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10 useful websites for ELT

10 useful websites for ELT
A self-development task during my diploma last year asked me to list all the websites I found useful in my ELT practice. The document I created spanned about 6 pages – it could easily have been longer. I’m sure there’s a lot of common ground between us teachers, experienced or not. A majority of the sites I use were either found through a Google Search or passed on from colleagues. Nevertheless, I think it’s worth listing a few of my favourite sites as some serve rather specific purposes. I hope you find at least one new website in the list below. ‘I want to find words that collocate with my target vocabulary’ I recommend… Just The Word This is a recent find for me (thanks Julian). Just-the-word is a great tool for teachers, but is straightforward enough for learners to use too. If you’re looking for something more technical, I’ve been checking out recently. ‘Do I need affect or effect, historic or historical, if or whether…?’ I recommend… Grammar Girl I recommend… Ted Power

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How To Become a Better Person This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Tracy Foster for The School of Life titled How to Become a Better Person. Students work on abstract nouns, discuss virtues important in the modern world and watch a short film. Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching. Reflective teaching is therefore a means of professional development which begins in our classroom. Why it is importantBeginning the process of reflection Teacher diaryPeer observationRecording lessonsStudent feedbackWhat to do nextThink Talk Read AskConclusion

12 Ways to Get Students Speaking & Listening By Sarah Tantillo “Of all the ways you can improve learning in your school, the Number 1 way is to strengthen students’ speaking and listening skills and habits.” I hope this and other observations I made in last week’s MiddleWeb post, “Unlock Student Learning by Improving Oral Fluency,” convinced teachers across the curriculum that they can significantly boost the performance of all students – and in particular, the shy non-participators – by pursuing a deliberate strategy to develop the habits of speaking and listening that most contribute to learning. Here, without further ado, are a dozen things you can do to improve engagement and strengthen these skills.

First Day (or First Week) Activities, Icebreakers, or Introductory Activities for ESL Classes If you are interested in online sites for yourself or your students, you can check out this page: Introducing Your ESL or EFL Students to Online Tutorials and Quizzes .–kas First Day (Week) Activities or Introductory Activities for ESL Classes

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. A framework for planning a listening skills lesson In this article I intend to outline a framework that can be used to design a listening lesson that will develop your students' listening skills and look at some of the issues involved. The basic framework Pre-listening While listening Post-listening Applying the framework to a song Some conclusions The basic framework The basic framework on which you can construct a listening lesson can be divided into three main stages. Pre-listening, during which we help our students prepare to listen. While listening, during which we help to focus their attention on the listening text and guide the development of their understanding of it.

The Challenge of Teaching English to Dyslexic Students by Julia Shewry This week we are excited to bring you a post by BELTA member Julia Shewry, an EFL teacher in Wallonia. Julia shares with us her experience of working with dyslexic learners learning a foreign language. This is a topic you may find surprisingly relevant to your teaching context given the proportion of dyslexic learners in the school population as a whole – read on to find out more! Julia Shewry After studies in law/history at Cambridge, followed by a PGCE (secondary teaching qualification), I spent more than twenty years working in IT in various international companies before taking a career break to teach English in a very small Belgian school. The school was started by a friend to enable students with learning difficulties to finish their secondary education.

Socratic Questioning Techniques > Questioning > Socratic Questions Conceptual | Assumptions | Rationale | Viewpoint | Implications | Question | See also Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out answers from his pupils ('ex duco', means to 'lead out', which is the root of 'education'). Sadly, he martyred himself by drinking hemlock rather than compromise his principles. Work With Me Writing this blog has given me the opportunity to work with some great people in the education community. I cannot accept every invitation that I receive, but I do give serious consideration to all invitations. If you are interested in having me speak at your school or conference please use the contact form below or email me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) comServices I offer: *Workshops for your faculty.

The advice 13 entrepreneurs would give their younger selves While inexperience can have certain benefits (like fearlessness and confidence), a seasoned businessperson with no regrets is incredibly hard to find. With that in mind, I asked 13 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what they would tell their younger selves when first starting out. Their answers are below: Tasks for Building Vocabulary - ELT Connect Hands up who has stayed up all hours of the night, pacing the room, cramming for an exam the following morning to regurgitate all that had been ‘learned’ the night before! Long-winded quotes, citations, names and dates, formulas that you didn’t know what to do with, but had a clear visual of what it should look like? We’ve all been there! I’d like to say we have all moved on from ‘learn the list of regular verbs on page 54 and you’ll be tested tomorrow’ and as teachers, I think we have, but how do we know how our students learn when they are left to their own devices?

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom - 2015's Top Teaching Degrees: Compare Programs by Cost, Location, Size Written By: Jillian Terry Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom. Read below to learn how you can take advantage of the power of Skype in your classroom. Promoting Education CristinaSkyBox: Creating Websites When I began this blog, I had my (then) current students in mind as a potential audience. Since then, this blog has changed, gone through different phases, and it's likely that this may happen to everyone who shares in blog formats. For me, that is natural in the sense that blogs are organic, changing as oneself learns and grows professionally. As a result, I sometimes wonder what recommendations I could possibly give when others begin their own blog. In regard to learners, maintaining a blog is a great way to have an E-Portfolio ready to present whenever necessary, let alone an opportunity for practising and developing digital literacies. For others, it has become increasingly easy to set up a blog as there are plenty of videos and sites which readily offer tips, guidance and encouragement.