BusyTeacher.org YouTube, as well as websites such as wikihow.com, instructables.com, and soyouwanna.com, have an incredible assortment of guides on how to do almost anything, from cutting up onions to making paper airplanes. In this article, I’m going to explain how to adapt a video tutorial into a listening lesson for your ESL/EFL classes. How-to videos contain a number of features which makes them perfect for exploitation in the ESL/EFL classroom: authentic English with natural pronunciation content that relates to everyday life a wide range of topics that can be used images and (in some cases) titles and subtitles which make the meaning clearer the pleasure of learning a useful skill and new English vocabulary at the same time The following sections will guide you through several steps of planning for using a how-to video in class. Searching for the Right Video First of all, you need to think of something that your class would enjoy learning. Planning Your Lesson First, start with a pre-listening task.
Trading in the EU - Detailed guidance Introduction The 28 countries of the EU make up a huge market of potential customers and suppliers for your business. This market can be easier to access than other overseas markets as many of the trading practices, regulations and standards apply throughout the EU. Key tasks - such as accounting for VAT - have also been simplified to facilitate trade within the EU. If you conform to UK requirements, you will generally meet requirements throughout the EU. Why trade in the EU? Trading with other EU countries offers a number of key benefits to businesses in the UK. At the core of the EU is the single market - the programme of freeing up the trade of goods and services and the movement of people between EU countries. The following are some of the measures which EU countries have introduced to make it easier to trade with each other: Find out about other EU markets You need to consider your particular business needs and see whether trading with other EU countries will be of benefit to you.
TeachingGamesEFL.com – by Mike Astbury Doing referendums differently There’s no denying it: referendums have become a central feature of our politics. So it’s about time we started thinking seriously about how we should run them. Since 2011 we have had two UK-wide referendums (on voting reform and membership of the European Union), a Scottish independence referendum, and a Welsh referendum on devolution of powers. The UK is in an extended period of constitutional flux - and is showing few signs of coming out the other side any time soon. As passionate believers in democracy, we wanted to see the best possible referendum debate during the EU vote. Sadly though, the wider debate let voters down. That’s why we’re pleased to launch our landmark EU referendum report into the conduct of the referendum, ‘It’s Good to Talk: Doing Referendums Differently After the EU Vote’. This report shows without a shadow of a doubt just how dire the EU referendum debate really was - and what we can do about it. The state of the referendum debate Where next? Laying the groundwork
Lesson plans Functional language Mind-mapping social encounters – a generic lesson plan (shortlisted for Teaching English British Council Blog of the Month award). [worksheet] Listing advantages and disadvantages (A2). [worksheet] Lesson share: emailing (B1-B2). [worksheet] Tell me about your favourite technology (B1). [worksheet] Avoiding saying ‘no’ (shortlisted for Teaching English British Council Blog of the Month award). [worksheet] Keeping a conversation going – a lesson plan (B1-B2) A lesson plan designed to help learners maintain conversations more easily by (1) asking a range of follow-up questions more skillfully and (2) using some ‘active listening’ techniques, namely, showing interest verbally (through short interjections and comments) and non-verbally, through eye contact and body language. [worksheet] Active listening v 2.0. [worksheet]. Lessons based on authentic videos [worksheet] Take a Seat – Make a Friend? Listening lessons (also based on authentic interviews) American accents:
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