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Halloween Worksheets and Activities Lanternfish has a variety of different activities for Halloween. Just click on the worksheet below. It may take a while to open as most of the files are MS Word documents. Happy Halloween! Crosswords: What monster likes blood? Education Week (Today's post is the second in a three-part series. You can see Part One here.) This week's question is: IDEA International Dialects of English Archive Whether you’re an ESL (English as Second Language) speaker or just want to test your understanding of various dialects and accents, you’ll find this page a fun exercise in English comprehension. We invite you to listen to the following samples from around the world, transcribe (write down or type in English in a document of your own) the speech you hear, and then compare that to the full transcription by clicking the link underneath each audio clip. By clicking the link under the clip, you’ll be taken to the sample, where you can see the transcription, listen to the full audio clip of that subject, and find out more about the person. (To find the transcription, simply scroll about a third of the way down each page to the “orthographic transcription of unscripted speech.”

Reading in a Foreign Language: Top Ten Principles for Teaching Extensive Reading Reading in a Foreign LanguageVolume 14, Number 2, October 2002 ISSN 1539-0578 Top Ten Principles for Teaching Extensive Reading1 Richard Day University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Julian Bamford Bunkyo University Abstract Save Money and Make Friends by Sharing – Read, listen and learn a little English! SAVE BY SHARING – NARA – 515337 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Thanks to the social web, it’s now easy to save and make money by sharing everything you own with strangers. Lyft allows you to cut down on travel costs by giving or getting a lift somewhere. At Couchsurfing, you can rent out your spare bedroom for the night or find a place to sleep when you visit another city. Neighborgoods will let you share your stuff with neighbours, like lawnmowers, drills or even cat carriers.

HIS or HE´S? Choose the right option. 1. This is John. a good student. marks are great. 2. Resource: Colour Thesaurus Helping pupil to improve their writing is always a priority, and working effectively with dictionaries or a thesaurus is a fantastic aide to help that development. Writing descriptively can really enhance a story, as Ingrid Sundberg explains on her blog, “I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the colour of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.” For fun, the writer and children’s book illustrator has created a series of images that can help young writers broaden their language and writing, encouraging young authors to “Fill your stories with a rainbow of images” – A great resource for the primary/elementary classroom and beyond… Explore Ingrid’s blog further at

IDEA International Dialects of English Archive For all you dialecticians, actors, linguists, and just plain language enthusiasts, let’s see if you can identify the home country (or, for the United States, Canada, and China, the state/province) of the following subjects from their accent or dialect. Take a listen, make your best guess, and then click the link under each audio clip to be taken to the sample you just heard. On that sample page, you will be able to read the biography of the subject, hear the person’s unscripted speech, and read the transcription.

Extensive reading The reading skill is most often taught by close study of short passages followed by analysis of language. Extensive reading: An alternative approach Aims of extensive reading The characteristics of an extensive reading approach Motivation The teacher's role Conclusion The value of this intensive reading procedure, with its focus on the teaching of discrete reading skills has been questioned by some, who claim that teaching students reading strategies does not necessarily make them better readers.

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