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2016Goals. FOLDABLE WORD GAMES: 2 in 1. Here’s a new addition to my WORD GAMES collection (see some of the games in my WORD GAMES post) – the Foldable Word Builder-Word Search Game.


It is a Build a Word version with a twist. Instead of traditional 7×7, 9×9, 11×11, or 13×13 grids, players build words while unfolding parts of the 4×8 grid, which makes the game more dynamic to play. Materials needed: 1 sheet of A4 size paper per two players. How to make a playing field Fold the sheet in half, then fold both sides towards the middle. How to play The game is played in pairs. After all the four squares have been filled, the players unfold the field and continue playing further; this time – on the 6-square field. After all the six squares have been filled, players unfold the field further on and continue playing. After all the eight squares have been filled, players unfold the 12-square field. And the 16-square field. After the players have filled in 16 squares, they finally unfold the field with four squares to be filled. Happy playing! Teenagers and grammar. Break down negativity If your students are very resistant to grammar, show them why it’s necessary.

Teenagers and grammar

Record someone (yourself or a teen) using correct vocabulary but confusing grammar and ask them what the problem is. You could also give them written messages without any grammar words and ask them to make sense of them. Sometimes students are put off by metalanguage, such as the names of tenses, or the G–word itself, so avoid it! 7 Easy ESL Visual Aids to Teach Anything Effectively. A picture is worth a thousand words.

7 Easy ESL Visual Aids to Teach Anything Effectively

Nowhere is this truer than in the ESL classroom. Suppose after a verb game or during some reading comprehension exercise, one of your curious students wants to know the difference between “He danced at the party” and “He was dancing at the party.” What will you do? You could probably give a really clear explanation about how one sentence states what happened at a specific place or time, and the other gives background information to establish a scene in the past. 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners. Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners.

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. She presents on how to make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners, while modeling for her audience exactly how she would do it. The experience is a bit jarring because it’s so different from the lectures that dominate big education conferences, but it’s also refreshing and way more fun.

The Teacher's Survival Kit. 25 ideas for using audio scripts in the ELT classroom. Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico.

25 ideas for using audio scripts in the ELT classroom

As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP. Today he joins us to provide 25 engaging and useful classroom activities for language learners using audio scripts. Many ELT student books come with audio scripts at the back. However, these are sometimes not exploited to the full. PLAY & LEARN. “Life is more fun if you play games.”Roald Dahl Today is the first day of another 365-day journey of ELT-CATION around the sun, so I thought it would be a good idea to list the top 10 most liked games posted on ELT-CATION by now.


They are low-cost, learning rich and work really well in the classroom. The players take turns to make a shot at the opponent, by calling out the coordinates of a square. The opponent responds with the verb in the square. TeachingEnglish. The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom - Kieran Donaghy.

Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame.

The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom - Kieran Donaghy

Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased ease of creating animations, there has been a huge rise in the number of animated films being produced, and the vast majority of these are short animations. Many of these short animated films can be exploited in the language classroom as they are short enough to be used in a single session, offer a complete narrative in a short space of time, have a unique capacity of grabbing and holding students’ attention, and deal with contemporary subjects and issues, such as bullying, racism, sexism, homelessness, and human rights, which are relevant to students’ lives.

Here are my seven favourite animated short films for the language classroom. Learn Languages with Music Videos, Lyrics and Karaoke! ESL Song Lessons - - 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.

ESL Song Lessons - - Songs For Teaching Grammar

Highlighted are songs available as complete ESL song lesson plans here on Songs for teaching present simple. Daily TEFL Tips & Tricks. How Do You Play Games. CRAFTY TEACHING: POCKET STUDY TOOL. Blog index. ONCE YOU’VE HAD A PUPPET, YOU NEVER GO BACK. – Why are you not using puppets in class?


– We have no puppets. They say that if you fold an A4 sheet of paper 103 times, its thickness will roughly be the size of the Universe. I don’t know whether anyone actually attempted to do that or not, but what I know for sure is that if you fold an A4 5 times, you will get a puppet head. And if you get one more sheet of paper, the head will get its body. Creativity. The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class. The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class by Suzy Pepper Rollins Students file into class.

The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class

12 Interesting Ways To Start Class Tomorrow. 15 Interesting Ways To Start Class Tomorrow. Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers. Creative Speaking. I. Introduction We are teaching in a time of exciting changes not only in the field of education, but also more specifically in ELT. Jackiegerstein-skills.jpg (JPEG Image, 640 × 704 pixels) Free Resources for Learning and Teaching English. English news and easy articles for students of English. NICK'S SITE. Onetoonewiki [licensed for non-commercial use only] / 1-2-1 Front page. WizIQ-Sign In. How to write your own EFL materials: Part One – Writing for different levels. John Hughes has co-authored a number of titles for OUP including three levels in the Business Result series, Successful Meetings, and Successful Presentations.

He will be giving a practical workshop on how to write materials at the upcoming BESIG conference in Bonn on 15th November. This is the first of two blog posts in which John explores three key areas which he believes underpin effective materials writing. 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation. 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation. Is It Time For Google Play In Education? - Long gone are the days when Google was simply an Internet search engine–in the space of just a few years, it has become a purveyor of every kind of tech product across all categories: Android, Chrome, Maps, Google+, Hangouts. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects. Category Archives: Topics. Pinterest. Conditionals consolidation. 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks.

Challenges in Teaching – Alexandra Chistyakova. Reaching Challenging Learners. Learning to See – Josette. Questions on The Reflective Journey – Josette LeBlanc. Music, Stories and Magic – Erika. The Young Learners Issue #1 – Esra. Teaching Young Learners. 21st Century Skills. Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like Oxford University Press ELT's video. Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike Oxford University Press ELT's video.

Wise Hat - Top Page. Grammar Practice Park. Primary ELT Ukraine - Resources (Approaches) A huge bunch of resources for teaching the present perfect tense. Almost universally, elementary learners of English are systematically introduced to the simple present and simple past forms. Then, somewhere around the end of what we consider to be elementary level and the beginning of pre-intermediate study, learners are introduced to the phenomenon known as the present perfect tense. Index of exercises, categorised according to grammar, vocabulary, etc. Teaching grammar in a fun way. Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities. Story Telling on Teach Preschool. Teaching very young learners. Miniature Village. Outdoor ESL Games. 30 things to enhance your teaching? #1 In ELT Directory.

The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom. 10 Ways to Support English Language Learning With The New York Times. Comedy in the Classroom: 50 Ways to Bring Laughter Into Any Lesson. Tutoring some Chinese students. 100+ Google Tricks for Teachers. Show Me the Strategies. Designer lessons. Summer destinations. Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction. ESL Checklist: 10 Items for a Great Preschool Class. For Teachers. Making time for tasks and still covering the syllabus. Twitter. Learning English - For teachers. Writing a biography. A coursebook in the life of. - classroom resources, product catalogue and professional development for English language teachers.

Teaching English to Children: Gogo Loves English. Onestopenglish: Number one for English language teachers. Оксфорд Юніверсіті Прес. Macmillan English. How coursebooks can help you to teach unplugged. Printable ESL Word Search Puzzles for Kids, Worksheets for Kids English. Printable ESL Word Spiral Puzzles for Kids, Worksheets for Kids English. Free ESL Flashcards, Free ESL Worksheets, ESL Jobs, A Complete ESL/EFL Teaching Resource. +20 000 Free ESL worksheets made by teachers for teachers. Printable ESL Crossword Puzzles for Kids, Worksheets for Kids English. Top 10 TEFL Games and Activities. 5 Easy Listening Games for ESL Beginners.

Six Word Stories. A Wordle of Tricks and Ideas: 101 Ways to Use Word Clouds. Manufactured Teachable Moments at. Music & Song - Teacher Greg's Education Home. Easy ways to make your photos talk! « Sabrina’s Weblog. 50 Essential Resources for ESL Students. How Subtitles In Music Videos Teach Literacy. Learning and using English with the City of CleverKey. Making Books. The “draw” of drawing in class at. Flickr-fed web 2.0 tools. The Foolproof Lesson. Free Friday Webinars Links & Resources. 11 Elderly Learners Who Are Incredibly Inspiring. 12 Incredibly Inspiring Real-Life Teachers.