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Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. These small prompts or small speaking aids get especially important when children get into the age when they want to speak about themselves more than e.g. about the little animals or fairies in a tale. In this article, I will give you some ideas what little objects to use and how to use them so that students aged 12 upwards find speaking easier and less stressful. Original idea by Karen Sekiguchi

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BusyTeacher.org It’s only natural. After all, they are trying to talk in a language they are still working on learning. Still, silence can be deadly in the ESL classroom for your students and you. When you want to get your students to speak up, try one of these fun and simple games to get them talking in class. 1This is How We RollYou can use this simple game as a get to know you at the start of school or later as a get to know you better activity. All you need is one standard die and six questions – either ice breakers or ones that elicit opinions, experience or other personal thoughts. 64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information Julie Greller’s blog A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet features some great content for teachers. Posts are sorted by subject and grade level, and there’s also a link to some free ebooks. In this post, she offers a list of links to resources for digital storytelling.

WebEnglish.se Every spring the Swedish schools must arrange National Tests in English for all 9th graders to attend. An essential part of this test is speaking English. The students need to be able to tell something about themselves, their experiences and/or their thoughts, and also to discuss given topics with a few classmates. WebEnglish.se presents materials that are suitable for practising for this aural test.Link: WebEnglish.se/Intermediate – Speaking 7-9. Ten things I wish someone had told me before I moved to Sweden Sweden, much, much colder than you think. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT British writer Clement Boateng loves his new life in Sweden. Träna mera – länktips Links to improve your skills in English Vocabulary Vocabulary for learners of English Lyricstraining BaBaDum Vocabulary Editable old newspaper template Views 393,984 Filed under Educational , english, history, newspaper, school, sepia We have just added to our popular editable PowerPoint newspapers with this Old Times newspaper design.

26 Fresh ESL Conversation Starters to Get Students Talking! 10 Oct I love teaching conversation in the ESL classroom. Part of it must be that because the students able to “converse” in English are better able to demonstrate their personalities, preferences, thoughts… and therefore, I get to know them better. Often it is simply hilarious to see the range of answers students feel free to share in a comfortable environment. If you’re a conversation teacher in an English as a Second Language classroom, there may be times when you feel as though you want fresh ideas, a change in routine or some way to remain slightly unpredictable so your students remain curious as to what tricks you have up your sleeves.

English Language Arts: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics What is... What is something you dislike about yourself? What is something you do well? What is your favourite room in your home and why? What is a good neighbour? What is the worst thing parents can do to their children? 33 ways to speak better English If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way. When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure. As human beings, we want to participate in group discussions and have an impact on the society around us. In the modern world, we communicate across borders. English is the closest thing we have to an international language.

Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication One of the most important social and emotional (SEL) skills students need is clear communication. But in an age of Twitter, emojis, and auto-correcting iPhones, it is too easy to make very serious errors. The Newseum in Washington D. C. is a must-visit for all middle and high school students who care about news, journalism, history, photography, free speech, and clear communications. At the Newseum, among many other exhibits, they display examples of communication errors in news headlines (a.k.a. "bloopers"), and they have worked with the Columbia Journalism Review to gather many more of these into a book titled, "Correct Me If I'm Wrong."

25 BEST WEBSITES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH I want the new e-book! How do you learn English in your free time? Do you meet internationals in cafés, do you self-study using books, do you get on the internet? When it comes to learning many people have realized they are not going to acquire the language just by sitting in classrooms. ESL Speaking Murder Mystery Game Learn English with a Murder Mystery This is a 15 to 20 minute group work fluency exercise. Each person is one character.

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