Space for Kids - Our Universe - The Solar System and its planets The Solar System is made up of the Sun and all of the smaller objects that move around it. Apart from the Sun, the largest members of the Solar System are the eight major planets. Nearest the Sun are four fairly small, rocky planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Beyond Mars is the asteroid belt – a region populated by millions of rocky objects. 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 pronunciation Word stress Vowel sounds Diphthongs Weak forms Sentence stress Conclusion
Much Ado about Nothing Much Ado about Nothing Submitted by admin on 11 January, 2008 - 16:50 This lesson plan follows on from the article 'Shakespeare for Teens' and it is best exploited as a series of two or three lessons. eltchat The aim was to create a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development. Now, every Wednesday at 19:00pm GMT or 21.00pm GMT, ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic they have selected. To join in you just have to follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll see the conversation and anything you tag with #ELTChat will be part of it
Extinct & Endangered Fact file Name: Blue whale Status: Endangered Habitat: In all oceans of the world. They mate and calve in tropical-to-temperate waters during winter months, and feed in polar waters during summer months. Description: The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have existed on Earth, even bigger than the dinosaurs! It can grow to over thirty metres in length - the size of three double-decker buses end to end. 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. Speaking strings Speaking strings Submitted by admin on 15 May, 2008 - 13:49 This tip is for a game which is really useful for getting shy students to speak. It can also be a fun way to practise extended speaking for exams, and requires very little preparation indeed. Get enough pieces of string so that you have one for each group. The pieces of string should be really long, probably about 4 metres each.
Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard Twitter! Image via google images search licensed for commercial use with modification Wikipedia defines Twitter as: “an online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called “tweets” “ Of course, these days the content of this definition is fairly common knowledge. And people not only send messages but share photos and links too. ESL Classroom Fun Teaching Tools - Game Count Down timers Free ESL/EFL Online & Classroom Games ESL Games World is the ultimate English learning fun lab with lots of interactive exercises for teachers and students of English. This site is brought to you free of charge by the same team that brought you the ESL-galaxy.com, englishmedialab.com and esltower.com. We are committed to making teachers' & students' lives a lot easier by providing useful free esl resources for teaching and learning English as a Foreign or Second Language.
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. Tips for using stories Kids and stories Submitted by admin on 12 April, 2012 - 11:02 On the British Council’s site for young learners - LearnEnglishKids - there are lots of stories which you can use to motivate your students. These stories have been specially written for children learning English and include traditional fairy tales as well as original stories. You can find all the stories at Here are some tips for using and exploiting the stories in the classroom.
15 importance characteristics and qualities of a good text-books Importance characteristics and qualities of text-books are listed below: (1) Text-books that are intended to be used should be useful for the students as well as teachers. They should be so designed that on the one hand they may be written according to the psychological requirements of the' students and on the other they should serve the purpose of the teacher who wish to impart knowledge to the students in a successful and interesting manner. (2) The size of the book should be handy. It should be possible for the students to carry them properly. They should not be bulky.
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?)