Your Scene Needs a Problem By Ken Hughes, @TheKenHughes Part of the How They Do It Series Conflict is a must in every scene, but problems come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. The tricky part is knowing what the right problem for your scene is. To help with that, Ken Hughes visits the lecture hall today to share some thoughts on adding problems to your scenes. Moral Dilemmas – Book Review Imagine you are teaching a group of business people, all of whom work for the same company. They have been told that their eligibility for the next round of promotions depends on their achieving a certain level of English. All of them are busy and none of them have much time. Over the course, there have been quite a few absences and not very much homework.
Thirteen Writing Prompts. [Originally published May 4, 2006.] Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument. Write a short scene set at a lake, with trees and shit. See How Easily You Can Track Your Character's Emotional Arc in a Scene Most authors try to understand what a character is feeling at a particular moment: He’s angry here. He’s happy there. Many authors also consider how the character’s emotional arc changes over the course of the entire story: He begins insecure. He ends confident. But few think about how the character’s emotional arc develops over the course of a single scene.
Carly Watters, Literary Agent This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an agent is intrigued (congratulations!) Last week I attended a conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm called MOOCs in Scandinavia which was an opportunity to take stock of the development so far and hopefully create a springboard to future development. Scandinavia is a rather late arrival on the MOOC front and there are still only a handful of institutions offering courses in the major consortia but there are also many examples of off-piste open courses that haven't got the MOOC label but are extremely interesting nonetheless. The highlight of the event was of course the final keynote from George Siemens, MOOCs and Learning Sciences: Where we have been. Where we are going, who concluded by claiming that MOOCs are actually rather irrelevant but that they raise important issues about how higher education needs to adapt to the digitalisation of society. A welcome perspective to warn against focusing on just one interpretation (or misinterpretation) of open learning.
Writing Emotionally Layered Dialogue (Note: This article is not one that can be read breezily. I'm going to deconstruct a piece of great dialogue line by line, and label every technique that's employed. There's much to be learned by doing so, but it requires focus. Therefore, if you need Zen or caffeine or both (Zeffeine) to ratchet up your awareness, knock yourself out.) Writing dialogue that sounds natural and which is emotionally layered seems like it's something that should be easy.
Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published It’s the most frequently asked question I receive: How do I get my book published? This post is regularly updated to offer the most critical information for writers new to the publishing industry, and to provide a starting point for more fully exploring what it means to try and get meaningfully published. If you’d like an in-depth guide on how to get your book published, consider my book, Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide.For a full-length course, see my 24-lecture series with The Great Courses, How to Publish Your Book.Also, see my recommended guides on writing and publishing. This post focuses on traditional publishing.
English: Learn Languages for Free Learn English for free online. Download free audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and start learning English instantly. To learn more languages, please visit our complete collection of Free Language Lessons. a Right-Brained Writing Prompt...Serendipitous Character Descriptions Ways to replicate this interactive prompt without using technology: It's simple; make three columns on your whiteboard or chalkboard or on chart paper, labeling them adjective, character, and phrase. Write four or five adjectives, characters, and phrases (borrowed from the button game above) to give your students a model; then, have your students work in pairs to create more words and phrases that could go in each column. When students share their ideas out loud, record the very best ones on the classroom chart. With a chart created, tell students they are to all create an original character by choosing an adjective, character, and phrase that are in different rows. So, by asking students to create a character based on words in different rows, you are not allowing them to go straight across. With the above example, an angry pirate scratching his head is an acceptable choice of a unique character because different rows are represented in the choice.
Survival English for Travelers A Basic EFL Course with lesson plans and activities - By Yoda Schmidt Recently, I was asked to teach a one week course to some EFL students at a college near where I work. The course aim was to prepare the students for going to New Zealand for 6 weeks as language exchange students. I was told (and expected) that their level was going to be very low: false beginners, but just barely. Some true beginners in the mix for sure.
Tourism English- Getting Around Tourism English: Getting Around This is a final project of TSL 6372, materials for use in teaching Tourism English at the English Language Institute. The topic in this page focuses on making trip arrangement by car, air, bus, rail, and sea and things related to travel agents or tour guide. Teachers can find not only online activities but also teaching ideas in a traditional classroom setting without technology. I suppose that target students' English skills are intermediate or above and they study Tourism in their college. By In-Kyung Yang Rubric Tutorial Creating a rubric is easy once you have taken to time to evaluate the dimesions/tasks which make up the students performance, and the criterion you will use to evaluate it. That being said, let’s begin with the steps to create a rubric.* The steps to create a rubric are listed in sequential order, however they can be performed in any order as long as the rubric contains the following: -Performance Objective -List of dimensions to be evaluated -Levels of gradation of quality -Criterion and points for each level of quality
EFL Educators - THE TRAITS OF AN EFFECTIVE READER Arrasmith, Dean, and Kevin Dwyer. “The Traits of an Effective Reader.” Journal ofSchool Improvement. 2.2 (2001) When readers acquire these traits, they are able to: - read the lines, between the lines, and beyond the lines - process knowledge, make sense of it, and transfer it to other situationsThese traits are hierarchical; they range from literal to high critical thinkingREADING THE LINES 1. Conventions: Focusing on meaning and expectations ( words; symbols; punctuation; grammar + genre conventions); Outcome: Reading fluently & correctly & building expectations 2. Comprehension: Not just literal retelling - making predictions; identifying plot elements e.g. major & minor characters; selecting main ideas and significant supporting details; summarizing & paraphrazing for a purpose Outcome: purposeful active readers who self-monitor to overcome problemsREADING BETWEEN THE LINES 3.