June 2018 archive

Ice breakers – a crowd-sourced list by Jenni Field

Last week I took to Twitter and The IC Crowd to ask for ideas for ice breakers for around 12 people. Thanks to the lovely people out there for all their ideas – I thought I’d compile them here for anyone else asking the same question! Company Speed Dating Split your group into Group A …

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Improving Your English Speaking Skills

You have heard us say this before. In your journey to improve your English, focus on developing your skills in all aspects of the language – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (LSRW). We have talked about focused listening practice as a way to help develop your ear for the English language and gradually increase your …

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How many words do you need to speak a language? By Beth Sagar-Fenton & Lizzy McNeill

Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue? That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4’s More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, they …

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Linking Lessons by Jesse CRAIGNOU

Linking lessons is key to a successful English course and an essential part of lesson planning… Students need to find a logic in the progress of the course to progress themselves… helping their understanding and memory jog along the way… Students often need help recollect their thoughts from the previous lesson to connect it to …

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English teachers, are you talking too much in class? By Declan Cooley

In what ways do English teachers talk too much in the classroom and how can they ‘unlearn’ this tendency? Declan Cooley, teacher trainer on the CELTA course at the British Council in Poland, explains. Reducing the amount teachers talk in the classroom is one of the most frequent issues teachers deal with throughout a training …

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Words, Words, Words! by GEORGINA M.

These activities are meant for groups of Young Learners & Teenagers 📌 LINKING WORDS Purpose: activate & review vocabulary Split the group in two teams. Zigzag turns. One student starts with a word, for example CAT – finishes in T, another student from the other team has 5 seconds to continue the game with a …

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WHY THE BABY BRAIN CAN LEARN TWO LANGUAGES AT THE SAME TIME by MATTHEW LYNCH

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages. Research shows that this is not the case. …

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Best Educational Animation Software for Beginners [Update 2018]

Teaching materials are no longer limited to texts and documents. The development of technology provides people an access to a variety of resources like audios, games, and animations. Animated videos are a great tool for online educators to better the learner’s experiences, with exciting sounds and visuals, that are fun, engaging and motivating, which could …

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Simple Tips To Create Quality E-learning Video Lecture

What are the first images that come to mind when you think of e-learning video lecture? One man or woman, standing still in front of a camera, explaining different concepts and ideas in a monotone voice? Does that sound boring to you? If the answer is a resounding yes, then why not make YOUR video …

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How to make a series of animation for education on tight budget

The value of animation for education is promising regarding its power of visual. Instructional designers have applied animated videos as better learning materials for students’ retention rate and outcomes. Nevertheless, most people think that animations, especially tailor-made ones, are costly. Animated learning videos are not cheap obviously. Still, there are various ways to make it …

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