guy wouldn’t have shot him.
Historical Regrets Possible Answers: Like this: Regrets, I’ve had a few… A few discussion activities for English language students. What discussion activities work in class? Tekhnologic, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for a post on setting discussion goals, shares a few ideas. A discussion can bring out your students’ interests and motivate them; it’s a chance for them to talk about the things they really care about.
Giving and justifying opinions in English can also bring students a sense of accomplishment, as they are using the language to express complex ideas. Discussion activities encourage critical thinking, and are therefore excellent preparation for speaking tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL, which partly examine the ability to express and justify opinions in English. Perhaps most importantly, discussion activities can be great fun for students. Preparing for discussion classes The first thing you need to be aware of is the language ability of your students and how much they know about the topic under discussion.
Be careful with topics that may lead to embarrassment or offense. ESL Speaking Activity: Red and Black Game. Here’s an ESL conversation activity that gets students thinking about the consequences of strategies and choices. It’s the Red and Black card game based on game theory. Teacher Notes – Game Overview The game shows students something about the way people think and act. The choice is basically between the benefits of cooperation versus private gain via competition. Total game time is about 20-30 minutes. 5 minutes to explain how to play5-10 minutes of student play10-15 minutes of debriefing Tools Required a deck of regular playing cardsindividual scoring sheet – just a piece of paper with the numbers 1-10 down one sidea whiteboard or projector to show the payoffs for each card combinationstudent explanation notes (Google slide show below) Activity Goals This isn’t an intensive language experience.
Game Description Objective Each player tries to get as many points as possible. Game Description Game Set Up Student Game Notes and Score Cards Get the pdf file here. Game Play Change partner after Game 1. Lección de inglés: The Gerund and Infinitive. How to Teach Phrasal Verbs. Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill.