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Friday, 20 April 2018


The use of technology, now  available in the classroom, using visuals, specifically films, seems like an effective  teaching tool. For example,many of the basic elements of literature can be illustrated using films. Short film clips are readily available now, making it possible to use various clips to help explain concepts like point of view, symbolism, and tone. Another benefit of using film is that it provides a source of authentic and varied language. Film provides students with examples of English used in ‘real’ situations outside the classroom, particularly interactive language – the language of real-life conversation. Film exposes students to natural expressions and the natural flow of speech. If they are not living in an English-speaking environment, perhaps only film and television can provide learners with this real-life language input. Films also can bring variety and flexibility to the language classroom by extending the range of teaching techniques and resources, helping students to develop all four communicative skills. For example, a whole film or sequence can be used to practise listening and reading, and as a model for speaking and writing. What is more,films can  act as a springboard for follow-up tasks such as discussions, debates on social issues, role plays, reconstructing a dialogue or summarising. It is also possible to bring further variety to the language learning classroom by screening different types of film: feature-length films, short sequences of films, short films, and adverts.  Websites and blogs help to provide detailed and well-structured lesson plans based on film and television clips, short films and viral videos, which save the busy teacher a lot of time. Here are some to follow:

Monday, 16 April 2018

The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. The 6 Principles are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. They are targets for teaching excellence and should undergird any program of English language instruction.

  1. Know Your Learners
  2. Create Conditions for Language Learning
  3. Design High -Quality Lessons for Language Development
  4. Adapt Delivery as Needed
  5. Monitor and Assess Student Language Development
  6. Engage and Collaborate within Community of Practice

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Great Websites for Practising English

Online websites are a wonderful resource for learning and practising English at homeSome with a focus on listening, some on vocabulary, others on grammar, and some with a range of activities. The websites listed below all have material that can teach you English and help you learn English speaking online and more…

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Teaching Sustainable Development Goals

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by UN world leaders were adopted in an international effort to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Teachers around the world try to bring the SDGs to  classroom. Find more at the world largest lesson…
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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Developing Authentic Teaching Materials

5 Top Tips

Teaching materials is a generic term used to describe the resources teachers use to deliver instruction. Teaching materials can support student learning and increase student success. Ideally, the teaching materials will be tailored to the content in which they’re being used, etc. In general, teachers can develop their own materials for  learners to achieve the objectives or to fulfil the learner’s need. In doing this, materials should be adapted to different learners in different settings following some  principles.
Here are 5 top tips you can follow to actively engage your students and help them feel personally connected to their learning:
  • Connect what you are teaching to real life: An easy way to help students feel personally connected to what they’re being taught is to talk about how they can apply the material in real life. Choose culturally relevant material connected to their own cultures in texts  to help your students see the connections between what they’re learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Use student´s interests :Find  creative ways to adapt standards-based content to the fun things your students are excited about.Example: let them to integrate their personal hobbies , reading, media,sports,etc.
  • Present material in different formats: Every student in your classroom learns differently. So it’s important to recognize that differentiated instruction isn’t just for helping students with special needs—it’s the best way to engage all learners, try to incorporate different activities for multiple intelligencies classes.
  • Teach students self-assessment skills: Let students log on a rubric, chart or graph whether they’ve been able to complete a pre-defined problem or task. Viewing an explicit graphical representation of their performance can have a highly motivating effect on students.
  • Emphasize the importance of emotion in learning.Focus on creating a positive and stimulating learning environment for students to enhance their learning.
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Authentic Learning through Authentic Content

Teaching close reading  and compelling writing with newspaper columns

A weekly column in  NYT Magazine, offers brief commentary on one line from a book, song, television show and more. The writers who choose and explore the sentences each week show how to identify, analyze and critique compelling writing by making personal connections to a text, luxuriating in the perfection of a word, or dissecting literary devices.In this lesson,there are four ways to use the column to close reading and thoughtful writing across subject areas.Browse below to find more...

A sample lesson from the NYT magazine..

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Revitalising your ELT classes through authentic contents and materials

These contents and materials help teachers and educators integrate new practices and learning in their classrooms through authentic contents and materials. Browse below to find lessons plans and more...

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