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25 ideas for using WhatsApp with English language students

25 ideas for using WhatsApp with English language students
Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP. Today he joins us to provide 25 engaging and useful classroom activities for language learners using WhatsApp. There are three main obstacles to the use of technology in ELT. First is the availability of technology and internet connection in the classroom. Second is teacher techno-phobia. WhatsApp or similar messaging services can help overcome these obstacles. Many self-confessed, techno-phobic teachers that I know use WhatsApp on a regular basis in their private lives, so already feel quite comfortable with it. Here are 25 ideas of how to make good use of WhatsApp for language learning. Like this: Like Loading...

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6 Excellent Free Sites to Practise Reading Comprehension It’s been too long since I’ve written about improving reading skills. Last time I posted about sites to help you practise reading comprehension was in May last year. Way too long. The truth is that doing reading comprehension activities in class takes time, especially if we are talking about long texts with an amount of difficulty, and very often this is one of the tasks we give students as homework. Using to Create Visual Activities for the Classroom Here I am again. Trying another tool. To be honest, the tool was suggested to me by one of the teachers (Marga Valdés) attending a talk I gave last year. It was a talk about creating activities for the classroom using free online tools, and when I finished the presentation, this teacher came up to me and said she was surprised I hadn’t mentioned

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Tips - Evaluating Learning Assessing learning In a blended course, use face-to-face sessions to check how much learners have learned online, and use online sessions to assess what they've learned in class. Assess your learners’ speaking by getting them to record screencasts with Jing or Screencast-O-Matic. Can you pass this English Sats exam for 10 and 11 year olds? On Tuesday thousands of students in Year 6 took national Key Stage 2 (KS2) exams in English grammar, punctuation and spelling. A day before the exam, the English test papers were leaked online and the answers were published on a password-protected website for a couple of hours before being taken down afterwards. The Standard Assessment Tests, popularly known as Sats, aim to monitor a child’s progress at school. Can you pass this sample English Sats exam for 10 and 11 year olds? Take the quiz below:

Smartphones & Learning possibilities in the EFL class Some data on mobile usage growth 21st century classroom infographic Six hours a day. That’s how much time the average teenager spends online, according to a June 2013 study by McAfee. A Simple Notebook System for Classroom Management Posted 03/04/2014 3:40PM | Last Commented 08/02/2017 10:23AM Image Credit: © Tim Hi All, When I taught middle school, I tried lots of different methods for classroom management, but I found that basic notebooks were ultimately the thing that saved me, in two ways.

Tips - Instant messaging (IM) activities Use a free, online, instant messaging app such as WeChat, WhatsApp, or a discussion thread set up in Slack to provide communication and exam practice opportunities for learners. You’ll need to set up an instant messaging group for the class or for smaller groups of learners for each of these activities. If you are working with children under the age of 18, we recommend that you check your institution's e-safety policy before using any online digital tools. We also recommend that you discuss e-safety regularly with your learners.

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