Commencement Address This piece was presented as Kurt Vonnegut's commencement address at MIT in 1997. It's great stuff, but apparently it wasn't written or delivered by Vonnegut. It's still a beautiful piece... Portfolios in ELT A brief history of European Language PortfoliosWhat are Language Portfolios?Advantages of using themThe problems with Language PortfoliosUsing Language Portfolios with young learners A brief history of European Language PortfoliosTeachers and learners have been working with Language Portfolios since the mid 1990s, and between 1998 and 2000 various ELP models were piloted in Europe. There has been much literature written about them and there are lots of interesting examples. In the year 2001, which was also the European Year of Languages, The Council of Europe launched ELPs throughout Europe.
CLASS DISCUSSION TECHNIQUES: NO HIDING, NO OVERPOWERING ‘Split into small teams and discuss …’ Why won’t they discuss? There might be a whole lot of reasons for that: I don’t know enough words.I’m worried about my grammar.I’m worried about my pronunciation.I’m not interested in the topics.I don’t have enough time to think.It’s too quiet in here.*My teacher scares me – she puts too much pressure on us.I don’t have any ideas. Source: Sandy Millin, Why won’t they speak
Songs and Activities for English Language Learners Lukas Graham, 2015 This song’s themes make it ideal as a springboard for class discussions. Choose from the following activities: Pre-Listening Discuss life’s best age. All Things Topics - Home Education Website search All Things Topics RelaxBeing a student or a teacher can be stressful sometimes. Take a few minutes out at the start of your day and listen to these calming music videos to add focus and clarity to your busy mind. Original videos produced and uploaded by: All Things Grammar / All Things Topics Songs and Activities for English Language Learners Alicia Keys, 2020 There are a number of reasons that make this song a good choice for the classroom. 1) It has legally licensed lyric videos with subtitles in many languages besides English. 2) The first verse tells a story in the simple past tense, so a lesson could be built around that grammar topic, or around the grammar topic of participial phrases. (There are three examples in the third verse.) 3) The singer’s advice to “keep on keeping at what you love” invites a class discussion. 4) The song has an inspirational, upbeat message. Choose from the following activities:
All Things Topics - Home Click on the buttons below to visit my other sites, YouTube Channel & Facebook Fan Page! Education Website search All Things Topics With printable worksheets! RelaxBeing a student or a teacher can be stressful sometimes. Take a few minutes out at the start of your day and listen to these calming music videos to add focus and clarity to your busy mind. Kurt Cobain - ESL Lesson Plan 1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words... 'cardigan' ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ and 'nirvana'. ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ • Share your findings with your partners.
Biographies for kids: Inventors, World Leaders, Women, Civil Rights Pick the person or subject below to view biography or list of biographies: Biographies Historical Biographies OtherFamous PianistsFamous GuitaristsFamous ViolinistsMuhammad AliLouis ArmstrongMichael JacksonHarry HoudiniElvis PresleyBabe RuthMark TwainFor more Biographies Sports Biographies Entertainment Biographies Back to Ducksters Home Page Inspiration from Ellen Degeneres Show: Never Have I Ever I firmly believe that the way you present things to your students matters. From boring points of grammar to challenging speaking activities, there is always a way to get their attention. I am of the opinion that students learn much better if you completely discard from your teaching the idea of boring master classes where the only person in the room seems to be the teacher and choose instead a more interactive approach.
Top Research Websites, Search Engines, and a Research Choice Menu for K-12 Students “Television didn’t transform education. Neither will the internet. But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom.” – John Palfrey To learn more about a topic or find the answer students will often Google it! Search engines don’t always show the most factual, relevant, or unbiased results first.
Have You Ever Game: Present Perfect Questions Worksheet - ALL ESL Have You Ever Game: Present Perfect Questions The Have You Ever Game is a great way to kick-start your class because it can really get your students moving. And getting your students moving around is never a bad thing. The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates I’ve used board games when teaching English Language Learners, and students have particularly enjoyed it when they’ve made their own. When I was cruising the Web recently, just by chance I found that there were sites that had lots of free downloadable templates for ESL games. Many of you probably knew that already, but it was a surprise to me. They could certainly come in handy at times, especially as models for students designing their own. Here are some of the best sites I saw, and I welcome additional suggestions:
50 Have You Ever Conversation Questions There are 12 tenses in English, some tenses are used more frequently than other. Have you ever conversation questions? are made using the present perfect. The Present perfect is a tense of a word that indicates that an action has ended but not at a definite time. For example: