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ESL Lesson Plans and Resources on Music March is Music in our Schools Month! There has never been a better excuse to get up and dance with your students. To encourage you to bring music into your classroom throughout the year, we’ve created a collection of useful links. Music-Themed Lesson Plans Check out our Famous People section for lesson plans on Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, and John Lennon. Check out our Famous Things section for lesson plans on Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rock n’ Roll. We have Discussion Starters lesson plans on Talent and Music Piracy, and Mini-Debates on File Sharing and Live 8 Concerts. Flashcards Are you looking for images related to music? Authentic Materials and WarmUps What Makes a Teacherjerker? Teaching With the Chimes of Freedom Album Street Musician Experiment The Red Carpet Articles about Using Music in the Classroom Creating Music With Students: Nik Peachey Teaching English Through Songs in the Digital Age: ELT Chat

fastcodesign You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck. Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. On the Google Ventures design team, we dislike sucky meetings as much as anyone. The next time you need to make a decision or come up with a new idea in a group, call timeout and give the note-and-vote a try. How it works 1. Distribute paper and pens to each person. 2. Set the timer for two minutes. 3. One at a time, each person shares his or her top idea(s). 4. Set the timer for five minutes. 5. One at a time, each person says their vote. 6. Who is the decider? 7. The note-and-vote isn’t perfect (remember, I said "pretty good decisions"). Why it works Quiet time to think

Search Results Showing 1 to 15 of 3,619 results Melanlioglu, Deniz – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013 Although listening is the skill mostly used by students in the classrooms, the desired success cannot be attained in teaching listening since this skill is shaped by multiple variables. In this research we focused on listening anxiety, listening comprehension and impact of authentic tasks on both listening anxiety and listening comprehension.… Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Anxiety, Listening Comprehension, Relevance (Education) Lynch, Tony – Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 2011 This review article extends the conventional notion of academic listening to include reciprocal (two-way) listening events in academic settings, as well as (one-way) listening to lectures. Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, English for Academic Purposes, Lecture Method, Second Language Learning Amin, Iman Abdul-Reheem; Amin, Magdy Mohammad; Aly, Mahsoub Abdul-Sadeq – Online Submission, 2011

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist — The Startup How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. Where does technology exploit our minds’ weaknesses? I learned to think this way when I was a magician. And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. I want to show you how they do it. Hijack #1: If You Control the Menu, You Control the Choices Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. This is exactly what magicians do. When people are given a menu of choices, they rarely ask: “what’s not on the menu?” The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices. How?

EnglishPhoneticAlphabet [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage Welcome to the English Phonetic Alphabet Wiki. Two special features make The English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA) a favorite pronunciation tool of ESL/EFL teachers and suitable for every level of English learner: 1) EPA uses ABC and standard keyboard symbols to represent the 40+ sounds of spoken English 2) The Thompson Vowel Chart pairs vowel sounds with color names to provide a simple, accurate pronunciation system for every word in English. Here is a short document outlining EPA including the Thompson Vowel Chart (Open the link and click on Download for the full-size version) 1) Literacy includes a folder for Pre-Literacy Lessons as well as a series of pages called Basic Pronunciation on how to teach Vowel Sounds to beginners 2) Consonants on how to teach Consonant Sounds including a folder for Consonant Exercises 3) Vowels on how to teach Vowel Sounds using the Thompson Color Vowel association chart including a folder for Vowel Exercises Always click Download for full-size versions

Rick Hanson: The Curious Brain Hack to Build Inner Strength Do you ever find yourself stuck in a negative thought loop? Do bad work, relationship, or life experiences sometimes play on repeat in your head? It’s not your fault. Human brains are wired pay more attention to the negative. As you grow more, you give more. But there is hope. It all starts with understanding your brain and adopting a few key practices that help you cultivate lasting inner strength. Today’s guest is Dr. Rick’s latest book, Resilient, takes it even further. Turn fleeting feelings of confidence and calm into your permanent character makeup.Stop treating past trauma like it’s your destiny.Give your brain the ultimate multivitamin.Combat your brain’s natural negativity bias.Transform every experience into a learning opportunity. Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast Listen Now Once you’ve watched, Rick and I would love to hear from you. Which part of our conversation most resonated with you and why? Leave a comment below and let me know. Never forget.

Running Dictation I’m sure you all have at least some kind of experience with dictations in the classroom. Most of the time, dictations are considered boring and can get really frustrating for students, especially if they are still learning how to write in their L1. Here is an idea for practicing dictations and making them less painful. Running dictation is a type of dictation in which your students are responsible for it from the start. They should work in pairs and it goes like this: You should come up with a story that you will write on a piece of paper and hang it onto the wall in your classroom. It’s best to give them a story in form of a riddle or something similar because then if someone is done before the others, you can tell them to try and solve it (matter of discipline in the classroom). Here are some links with stories that can be used for a running dictation. How do you get along with dictations?

Learn how to differentiate between the letters "d" and "b" Joely's been learning to read, and as is typical for children her age, she was having trouble differentiating between lower-case "b"s from "d"s. I'd been trying to figure out a good way to solve the problem, so I came up with this little illustration to help her remember which way "b" and "d" face. Associating the direction of the letter with the simple illustration has really helped her recognize the difference between "b" and "d." Joely informed me that she also wanted to be able to color her "b" and "d" buddies, so I converted the illustrations to coloring sheets. DISCLOSURE: To support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

Three Tools to Help You Teach English Pronunciation (and How to Do This Asynchronously) | Teaching ESL Online I often get emails from teachers worried that online tools and resources are going to replace them. My opinion is that this won’t happen anytime soon. Additionally, we shouldn’t see these resources as competition but, instead, as potentially useful tools to help us better help our learners. And in this post, I want to look at three resources that you can use to improve your pronunciation lessons. I will focus on how I use them to help my students with English sounds but, as I mention later, they can be used for all areas of speaking. Firstly, I want to go into how I approach this area of English as this will give you an insight into why these tools are so useful. A Quick Summary of How I Teach English Sounds One of the biggest problems English learners have is being able to pronounce sounds correctly. Therefore, learners will default to sounds in their own language if they can’t produce it correctly. Online tools make this much easier and allow you to work asynchronously with your learner.