October 2017 archive

Create Powerful Learning Experiences with Visuals

Did you know that the human brain can process visuals way faster than text? Yep, not only are they more interesting and eye-catching, it’s a proven fact that we’re actually wired to respond more favorably to visuals. Furthermore, according to a recent study, 65% of the population now consists of visuals learners which would explain …

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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners BY MIDDLEWEB By Barbara Blackburn

In a 2014 Education Week report, Engaging Students for Success: Findings from a National Survey, the authors asked teachers for their perspective on a variety of topics. Several of their findings are pertinent. ✻ 87% of educators believe that student engagement and motivation are “very important to student achievement.” Engagement and motivation were ranked higher …

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10 study skills to teach your exam students

22 May 2017 It’s nearly June and so for many language students that means it’s the start of the exam season. In this post, ELT author Louis Rogers (currently developing a new ETpedia title for exam classes) suggests ways for teachers to encourage and develop good study habits among students as part of their exam …

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DICTATION RE-IMAGINED by Alex Warren

Many moons ago when I was learning French at school, our teacher always insisted on doing dictations. He absolutely loved them, and yes, you guessed it, we hated them. Apart from anything else they were boring and repetitive and we didn’t really see the point in them. So imagine my surprise then (or maybe it …

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30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students by Lucie Renard

Aug 09, 2017 I’m always excited when I’m using Padlet. Is it the interface, the way everything is designed, its purpose or the fact that I’m organizing things smoothly? I don’t know. It just makes me happy. And today I’ll try to make you happy as well. How is it that this online Post-it board …

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A very long list of linguistics movies, documentaries, and TV show episodes Looking for linguistics and language-related films to watch? by Mary Ann Walter

A very long list of linguistics movies, documentaries, and TV show episodes Looking for linguistics and language-related films to watch? Mary Ann Walter, a linguist who runs a linguistics film series at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus, has kindly forwarded her very extensive list of linguistically-relevant movies, documentaries, and episodes of TV shows, and …

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Using Video in the ELT Classroom by Oxford University Press ELT

Using Video in the ELT Classroom 27 July 2017 by Oxford University Press ELT Jamie Keddie is a teacher, trainer and storyteller who has shared his insights and ideas in over 40 different countries. He is the founder of Lessonstream, the resource site for teachers. He is the author of ‘Images’ (OUP 2009), ‘Bringing online …

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15 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick

Sep 1, 2017 Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust is a currency of a human classroom. So I thought I’d gather twelve of them to start with. The idea of “good teaching” is an …

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How Dictionary Editors Find Meaning in the Age of Internet Speak by Daniel Crown

Oct 3 2017, 6:00pm Is it the modern lexicographer’s job to protect the English language, or to document it? In September 2011, the Oxford English Dictionary, in publication since the 1880s, unceremoniously added a new sense to the definition of a once uncontroversial word: literally. “adv. 1c. colloq.,” it read. “Used to indicate that some …

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Why not make teaching English for exams fun ? By Larissa Albano

03 December 2014 – 10:42 ‘You can create your own multiple-answer questions along with a picture and share them on Facebook and/or Twitter.’ Image courtesy of the author ‘You can create your own multiple-answer questions along with a picture and share them on Facebook and/or Twitter.’ © Larissa Albano Larissa Albano, who won the latest …

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