10 Creative Ways to Use Popular Movies in Fun ESL Lessons Bored of book work? Tired of teacher-talking? Want something exciting for your students? Voicepods - Automatically Turn Text Into Voice Recordings Voicepods is a neat service that will create voice recordings based on the text that you write. Voicepods offers eight voices in which you can have your text read-aloud. The voice recording that is generated from your text can be listened to online and you can download it as an MP3 to use wherever MP3 playback is supported. Watch my video that is embedded below to learn how easy it is to make a voice recording on Voicepods. Applications for Education I often encouraged my students to read their papers aloud or have them read aloud by someone else to spot mistakes that they didn't catch when reading silently.
Can I Improve My English Online? 7 Websites You Will Love Do you ever get “laptop freeze”? No, I don’t mean when your laptop freezes, and you have to restart it or hit it to get it working again. I mean the situation when you’ve planned to sit down and do some serious work. 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. Podcasts 1-75 members only. 163 Would you like to dance? How keen are we to put our dancing shoes on?! How to get film-based lessons right Have you ever shown films to your class, or considered setting up a film club? Daryn Simon, Head of History at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, and Beatrix Clark of Into Film share some advice. Why show films in the classroom? Using film in the classroom is particularly effective in developing children's literacy skills. The Leeds Partnership Project, in which pupils regularly watched and made films, recorded a 96 per cent improvement in reading, compared with the previous term, and a 60 per cent improvement in writing.
Learn English With Songs - Skyfall, by Adele This is the end, your breath and count to ten, the earth and then, my heart burst again, For this is the end, I've drowned and dreamed this moment, So overdue, I them, swept away, I'm stolen, Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will tall, face it all together, Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, it all together, at skyfall. Skyfall is where we , a thousand miles and poles apart, Where worlds , and days are dark, You may have my number, you can my name, but you'll never my heart, Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together, Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together, at skyfall. Where you go I , what you I see I I'll never be without the security, of your loving arms, keeping me from harm,
8 excellent digital resources for students - EF TeacherZone Blog I frequently have students asking for advice on how to improve different areas in which they are struggling. These are my top eight digital resources for learners, broken down by skill. (Also, they’re all free!) Reading Listening Lab - Learn American English Online Listen to each exercise carefully and follow the directions provided. These exercises are designed to improve your listening skills in English. Exercise #1 – be vs. do: present and past tense Exercise #2 – be: present tense contractions Episode 01 - They meet Julia: Hey! You! Watch out!
Some thoughts on authentic listening materials I’ve been a materials writer for 2 months now. It’s about time I started reflecting on it. I haven’t had time to do so as it’s a very busy role – hence the lack of blog activity. I’m currently writing lessons for a functional, task-led syllabus. There’s a strong focus on speaking, listening and pronunciation. Each lesson has a listening text (well, bout 90% of them do) which is a model for the main task that students complete during a lesson. NPR Planet Money for Educators When economists track the performance of the U.S. economy, they pay attention to factors like economic growth, inflation, and unemployment. One economic model, the Phillips Curve, suggests that when unemployment is low, inflation increases, and vice-versa. But is that always true?
Soar Genre(s): Adventure A young girl helps a tiny boy to fly home before it's too late! Use this delightful animated film in your classroom with our collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and activities! English The title of this film is 'Soar'. Can you think of synonyms for this word? Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom - Teaching Now Podcasts are far from a new classroom tool—teachers have been podcasting for more than a decade—but as their popularity continues to rise, teachers are finding new and innovative ways to bring them into the classroom. In light of the Common Core State Standards' shift toward the use of nonfiction, podcasts provide a unique way to build critical thinking skills while adhering to state standards. The hit "Serial," which in its first season tried to solve a 1999 high school murder case, inspired educators across the country to create comprehensive lesson plans and final exams based on the investigative mystery.
Using a Dual Monitor Setup for Teaching Online Every teacher is going to have a unique work space. Some teachers have a dedicated room they use for working from home, while some work at their dining tables. We’re even aware of teachers that teach inside a closet – seriously! Given the diversity of setups, choosing a monitor size will largely depend on the space you have on your desk or table. But there are workarounds for this, too. For example, if you have limited desk space, you can still opt for a larger screen size by attaching the screen to a desk clamp, and placing the monitor either next to or directly above your main screen.