12 Simple Tips for Improving Your Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner So, you’re all by yourself. Forever alone. Okay, maybe you’re not forever alone, but right now you need to practice English alone. How can you practice speaking English without anybody else to help you? Writing, reading, listening—these skills can all be practiced alone.
A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description. For my starting point, I used the short film, ‘Junk’. You can find the video below (thank you to The Literacy Shed for finding this great resource): Theme Poems In this online tool, elementary students can write poems based on shapes from five different categories: Nature, School, Sports, Celebrations, and Shapes. Within these categories, 32 different shapes are included. By selecting a shape, students are learning how to focus their writing on a particular topic or theme. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process.
Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger Long writing activities are not very frequently done in class. I tend to think that my students are like me; I need the right kind of atmosphere. Writing requires time, silence and lots of inspiration. Ideally, at this time of the year, I would probably wish to be sitting next to a fireplace with the most perfect instagrammable snow falling outside my window while drinking a nice cup of coffee waiting for inspiration to strike. Unfortunately, there isn’t any snow where I live so I’ll have to make do with a bit of rain and some reddish trees.
Writers Block - Spark the Genius: Meaningful Technology in the Classroom Johansen, Dana, and Sonja Cherry-Paul. Flip Your Writing Workshop: a Blended Learning Approach. Heinemann, 2016. In this book you will find tech tips throughout that help you choose the right tools and resources for creating flipped lessons and incorporating them into your workshop.
Storytelling Prompts for Kids - Tell Me A Story Time for the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids. The theme for November is Fairy Tales, Fables and Fractured Fairy Tales. My daughters have actually been reading quite a few fairy tale chapter books lately. There is something about fairy tales and fables that is always appealing to children. My youngest daughter came across the book “Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer” by JT Petty and illustrated by Will Davis.
Pronunciation priorities Uh-oh! Here comes a ‘Teacher Pete thinking something through out loud’ moment. Tut. I hate these… Mark Hancock shared a good article on LinkedIn the other day called ‘Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF’. It’s got thinking about my own attitudes towards pronunciation and what features of pronunciation should be addressed in class.
Create-a-Story By Craig Gill Age Range: 7 to 11 This resource can be used to help children who may lack ideas during creative writing lessons. It consists of four charts, which contain 81 characters, 81 places, 81 situations and 81 objects. WARNING - some of them are a little gruesome! How to Write an Essay Working Choose Your Topic If your topic is not already assigned to you, choose one that really interests you. Develop Your Approach to the Topic Once you have chosen a topic, think of an approach to the topic or thesis statement (Am.
What Is Writing Workshop and How Do I Use It in the Classroom? If you’re new to teaching writing, you may have heard discussion about writing workshop but not be entirely sure about what it is or how to use it in your classroom. WeAreTeachers is here with the answer. What is writing workshop? Writing workshop is a student-centered framework for teaching writing that is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. To develop skills as a writer, students need three things: ownership of their own writing, guidance from an experienced writer, and support from a community of fellow learners. How in questions -ENGAMES The word “HOW” is one of the most productive words in English. It helps us create meaningful questions and sentences. The word “HOW” combines with many other words to create these questions. In this post I try to introduce the basic phrases “How much”, “How many”, “How often”, “How well”, “How long”, “How far” and “How old”. How in questions – mindmap
Playing with PlayPhrase - Anthony Teacher.com When I first learned of PlayPhrase several years ago, I was quite excited about its pedagogic potential, even though I didn’t know exactly what that potential was. I just knew that the site must be useful. PlayPhrase is a kind of pseudo-corpus that allows one to search for words or phrases and then hear/read/see those phrases in short sentences taken from movies and TV shows. It allows you to hear how these words and phrases sound in all their screamed or whispered, connected, unstressed, authentic glory. It makes for great listening practice, especially for bottom-up skills and short sentence parsing. It also makes for good pronunciation practice through mimicry and hearing multiple examples in context.
A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS I’ve made some writing frames, which are completely free to download (just right click and ‘save image as’, or find high quality PDFs by clicking this link). I hope they are useful 1) Narrow lined paper template: 2) Medium lined paper template: 3) Postcard writing template: 4) Recount writing template: