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The History of English in 10 Minutes

The History of English in 10 Minutes

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Use six different tenses in English Students often learn just one piece of grammar in a lesson. Most of them master that day’s subject and move on to the next. But, when the time for revision comes, they often don’t remember what they’ve learnt. For example, two weeks ago my class encountered an exercise in which several tenses were revised. First, they demanded that I re-explain the grammar and then they seemed really confused about what form they should use. ADVERT: Film Review: To Buy, To Throw Away, To Buy; the Secret History of Planned Obsolescence Last month, Catalan TV3 just aired a new documentary called "comprar, llençar, comprar", meaning "to buy, to throw away, to buy" in Catalan, right on time for the christmas shopping and the winter sales which started this week. You can now watch the documentary in Spanish on RTVE (Spanish national TV). It tells the secret history of planned obsolescence, which was designed in the 1920ies but with which we still struggle in our current lifestyles.

London Short Fiction: Mud Man Continuing our series of short fiction set in, or influenced by London. This week’s story by Melaina Barnes is the winner of our competition with the British Academy’s Literature Week to find a new modern fairy tale for London. To explore the Literature Week programme — running 11-17 May — and register for events visit the British Academy’s website. Video Lesson: Mr. Bean Follow me on twitter This is a video lesson based around the video “Mr. Bean packs his suitcase” thanks to British Council for bringing it to my attention in their lesson plan on making predictions but I’ve adapted it for use in different ways with different levels. Kids and lower levels The aim of this lesson plan is to practice holiday vocabulary (clothes and items that go in a suitcase) and some basic grammar structure. Project a picture of a suitcase on to the board (or draw one) and ask “What do you put in your suitcase when you go on holiday?”

June 2012 One of the most valuable things a teacher can do for students is to help them identify resources for learning outside of class. If students can make a personal—even emotional—connection to material, they will go beyond what is required in an ESOL course in their study of English because it has become enjoyable, not just necessary. I knew I hit the jackpot when students begged to watch another episode of Fox Broadcasting Company’s hit musical comedy-drama Glee. For my advanced-level college students, I had created a listening log together with pre- and postviewing classroom activities on the first episode, titled “Pilot,” which originally aired in 2009. I use the term listening log to describe a series of tasks completed individually by students outside of class while watching the episode. The goals of the log were to improve their listening skills, build their vocabulary, and, perhaps most important, turn them on to something new.

School Start 7-9 ⋆ WebEnglish.se Check also New Teacher Introductions in Teach by Calendar August 19th Warm-up Welcome to a New School Year (4:27) Video clip with powerful messages to live up toBack to School Expectations Vs. Reality! (4:54) A funny vlog by a high-schooler to show what to expect of the school yearEMINEM GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL (6:06) Eminem tells about his years at schoolKid President’s Pep Talk (3:54) Motivational video for students and teachers alike Songs Are you a Good Language Learner? In this post-method era, when so many approaches and methods to language teaching have come and gone, where reflective teachers are no longer thinking in terms of which ‘label’ to follow or which apostle to bow to, it has become more and more evident that TEFL needs to stop contemplating its own navel and turn to general education theories and principles of learning, to reflect on thinking skills, cognitive abilities and the learners’ emotional make up, to embrace technology as a tool and not as the panacea for all ills. In this context, good learner studies conducted in the late 70’s and 80’s have become much more relevant and worth revisiting. Many of the studies were conducted in Canada, with notable names and studies listed below in a sample bibliography. photo taken by Marisa Constantinides at CELT Athens Good Language Learners … [ A Summary of typical features from a variety of sources/studies; mentioned in H.D.Stern, 1983]

10 lifesaving websites for ESL teachers Lisa has asked me for some recommendations regarding useful sites for EFL teachers and I’m happy to make a little compilation of the places I visit most often to find ideas, inspirations, betimes lesson plans if I feel exceptionally lazy (The Liberation of the Garden Gnomes by Peter Vahle is just shiny!) and share them with you. So, here we go – my ten favourite websites: Hope you’ll like my choice and give these sites a go.

Fun, light, concise and quite accurate. Excellent warm-up. by liviasegurado Apr 24

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