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PARSNIPS in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 1) – a book by Phil Wade, Katherine Bilsborough, Cecilia Lemos, Mike Smith, Adam Simpson, David Petrie, & Noreen Lam. Grammarly Blog. Grammarly (@Grammarly) Divii: A searchable video dictionary. A really useful tool for students to see vocabulary in context is the corpus.

Divii: A searchable video dictionary

One of the difficulties of corpus results as well as dictionaries is explaining something that is very visual in nature such as movement. Also, since it is text based, you are unable to hear the pronunciation as well as any nuances to the language such as stress. An interesting online tool that searches transcripts from videos in a semi-corpus way is Divii.

It is free and doesn’t require registration to use. One caveat is that it uses a number of video sources, so it may not always be appropriate for younger students. Go to divii.org and type a search term in the ‘Search words here for video examples’ box. You will be taken to your search results with a thumbnail of the video on the left and the text from a section of that video with the word or phrase in it. It will continue to move through the transcript in sections as it plays. As you can see, it is fairly easy to use. Newswordy - Short Lessons About News Buzzwords. Knoword - A Fun and Challenging Vocabulary Game. A Review of the Movie 'Dope' - The New York Times. A Review of the Movie 'Dope' - The New York Times. Silent Discos - The New York Times. Photo Below, several paragraphs from a June 17 article, “Silent Discos Let You Dance to Your Own Beat.”

Silent Discos - The New York Times

Can you choose the best word for each blank? When you’re finished, you’ll find a link to the original article. 1Just after sunset on a recent Friday night, what looked like a silent flash mob or a mass game of charades was taking place in a cordoned-off cobblestone square in the South Street Seaport: some 300 people dancing wildly, _________ music. Or so it seemed. augmented with blaring sans 2There were actually three D.J.s dueling for the crowd’s attention, but their tunes could be heard only through wireless headphones, which glowed red, blue or green depending on which channel the _________ chose. 4This is clubbing for people who don’t want to _________ the will of one D.J. for the evening and, because the wearer controls the volume, clubbing for people who don’t want ringing ears and sore throats the next morning. Robotic Dogs - The New York Times. Video We’re trying an experiment with this edition of Test Yourself and focusing on punctuation rather than vocabulary.

Robotic Dogs - The New York Times

Below, the four paragraphs of “A Robotic Dog’s Mortality,” an introduction to the video above. Can you choose the correct punctuation needed for each blank? After you’re done, tell us in the comments if you’d like to see us add questions about punctuation, grammar and sentence structure to the vocabulary questions we ask daily in this feature now. 1TOKYO — They didn’t shed, chew the sofa or bite the postman, but for thousands of people Sony’s Aibo robotic dog was the closest thing to a real canine companion.

. : (colon) , (comma) ; (semicolon) ? 2Sony introduced the Aibo in 1999, at a price of 250,000 yen (about $2,000 at current exchange rates). Feature-Length Smosh - The New York Times. Photo We’ve been experimenting with new formats for Test Yourself, including several that quiz students on their grammar.

Feature-Length Smosh - The New York Times

Below, the first several paragraphs of a June 26 article, “Can 20 Million YouTube Fans Make ‘Smosh: The Movie’ a Hit?” Making Art With Lego Bricks - The New York Times. Photo Below, several paragraphs from a June 26 article, “A Legoland Builder Turns Her Childhood Hobby Into an Adult Art Form.”

Making Art With Lego Bricks - The New York Times

Can you choose the best word for each blank? When you’re finished, you’ll find a link to the original article. 1Pablo Picasso’s birthday was coming up and Veronica Watson wanted to celebrate. She was standing in her workshop at the Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers last October, where she serves as the master model builder, and was _________ online through the artist’s paintings. channeling scanning wallowing 2She settled on “Guernica,” since she thought the antiwar mural would look cool in Lego. Dozens of Online Games and Quizzes About Grammar. Skills. » Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words.

A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career.

» Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words

Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and demonstrate understanding, including domain-specific vocabulary words when reading, writing, speaking and listening about a particular topic. Many web tools can help to support students as they expand their vocabulary, particularly students who benefit from audio and visual support. Combining traditional vocabulary practice with web tools is a great way to motivate students of any age — especially those who are more inclined to use web tools as part of their study routine. Quizlet With Quizlet, teachers and students can easily create flashcard decks and word lists for their own use or to share with others. Buncee Teachers or their students can use Buncee to make short, engaging presentations that explain the meaning of a new word. SAT Vocabulary This web resource includes practice lists of SAT vocabulary words.

BBC’s “Skillwise” Has A Great Collection Of English-Learning Games. The BBC’s “Skillwise” site has a great collection of English games that would be accessible to Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners.

BBC’s “Skillwise” Has A Great Collection Of English-Learning Games

I’m adding the link to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites, and am a bit surprised it isn’t already there. Related Bite Size Math and Literacy I just learned from the Primary Teacher UK about the BBC's new version of Bite Size Math and Literacy. How to Create a Classroom in Duolingo for Schools.