Education World Resource Roundup: The Presidential Election A non-scientific study published earlier this year found that 40 percent of teachers are hesitant to teach about this presidential election because of difficult topics they feel make it hard to maintain a positive classroom environment and an unbiased position. Using this study, the National Educator’s Association began a campaign against what is being called ‘The Trump Effect,’ claiming that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on topics like immigration and the treatment of Muslim citizens has resulted in an increase of bullying in classrooms. Campaigns like this have also resulted in educators feeling a certain hesitance when it comes to teaching current affairs, so Education World has compiled a list of resources designed to make it a little easier.
9 English Word Pairs that Confuse Absolutely Everyone We all know English is a crazy language. Lots of different words share the same spellings and pronunciations. Some of these words are confusing even for native speakers, especially in writing. For example, when do we use “affect” and when do we use “effect”? Or what about the verbs “to bear” and “to bare”?
Some Good Mac Apps for Learning A New Language July 20, 2015 After posting about language apps for iPad and Android, today’s post is introducing you to some useful Mac apps students can use to learn a new language. The list comprises carefully handpicked apps which have been popular among teachers. Check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to this selection. 1-Language Learning Centre ‘Unique study method. No more grinding repetitive words translation that will slip your mind soon. Make your own word search puzzle You can use this page to create your own word search puzzle with your own list of words. These puzzles are popular with different groups of people, especially teachers and students. Please enter a set of words. Macmillan Business The Business Podcasts are interviews focusing on working life in the UK. The podcasts offer authentic listening practice for you to use with – or recommend to – your business English students. Episode 1: Nils, on working life in the UK – Pre-intermediate
50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators. Websites Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites. Phonetics: Beats and Rhythm –[Multimedia-English] One of the things that makes English difficult to understand for foreign students is its particular rhythm. Many languages are syllabic, that means that every syllable takes the same amount of time to pronounce. In some languages stressed syllables take longer than unstressed syllables, but still, the pronunciation unit is the syllable.
BUILDING BIG: Home Page Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. Here are the main features of the site: Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels. William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet, Is Dead at 52 “To be or not to be,” said Hamlet, prince of Denmark, “that is the question.” Yesterday, Hamlet’s creator was; today, he is not. Of that there is no question. Poet, playwright, actor and theatrical-company shareholder, William Shakespeare (sometimes spelled Shakspeare, or Shagspere, or Shaxpere, or Shaxberd,1 or any number of blessed ways) died today, April 23, 1616, at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was, more or less, 52. His passing was confirmed by his daughter Judith.2
Je Suis Charlie et Ahmed: Teaching and Learning About the Charlie Hebdo Attacks Video Overview | Three days of bloodshed last week shook France, a nation struggling with Islamic extremists, and sent shock waves through Europe and beyond. On Jan. 7, a terrorist attack by masked gunmen on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo left 12 people dead. On Jan. 9, the French police killed three terrorists in raids at a printing plant and a kosher supermarket that left the gunmen and four Jewish hostages dead. In all, at least 17 French citizens were killed by terrorists in the chaos. Two days later, on Jan. 11, more than a million people joined over 40 world leaders in the streets of Paris in the most striking show of solidarity in the West against the threat of Islamic extremism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students - Kieran Donaghy I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging and simple short films which will work in the ELT classroom. In this article I’d like to share what for me are the seven best short films for the language classroom. Phonetics Sounds As you know, the English alphabet is far from being a regular and consistent system of representing all the sounds in English. For instance, think of the letter group ough. How many different way can it sound like: And as you can see, "ough" can produce a myriad of sounds seemingly randomly.