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Leoxicon 5 Places To Research “This Day In History” One of my colleagues recently asked students to research what important events occurred in history on their birthdays. I can’t tell you how fun it was to see young students learn about the ancient past in a way that they felt connected to – even if it was just because it was their birthday! Students were able to learn about all kinds of events, from celebrity birthdays and popular music releases to major wars and political events. In developing this lesson with my colleague, I conducted quite a bit of research on websites that allow students to take a glimpse into the past, one day at at time. New York Times: On This Day Type in the day and month and NYT churns out a front-page listing from an archived New York Times, as well as other major events from the day.BBC: On This DayChoose the day and month and BBC will provide a list of major, front-page events from that day. Like this: Like Loading...
All at C | Video Activities for Advanced Learners MacMag Online: Authoring tools on the Web Authoring tools on the Web In a time not so long ago, authoring tools would have been considered to be a set of pens and a blank sheet of paper. Then came the digital age. Visi Alaminos returns to the Mac Mag Online to reveal what this ‘newspeak’ means, where the tools can be found and how they can be harnessed for the benefit of English language learning. As English teachers, we always try to individualise our teaching as much as possible in order to cope with the mixed ability levels we find in our classes. We often use the many additional resources included with coursebooks, or search the Web for online interactive materials. The Net offers so many resources and possibilities to create our own materials to supplement the curriculum that it is almost impossible not to dip right in and try them at least once. What are authoring tools? Why and when should we use them? There are numerous ways we can work these kinds of activities into our syllabus. What features can we find?
Six Things Using photos in the classroom #2 – inspiring role play In last month’s post, we looked at how you could make the most of the ‘surprise factor’ when using a photograph in class. This month, we’ll be exploring how images can help inspire role-play activities that will get your learners thinking and speaking. Don’t forget: each month we’re sharing one of the striking images used in our new course Cambridge English Empower, and asking you to share how you’d use that image in the classroom. You can enter that competition here. One of the best things about a really striking photograph is how it can take the viewer outside their own experience and into someone else’s world. A good role-play activity, whether speaking or writing, requires preparation. This next stage might begin with students working with dictionaries in groups to establish some of the vocabulary they’ll need to be able to create their dialogues. A picture like this can also offer opportunities for further written homework. About the author: Lucija Dacic+
Free ESL Fun Games, Interactive Grammar & Vocabulary Games for Classrooms 50-Word Stories | Brand new bite-sized fiction every weekday! Six Word Stories TagsForLikes - Most Popular Top Instagram Tags Copy and Paste Blog | BrainBox Wed 15 June 2016 Continental Contrivances Europe has been high on the news agenda for weeks now, which started us thinking – of all the things we in Britain take for granted today, which can we trace back to our continental neighbours? So, from bratwurst to boulevards, here are 10 innovations to thank Europe for… Wed 11 May 2016 Awesome African Adventures What do the king of the beasts, the biggest land mammal in the world and man’s largest living relative have in common? Thu 07 April 2016 “I’m not naughty – I’m autistic” How can you tell the difference between a naughty child and a child with an Autistic Spectrum Condition? Thu 03 March 2016 What Disney princesses teach our children Disney is as inescapable today as it was when we were young. Thu 05 November 2015 “When life gives you lemons…” From missing out on the school team to being told off by a favourite teacher, things at school don’t always go as planned.
Larry Ferlazzo - Online tools These include The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use) and The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites. Now, though, I think it's time to narrow them down to my choices for the "best of the best" or, in other words, an "All-Time Best" list. Here are my choices, and I hope readers will let me know if they agree, disagree, and/or think I've missed some (one key requirement is that they are all free to use). Some of the sites I list could go in multiple categories, but I have placed them in the "domains" I believe they help the most: Obviously, The British Council has tons of great resources. I'm obviously biased, but I think the weekly student interactives I create for The New York Times are very useful to English Language Learners. The Reading and Everyday Life activities from GCF LearnFree are excellent. ESL-Bits has good exercised for Intermediate English Language Learners. Mrs.