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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. The Mirror The Mirror is a short film by Ramon and Pedro which tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to old age.

11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom by PowToon! I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind: “A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” education, but whether you were encouraged to develop your creativity starting at an early age and continuing throughout your school years.” – Adobe.Inc We saw this first-hand, when Edson Tellez, a volunteer teacher in rural Mexico, wrote to us about how PowToon changed the way his students viewed the world, “they’re getting more creative, more receptive, and more dynamic in each class.” The mind blowing fact is that developing creativity is the number one determining factor in the overall success of your students! Even if you teach in the most affluent school, with the most high end gadgets - your students are still only as good as the instructions given to them. They are only as good as the lesson you present and the creativity you encourage.

The Boy Who Learned To Fly This ELT lesson plan is designed around the theme of the Olympic Games and a short film based on the life of Usain Bolt film created by Moonbot Studios and commissioned by Gatorade. In the lesson students speak about sports and the Olympic games, watch a short film, retell a story and write a summary of a story. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type: Teens and adults Merry Christmas Mr Bean Teacher's note; The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on cannot be embedded here). This post contains some exercises based on the embeddable youtube clips.

Lost Property by Åsa Lucander Ever since I saw the opening sequence of Pixar’s Up (you know the part I’m talking about), it seems like I’ve noticed a shift in animation—less hijinks, more sentimentality. The cynic in me wants to reject this trend—it feels like so many animators (especially those hoping to work for Disney’s animated behemoth) are crafting shorts that are aren’t just aiming for your heartstrings, but are figuratively trying to rip them out of your chest. It can all come across as a bit manipulative—feeling sad for the sake of feeling sad. But, occasionally, a short comes my way that manages to warm my cold, black heart. Lost Property from director Åsa Lucander is such a film. Unapologetically sentimental and beautiful crafted, Lost Property is an emotional treat.

An ESL Conversation Card Game to Enable Good Communication Knowing a second language today is more a necessity than option. And with English being the most widely used language of international business and global communication, the number of people learning English these days is quite impressive. As with any language, one always begins by comprehending the language, then speaking it, and finally being able to writing in that very language. So, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) are always looking for easy conversation activities good for such purposes as they provide students with the optimal opportunity to speak as well as enhance their vocabulary and grasp the subtle grammatical nuances of English as a language. These activities also act as good warm-up games and backup exercises that require little to no preparation. However, it is essential that these exercises have a clearly defined structure with a clear beginning and end.

A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere Kim Preshoff is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of science teachers in her community. With more than 25 years of classroom experience, she’s an expert at how to use the force of curiosity to keep kids engaged and learning. For her TED-Ed Innovation Project, Preshoff created a classroom-ready digital collection of 100+ great videos and learning resources about core topics in art, history, science, and beyond. [To add a video to your school's learning library, use the TED-Ed Lesson Creator.] Below, check out Preshoff’s curated collection of school-friendly videos and learning resources:

Civil Rights Movement - Black History Severe government repression, the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and the intense infighting within the black militant community caused a decline in protest activity after the 1960s. The African-American freedom struggle nevertheless left a permanent mark on American society. Overt forms of racial discrimination and government-supported segregation of public facilities came to an end, although de facto, as opposed to de jure, segregation persisted in northern as well as southern public school systems and in other areas of American society. In the South, antiblack violence declined. The Other Pair This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Sarah Zorik titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1) Learner type: All ages Time: 60 minutes

The Princess and the God (Asian Indian Folktales) Published as the picture book Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India by Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, Illinois, 1992 In India, in the time of legend, there lived a king with many wives but not one child. Morning and evening for eighteen years, he faced the fire on the sacred altar and prayed for the gift of children. Finally, a shining goddess rose from the flames. “I am Savitri, child of the Sun. The evolution of the book - Julie Dreyfuss Prior to the release of the Amazon Kindle in November 2007, Stephen Levy commented in his Newsweek article, “Amazon: Reinventing the Book,” on the concept of the book as an invention. Quoting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly, Levy writes that “‘books are the last bastion of analog.” This phrasing suggests the book as a set of definable qualities that can be manipulated, redefined, and commodified.

Listen, learn and teach English for elementary and pre-intermediate English learners There are more vocabulary activities related to these podcasts on the 'extras' page. 121 Toys, toys, toys. Which are the most popular UK toys over the last 50 years? (10 Dec 15) ► Download (1.62MB, 3min 33sec) ► Transcript (pdf 57KB)► Worksheet & Answers (pdf 156KB)► Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB) Multi-level English Learning with Voscreen - Help Me To Improve My English 208 views I discovered a new method for ESL learning. It has five main levels (voSteps):

The Key To Writing Great Headlines That Drive More Traffic When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies to watch was Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. What can I say — those puppies were so stinkin’ cute! One of the movie’s quotes that always stuck with me was something Rodger says to Anita: “Melody first, my dear, and then the lyrics.” It’s a rule that many musicians stick to, but his words have some application for today’s topic.

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