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Edutopia. Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten. But new research in the field of neuroscience is starting to shed light on the ways that brains are wired to forget—highlighting the importance of strategies to retain knowledge and make learning stick. In a recent article published in the journal Neuron, neurobiologists Blake Richards and Paul Frankland challenge the predominant view of memory, which holds that forgetting is a process of loss—the gradual washing away of critical information despite our best efforts to retain it. According to Richards and Frankland, the goal of memory is not just to store information accurately but to “optimize decision-making” in chaotic, quickly changing environments. In this model of cognition, forgetting is an evolutionary strategy, a purposeful process that runs in the background of memory, evaluating and discarding information that doesn’t promote the survival of the species.

Edutopia. 6 Great Interactive Tools to Help Students in Their Writing. September 20, 2017 Below is a collection of some good student interactives from ReadWriteThink.

6 Great Interactive Tools to Help Students in Their Writing

These are tools to help students with their writing. They can use them to brainstorm ideas, develop an outline, take notes, map events in a story, organize information logically and many more. The tools are easy and simple to use and anything created on them can be printed and shared with others. Copyright Lessons for Students and Teachers. A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS. I’ve made some writing frames, which are completely free to download (just right click and ‘save image as’, or find high quality PDFs by clicking this link).

A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS

I hope they are useful 1) Narrow lined paper template: Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?” Also, check out: Classroom Rules – Ways to Create, Introduce & Enforce Them Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year Important Advice On Classroom Rules From The New Yorker The First 6 Weeks: Strategies For Getting To Know Your Students is from Teach Thought.

Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

I don’t think most readers will be surprised by what’s described in the first five weeks, but I think the “Donald Graves” activity in week six is a fantastic one! Post-Holiday Classroom Activities. For many teachers and students, getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break may be difficult.

Post-Holiday Classroom Activities

Everyone is used to sleeping in, and eating and doing whenever they want to, so the school day routine may be a bit hard to get adjusted to again. Teachers should try to avoid diving right into the schoolwork after break. Instead, make the adjustment a little bit easier by welcoming students back with fun classroom activities that incorporate what they did over their holiday vacations. It all begins with context: getting your lesson off to a positive start.

Set context, and carry on This ought to be the mantra for all teachers, yet it is often one of the most challenging components of any language lesson: set it well, and the meaning and range of language students can use appropriately becomes suddenly more accessible; set it poorly, and you’ll have the students (and possibly yourself too!)

It all begins with context: getting your lesson off to a positive start

Scratching heads with puzzled looks. But what is context? Context, in terms of language teaching, relates to the who, where, what, why of any communication, and it is this that often determines what meaning is intended to be communicated, and which meanings (yes, plural!) Could potentially be interpreted accurately from that communication….because remember, communication is a two-way process most of the time, involving a communicator, and the receiver of the message. Back to school activities for the EFL/ESL classroom. Sadly the summer holidays are almost over and the next couple of weeks mark the return of the school year.

Back to school activities for the EFL/ESL classroom

During the first week of classes it can be difficult to know what to do with your students, as it is often a busy time where you need to communicate rules and expectations to your learners, perhaps get your bearings yourself in a new job and new surroundings, and above all else, get to know the students, their learning needs and their personalities. How to choose a first lesson activity In the first lesson you may know very little about your students. The first tasks that you give them therefore should be quite open ones, where you can listen to them speaking freely or get some type of free writing from them to later decide what their level is. Back to School. What's more fun than back to school?

Back to School

It's a great time full of excitement, anticipation and, of course, expectations for both teachers and students. For teachers it means a time of preparation. You not only need to prepare your classroom for returning students; you have to organize your entire year of lesson plans, grading, systems and activities. Children, of course, need to gather their supplies, back to school clothing and organizational materials. Teachers, like yourself, need to decorate the classroom and create initial activities and programs. 554622. 552881. Back-to-school resources. Alternatives to "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" Do your students groan when you ask them what they did on their summer vacations?

Alternatives to "What I Did on My Summer Vacation"

Do you groan a little as you wait for someone to answer? If you and your students had the summer off, it’s pretty impossible to avoid the what-we-did-this-summer topic. Instead of dragging “not much” out of them, or assigning the question as a journal or essay topic, can you think of some new ways to ask the proverbial back-to-school question? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking. Please share your own ideas in the comments below. Moviemaker. Make digital movies online. Formerly Dfilm. Make. Back to school julie. Back to school julie handouts. Elizabeth I. 'To Be Or Not To Be': Hamlet Soliloquy Translation & Facts. Facts About ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ 1.

'To Be Or Not To Be': Hamlet Soliloquy Translation & Facts

The first performance of Hamlet was by the King’s Men at the Globe theatre between 1600 and 1601. 2. Spiral - Free collaborative apps for 1:1 classrooms. Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Grammar Instruction with Attitude Home • Terms • Exercises • MOOC • Handouts • Presentations • Videos • Rules • About • Shop • Feedback ©1997 - 2020 by Robin L. SimmonsAll Rights Reserved. valid html. Road to Grammar - Your Road to Better Grammar. Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games. Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners.

Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games

Visitors to Road to Grammar will find grammar quizzes. Most of the quizzes provide students with instant feedback. Part of the feedback that students receive on the quizzes they take includes explanations why an answer is correct or incorrect. Before taking the quizzes visitors can work through a series of practice activities. In addition to the resources that students can use individually, Road to Grammar offers some downloadable resources for teachers. Learning English - Lesson Sixty Three - ( Ironbridge ) Secondary teaching resources. A Map of Languages. Locallingual is an interactive map of languages and dialects around the world. You can click on the map to read the language(s) spoken within a country, province, state, or city.

You can then click on the listed language(s) to hear words and phrases spoken by people who live in that area. It's a neat way to discover the differences in how a language is spoken from one region to the next. Advice and Ideas. The Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) exists to provide a forum for Modern Languages teachers in independent secondary schools to meet, share ideas and inform themselves about and contribute to developments in Modern Languages teaching.

You can read more about them at: Routes Into Languages was established to encourage the take-up of language courses in England. Elizabeth: The Golden Age – Literary Elements. A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. 1.0) What is the point of view of the movie? 2.0) What is the plot of the movie?

3.0) Describe the following characters using the Fox Character Analysis Pyramid which includes name/title, physical appearance, personality, character’s role, character’s problems/challenges, major accomplishments, cultural context, and world view. 3.1) Queen Elizabeth I of England. A Map of Languages. Locallingual is an interactive map of languages and dialects around the world. You can click on the map to read the language(s) spoken within a country, province, state, or city. You can then click on the listed language(s) to hear words and phrases spoken by people who live in that area. Evaluating speaking. For example, speakers need to pronounce individual sounds clearly, understand the functions of language, and follow the conventions of turn-taking.

Testing and assessment. It was all made worse by the fact that the chemistry teacher read the results to the whole class, from first to last place. Goullier Outils EN. International language standards. Marie Delaney: Inclusive assessment approaches to learning in the English Language Classroom – I’m a teacher not a psychologist! TeachingEnglish. The Lexical Approach: The State of ELT and a Way Forward:Amazon:Libri in ling... by Jamie Keddie Home - How to Evaluate Speaking.

Five mixed messages that have severely damaged modern language education. Introduction Over the decades, since the 70’s pedagogic revolution which saw the total rejection of Grammar-Translation methodology and Audiolingualism, teachers have been the recipients of scores of mixed messages about how languages are acquired and should be taught which have greatly damaged the teaching profession and Modern Language provision at large.

I referred to them in the title as ‘mixed messages’ because they have often been the result of the overgeneralization , misinterpretation, vulgarization or distortion of research findings, hypotheses or even theories of some validity, which have given rise to ‘myths’ about language teaching and learning that have been haunting the teaching profession for decades and still shape in many cases the way many of us teach. 1.Languages are acquired by children subconsciously, hence no need to teach them grammar – This belief is at the root of the ban on grammar teaching that affected MFL provision in England for decades. September 2012. Free Download best-selling book Advanced Grammar in Use with Answers.

Advanced-grammar-in-use-Martin-Hewings. Grammar for IELTS. IELTS. English Writing Grammar tips. Cambridge English Exams & IELTS. Grammar for IELTS. Advanced-language-practice. Literature Map Helps You Find Authors You'll Like. September 2012. Pronunciation. Hancock McDonald ELT. Teaching english with the jazz chants Carolyn Graham part 01. BBC Learning English - The Sounds of English / Introduction to The Sounds of English. Integrating pronunciation into classroom activities. In my work as a teacher trainer I have been surprised at how often experienced teachers are reluctant to tackle pronunciation issues in class.

I can think of at least two reasons why pronunciation tends to be neglected: firstly, the lack of clear guidelines and rules available in course books, and secondly the fact that isolated exercises once a month do not seem to have much of an effect. This is not surprising, however; like all other areas of language teaching, pronunciation needs constant attention for it to have a lasting effect on students, which means integrating it into daily classroom procedures. I find that addressing issues regularly during the language feedback or group correction stage of a lesson helps to focus learners' attention on its importance and leads to more positive experiences. Future - Why does your voice sound different on a recording? English teachers, are you asking the right questions? Declan Cooley, CELTA Opens in a new tab or window. trainer at the British Council in Poland, explains why some questions are not as effective as they first appear, and offers some alternatives. Questions of all kinds are a teacher's most basic tools for generating interest, provoking thoughts, encouraging students to speak, developing text comprehension skills and checking understanding.

New teachers on courses like the CELTA spend a lot of time honing their skills at using effective questions in the classroom. As well as discovering what questions work, teachers learn that some questions are not as effective as they first appear. - the English Collocations Dictionary online. Skell: English language learning – Sketch Engine. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Netspeak – Search for Words. - Home. It's NOT about what the teacher does with technology. Bruce Springsteen: "When we kiss…" Not just going through the motions! You could probably say I've had four different though overlapping careers — in language teaching, language teacher training, technology and ELT management. The first of those I retired from (after 35+ years) a few months ago, though the number of contact hours I was doing was limited; teacher training I'm retiring from at the end of this month; management I got fired from (to the relief of all involved!)

Links for translators. Welcome to English Teacher Websites. EnglishClub : English language. English Grammar – Your guide to error-free writing. Forvo: la guida alla pronuncia. Tutte le parole del mondo pronunciate dai madrelingua. Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words. Fluent Land - Learning Foreign LanguagesFluent Land. About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog – Commenting on developments in the English language. Online Etymology Dictionary.

Translation dictionary - download dictionary ABBYY Lingvo. [bnc] British National Corpus. 153825. Dictionary and Thesaurus. ESL Forum. Newest Questions. Grammar Girl. Books. Flo-Joe: THE place on the web for Cambridge English exam preparation: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS.

How to Teach English. TeachSTEP 2015: How to Answer Most Learner Questions About Language. Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary. Urban Dictionary, October 8: nonpology. KudoZ Term Questions - Translators helping translators. Nuffield Primary History. TeachingEnglish. Home. TED. LearnEnglish Teens - British Council. Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Grammar reference. English Grammar.