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Blogging for English-Language Learners

Blogging for English-Language Learners
Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection, and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience and, as a result, a wider reach. Blogging for English-language learners (ELLs) can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities. Benefits of Blogging It's important for the teacher to discuss the benefit of blogging with her or his students, as this will inform how they learn through it. Provides an opportunity for reflection by students and their teacher Opens up student writing to a wider audience Provides an opportunity to practice writing and communication skills Builds a learning support community Empowers student voice Provides a platform for peer feedback Motivates and engages students in higher-level communicative learning. (Click image to enlarge.) Blogging for Students

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iLoveTEFL by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus Last week (March 5, 2014 to be precise), Sue Kay and Karen Spiller of ELT Teacher2Writer led an hour-long webinar titled “How to Become an ELT Materials Writer.” The event was full of useful insider info on how the whole publishing industry works, the knowledge good writers need, and tips for aspiring authors from both publishers and accomplished writers. Rather than just write up classic verbal notes with their outlines, bullet points, and line after line of text-text-text like I usually do (which usually ends up stuffed on a shelf somewhere, sadly to rarely be read again), I decided to try something different: sketchnoting. While not all ideas are captured, I tried to get the essentials, sketch them up into something visual and memorable, all the while hoping they would make some sense to someone who didn’t attended the webinar. I’ll let you decide…

20 ideas for solid student blogging My students love to tweet. They share photos on Instagram. They know all the cool viral videos on YouTube. They are expert digital collaborators, connecting with others to discuss topics near and dear to their hearts. That’s why I had them start blogging this year. eTools for Language Teachers Sketchnoting (or visual note-taking)(Click here for a presentation called "Sketchnoting for Beginners". Click here to see my sketchnotes on Flickr.) She told me that she made them with an iPad app called “Paper by fifty-three”. Well, I immediately downloaded the app and my journey into sketchnoting began. Sketchnoting is simply a way to take notes in a more visually attractive way than bullet points. Some people use traditional pen and paper, but my tech-inclined self prefers the iPad version.

Sentence-Phrase-Word: Capturing the essence of a text In this post I will describe the Sentence-Phrase-Word thinking routine. It is a routine that helps learners engage meaningfully with a text with a focus on capturing “what speaks to them”. It also calls for them to justify their choices which makes it a useful springboard into a speaking activity. Step 1 After reading a text ask students to identify:

webinar overview – Graphic Organisers Preface If you access the link to the recording it would be great if you would just leave a short comment on this post to let me know. I would really like to know if it is useful to people when I post the overviews & recording links Introduction One of those rare sessions where I was not actually there! I was laid low by a migraine and was unable to join this exciting recorded session by Shelly Terrell. Fund Blog - 12 Surprising Facts About Secondary School Around The World By Malaka Gharib, Malala Fund digital manager 1. While primary school education is free in many countries, students in 24% of the world's countries have to pay tuition to continue on to secondary school. The countries in red require students to pay for tuition to go to secondary school. See if your country offers free tuition for all students here. Map: World Policy Forum.

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BS 1. it stands for BULLSHIT2. it is said when someone tells a lie 3. it is used when someone says something to suck-up 4. it is said when you literally see bull poo5. a term used when you have to speak or write for a certain length and you have nothing better to say. 1. bullshit2. "the sky is green" "BS" 3. "OMG, your dress is the prettiest thing i've ever seen" "BS" 4. and IdeaPaint: Creating an Interactive Classroom [Video] - Evernote Blog We’re big fans of IdeaPaint, a special kind of paint that can turn anything into a dry-erase writing surface (you can read more about it here). When you combine IdeaPaint’s ability turn any wall or surface into a canvas and Evernote’s ability to capture, archive and make that surface searchable, the possibilities for turning any room into an interactive environment are endless. These two products come together in a particularly exciting way in a classroom environment, which can become a more creative and engaging place to learn.

Starbucks Manners: a video-based listening lesson This is a ready-made, video-based lesson you can use with your intermediate / upper-intermediate students. It’s suitable for both teens and adults. Copy and paste whatever you want and use it to your heart’s content. If you want to know more about the principles underlying the activities, please read my article on the richmondshare blog. Seriously, I mean it. It’s a good post. Visual Tour: Our day using IdeaPaint-ed Tables to respond to Rachel's Challenge Part I: Backstory to Rachel's Challenge assembly at NMMS Story setting: A sunny and hot Friday; September 6, 2013Rachel's Challenge presentation is today; we have one every 3 years so all 6, 7, 8 graders experience it.6th graders have heard team teachers say: It's powerful and moving; all 3 team teachers cry by the end of it. I learned out loud during the assembly using Twitter and pictures.

How to Learn English: 15 Steps Steps Part 1 Improving Your Spoken English Engage Their Minds Welcome to another Phun Phriday! And this one promises to be fabulous! RSCON starts today, Friday, October 11th! EDUCATION in ENGLAND British children are required by law to have an education until they are 16 years old. Education is compulsory, but school is not,children are not required to attend school. They could be educated at home. Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 16 (inclusive) across England.