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Netflix and learn – six ways to teach English language skills with television How can teachers of English create learning material with streaming services? Melissa Thomson, a British Council teacher and trainer based in Bilbao, describes her top six approaches. Last year I asked my teenage learners to list the five places they were most likely to encounter English online, and the top answer was Netflix. WORDLESS VIDEOS FOR ELT ELT-cation is turning 3 years old this month. And that takes the cake. Or a new post. Last year I posted a few games to celebrate the occasion (see Play & Learn Games); this year I’ve decided to throw a “movie night” party and share my favourite wordless videos. These films are: short (about 2-4 minutes) highly engaging, and appropriate for learners of all levels. The Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos What do you do when you need to learn something new? What if you need to know how to fix something? Or what if you need to learn how to use a new software or service? You probably look for a video. According to a recent TechSmith study, 53% of people reported watching two or more instructional videos per week (up 152% compared to 2013).

“On The Same Page”: A Video-Based Lesson In “On The Same Page” (Alli Norman and Carla Lutz, 2015), an introverted journalist for the local news section “has nothing to write about until he is whirled away into a colourful journey with his neighbour from the comic section.” Similarly, the students in this video-based lesson are asked to become active learners and have lots to say by making predictions at various stages in the story, raising questions about what they have have just watched, or sharing their personal reactions in the hope of enhancing their critical thinking skills while practising the language. The goal here is to set up a dialogue that is student-driven and through which the students will both demonstrate comprehension and engage in meaningful conversations with the visual text. What is more, this provides a flexible framework which allows for each student to work at their own performance level. Write a question.

Teaching English Learners with Short Animated Videos A MiddleWeb Blog One of the best ways to help kids love reading and get enthusiastic about school is by making learning fun! Make them want to be part of it. Make them laugh, cry, think deeply…engage them and evoke emotion, and suddenly you have kids who want to do the work of learning. Short animated videos are excellent for supporting literacy skills while making the learning fun and engaging.

What to do when schools close for coronavirus The U.N. organization that monitors global education said the number of children missing school globally is unprecedented. The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the education of nearly 300 million students globally.Thirteen countries, including China, Italy and Japan, have shut schools nationwide as of Wednesday (4.03.20.)A handful of schools in the United States have canceled classes over the coronavirus. Source: CNBC. No matter where you live the closure of schools is likely to happen. UNESCO will hold an emergency meeting on March 10 over coronavirus-related school closures. The agency said it is supporting the implementation of large-scale distance-learning programs and platforms to reach students remotely.

Dumb Ways to Die Happy New Year from allatc! In December just gone, three separate people sent this video and issued a challenge to do something with it – never something we were going to be able to resist! It’s very funny, full of wonderful vocabulary and has allowed us to make use of the fabulous eltpics website. It’s also our first blog post to use content from Australia – something long overdue. And it has a dance routine…

Best Story Elements Videos for the Classroom We found some fab videos that are perfect for teaching story elements! Whether you’re talking about plot, characters, setting, conflict, theme, or point of view, there’s definitely something on our list that you can use. Of course, there’s no better way to teach story elements than by reading stories with your students.

Institute of Education - UCL – University College London During school closures, it's important that children are able to continue their learning. We have compiled a list of resources helpful to teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people. All of these resources are either free, or they have been made free during the period of school closures. If you know of any free online learning resources that we haven't included here, please email Dr James Mannion - j.mannion@ucl.ac.uk Resources Relating to coronavirus 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?

by Jamie Keddie Street questions - Lessonstream.org Last month (July 2016) I was in Manchester, training on my Video and Image in Language Teaching course (VILT) for NILE. One of the activities that I gave participants was to take photographs of interesting texts that they saw in the city’s streets and public areas. Here is my own offering – a selection of questions which all contain ellipsis (missing words). If you would prefer create a slideshow for your students (rather than use the video) you can access my photographs here. Language level: A2 +Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 25 minutesActivity: Grammar activityTopic: Linguistic landscapeLanguage: Question formsMaterials: Video + worksheet Street questions (8575 downloads) Ellipsis

6 tips for moving your teaching online - How do you adapt your teaching techniques for the virtual classroom? - Oxford TEFL Have you ever thought of teaching online? Adding this skill to your teaching repertoire can open up a host of opportunities for you, from additional work to starting your own business. You could also vastly improve your chances of finding teaching work online, reaching more potential students and providing the best possible service by taking our Teaching English Online course.

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. Film Club: ‘This Video May Not Be Real’ 2. After watching, think about these questions: What moments in this film stood out for you?

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