Tagged: authentic

A Cowbird Lesson example

I’ve long been a member of Cowbird and it’s a sterling example of real, authentic listening/reading/watching for ELLs. Along with several other sites that are truly “authentic”, it is ranked at the top of my list.  Off the top of my head, for students, I’d...

On Praxis: Making teaching “real”

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” – Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe How do we take our teaching to the next step? From mere classroom activity and into the wide, open...

The Proust Questionnaire in the EFL Classroom

Last week, I made a simple flash presentation for teachers that list all the questions used in Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire. Also, listed the resources I’ve made for pairs to use the questionnaire (it is a kind of “reading role play” where one person is a...

Sign Language

Sign Language

No diatribe, no long speech or pronouncement. Just a task – so we can help each other. Watch this wonderful video below and tell me how you might use it in class. What would you do before / during / after the video? Any ideas?...

The #1 …..(authentic material in ELT)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Get the full eBook The Local Newspaper I’m a big believer in the need and importance of both using authentic materials and current events in our classrooms.  Of all the authentic materials available, I...

Woices – travel, record, listen …

Woices – travel, record, listen …

Woices is Wonderful! It is a fairly new site which enables teachers or students to roam and listen to authentic audio about different places. Even download it for classroom use! Basically, you browse a google map, find a region of the world you want to...

REALize it! Use Authentic Materials.

FULL SCREENThis past week, I had a guest lecturer visit my student teachers. He lectured on lesson planning but the last half, he spent outlining some of his great lesson ideas (including the Subservient Chicken!) . As he went through them, I realized a strand...

Using Authentic Video

In the last few years, one of the biggest changes for language teachers is our access to authentic materials. The world now comes to us and especially videos! It is much easier now for teachers to find “real English” on video. This article highlights many...

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