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Wisdom from 20 Years in the TESL Trenches. Letter to my daughter: what is it like to be a girl in 2016? My dearest Feyrus, I hope my words find you kicking ass as always.

Letter to my daughter: what is it like to be a girl in 2016?

Art works: how art in the office boosts staff productivity. Contrary to what your boss might say, being distracted at work is not always a bad thing.

Art works: how art in the office boosts staff productivity

If the object of your distraction is a work of art, it can actually boost productivity, lower stress and increase wellbeing. This is according to Dr Craig Knight, who has studied the psychology of working environments for 12 years at the University of Exeter, where he heads a research group called Identity Realisation (IDR). “There is a real tendency to opt for sanitised, lean workspaces, designed to encourage staff to just get on with their work and avoid distraction,” he explains.

But there isn’t a branch of science in the world which believes this approach boosts productivity or makes for happier workers, according to Knight. Teaching About Audience Through Public Service Announcements. As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, the concept of audience is not always easy to comprehend for second language writers.

Teaching About Audience Through Public Service Announcements

And even when students seem to have an idea what this term means conceptually, they may still struggle applying it to their writing. In my post today, I would like to share a few activities built around video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) which, as we know, are freely available online and thus are easily accessible to most students and teachers. I found these videos to be an excellent tool in helping second language writers better understand the concept of audience.

A PSA is a short video (15 – 60 seconds) thats purpose is to bring to attention a social issue and motivate the audience to action. PSAs are different from commercials because they are not selling anything, but instead, they raise awareness of a problem or give people advice. The Best Holiday Movies to Watch With the Family. Eight Lessons About Leading Kids From Derek Jeter’s Dad. The sports world was consumed this summer with Derek Jeter’s farewell to the New York Yankees (and baseball fans everywhere).

Eight Lessons About Leading Kids From Derek Jeter’s Dad

He got applause from every ballpark because Jeter played the game with class. He ended his career at Yankee stadium with a walk-off single that won the game. He worked hard, kept a great attitude, was a great teammate, and was very competitive—but never once, in 2,903 games of major league baseball, did he get ejected from a game. Yep, he is different. When asked how and where he learned to play the game—he refers to his father. Never let anyone outwork you. Derek said he watched his dad work relentlessly as a substance abuse counselor. Inspire your followers by doing what you want done. Derek’s dad modeled the way in everything from optimism to passion to fun around the house. The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers. This list of The Best Sites For Intermediate Readers is a follow-up to my two most recent lists — The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers and The Best Websites For Beginning Older Readers.

The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers

This list highlights what I think are the fourteen best sites for readers who have advanced their reading (in English) beyond the beginning stage. The sites here are accessible to a wide range of readers — from Early Intermediate to Advanced. They are also appropriate for English Language Learners and native-English speakers alike. Except for one site on this list (number eleven, which is obviously more appropriate for kids) all these sites should be engaging to younger, older, and adult students. These links can also be found on my website, which has eight thousand categorized educational links.

You can also access all of my other lists of Websites of the Year in one of two places. Are you a fashionista? Some fashion vocabulary in English. I don’t know about you but I am not one to follow fashion slavishly (also known as fashion slaves).

Are you a fashionista? Some fashion vocabulary in English

I am no fashionista. However, I do like to dress well. When I worked in finance I had to dress in business suits whether it was a tailored jacket and trousers or tailored jacket and skirt. I preferred trouser suits as I felt more comfortable wearing them. 50 Timeless Quotes To Inspire Teachers. “Like your body, your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.”

50 Timeless Quotes To Inspire Teachers

~Hazrat Ali I think many of us get inspiration from sharp quotes that strike like a bolt of thunder and get us seeing things anew, with fresh insight. I’m an avid collector of quotes, especially those related to education and teaching. A well said thought, aphorism or quote is like a gum drop I chew upon and whose sweetness is sustaining, invigorating. For me the teacher, quotes help me hone in on my own beliefs and they clear out a lot of the dust and distraction. So here are my own favorite all time classic quotes about learning, teaching and education. Find my previous list of my own quotes HERE. 1. 2. 3. September is for City Breaks – let’s explore some vocabulary. I must, first of all, apologise for my silence last week.

September is for City Breaks – let’s explore some vocabulary

I had a particularly heavy teaching schedule that left me with hardly any time to think let alone write a post. Unlike many people, August is always a very busy teaching month for me. Let’s talk fitness – the vocabulary of health and fitness. As many of you will know, I went to Rome last week for 5 days.

Let’s talk fitness – the vocabulary of health and fitness

During those five days we must have walked for miles and miles (well, it certainly seemed like it). 12 English Idioms with the word “Head” that you can use everyday. It’s time for some more idioms and I’d like to dedicate this post to some common expressions we use with the word “head”.

12 English Idioms with the word “Head” that you can use everyday.

They are, in fact, idioms that are used very often in both spoken and written English. I. I forgot my phone. This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Miles Crawford titled I lost my phone and the theme of mobile phones. Students listen to a film and speculate about what is happening, watch the film to check their answers and talk about mobile phone use. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type:Teens and adults. Presentation Skills: 25 Useful Expressions you can use to make your Presentations in English flow. In the last two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of hosting and teaching a most delightful Swiss German client who is here on a two-week intensive Business English course. English Grammar Pill: How to use “unless”?

A fellow teacher asked me a few weeks ago if I had written anything about the use of the conjunction “unless”, and if I hadn’t, would I be prepared to write something about it? Not one to refuse a challenge, I thought to myself: “Why not?” Well, it took me longer than I thought to get round to researching this pesky grammar word and when I finally got down to working on it, I realised why I had delayed the process.

There are certain grammar rules and parts of speech that are used naturally and without thinking by native speakers all their lives until that moment when someone asks them how a certain word or expression is used and everything falls apart! You begin to wonder whether you have grasped your native language at all. Off on a weekend bike ride? Let’s talk cycling vocabulary. My husband goes cycling every weekend. Sometimes he goes with a friend and sometimes he goes on his own. I have noticed more and more people cycling on our roads in the last few years. Many people cycle to work and others cycle competitively or for leisure.

There has also been an increase in the number of cycling clubs in our area. This weekend London has hosted a RideLondon bike race that has seen thousands of people taking part in the bike race. Efl material. Are you “all ears”? Then let’s take a look at these 8 body idioms in English. It’s been over a month since I last posted anything on idioms and I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms! Did you have the same feeling? So to prevent any anxiety issues on this bright, sunny Friday morning, I have real pleasure in sharing this colourful infographic on 8 body idioms creatively prepared by Kaplan International. You can find this infographic on the Kaplan website. Live Better. English Skills: 11 Ways of offering something to someone. How much English vocabulary have you learned this week? GoEnglish.tv. Off to the beach this summer? Then you’ll need some beach vocabulary.

Our experiences using the Civilization IV computer game to teach English, Norwegian and Social Science. English Grammar Pill: Modal Verbs (Part 3) – How to use Modals of Probability (Deduction) In this final part of my modal verbs series, I’d like to address modals of probability (or deduction). We use modals to talk about the chance or probability that something will or will not happen in the future. We call them degrees of probability. Source: The EFL SMART Blog The table below gives you an overview which I will develop. Barcelona. This EFL lesson plan is designed around a time-lapse short film about Barcelona by Rob Whitworth and the theme of sightseeing. Students plan a sightseeing weekend, plan a time-lapse film about their city, and watch a short film. Listening and movies. How to transform sentences of english from positive to negative or in…

English Grammar Pill: Modal Verbs (Part One) – How to use Modal Verbs of Ability and Habits. 13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing. There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. ESL Games: Name 5. The Game: Name “5” is a highly motivating game that provides amusement and interest while giving practice to vocabulary and speaking skills. Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet. Why You Are Still Alive - The Immune System Explained. What’s on your mind? This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Shaun Higton and the theme of Facebook.

Students practise vocabulary related to social media, watch a short film, and talk about Facebook. Lessons Worth Sharing. Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language. English Writing Skills (Punctuation) – How to use the dash, semicolon and colon in sentences. I have recently received some enquiries from new clients asking me to help them with their writing skills in English. This gave me an idea of starting a new series entitled English Writing Skills. In this series I will explore the different techniques that are required to produce good writing both in academia and business. Past Continuous Tense. Look Up. Richard's games. Flexible games for any situation. Richard's games. Flexible games for any situation. The World's Tallest, Deepest, Longest, Largest Volume and Most Expensive... Man-Made Structures.

Benefits of Learning Languages Infographic. A great number of scientific studies have proven that speaking more than one language makes your brain more flexible and helps you process information faster. However, do you know some of the other benefits of learning languages? Check out our infographic below for some of the most interesting benefits of learning languages! We had a lot of fun doing the research for this infographic, and we hope that you’ll learn some fun new facts from it.

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world. Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world. How Much Water Do You Eat? Adverbs-of-frequency.jpg (800×2604) 10 quotes by Maya Angelou – an American literary light. Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination. Resources & Activities for National Poetry Month. Theo’s Story. Love British Slang? Then you’ll love these 12 expressions.

English Skills: 14 Ways of Giving Your Opinion. Flying Off on Holiday Soon? You Might Find this Preparation Vocabulary Useful. A new perspective for moms. Money, Money, Money – 8 English Idioms to talk about Money.