Using Genial.ly 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 Genial.ly. I confessed to her I didn’t know the tool and promised I would give it a go.
Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities – Clare's ELT Compendium What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you’ve finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in language lessons, and in this post I want to share a few vocabulary revision activities that teachers can slot into any downtime that might occur in a lesson! Beyond Gap Fills. Using songs to learn a language. Why, how and which? At the beginning of this year, I was surprised to find out that many of my students, especially adults, stated in the Needs Analysis that they wanted to use songs. I must admit that I’m used to using songs in the YL classroom all the time (especially clapping games – my personal favourite!) but I didn’t pay too much attention to the importance of music in the teen / adult class.
5 Inspiring TED Talks To Transform Your English Class - The Teaching Cove It’s no secret that TED talks are all the rage in the English classroom. So, why write a teaching tips post about them if everyone uses them anyway? Well, I really believe that it’s not just about turning on Youtube or TED and letting your students listen. It’s the activities they do that make or break the lesson. I LOVE speaking activities. No surprise there – that’s what my PhD research is on!
Book Tasks This Theme Page is mainly for teachers who want to explore beyond the traditional book reports, be it in writing, talking, creating or in digital form. At the end, there is some advice for book reports, too. Warm-Up Elementary Intermediate Book Talks High quality content and interaction in the ELT world I don’t think I have ever taught or observed an advanced lesson that went seriously wrong. I mean cringe-worthy wrong. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, advanced students have been in the game long enough and know enough English to ensure that most of our lessons run – at worst – relatively smoothly. Except perhaps for those all-too-familiar “How do you say X?”
181 Prompts to Inspire Writing and Discussion Every day of the school year, we publish a fresh Student Opinion question. Below are all the 181 questions we asked during the 2018-19 school year (available here as a PDF), divided into two categories — those that easily lend themselves to classroom debate and persuasive writing, and those that are more suitable for creative, personal or reflective writing. Each question is based on content from The New York Times, and all are still open to comment by students 13 and older. Each linked Times article is also accessible without a digital subscription. Teachers tell us they use these questions to help students practice writing persuasively; as inspiration for lessons; as jumping-off points for class discussions and debates; or just to encourage student engagement with current events and with other young people from around the world. Every day of the school year, we publish a fresh Student Opinion question.
Black Mirror as Pedagogical Tool in the College Classroom by Frank Bridges — Rutgers University May 08, 2015 – 00:00 In Danah Boyd’s “Participating in the Always on Lifestyle,” she states, “I may not be always-on the Internet as we think of it colloquially, but I am always connected to the network. And that’s what it means to be always-on.” Discussing this pervasive concept to an undergraduate class can sometimes be a daunting task. Students might be competent with Yik Yak, Instagram, and Snapchat, but have never heard of Google Glass, big data, and the Deep Web. Anthropologist Amber Case echoes Boyd’s thoughts with the idea that a mobile device on our person makes us all nodes on a network distributing and consuming information.
Larry Ferlazzo - Online tools These include The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use) and The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites. Now, though, I think it's time to narrow them down to my choices for the "best of the best" or, in other words, an "All-Time Best" list. Here are my choices, and I hope readers will let me know if they agree, disagree, and/or think I've missed some (one key requirement is that they are all free to use). Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Poem Transcript, "The Hill We Climb" On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to ever read at a presidential inauguration. The 22-year-old poet laureate recited her poem, "The Hill We Climb" to a crowd that included President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Douglas Emhoff, and Barack and Michelle Obama. And fun fact?