English as a second language - Basic questions When students start to learn English as a second language, there is a set of basic questions in English they need to master. All language courses start with these questions, but many people struggle to learn them. It is necessary to learn these by heart. However, you also need to be able to vary them a bit. To help you teach or learn these questions I have devised the following activities: a mind map showing the basic questions for students of English as a second language, a worksheet with several communicative and drilling exercises, a song to help in memorising the questions and an online quiz.
Calendar: Days and Months Collect all kinds of calendar even if they are old to help out during the lesson. Use a real calendar to show the day and months of the year. The calendar helps understand numbers up to 31. Have them say their birthday and look up the date in the calendar and say what day it is on the present year. Have the students identify the days of the week in the calendar and how many days . I made cards to help ordering the months of the year and the days of the week. Memento Mori: the beautiful ways we have kept the dead among the living Koudounaris is a skilled photographer, as the 500+ pictures in this oversized book attest, but even more so, he's a skilled and sensitive historian, who brings an anthropologist's empathy to the task of documenting and framing the varied practices depicted in the book. The book opens with a highly readable, beautiful essay on the many ways that humanity has sought to maintain contact with their dead through preserved, displayed remains, and the political, moral and spiritual uses to which the dead have been put. After this introduction, Koudounaris uses text sparingly and well, briskly presenting the facts and context for each of the image-sets in the book. He is every bit as scrupulously compassionate and respectful of the gilded mummies of Buddhist monks as he is in describing the Italian Capuchin monks who were mummified in great 17th century charnels. 500 images sounds like a lot, and in truth it is, but there's so much breadth and depth here that there could easily be twice as many.
Katherine Bilsborough: Lesson plans – less is more You can travel without a list of course but you will avoid a few problems if you spend a bit of time planning – not a whole week though. That would be silly. A few minutes should be enough. Pre-empting problems will bring peace of mind and when it comes to teaching, this is a major defence against burnout and work stress. New teachers who have had training will have been evaluated and assessed on their lesson plans. Best Music to Learn English Here are my top 5 music artists that English students should listen to. They have been chosen because they have clear pronunciation and great vocabulary (by great I mean interesting and useful- none of this street ganksta talk or old-fashioned nonsense that people just don’t say in real life). 1) George Ezra
New Jersey Institute of Technology Augmented reality has become a field with limitless possibilities. It holds huge promise for improving educational systems across the globe. In the last 2 to 3 years, augmented reality (AR) has grown into a technology that is set to revolutionize numerous sectors, most importantly education. To learn more, check out the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Computer Science program. Augmented Versus Virtual Reality Augmented reality refers to the integration/overlaying of digital content in a user’s environment.
Cambodian Spirits Projected on Trees Awaken the Night Cambodian Trees is a creative light projection project by French artist Clément Briend that overlays trees with sculptural images of spirits and deities that are highly regarded in Cambodian culture. It's a beautiful surprise when the projected spirits awaken and reveal themselves at night as though they are made of the towering trees themselves. The photographic light installations echo the spirituality of the few sprouts of nature in the predominantly urban landscapes.
Course planning Pre-service teacher training courses typically focus on the detailed planning of a 40 minute or 60 minute lesson and don’t focus attention on how to go about planning a much longer scheme of work. This is also an important area to consider though, because most teachers are involved in teaching courses, which may typically last anywhere between 30 and 120 hours. The aim of this article is to share some of the conclusions of a recent project I was part of, with the hope that it might enable other teachers to plan a little faster too! Why do we plan our lessons?
Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Magic of Thinking Routines in ELT Join us for the very first NILE webinar of the new academic year. Claudia Rey invites you to explore 'thinking routines' and provides strategies for learners' to develop thinking skills. Claudia Rey Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Magic of Thinking Routines in ELT
The Top 10 Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Have you ever taken a tour of the secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. We’re sharing all the little known facts we know about the museum. This is less about the unparalleled art collection, for which guides abound, but more about the tidbits that make the building like none other in the city. It’s about its architecture, its rich history, and the hidden gems to look out for on your first, second, and umpteenth visits to the museum. What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher It’s been two decades since my first year in the classroom. I reflect on that time and wish I’d known a few things about myself, about teaching, and about my students. Some of what I wish I’d known could have been shared with me—some I just had to live and learn. So I offer this reflection both for new teachers as well as for those who support them.
We are delighted to welcome Singapore-based gallery, Art Loft Asia to Artfinder. To celebrate the partnership we catch up with photographer Anuchit Sundarakiti. Tell us one interesting story that happened while you were photographing your works. Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching. Reflective teaching is therefore a means of professional development which begins in our classroom. Why it is importantBeginning the process of reflection Teacher diary Peer observation Recording lessons Student feedback What to do next Think Talk Read Ask Conclusion