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Weekdays: 02/06/2017 watch BTN Investigates Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained?Add Question Welcome Book Gallery Over 12,000 kids have sent in their message to refugees.View Kind Classrooms We challenged schools across the country to show a little kindness to their local community.View the gallery River Kids Ngarrindjeri boy, Tyrone, introduces us to some of the people who live on the Murray.Watch Shelly the Turtle 11-year-old Ross releases rare Flatback turtle he helped rescue.Watch Saving The Earless Dragon A class in Canberra is using art to help save an endangered species.Watch Protecting Rivers Two rivers in India have just been given the same rights as people! Bringing back the planet Pluto A group of scientists is trying to get Pluto reinstated as a planet.Watch Afghan Refugee Story Kbora Ali is the first Afghan refugee to join the Australian Defence Force.Watch Unfairy Tales Animations designed to show the world what it's like to be a young refugee.Watch

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ESL News New ZealandGrammy Awards » ESL News New Zealand You probably already know that Lorde won two Grammy awards yesterday. She had been nominated for four awards and won two. She won the Best Pop Solo Performance. She and her co-song-writer Joel Little, won the Song of the Year for the song Royals. She performed this song earlier in the ceremony, dressed in a white shirt with black trousers. People noticed that her finger nails were coloured in black dye which is rather unusual.

Getting Students To Speak In Class Despite Steven Krashen’s famous methodology of language acquisition, in which he claims students must go through a silent period before they can speak, we know how anxious our students are to start producing the target language from day 1. This silent period is the time learners need to be exposed to enough comprehensible input so they can absorb the language and be able to speak it. It emulates what happens when kids acquire their first language. Having said that, it’s a fact that motivation also plays a key part in language learning, and setting up speaking activities from the very beginning of the language course will not, in my opinion, have any negative effect on the students’ development.

Using Silent Video in the EFL Classroom This video is the BOMB! It is captivating, absorbing, a story par excellence but also SILENT! Yes, silent films are great for getting students to produce language — and after all is said and done, that most often is the hardest thing to do, getting the students speaking and learning language by just communicating. Kelly Gallagher – Resources Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning.

Topic-Based versus Task-Based Speaking Activities Speaking is one of the most valued skills in learning a foreign language. When you want to find out about the general knowledge of a person in a foreign language you usually ask DO YOU SPEAK (language)? I can’t remember ever hearing from someone if I could listen to English, on the other hand. Most learners therefore expect to speak the language fast when they join a course or hire a teacher.

Extr@ – Learn English with videos A cool TV series, a funny sitcom, and an English course, all wrapped in one single package to make Extr@, the perfect way of learning natural English having fun.SEE THE OTHER EPISODES HERE !Do extr@ activities hereAnnie and Bridget share a flat. Their next-door neighbour Nick is a disorganized, humorous macho fellow. Bridget's Argentinean penpal, Hector, comes to London to visit her. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling About the Course Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling introduces educators to digital storytelling and explores ways to use digital stories to enhance students’ learning experience. The course is designed to be comprehensive yet fundamental. By comprehensive we mean that the course provides a solid foundation to all of the components of a digital story and illustrates these components with tutorials, example stories and links to additional readings. The course also provides a hands-on opportunity for learners to create their own digital stories. The course is fundamental because it covers the basic process of creating a digital story starting with just a simple script and as little as one still image.

SNN - Student News Net Thank you for visiting SNN. For 10 years, the same team of professionals has been producing SNN with a sharp focus on original, interesting content as both a mediator and motivator for learning. SNN has spent years studying the challenge of providing meaningful integration of technology in the classroom, conducting educational research, and working closely with teachers. The bottom line is that SNN today is aligned to basic principles of learning to support student achievement. Motivating students to read and explore a topic in more depth is one of SNN's greatest strengths.

Multiculturalism This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about multiculturalism, which is when different cultures or cultural identities exist within a society or country. Multiculturalism occurs when people emigrate from different countries around the world, taking with them their language, religion, food, and cultural traditions to the new country in which they settle. Audio conversation about Multiculturalism

Short-Sequence ESL movie lessons Jump to: -Describe Story and Character -Present, Past, and Future (speaking/writing) -Movie Karaoke -Paraphrasing Kraoke -Rewrite the Script -Jigsaw -Guess the Dialogue -Guess the Vocabulary -Movie Vocabulary List -Action Cards -Cloze Encounters -Word-for-Word Dictation -Blind Summary -Hear-the-Word Bingo -Change the Ending -Grammar Focus Big Things in Small Packages Welcome to the Movies Grow English knowledge bank of Short-Sequence Movie Lessons for ESL and EFL. On this page there are links to short-sequence and karaoke lessons which may be downloaded, copied, distributed, and projected without charge.

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