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Using Optical Illusions For Speaking PracticeAn optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, color, size, position, tilt, movement), and cognitive illusions, the result of unconscious inferences. Source Wikipedia.
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Teaching ESL and English Conversation lessons. ESL Question and Conversation Cards and LessonsWe've created this page to provide resources, lessons, and ideas on teaching conversation. There are printable materials for classroom use, a discussion forum and links to other web sites about teaching. Ideas for Using Conversation Questions LessonsSpeaking stringsSpeaking strings Submitted by admin on 15 May, 2008 - 13:49 This tip is for a game which is really useful for getting shy students to speak. It can also be a fun way to practise extended speaking for exams, and requires very little preparation indeed. Get enough pieces of string so that you have one for each group.
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Brilliant toilet!In this activity, students hear about a strange restaurant recommendation. They watch a video in which Paul talks about a friend’s suggestion to visit a new restaurant in town specifically because of its brilliant toilet. But what could be so special about a toilet? And why is Paul offended by the recommendation? Language level: Intermediate + (B1)Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 45 minutesActivity: Reading and speakingTopic: RestaurantsLanguage: Evaluative adjectives (brilliant, wonderful, unbelievable, great, etc.)Materials: Video; worksheetBrilliant toilet [downloaded 4752 times]
Basic Conversation Qs (beg / preint)These worksheets can be used as a speaking activity. Students work in pairs and take turns in asking the questions. It's good if you as a teacher to circulate and monitor their work. At the end, highlight any mistakes that you heard. The two blank cicrcles should be filled in with students' own questions to ask each other. The second worsheet is more challenging as it requires more grammar knowledge.Everyone deServes to Learn: 5 Speaking Activities for English Language LearnersEnglish Language Learners are assessed in the 4 language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They get great exposure to reading, writing, and listening in their content classes, but speaking practice is usually regulated to social conversations with peers or a simple answer given to a teacher. Many times, ELL's trick their teachers into believing they are more proficient than they are with a high level of social language, but falter when it comes to speaking academically. Think: can your student hold an extended conversation with his peers beyond playground talk? More importantly, can he hold an extended conversation with a teacher? How can we encourage our ELL's to speak at a higher academic level?