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Writing a biography You are going to Talk about famous people Read and listen for information about two celebritiesCompare and contrast them Write a biography of someone famous Note; This post was updated 30/12/2011 due to the Shakira biography clip being removed from Youtube. 1) Discuss Look at these people. Do you know who they are? Highlight here for answers; Leo Di Caprio, Bob Marley, Martin Luther king, The Beatles, David Beckham Che Guevara, Mother Teresa, Shakira, Elvis Presley, Beyonce 2) Read and watchClip 1 You are going to watch a clip about ShakiraWhat do you know about Shakira? Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Answer these questions; What was her dream when she was growing up? Clip 2 You are going to watch a clip about BeyoncéWhat do you know about Beyoncé? Answer these questions; Text

A coursebook in the life of | take a photo and…. How to introduce this guest blogger when in fact he has saved me the job, and kindly added a short bio at the end of his article? Adam, who is based in Istanbul, is one of those people you meet on Twitter or Facebook (@yearinthelifeof) and you feel you just have to meet in real life too (and not only because Tweedeck flatly refuses to let me see his avatar photo ;) ). Always a source of interesting references, blog posts and musical titbits, I have actually yet to meet him (so many reasons to go back to Istanbul one day…..), but am extremely pleased to be able to welcome Adam to Take a photo and… in the same month as the British Council ‘TeachingEnglish’ team has shortlisted him for the Blog of the Month ‘accolade’. So, it’s over to Adam…………. How do you work with your course book? First, I’m going to describe the procedure of the activity, and then I’ll tell you why it’s so beneficial. What you need Go to ELT Pics and have a look around. How to proceed Here are the pictures I used:

Show Me the Strategies {*style:<u> </u>*} *Teachers—The following strategies can be implemented into your daily/weekly lesson plans by using the “Instructional Newsletter” Folder on your school’s Shared Folder. Download a copy for your files and copy and paste them into your lesson plan. In addition, you will find a sample template for planning a lesson, as well as expanded strategies and tips for teaching in the middle school and for block scheduling. Please contact Donna or Linda if you need more explanation or would like to share a strategy you use that is not on our list. Just as Harry Wong says what happens on the first days of school will be an accurate indicator of your success for the rest of the year, what happens in the first minutes of your class will indicate your success for the rest of the class period. 1) Students write the answer to a question given by the teacher the previous day and turn it in as they enter class the next day. 2) A formal approach to discussing and researching issues.

Macmillan English 100+ Google Tricks for Teachers It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. Google Specifically for Education From Google Scholar that returns only results from scholarly literature to learning more about computer science, these Google items will help you at school. Google Scholar. Google Docs 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. Gmail 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Google Calendar 44.

Top 10 TEFL Games and Activities TEFL games and other fun activities play an important part of the English class, and not only when teaching English to children. While a class based around tefl games would lack balance [and create certain problems], an English class without any games would also lose a lot. It is important to choose esl games which practice English intensively, and avoid 'empty' ESL games which, while fun, only involve minimal practice of English. Good games for teaching English should involve most of the students using English for most of the time. By involve, I don't mean that students have to be talking nonstop. Many of these TEFL games I've been shown by other teachers over the years I've been teaching. 1 - Word Tennis This English teaching game is an ideal warmer when teaching English to kids , especially 6 to 8 year olds, and is an excellent way to review vocabulary. Divide the class into 2 halves. Point quickly to the first student. 2 - Call My Bluff 3 - 20 Questions TEFL Game 4 - How Many Words?

Six Word Stories Recently, I participated in a fabulous digital storytelling workshop through TESOL Electronic Village Online. One of the activities that caught my eye during the workshop was Six Word Stories. The process is simple: Students choose a picture and tell a story in six words. I had so much fun doing the activity myself I decided to use it with both my young learners and my more mature learners. It worked beautifully! Six words doesn’t intimidate anyone, so even my weakest writers enjoyed thinking of their stories. I did a Creative Commons search on Flickr to find funny photos for the project, and collected them in galleries. Here’s one of the pictures my young learners chose, and how their story developed: Student 1: Horse angry. The process was similar with my mature learners (the baby of the class is 50), but they worked in pairs and then as a group so they could pool their grammar knowledge and help each other. photo by Matt Barber I would trade my husband for him.

How coursebooks can help you to teach unplugged Teaching unplugged is, of course, all about creating learning pictures together with students, beginning and ending with the people in the room. But once topics and language have 'emerged' in this setting, coursebooks can help you to find ways to teach with that input/output in eclectic and effective ways. Image: spitfirelas Right, so teaching unplugged is often associated with avoiding coursebooks (or at least minimalising their influence over what is taught, when and how). I love teaching unplugged, and I doubt I could ever go back to using coursebook-oriented courses. Whatever your stance with regards to coursebooks, I think most people would agree that they do some things exceedingly well. So while I might not push to have my learners buy and use coursebooks, I certainly continue to buy and look at them. I'll give you some quick examples, based on some great ideas I gleaned from taking a close look at Lindsay Clandfield's impressive new series Global. Right, what's next then? Thanks!

A Wordle of Tricks and Ideas: 101 Ways to Use Word Clouds There were quite a lot of questions regarding the use and creation of word clouds in my talk at TEA 2010, so, as promised, I'll try to divulge some tricks, and suggest more ideas on how to use these clouds with your students. If you use any of these ideas, a link to this post would be appreciated. That's not too much to ask for, is it? Why they might not work For a list of where you can create these clouds, see the page Useful Resources, under Word Clouders. web browser plug-in. in your web browser, see here. How they work What word clouders do is basically read a string of words and display them in a graphically attractive format. Also, note that most common words and numbers are removed by default. Tricks Forcing words to appear together To force words to appear together, insert a tilde (~) between the words. , the tilde is obtained by pressing Alt Gr and 4 together. Removing words after cloud is created Inserting background images to your cloud . When you have it in PowerPoint Move the mouse

Manufactured Teachable Moments at Posted by ddeubel on Sunday, November 7th 2010 Have you ever had a “teachable moment”? Do you think we can actually make them happen or are they totally arbitrary, unpredictable by nature? First, let me explain by way of a story, what a teachable moment is. When I was first teaching, I taught LINC, language instruction for newcomers to Canada. Basically, adult ESL for new immigrants. I was preceding with my regular lesson on “How to withdraw money at a Canadian bank”. As the teacher, I really didn’t have much choice but to start teaching about snow and use the opportunity of “reality knocking” to teach about the weather and anything snow related. This was a teachable moment and we began talking all about snow, brainstorming snow related vocabulary etc…… It was a unique opportunity to harness student motivation and to connect the classroom with the real world. A few other teachable moments I remember in my teaching career were: 1. 2. 3. As teachers, let’s not just rely on chance.

Easy ways to make your photos talk! « Sabrina’s Weblog Preparing a project with my 5º grade students about animals, I’ve remembered that there are many ways in which we can make photos talk. I thought that would give a fun twist to my students writing assignment. In groups they would be assigned an animal group (reptiles, mammals, insects, etc) and they would have to choose an animal from that group and talk about their characterisctics in the 1º person form. Of course, they could add some humorous information too. I’ve prepared an introduction to the assignment using the programme crazy talk. However, at school I cannot install new softwares. Instructions for creating your own talking photo: 1) Choose an animal and look for an image in Google images 2) Right click the image and save it in the computer (Remember where you have saved it!) 3) Enter this webpage: 4) Choose the speaker in step 1 5) Insert your text in the white box (step 2) 8 ) Click on “MAKE”

50 Essential Resources for ESL Students Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Even native speakers sometimes have trouble mastering the nuances of tense and grammar. Fortunately, if English is not your first language, there are a variety of ESL resources online to help you master the English language. From speaking to writing, these tools will help you get a handle on English and give direction to your education and career. Grammar and Usage Use these sites to boost your grammar skills, from verb tenses to noun placement. Purdue Online Writing Lab: The OWL offers a comprehensive repository of practice sheets and linguistic primers for learners at all levels.Dave’s ESL Cafe: ESL teacher Dave Sperling’s in-depth site provides numerous lessons about sentence structure, word use, and more. Spelling and Pronunciation These sites will help ESL online students learn how to speak or spell the English words they’ve been learning. Podcasts

How Subtitles In Music Videos Teach Literacy The Boston Globe has a useful article headlined Watch and learn:How music videos are triggering a literacy boom. It’s about the use of subtitles in music videos as a tool to teach native-language literacy, and shares some good stories and research. Many ESL/EFL teachers are very aware of the usefulness of subtitles in second-language instruction, too. You might also be interested in The Best Music Websites For Learning English and The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners. You might also want to read an interview I did on using music in the classroom.