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The Naked Scientists Online, Science Podcast and Science Radio Show

The Naked Scientists Online, Science Podcast and Science Radio Show

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ESL Education: Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners Every teacher strives to make a long-term difference in the lives of children who attend their classrooms. Educators who teach English as a Second Language (ESL) have no doubts about their impact on students. Teaching English to speakers of other languages present unique challenges: Due to limited vocabulary range or nervousness, students may struggle to communicate or explain their confusion in full detail.Limited literacy in a native language (L1) can create an obstacle for literacy in a second language (L2).Cultural norms or classroom routines, such as raising your hand or brainstorming, are foreign concepts and acclimation requires time.

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What happens next? A teaching strategy to get students of all ages talking David Featonby, from the UK, presents some simple demonstrations to get your students thinking about scientific principles. Very often, meaningful discussion of science is limited to a small number of vocal students in a class. Here is a great way to get everyone in the class talking and thinking about science principles. The following approach not only lends itself to groups of all ages and abilities, but has opened up discussions between children who normally make few positive contributions to lessons. Furthermore, it can be applied in a variety of different cultures and educational systems, so could be used in different countries. When the approach has been tried as a full lesson, teachers have been most enthusiastic about the effect that it has had on their students, and the development of their thinking skills.

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Fun physics in school: students perform for students Herbi Dreiner and Tobias Strehlau describe how a university physics show inspired a secondary-school teacher and his students to perform their own school physics show. Why not try it in your school? The inspiration – at university

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