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BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English

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Teenagers spend 27 hours a week online: how internet use has ballooned in the last decade Meanwhile, instant messaging use has leapt from 38pc of mobile phone users in 2013 to 42pc in 2014, driven by services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. More people are also watching TV and films online. A quarter of internet users regularly catch up on programmes online, compared to one in ten in 2007. 6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students. And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must be sure that they are not simply suppliers of information on a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills.

5 great zero preparation lesson ideas When the pressure is on and there are only so many hours on the week, you need a repertoire of zero preparation go-to activities which promote input and/or practice. Here are five you might well find useful. 1. My weekend We know that listening is the most important yet often neglected skill for language learning.

ESL Listening Comprehension Exercises: Movie clips to practice English SECTION 1: Movie Clips Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language. The exercises below use movie clips to help you to better understand spoken English. Here's what you do: It’s never been easy being a teenager. But is this now a generation in crisis? Mollycoddled and cosseted or stressed and over-pressured. Energised and engaged or bored and turned off. Young people have so many labels and stereotypes slapped on them it’s a wonder these are not visible on their endless selfies.

4 Songs for Teaching the 4 English Conditionals If you had to choose the hardest aspect of English grammar, what would it be? There are plenty of reasonable answers to this question – prepositions, phrasal verbs, passive voice – but the various conditional sentences should make anybody’s list. Indeed, it’s hard enough to teach the specific language that’s used in each conditional form (something will happen, something would happen, something would have happened), not to mention the differences between the four entirely different conditional constructions! Simply throwing conditional sentences at your students can be overwhelming to them, and can lead to a frustrating and unproductive lesson (trust me – speaking from experience here!).

Control Alt Achieve: Video Dubbing Learning Activities for Students When I was a kid, we used to find creative ways to keep ourselves entertained. One of our favorites was the Dubbing Game. Basically we would turn on the TV, find a good show, and then turn off the volume. Then we would make up new lines for the characters on TV (bonus points for using funny voices). I am sure we thought it was much funnier than it really was. Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students The movie clips called Video Snapshots are designed to provide additional learning content related to other listening activities on my site. To learn more about this project, read the Frequently Asked Questions below: Current Videos (Click the picture to watch the video - Click the link below the picture to visit a related listening activity). You can also search by title below: Why did you create this section of your Website? There are three main objectives for the videos: (1) add new materials to support existing content on my site through the recycling of vocabulary and topics (e.g., a video on trains is linked to a conversation called, Train Tickets: Getting Around Tokyo), (2) provide more visual multimedia content that can aid students in the language-learning process, and (3) share my own personal life experiences that might be of benefit to those who want to see new things (for example, how many people have camped in freezing, snowy conditions . . .

Independent English (You can listen to this blog post while you are reading. Just click below.) Part 1: Part 2:

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