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Downloadable resources - For teachers - Pearson Longman - best English courses. Christmas trees - for students Traditions of taking branches and leaves from trees into the home in the winter are very old indeed - much older, in fact, than Christmas. Christmas trees - for teachers Teacher instructions and answer key Da Vinci - for students When people talk about greatness, Leonardo da Vinci is often described as the greatest person who has ever lived. Some general tips on learning languages Study every day Try to set aside some time every day for your studies, ideally when your brain is at its most receptive. It's better to study for 30 minutes every day than for 3 hours once a week. ESL Plans EFLWeb (English as a Foreign Language Magazine). EFLWeb is an on-line magazine for those teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language. Includes articles, Web resources, information on books and software, product reviews, events and conferences and more. ELT Newsletter. Teachers of ESL and EFL can read weekly articles on topics of interest, gather teaching tips from the weekly articles, discuss their thoughts on anything to do with English Language Teaching in the ELT Forum, find links to other sites of interest to English teachers (and learners) and submit articles to for publication here in their weekly column.

Animoto in the Classroom: Activity Ideas Looking to enhance students' Web 2.0 competencies and build 21st-century skills? The Animoto tool allows anyone to create professional-looking projects using audio, photographs and video. Fortunately, if you're a teacher looking to bring this fun and easy multimedia tool into the classroom, a free account will do just fine. Free accounts let students generate projects up to 30 seconds long in a limited number of styles and with a Web-streaming level of visual quality. To get you started, Education World offers three great classroom activity ideas based on free-account features of Animoto. And don't worry about the learning curve--immediately after creating an account, users can watch an informative video that shows how the functions work.

Differentiated Reading Instruction Worksheets and Activities Are you a teacher who has suddenly been told that you need to “differentiate” your reading, English, or language arts instruction? You are probably looking for worksheets and materials to help you comply with this unfamiliar concept, and I’ve got just the thing. Differentiating instruction seems challenging and overwhelming, but it doesn’t really have to be. How to teach conversational lessons Hello, there. This post was written to share my favourite resources aimed at conversational lessons – both online and face-to-face. I hope you find it useful. The first minutes of the lesson are meant to arouse your students’ interest. You want to ‘hook them’ into conversing with you. Setting the scene can be done through a short fascinating video or an interesting image.

7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology 7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology by TeachThought Staff Ed note: This post has been updated with an updated visual from Sylvia Duckworth, who took our graphic from alwaysprepped.com (now getalma) post and created the above visual. It is also sporting a new title, as the “habits of” is a trademarked term. As such, the new graphic and phrasing appears below. Things I like about Animoto for Education byonApril 12, 2013 [byline_dns]? A colleague of mine recently showed me a very cool way for students to create good-looking videos. It’s called Animoto. Animoto lets you quickly and easily combine text, images, and videos into beautiful videos.

Classroom Resource Resources tagged as "movies" Four hundred and counting! That's how many lesson plans or guides you'll find at Teach With Movies. Search one of twelve categories to locate the movie, documentary, or short you want. Some of the categories are Subject Matter (and not just math, science, history, etc.), Social-Emotional Learning (themes like Ambition, Coming of Age, and many others), Appropriate Age (three through adult), and Set Up the Sub, just to name a few. Lessons include a general summary of the film and discussion questions with answers. 8 Fun, No Prep Activities to Rock the New Year in the ESL Classroom – Get Up. Get Out. Get Lost. Coming back to school after the holidays is tough. Realizing the day before that you haven’t planned anything is worse. Lucky for you, I’ve stock piled a few simple no & low prep activities to get you through the first few days with secondary and the little dudes.

The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom I have many “Best” lists related to using online games with English Language Learners, and you can find them all at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Learning Games. I’ve also written a lot and published a number of posts and resources related to playing non-online games in the classroom, but just realized I had never brought them all together in one place. Here they are (feel free to offer more suggestions!) Gifs: The Perfect Language Learning Object Over the years, I’ve turned into a bit of a “gif” guru. EnglishCentral beginner video lesson content offers brillant gifs for A1 learners. Here’s an example – Hobbies. Gif Lingua and Gif Lingua Books offer a gif “corpus” where gifs are tagged and learners learn over 50,000 words of English through gifs – these amazing “ideographs”. Yesterday, I presented at the Virtual Round Table, my ideas why Gifs make sure powerful materials for designing lessons and in support of student learning. I’ll post up the recording shortly.

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