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A Journey in TEFL

A Journey in TEFL
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Past participle – divided according to the pronunciation ,ENGAMES Last week I taught passive and present perfect tense. I thought that I was well prepared but in both cases we encountered one big problem. The students could not form the past participles correctly. So now I know that we have to deal with past participles before we return to the two grammatical points again. Past participles – mind map Here I try to track some regularities in forming the past participles in English. Past participles are not as difficult as they seem. In this section of the post you can practise the 40 past participles in different games. The second game is called En Garde. Click Here to play the game The third game has already been presented on our site.

Get Lost in these Free Adventure Games Adventure games are back in style! Okay, not really: the point-and-click genre peaked in the early ’90s, and is today mostly a niche. But it’s a pretty great niche! And with the recent re-release of cult classic Grim Fandango, the success of TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead, and the first episode Game Of Thrones game, adventure games are experiencing a renaissance right now. If you want to play some adventure games, but don’t want to pay, you’re in luck: the web offers a lot. Download These Free Classics For ScummVM If you love classic adventure games, you need to know about ScummVM, the emulator for classic point and click adventures on any modern computer. ScummVM’s website list of where to get games for the emulator includes a few classic titles that are now free. Beneath a Steel Sky is a sci-fi game set in a post apocalyptic Australia. Flight of the Amazon Queen is set in 1949. Note that ScummVM isn’t just for your computer: there are versions for Android, iPhone and more.

blog-efl iTDi Blog | for teachers by teachers by David Dodgson “But you only teach six lessons a day and you have a guaranteed summer holiday…” Ah, the common misconception that being a teacher is somehow an “easy” job! We all know the truth, however. We know that those six hours in the classroom are intense, full hours; we know that those six hours are supported by more hours of planning and preparing; we know that those six hours are followed by marking and reviewing; and we know that those “guaranteed” weekends and holidays often include training and development. We devote ourselves to the task regardless. But we have to let go sometimes… Work too hard for too long and the energy and enthusiasm needed to help ourselves and our students develop starts to wane. At work – Time to rewind As mentioned above, a teacher’s day can be a busy one and we are often as keen as the students to head on home once the last lesson has finished. In my next job, the system was different. Writing a journalTalking to like-minded colleagues

Indirect questions: explanation of English grammar When students hear the phrase indirect questions, they get scared. But actually this is one of the easiest grammar points in English. The only thing you have to watch out for is that if a sentence starts with a certain phrase (Do you know or Could you tell me etc.) you have to use the word order for an affirmative sentence. To put it simply, after the aforementioned phrases do not make questions. To help you master this grammar there is a mind map, a video and several games in this post. Indirect questions – video The following video is based upon BBC learning English recording. We recommend that you watch the video and stop the recording every time there is a task and answer the task before MASA does. If you want to watch it full screen, click here: Indirect questions video Indirect questions – mind map The following mind map tries to show the rules for indirect questions in a graphical form. Indirect questions – games Now it is time to practise what you have learnt in the following games.

Games for the language classroom: Blockbusters I‘m a gamer: I love using games in the language classroom. I find them such a great and versatile tool and, if used well, something that always goes down well with learners. I’ve discussed the role of games before on this blog and have probably summed up everything I want to say about the theory behind the use of games in my best-selling e-book ‘Using games in the Language Classroom‘ (by which I mean I’m not going to go into great detail about the how and the why of using games in this post; please click on the link to download the book – it’s free!). So, why am I returning to this subject? Well, my e-book on the theory of using games has proven to be so popular that I feel compelled to follow it up with a series of posts look at specific games. Let me start off with an old favorite… The classic, easy-to-use Blockbusters grid Blockbusters! OK, then, first things first. In case you need a little bit more, here are some directions on how to use this in class. What do learners need to know?

Janet's Abruzzo Edublog Unplugged Reflections In the end vs. at the end, in time vs. on time | Games to learn english I have already dealt with the usage of prepositions in the posts Prepositions AT, IN and ON for time and Adjectives with prepositions. However, this post is different because it concentrates only on the phrases IN THE END, AT THE END, IN TIME and ON TIME which are frequently used incorrectly by students of English. In this post I would like to explain the usage and meaning of the phrases. In this mind map I try to explain the meaning and the usage of the phrases IN THE END, AT THE END, IN TIME and ON TIME. If you feel that this explanation is not clear enough, there is a video explanation which can help you. Set phrases – interactive video In this interactive video you can see and here the explanation of the usage of the phrases. The second game will play only on your desktop.

Adapting games – Drawful This is an adaptation of a fun and inventive game that was released just last year. While the original game is played on a computer, this adaptation for the classroom is played on paper. This is a perfect game for revising chunks of language. In this example my class are revising phrasal verbs. For the game you need a set of sentences (or phrases) that include the language you’re revising (guidance on how to choose your sentences will follow at the end). one of the sentences containing the target language.a sheet of paper ¼ the size of a sheet of A4.four small slips of paper (big enough to write a single sentence).a paperclip. Ask the students to write their sentence on one of the small slips of paper. Ask the students to attach their sentence to the back of the drawing (ensure your instructions are clear and demonstrate to make sure everyone follows). When students have finished their sentences they attach them to the back and pass the picture to the left. Like this: Like Loading...

The Daily Ptefldactyl take a photo and…. | The eltpics ideas site for teachers Irregular verbs again I have already published several posts on irregular verbs: Past participles – divided according to the pronunciation and Present perfect tense. However, a week ago a student of mine contacted me and asked me if I could create a way for him to learn the irregular verbs. He spends a lot of time driving so he asked me to prepare something to listen to in his car. Irregular verbs – learning Here you can find two ways to learn the irregular verbs. Here is the pdf version of all the irregular verbs: Irregular verbs_part1 Irregular verbs – Listen and learn In learning there are only a few methods which work for everyone. If you need just the correct pronunciation of each of the verbs presented above, here is the mp3 with all of the verbs: You can download the files here: All the irregular verbsAll the verbs learning mp3 Once you believe that you know the irregular verbs, it is time to practise them. If you want to enjoy the game on the full screen click on the button: Irregular verbs – Tower defence