How to use film creatively in class: teaching tips and ideas – live chat Wheeling out the TV and showing a movie has long been the teacher’s secret weapon to calm a distracted class at the end of term. But now many teachers in the UK are using film more creatively in their lessons. Former teacher Adwoa Oforiwa uses the storytelling element of films, such as Oliver Twist, to improve her students’ narrative writing. In a blog for the Guardian, Oforiwa writes: “In the classroom, film is more than just the carrot after the stick of ploughing through a book with young people. 984 FREE Movie Worksheets for Your ESL Classroom Let’s face it: Even the most enthusiastic ESL class sometimes goes through dull periods. No matter how much you switch up the activities and topics, there’s only so much English that your students can absorb at any one time. Still, that limit is sometimes a lot higher than your students believe it is - and the genuine exhaustion caused by a challenging topic, is very different from boredom that comes from too much repetition.
TESOL Lesson Plans for Children - TESOL - Yahoo! News Search Results Teaching English to preschoolers (3 – 5 years old) Theme of the lesson: Learning things that are moving and related subjects to the moving things. Proficiency level: preschoolers (3 – 5 years old) Skill objectives: students’ skills in identifying five things that are moving, and where they are moving on. Methodology: Combination of Total Physical Response and Communicative Approach Buffalo 2nd-graders learn grammar by correcting NFL players' tweets Second-graders at Buffalo, New York’s Elmwood Franklin School took a break from practicing addition and learning about George Washington last week and jumped into an unusual spelling and grammar lesson: correcting NFL players’ typo-filled tweets. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who also made headlines this week with an anti-gay remark, attracted the students’ attention by writing on Twitter that “I pray to God I’m never dieing broke” [sic]. A fan tweeted back: “Ask him for spellcheck while you’re at it.” The kids, however, fixed the mistake and proudly held up their corrected posterboard for a Facebook photo. The students “applied their lessons in proper sentence structure, noun and verb usage, spelling, and punctuation to correct the tweets of professional football players,” the school’s official Facebook page said. “The students partnered in groups and together found several mistakes in these tweets, including the incorrect spelling of ‘a lot.’”
Conditional quotations Quotations are an invaluable resource for the language classroom. As texts, they are short, autonomous in meaning, thought provoking, memorable and easy to obtain. We can make use of sites such as The Quotations Page as a quotation corpora. Language level: Pre-intermediate; Intermediate (A2; B1)Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 30 minutesActivity: Writing sentencesTopic: QuotationsLanguage: Second conditionalMaterials: Worksheet Second conditional quotations Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing Teaching would be the easiest job in the world if following mandated curriculum and reading from your latest teacher’s edition meant all of your students would listen and learn. But we know that teaching involves lighting a spark in students that motivates, inspires, and makes them want to learn and achieve. We also know that what ignites a student’s passion for learning varies from student to student — there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Over the years, I’ve discovered that one way to engage almost every student, even those who are reluctant readers and writers, is through song. This week I’ll share with you some of the ways I use music to inspire, motivate, and teach reading and writing (along with life skills!)
Short-Sequence ESL movie lessons Extensively revised 01/2016 Jump to: - Why Short Sequences -Describe a Character: Appearance & Action -Present, Past, and Future (speaking/writing) -Movie Karaoke -Paraphrasing Karaoke -Rewrite the Script -Jigsaw -Guess the Dialogue -Guess the Vocabulary -Movie Vocabulary List -Action Cards -Cloze Encounters -Word-for-Word Dictation -Blind Summary -Hear-the-Word Bingo -Change the Ending -Grammar Focus Introduction and Preview Welcome to the Movies Grow English home base for Short Sequence ESL lessons.
How to plan an ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language) Lesson Plan - Indianapolis Living Abroad Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template is a great base to work from. Add to it and change it as you please, or follow every bit of it (a good idea if you're a new ESL teacher planning your first ESL lesson). This Lesson plan format will also work no matter what country you’re teaching English in, be it Japan, Korea, China or the USA. To begin, keep this in mind: It’s important that you keep your lessons fun.
Steven Pinker Identifies 10 Breakable Grammatical Rules: "Who" Vs. "Whom," Dangling Modifiers & More We’ve previously featured Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discussing writing at a Harvard conference on the subject. In that case, the focus was narrowly on academic writing, which, he has uncontroversially claimed, “stinks.” Now—“not content with just poaching” in the land of the scribes, writes Charles McGrath at The New York Times Sunday Book Review—Pinker has dared to “set himself up as a gamekeeper” with a new book—The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. The grandiose title suggests to McGrath that the scientist intends to supplant that most venerable, and most dated, classic writer’s text by Strunk and White.
10 more PowerPoint tips for teachers – tekhnologic Although this is a follow up post to 10 PowerPoint tips for teachers, I prefer to think of it as 10 things I wish someone had told me about PowerPoint. Every teacher has their own opinion about the effectiveness of using PowerPoint in the classroom. My opinion has always been that PowerPoint is a tool, a tool with features and functions that I need to learn. Paintings That Will Make You Question Everything Wrong in This World August 11, 2014 in Art, artist, Painting Pawel Kuczynski is a Polish artist who specialises in images that make you think hard about the world we live in. While some of these may be hard to decipher, the message in all of them should be all too clear. These are some seriously intelligent and thought provoking works of art. And to mix it up a bit, here’s something a little less depressing (but equally amazing)… the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse which occurred the other night:
ESL Activities, Using English Songs, Music Activities for TEFL Teachers Fun Games For ESL - ESL Printable, Interactive Fun Games Pronunciation & Intonation: Teach English pronunciation using printable worksheets, IPA Charts, and more>> Speaking Activities: Using these worksheets, you can get a number of communicative activities going Free ESL (English as a Second Language) Lesson Plans to Download This page was originally designed to share my materials with other English teaching assistants in France, especially those who have no experience in teaching ESL yet. I've also included worksheets that I used for private English lessons in France as well as some of the materials I used in my ESL classes in the United States. Feel free to use them as you'd like. Some of the lessons listed under the Assistant section can also be used for private lessons and vice versa. There is a page of English grammar if you need a review.