Tag: Materials Design

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

From Images to Words

<![CDATA[Pictures generate talk, a fact well appreciated by all teachers. This short post hopes to review some well known ideas as well as give you some new ones on using images to develop your students’ oral skills and foster communicative interaction in your lessons. The activities can be adapted to suit a variety of levels…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 2

<![CDATA[In the first blog post of this series on discipline, I  looked at some of the causes of unruly behaviour in the classroom and got started on the path of what teachers can do proactively! I think that one of the best quotes I always remember, is one by my colleague Olga Gounis, an ex-TEFL…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 1

<![CDATA[  This is the first part of a short series of blog posts on the topic of Discipline.  My first encounter with discipline problems was in my very first year of teaching – untrained, naive, ignorant as I was, I had to deal with two major crises: The first one was the appearance of two…
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Dear Plagiarist

<![CDATA[Sue Lyon Jones, alias @esolcourses, who maintains a free website for learning English called ESOL Courses, Free Lessons Online,  put up the following status update on Facebook which touches upon this important subject. Read the update and Lindsay Clanfield’s (@lclanfield) story which follows. Lindsay’s story is sweet vindication of what plagues our profession – a…
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Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps

<![CDATA[For the next few weeks I will be working and helping moderate the MachinEVO course in Second Life, one of the TESOL EVO courses. We are all hoping to learn how to record Second Life and to create recordings which will be useful to our language learners. There are already more than 110 participants on…
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Can you teach a Dogme Lesson on your Cambridge DELTA?

<![CDATA[This post is written in response and as part of a twitter conversation with Martin Sketchley – @ELTexperiences on Twitter. His blog post on his own Dogme observed lesson can be found at the end of this post. In the days before writing his experimental asignment for the DELTA course, Jonathan – my trainee of…
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Advance Organisers – How they Connect the Reading Experience

Reading is a highly complex activity and, yet, in the foreign language classroom, it is often approached as if texts are just collections of words and grammatical patterns which students, if only they could analyse and decipher them, would be able to arrive at the overall meaning of the text. But, is this what happens…
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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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My Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Blog Posts

<![CDATA[Since the  Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Ning will soon be closing down, I have saved the posts related to some teaching experiences in Second Life here on this blog – mainly for the memory and some really interesting discussions following each post. You will be able to read them by downloading the pdf…
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Animating your Coursebook

<![CDATA[ Made with wordle.net What is the secret message in the Wordle above? Have you guessed it? If you are pretty happy following your coursebook page after page and exercise after exercise without omitting anything, then this post may read somewhat strange to you. If on the other hand, you have spent the best part of every book…
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