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50 Best Practices For Language Teachers

                     50 “Best Practices” For Language Teachers                     “It’s a funny thing. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”                              – Arnold Palmer Through practice and experience...

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Get A Random TED Talk

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are enjoyable and stimulate the brain. Mind snacks. I love them despite the continuing bad press these days. So I built this random TED Talk player. Just hit the button to reload and get a random one in HD...

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50 Ways To Use Music & Song

I’m presently working hard on a number of forthcoming 50 lists. I intend to publish a new one each month this year and then end the year combining them all in one publication. Some of the lists forthcoming are; * 50 ways to teach writing...

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What is your metaphor?

Metaphors are powerful things for teachers.  They are the very building blocks of thought and allow us to see what isn’t there, to connect on a higher level to hidden realities.   Cynthia Ozick in her timeless essay, “Metaphor and Memory”  talks of metaphor as...

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Simple Tasks For Teaching

Recently on the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog, I posted 3 lists of 50 tasks that teachers can use in their teaching – asking students to do them and “practice” language, the skill that is language speaking/reading/writing/listening. Surprised to death at how popular these lists were!...

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Keeping the ideas flowing….

I think that the godhead, the soul, the core of the new technology paradigm is “the pipeline of ideas”. We now have the ability to correspond, share, connect, learn with, learn from, engage so many, all over the world. This is truly revolutionary and changing...

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Finding Stuff

It’s not easy on the web these days. There is so much and seemingly so little time. The more search engines are perfected, the more social media evolves, the more notifications improve, we still seem way behind and fail at keeping up with “the new”....

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Bests Posts 2010-2011

I’d like to share as the year comes to a close – My best “Teaching Advice” blog posts. Also, my best “Practical Teaching Posts”. [Next – I’ll outline the Best posts about “Language”. ] Note: all posts link to the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog which...

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Guessing Games

A short post about a very BIG topic – Guessing. Along with prediction, it is a very important skill in any English teachers arsenal and one that can be used with great effectiveness. Last night, was visiting this amazing site – Children’s Books Online: The...

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Teaching with a blank piece of paper

Even now, this late in the day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me — more promising than a silver cloud, and prettier than a red wagon. – E.B. White I’ve just returned from “a return” to nature. Hiked...

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Einstein: Ideas and Opinions

I’m still going through and wiping down (cleaning) all my books and shelving them. It’s a long process because I continually keep “taking a break” and sitting down reading and reliving old memories. Yesterday, came upon Einstein’s “Ideas and Opinions”. A book given to me...

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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...

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Teachers – who needs them?

I just came home from the movies.  In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, “I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself, from a...

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The #1 ….. ( Teaching Tool)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. A Blank Piece of Paper I’m sure many of you might have voted for the board, the computer, the photocopier, some may have even opted for a pen or pencil. However, I really think...

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REALize it! Use Authentic Materials.

FULL SCREEN This 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...

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Don’t play games – make games!

Katie Salen in the video, outlines a new school concept (well, not really new but innovative anyway) – a school where the curriculum is totally based around “gaming”. Yeah, that’s right, GAMES. No, the students aren’t sitting around all day playing computer games. Rather, they...

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Using Flashcards to Teach Languages

Using Flashcards and Teaching English View more documents from David Deubelbeiss DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS OUT (also see our hundreds of online sets in our Quizlet Group!) WHY? Games are fun and motivational. They increase student talk time (production). Visuals add context to the language...

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Teaching Writing – Activities and Ideas

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” — Jules Renard “ideas to get your student’s pencils moving” DOWNLOAD THIS Writing is and isn’t an easy thing to do in the classroom. Especially nowadays when students don’t have long attention spans and are more...