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Tag: Speaking

Teacher training and Development

Digital Storytelling for Younger & Older Learners

<![CDATA[ Digital Storytelling & Young Learners  Picture this: …a teacher holding up her laptop or tablet and a circle of children listening to her and following the digital images of her imagination, completely absorbed in the world she has been weaving for them through her narration. Now Picture this: …a teacher holding up a book…
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The Giant Storymaker – Ideas for a Hundred Million Stories

<![CDATA[Storytelling is one of the most important acts of communication. Every day, in our contacts with friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances we share stories, anecdotes – things that happened to use, stories we read about in the news, on social media, stories we heard through others. _______________________________ In class, story building and storytelling can get…
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Defragmenting Foreign Language Learning – my talk at TESOL Greece 2013

<![CDATA[Presenting language in small fragments hoping that they will one day automatically transform into fluent near-native talk may not be enough. My talk at TESOL Greece highlighted some ways in which skilled performers achieve excellence and focused on practical activities promoting holistic language learning using a variety of free online tools. Fragments of knowledge The…
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P is for Politeness in Conversational English – a Discourse Perspective

<![CDATA[Many teachers who have had the opportunity to read discourse analysis either at University or on a PD course such as the Cambridge DELTA,  express great interest in this way of studying connected text or talk, but just as many find it  hard to incorporate it into their teaching; apart from an occasional lesson focusing…
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Blog Challenge-A Disabled-Access Friendly world: Lessons for the ELT classroom

<![CDATA[ My blog has sported the Disabled-Access Friendly Logo for quite some time now. But I have been feeling that, apart from that, I haven’t been doing much about the problems of disabled people. My own culture has a short tradition of being friendly to people with disabilities of all kinds, physical or mental. Watch…
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Getting teens to keep talking

<![CDATA[The noontime #ELTchat on 09/03/2011 focused on how to motivate teens to extend their speaking activities, so as to go beyond “I agree” “I disagree”. A numbers of issues was raised such as motivation, being relaxed, students’ silence etc. This summary was contributed by Anastasia Kararoudi – @tasoulazac on Twitter and although she is new…
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Animating Stories

<![CDATA[I have been playing with story animation tools for a long time, learning from colleagues' blogs and links on Twitter.  Recent posts include Burcu Akyol’s  4-3-2-1 Action! Online Tools For Making Movies in the Language Classroom and Shelly Terrell’s presentation on Digital Storytelling which includes some excellent ideas. Here are a few additional ones, which…
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Peace Education and ELT

<![CDATA[This is a post which has been brewing for some time now and I have taken the opportunity to publish it on this day of September to celebrate the International Day of Peace. In my local ELT scene, Greece, many of the ‘givens’ we used to take for granted are no longer true. We used…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy II – Word Clouds

<![CDATA[In this post, I am going to look at Wordle, Wordsift , Word it out and Word Mosaic and try to briefly compare them as I think they all have great potential for a variety of learning activities. This post was inspired by a great discussion in the SEETA course on EasyWeb 2.0 tools run…
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Using word clouds in class – a lesson plan

<![CDATA[This lesson plan was produced during  the SEETA course on EasyWeb 2.0 tools run by Nik Peachey – many more lessons and lesson ideas can be found there but here is mine: The text was to be chosen randomly (in case you were wondering why I chose this particular one). Text source: A news item from…
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