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Randall's ESL Self-Study Guide

Randall's ESL Self-Study Guide
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English listening exercises and tests with TED talks English Levels (Based on the CEFR) A2: Basic - Elementary B1: Intermediate B2: Upper Intermediate C1: Advanced A1-Beginner and C2-Proficiency levels not available. Difficulty: 2.59 Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison Difficulty: 2.82 Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Difficulty: 2.98 Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow! Difficulty: 3.08 David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything Difficulty: 3.28 Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box Difficulty: 3.31 Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news) Difficulty: 85 Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools Difficulty: 3.33 Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point Difficulty: 3.34 Marc Pachter: The art of the interview Difficulty: 3.39 Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness" Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: 4 lessons I learned from taking a stand against drugs and gun violence Difficulty: 3.44 Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame Difficulty: 3.54 Difficulty: 3.55 C.K.

Goals and Techniques for Teaching Grammar The goal of grammar instruction is to enable students to carry out their communication purposes. This goal has three implications: Students need overt instruction that connects grammar points with larger communication contexts. Students do not need to master every aspect of each grammar point, only those that are relevant to the immediate communication task. Error correction is not always the instructor's first responsibility. Overt Grammar Instruction Adult students appreciate and benefit from direct instruction that allows them to apply critical thinking skills to language learning. Teach the grammar point in the target language or the students' first language or both. An important part of grammar instruction is providing examples. Be sure the examples are accurate and appropriate. Relevance of Grammar Instruction In the communicative competence model, the purpose of learning grammar is to learn the language of which the grammar is a part. Traditional: grammar for grammar's sake

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Writing (Punctuation and Grammar) Plants Punctuation - Can your pupils add the correct punctuation to these sentences? Contributed by Carol Vincent. Punctuation Posters - A set of 11 brilliant posters (in PDF), outlining the uses of different types of punctuation. Contributed by Neil Hedworth. Tarzan Punctuation - A SMART Notebook file, which children can read and then devise actions to represent each missing punctuation mark. Capital Letters / Full Stops: Traffic Lights - Use this very simple methods to reinforce when capital letters and full stops are needed. TED talks for autonomous listening: ten activities – ELT stories The first week of the Electronic Village Online is in full swing! I’m co-moderating the session on teaching listening, and this week, under the guidance of Lizzie Pinard, we’ve started out with the topic of encouraging learner autonomy. One great thing about online sessions like this one is that there are a lot of participants who share a wealth of tips about the activities and resources they use. From what I’ve read in our discussion threads, it seems that a lot of teachers encourage their learners to watch TED talks out of class, and the participants have suggested a variety of ideas for activities based on the talks. What also often happens, however, is that the teacher recommends this resource but the learners don’t start using it – and the teacher kind of knows that they don’t, but they don’t even ask because that would be admitting failure (oh haven’t I been there a lot of times?) So, if we get back to TED talks, this means that Below I outline ten ideas for tasks based on TED talks

Free English Grammar Lessons and Tests Listening through video: 7 things to keep in mind A few months ago I was talking to a friend who’d just dropped out of his English classes halfway through the course. Here’s a condensed version of our conversation: “It was not a bad course at all, and the teacher was very friendly and knowledgeable. “What?” “Well, I got tired of traveling all the way across town, twice a week, to do things I could easily do at home, on my own.” I immediately thought, of course, of a classroom full of students plodding through dozens and dozens of gap-fill activities. “We did far too many video activities in class.” Wait a minute. Students love video, right? “But isn’t that a good thing? “Well, the videos were fun and all, but, hello, I have YouTube on my phone.” And then his phone rang and we went back to talking about politics. But my friend’s comments kept nagging at me for weeks and ultimately prompted me to write this post, which begins with a question – now more rhetorical than genuine: Maybe. (*I’m deliberately ignoring the whole “Can skills be taught?”

Podcasts gratuits pour apprendre les langues européennes Voici un répertoire de sites qui proposent gratuitement des flux de fichiers audio et/ou vidéo, voire de simples enregistrements (sans option d'abonnement) pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais, du français, de l’espagnol et d'autres langues principalement européennes. A condition d’avoir une certaine autonomie dans l’apprentissage, on peut y trouver de quoi se passer des exercices fastidieux de grammaire et des listes ennuyeuses de vocabulaire pour se concentrer uniquement sur la langue telle qu’elle est parlée et comprise par les locuteurs natifs. Les professeurs de langues peuvent également y trouver des ressources audio et/ou vidéo intéressantes à intégrer dans les cours ou à présenter aux élèves en tant que ressources complémentaires au support imprimé. Les podcasts proposés sont pour la plupart des ressources francophones et anglophones faciles d'accès. Pour les podcasts en langues asiatiques, voir notre répertoire ressources pour apprendre les langues asiatiques. Sommaire du répertoire

15 Excellent YouTube Channels for Language Teachers and ESL Learners January 13, 2017 YouTube hosts a treasure trove of excellent educational content that speaks to the learning needs of a wide variety of audiences. Some of this content is created by dedicated teachers and educators who took it upon themselves to promote learning beyond the traditional walls of their classrooms. For instance, in the area of English language learning, there are numerous language teachers (including EFL and ESL) who have set their own YouTube channels and provide video lessons covering almost everything related to language learning. Today's post highlights some of these channels. The purpose is to provide language teachers with relevant video resources that they can use in their instruction in class. 1- BBC Learning English BBC Learning English provides ‘great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos.’2- Best of Learning English ‘Listening English Everyday with BBC Learning English Listening Skills channel. 11- KidsTV123

Better@English _Video and audio To learn to speak fluent English, you need lots of exposure to spoken language coupled with opportunities to use what you’re learning. Many learners think that going to a traditional English course is the best way to learn. But you can also learn English very well on your own, without spending a lot of money. Before you sign up for a course, why not make the most of the audio and video resources for English learning that are widely available online? Jump directly to the list of resources. There are many advantages to using audio and video compared to going to a traditional English class. You can go at your own pace, and do as much or as little as you have time for. English is such a widely spoken language that the possibilities for finding great content are practically limitless. Do not skip this step. Using a good looping audio player will make it much easier and more efficient for you to learn from the audio resources that you use for listening practice. Put your learning into practice

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