5 great zero preparation lesson ideas When the pressure is on and there are only so many hours on the week, you need a repertoire of zero preparation go-to activities which promote input and/or practice. Here are five you might well find useful. 1. We know that listening is the most important yet often neglected skill for language learning. You tell the class you are going to recount what you did last weekend and that they have to make notes in English. You then make some true or false (maybe not mentioned too) statements in the target language about what you said in your account. 2. Pupils work in small groups. This is definitely an "output" task but one which can encourage students to speak fearlessly with an ear on fluency rather than accuracy. 3. For intermediate to advanced level. • My brother has twin sons. • I have three cats. • If I’d been a boy, I would’ve been called George. • My family was brought up in Spain. • My favourite movie is The Sound of Music. • My father was an extra in Star Wars. 4. What's her name? 5.
Eleven intervention strategies for underachieving L2-listeners (Co-authored with Dylan Vinales of Garden International School) 0.Introduction Your students have not done well in their listening mocks. They are demotivated and lacking confidence in their listening skills. With only a few months to go before the actual exam you are panicking. 1. For your students’ listening skills to improve substantially you will need three to four months of systematic work of the kind envisaged below. 2.Daily exposure to substantive amounts of aural input You need to ensure that your students practise listening on a daily basis. Increase the amount of target language use both on your part and on your students’. Remember: with listening, task variety is key in order not to bore the students but also so as to allow you to recycle the target vocabulary over and over again. 3.A holistic approach In order to improve your students’ listening skills you shouldn’t see listening-skills building as separate from reading, speaking, writing and grammar instruction. Conclusion
Justin Trudeau Wishes You Happy International Women's Day - Justin Trudeau International Women's Day Video After putting up with sexism and fighting the patriarchy, you deserve a true gift this International Women's Day. So here's something special from your favorite: Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Prime minister released a video statement, greeting the people of Canada you in honor of the holiday with the most pristine diction your ears have ever heard. In the clip, which looks like a Law & Order outtake, the self-proclaimed feminist celebrates the women who have contributed to Canada's history, but also reminds his viewers that the fight for gender equality has only just begun. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "Hello my friends and happy International Women's Day. "We have achieved real progress in advancing women's equality, especially in the past decades, and much of that progress is due to the tireless and passionate efforts of women. He goes on to bring more serious issues to light: "Women around the world receive lower pay and fewer promotions. Still breathing?
Konsten att ge strategier för att lyssna Det pratas mycket om att vi lärare måste bli bättre på att ge eleverna modeller/strategier för att förstå hur de ska göra för att nå ett mål. Vi har pratat mycket om läsandet och även skrivandet med olika stöd för det och jag har även skrivit en del om det på LR-bloggen. Om du vill läsa dem hittar du dem här i arkivet. Jag tänkte i detta inlägg skriva lite om hur jag ger stöd för lyssnandet i klassrummet. Att lyssna är den förmågan som eleverna kan uppleva som mest stressande att utsättas för då man ofta bara får höra en gång. Först och främst så måste vi ha i minnet att förmågan att lyssna bedöms av två aspekter. Receptiva strategier När eleverna ska tränas i den receptiva förmågan brukar jag utgå från olika hörförståelser som finns ligger digitalt. Ett exempel för att få strategier för att lyssna: Eleverna får gissa vad programmet kommer handla om innan lyssnandet. Interaktiva strategier Förekommer gruppdiskussioner kring det lästa/lyssnade? Bild gjord i Canva av Annika Sjödahl
US film of parachuting beavers found after 65 years (it's OK, they survived) | US news | The Guardian More than half a century after a group of beavers were parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, the state’s department of fish and game has uncovered film footage of the quirky wildlife management moment. In the 1940s the department was trying to deal with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other fur-bearing rodents, packed them into boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Boise state public radio reports that a film made around 1950 showed the infamous beaver drops, but it had long been lost. Recently, fish and game historian Sharon Clark found the fragile film, which had been mislabeled and stored in the wrong file. Now it has been digitized and released by the Idaho Historical Society and the department of fish and game on YouTube. Animal lovers, take heart: it appears all beavers survived their flying adventures unharmed.
Brisbane man chases down unlicensed driver in his jocks A Brisbane man has given a comical interview, while explaining the events after a car crash near his home. An underpants-clad Brisbane local has chased down an unlicensed driver who ploughed into a shopfront overnight. Daniel McConnell says his wife got him out of bed when she heard the commotion outside, caused by a car crashing into a fish and chip shop that belongs to one of his mate's mums. "I come outside in me jocks, and I seen old mate…and I said, 'oi, what are you doing here mate, you gotta wait here,' and he's like, 'na, na, I fell asleep behind the wheel,'" Mr McConnell told TODAY reporter Jess Millward. "He's just started taking off, so I've run inside, jumped in me little purple car, and started chasing him up the street. "He went down a side street, and I told the coppers he went down a side street, and they went and got him," Mr McConnell said with a grin. "And I was just chasing him in me jocks." "That's the idea of a friendly community, mate," he said.
IDEA International Dialects of English Archive | free dialect and accent recordings for the performing arts Test Your Ear | IDEA International Dialects of English Archive For all you dialecticians, actors, linguists, and just plain language enthusiasts, let’s see if you can identify the home country (or, for the United States, Canada, and China, the state/province) of the following subjects from their accent or dialect. Take a listen, make your best guess, and then click the link under each audio clip to be taken to the sample you just heard. On that sample page, you will be able to read the biography of the subject, hear the person’s unscripted speech, and read the transcription. Audio Player Click here for the answer Audio Player Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer Click here for the answer
Who is marrying across races in the US? Listening 7-9 – WebEnglish.se Spread Inspiration via WebEnglish.se WebEnglish.se has opened a new link category for intermediate (yr 7-9) students. To start with, there are six links to amusing and inspiring talks that the site author has already successfully used in her classes this autumn. The idea is to watch, to discuss and write about the thoughts that… In "Teaching Matters" Travelling Old and New Style WebEnglish.se has compiled a Theme Page on Travelling for level 7-8. Salem Witch Hunt WebEnglish.se has added a reading chapter, activities and a relevant YouTube series about the Salem Witch Hunts in 1692 in Intermediate 7-9.
Michelle Obama on Donald Trump: Watch the Full Speech - Motto First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned, searing response on Thursday to Donald Trump’s comments about women that surfaced in a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood tape. “I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” she said. “It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. Watch her full speech above, and read the transcript here.