by Jamie Keddie » Lying on the pavement Why are you lying on the pavement? Are you drunk? In this activity, students explore issues that are raised in the video before acting out the street scene with a script. I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students. Do you? To my dear students and their wonderful parents, All students will maintain a writer's notebook for my class. Every day, we will write in it. Whether it's a composition book, a spiral notebook, or something leather-bound and fancier, when students enter my class, the first tool that finds their desktops is their writer's notebooks. I have baskets where students can safely store them after class, or they can choose to keep them with them, which many of my students do.
Interactive Storytelling for English Exams How much can we actually teach students for exams without being exam-oriented? Wherever we go in professional development the reality of teaching to the test always crops up as something to avoid or get around somehow. Yet, we want our students to achieve high standards and we want them to have qualifications. For me, it’s a matter of teaching BEYOND the test.
The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English This was one of the trickiest “The Best…” list for me to compile. As I was going through my favorites, and all of the great suggestions others contributed, I concluded that it might work best to really create two lists. The first list — this one — will highlight sites that actually have students recording their own voices in a number of different ways and post their speaking assignments online. The second list, which I’ll publish later this month and will include a number of the sites that readers suggested, will focus on sites where students have to listen to spoken examples for developing better pronunciation skills. That next list will be called “The Best Sites For Learning English Pronunciation.” It’s sort of an artificial division, I know, and obviously in teaching and learning a second language speaking and listening are intertwined.
The 50 most important English proverbs What are proverbs? Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs". DigitalStorytelling “I know only one thing about the technologies that awaits us in the future:We will find ways to tell stories with them.” Jason Ohlar Presentation brought to you by American TESOL! Check out their other video presentations! Slideshow of the Presentation
Thinking about writing journals? I'm starting to plan for my 6th year as a 7th grade reading/writing teacher at Chicago-area middle school, and I wanted to "think out loud" about writing journals/notebooks and their use in the middle-school language arts classroom. There are several schools of thought on this, and a lot of powerful ways to use these things, as well as several possible ways to handle the logistics. Here are some ways that I've used journals (let's just call them that for now) in the LA classroom: The First Creative Writing School on the Internet Writers.com has been offering online writing classes in all genres since 1995 -- the first writing school on the Internet. Our web site has been visited by writers from over one hundred ninety-five countries. Our classes are taught by published, working writers who are also experienced teachers. We can help you improve your skills, explore new directions, ready your work for publication, or simply provide a community, inspiration and deadlines to start you writing and keep you writing.
Using Mr. Bean to Teach Present Continuous (Speaking Activity) English Current Skill focus: Speaking Grammar: Present Continuous (Present Progressive) ESL Level: Pre-intermediate to Intermediate Number of students: 2 or more Serial Taxi This EFL lesson plan is designed around Serial Taxi a short animation by Paolo Cogliati and the theme of murder mysteries. Students predict what is going to happen in a film, watch a short film and write a murder mystery. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes
BJP's Books & Articles Books Articles I-imagine: Taking MY Place in the World ~ A Scrapbooking Journey PLUS Teacher's Guide (PDF Books) Teaching English: I have seen the writing on the wall! This activity was inspired by a photo dear Nora Touparlaki uploaded on her Facebook account and it immediately struck me as a great creative writing activity. All you need is a washable pen which also writes on the wall or in case that's not an option some construction paper or card stock. The idea is simple, you ask your students to write a story but instead of drawing the story setting on a piece of paper, you transfer the action on the wall. This was the original picture but you can find more amazing wall decals here Possible ideas Hole to another universe: What is the new universe like?
Write and Improve: An Online writing helper Writing is probably the most difficult area for learners to improve on by themselves. Writing demands an audience and if you have no-one to tell you how successful your efforts are – or not – then you are doomed to repeat your failures into eternity. Cambridge English have, however, just released a beta version of an online, browser based writing helper. Currently free to use and requiring only a facebook login (or email registration), the service allows learners to input their answers to one of the five questions provided (or submit a piece of writing of their own choice) and to get feedback on their efforts. In the screenshot above, the highlighted text at the bottom of the image is the submitted text. The colour coding represents the program’s opinion of the learner level the different sections of the text represent.
Five Picture Games Pictures can be invaluable in the classroom for stimulating discussion. Here are five ways they can be used. I’ve been using them all for the last thirty years, and they’re certainly not all original. But I honestly can’t remember where they came from. If anybody finds them elsewhere, please leave a comment with the source.