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The Turing Test The Turing Test Submitted by admin on 21 June, 2011 - 00:00 Alan Turing proposed a test inspired by a party game known as the 'Imitation Game', in which a man and a woman go into separate rooms, and guests try to tell them apart by writing a series of questions and reading the typewritten answers the man and the woman send back. This activity involves students writing a series of questions for online 'robots'. PreparationMake sure the two websites listed below are working OK before you go into the lesson. Also do some research on Alan Turing if you plan to get students to use google to find information about him. Picture to story Preparation Prepare a set of pictures that are likely to stimulate the interest and imagination of your students. Procedure Show the picture to the students and have them work in groups to prepare some questions about the photo. Below is an attachment with an example photo. Here are some example questions the students may ask.

APPS For more apps connected to English, please visit Skolappar and Kunskapsplattan! Here is a compilation of 25 iPad Apps for Learning Spelling Scroll down for more iPad apps! Apps for iPhone (iTunes Store) Google Translate - translate words and phrases between more than 50 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. Free Weather Sounds Sound Effects Free Weather sound effects, free rain sound effects, free storm sound effects and hurricane sound effects. Plus lots of wind sound effects. Free to download and use but does not come with a commercial license. Freeze the writing - A way to make writing tasks a group activity Freeze the writing - A way to make writing tasks a group activity Submitted by TE Editor on 1 January, 1970 - 13:00 This activity would follow input work on writing in a particular style - for example, an informal letter inviting a friend to visit your home town for a holiday. Preparation Set up the context for the letter, you might do a letter layout on the board to make sure that everyone knows how to lay out an informal letter. Procedure

New York Times lesson plans Photo Do your students follow Humans of New York? The site and the related Tumblr and Facebook page created by the amateur photographer Brandon Stanton have millions of followers, and the “Humans of New York” book, published in October, landed in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list its first week on sale. As the Times article about the phenomenon puts it: Mr. The 13 most innovative schools in the world Mathias Eis Schultz Ørestad Gymnasium is one giant classroom, where more than 1,100 high school students spend half their time learning in an expansive glass cube — a "gymnasium," as parts of Europe still call secondary schools — to avoid traditional instruction. By encouraging students to collaborate in wide-open settings, the school hopes kids will be equipped to think flexibly on diverse topics later in life. "We want to have teaching where the students make research and work together in solving real problems," headmaster Allan Kjær Andersen tells Tech Insider. "So we want to be an open school that is in connection with the outside world."

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. The EFL SMARTblog: Merry Christmas Mr Bean Teacher's note; The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on cannot be embedded here). This post contains some exercises based on the embeddable youtube clips. The answers are in the worksheet. DVD availablehere CAE Speaking Phrases This post was nominated for a British Council blog award! Follow me on twitter Here’s a phrase list for the CAE speaking exam. There are also some speech bubble powerpoints to drill the language in class, click on each phrase to make it disappear. Drill all the phrases repeatedly taking one out each time until the class can repeat all 5 expressions by heart. I got the amazing speech bubble powerpoint template from thanks guys!

8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know By staying aware of artists who are working today, educators can invigorate their lives and their classrooms with new and expansive ways of looking at contemporary life and the world. Here are a few artists to get started, along with suggested connections that can be made to subjects and themes that you might be addressing with your students. Marina Abromivic

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.

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