Integrating pronunciation into classroom activities In my work as a teacher trainer I have been surprised at how often experienced teachers are reluctant to tackle pronunciation issues in class. I can think of at least two reasons why pronunciation tends to be neglected: firstly, the lack of clear guidelines and rules available in course books, and secondly the fact that isolated exercises once a month do not seem to have much of an effect. This is not surprising, however; like all other areas of language teaching, pronunciation needs constant attention for it to have a lasting effect on students, which means integrating it into daily classroom procedures. I find that addressing issues regularly during the language feedback or group correction stage of a lesson helps to focus learners' attention on its importance and leads to more positive experiences. Using student talk to teach pronunciationWord stressVowel soundsDiphthongsWeak formsSentence stressConclusion After the activity, on the board I draw a column with the heading /e/.
10 Best Text to Speech Software for 2020 In this guide, we want to review the top 10 best text to speech software that’s in today’s market. The main purpose of using text to voice software is language learning and voiceover creating for videos. Also With TTS software, people are finding it easier to read a difficult text they previously had problems with. №1 Notevibes (for natural sounding voices) Claim your promo code (-10%): best10 Features: Commercial and Personal uses177 Natural Sounding Voices18 LanguagesAdvanced editor with Voice TuningDialogsMp3/WAV download Overview: Notevibes is a text to speech application that provides both free and paid options for users. Notevibes has over 18 languages and 177 unique voices, you won't have a hard time reading your text due to its natural sounding voices. The personal pack gives you up to 100,000 characters per month to convert your text to voice. The Commercial pack gives you up to 1,000,000 characters per month. №2 Natural Reader №3 Oddcast №4 TTS Demo №5 TTS Reader №6 From Text to Speech
Verb Tenses Worksheets "What a comprehensive site! I espcially like your verb tenses worksheets. They allow my students to really practice all the many variations. Thanks very much for your help." -- Lilliana V., Distrito Federal, Mexico, 10/28/11 Like these materials? Show your support by liking us on Facebook... Aren't verb tenses wonderful? COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The below publications contain copyrighted work to be used by teachers in school or at home. Unit 1: Using "To Be" The worksheet below gives a broad overview of all aspects of all possible tenses. Verb Tenses Diagram - A diagram of verb tenses and examples This unit contains worksheets outlining common usages of the verb "to be." Unit 2: Present Tense This unit contains printable present tense worksheets. Finding these materials helpful? Sorry to interrupt...Now back to browsing more quality reading comprehension materials! Sorry to interrupt...Now back to browsing more quality verb tenses exercises! Unit 3: Past Tense Unit 4: Future Tense
Future - Why does your voice sound different on a recording? What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all. The first is through vibrating sound waves hitting your ear drum, the way other people hear your voice. BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space Listening Listening Lessons Dogs, Dogs, Dogs - Idioms and phrases using the word 'Dog'. Get the phone! - A listening exercise. Listen to the phone conversation and then answer the questions. Listening Exercise: The Birthday Party - A listening exercise. ESL Lessons Daily Word Copyright 2009 - 2013 - 5MinuteEnglish.com is an ESL (English as a Second Language) Resource
English teachers, are you asking the right questions? Declan Cooley, CELTA Opens in a new tab or window. trainer at the British Council in Poland, explains why some questions are not as effective as they first appear, and offers some alternatives. Questions of all kinds are a teacher's most basic tools for generating interest, provoking thoughts, encouraging students to speak, developing text comprehension skills and checking understanding. New teachers on courses like the CELTA spend a lot of time honing their skills at using effective questions in the classroom. Here are a few questions that do not always give the results intended. Do you understand? This seems like an obvious question for checking comprehension. understands correctly and completelythinks he or she completely understands (but doesn't)partly understands (but which part?) In addition, learners might answer in the positive when they've lost interest, want to move on to the practice task, or don't want to admit to a lack of understanding. Other options for 'Do you understand?'
Think-Pair-Share - Comprehension strategies Definition: (TPS) is a collaborative learning strategy that allows students to communicate and work together to understand the reading or to solve a problem or answer a question about an assigned reading after they individually think. Purpose: To allow student the opportunity to share their idea, understand more in depth the reading or question through the communication with a partner. To teach students how to slow down their reading and really understand the content.Tips:Allow time first to think individually Have questions prepared for studentsAllow time for more than one student/group to share Discuss answer or questions after student share How the strategy may be used in a lesson:Lesson 1: In Science- Have students use think, pair share when conducting an experimenter. It can be a way for students as a group to come up with a hypothesis, experimental question, etc.
Technology for language learning | it's NOT about what the teacher does with technology Bruce Springsteen: "When we kiss…" Not just going through the motions! You could probably say I've had four different though overlapping careers — in language teaching, language teacher training, technology and ELT management. The first of those I retired from (after 35+ years) a few months ago, though the number of contact hours I was doing was limited; teacher training I'm retiring from at the end of this month; management I got fired from (to the relief of all involved!) many years ago; which leaves only another 10 or so years in technology to do (I'm only (?) 57, so it ain't over yet!). I happened to mentioned this in a session a couple of weeks ago and someone (Mati?) Yes! My #1 tip for teachers Every class, every day, every week, every term, every year of your teaching career, try something new and never ever just stick with what you have done before! Is there, to misquote Bruce Springsteen, still fire…? Now it really does get random But there's more to it than that. Just one regret
Le cahier d’appel numérique [Màj septembre 2015] ABC applications a sorti une super app « Appel« . Alors certes, elle coûte 3€ mais comme toujours pour cet éditeur, elle est vraiment bien fichue et remplit toutes les conditions pour être en règle vis à vis de l’institution. Je recommande ! [Màj mai 2015] Je suis finalement retourné un au bon vieux cahier d’appel papier. Au final je me suis rendu compte que le gain de temps n’était pas suffisamment significatif pour justifier l’utilisation du support numérique. En ce moment j’essaie d’être un peu écolo et de rogner sur l’utilisation de papier tout en optimisant mon fonctionnement de classe. Voici une petite proposition pour économiser un cahier d’appel (oui c’est pas grand chose, mais c’est un début) et surtout ne plus avoir à sortir votre calculatrice pour calculer les pourcentages d’absents et autres calculs qui vous bouffent quelques minutes dans le mois. Il s’agit tout simplement d’une feuille Numbers (l’Excel de Mac OSX) compatible Mac mais surtout iPad (gratuit)
Links for translators The resources on this page are all available free (or in free versions) on the Internet. General Dictionaries Cambridge The suite of Cambridge dictionaries are possibly the best online English-English dictionaries available (and with nearly 2m searches a month, among the most popular). Catalan Catalan dictionary from the Enciclopèdia Catalana. Dictionary.com Apart from the good results from its dictionary, the site also provides a lot of other resources (other language dictionaries, thesarus, style guides, links...). Merriam-Webster Not the full Merriam-Webster but useful nevertheless. Multi-language (Foreignword.com) Accesses over 200 online dictionaries in over 70 languages. Multilingual terminology database (EU) European Commission database allowing you to search for translations from and into 11 major European languages. Multiple dictionary search (Yourdictionary.com) Also accesses databases, quotations, thesauri... plus a wide range of interesting links. Encyclopaedias Jobs Organisations
The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” Having the “same” text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that includes some students that are facing other challenges. They can be an important tool for differentiation. But where do you get these different versions other than creating them yourself? Here are a few sources, and I hope that readers will suggest more: Newsela provides several “levels” of the same newspaper articles, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take. News In Levels offers similar resources, but without the ability to track student progress online. For The Teachers has similar leveled articles available for download. Breaking News English Text Compactor lets you paste text into it and then automatically shares different versions with fewer words. Rewordify is like a super-sophisticated Text Compactor on steroids. And it’s all available for free! Related
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