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Stories from the Trenches

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If you’ve been to any of my training sessions, workshops, presentations – you’ll know I often start with a story  They are a perfect way to frame conversation and get us thinking about our teaching.  We are hard wired for narrative and I think for both language teaching and teacher professional development, we should be […]

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5 Card Flickr – Storytelling….

Yesterday on twitter, I was pinged and asked about “Storyboards”. I offered my own collected resources, including Story Dominoes. Both fine resources with photos which students can use to either tell or write a story. A wonderful activity (and always make sure to get students to share their stories, the final part of the learning […]

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Joking Matters

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I’ve spent the weekend reading the Heidegger and a Hippo walk through those Pearly Gates, the sequel to the amazing Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar. Amazing books that combine commentary with jokes. As I’m reading, I was thinking of how jokes so well inform us teachers. So many times, jokes have framed […]

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The #1 …. (EFL Prof. Development site)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The British Council’s – Teaching English Last week I wrote about the #1 Professional Development site for ESL. This week, the focus is EFL. I’m a big fan of  the power of “Teaching Voices”, the development that comes when teachers share their own stories […]

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Stories for Teachers

It’s 2011 and I want to start telling some more stories! I’m a firm believer that the best teachers are those that tell stories in order to teach. (and research suggests this and also essential for great presentations).  I’ve collected my stories HERE on EFL Classroom 2.0 and hope some teachers will take a visit. […]

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The #1 … (activity which fosters language development)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Get the full eBook Retelling Getting our students retelling, even in a very simple form, is SO powerful! It creates active listeners and learners and really enlivens the learning process. Throughout my own career as an EFL teacher, retelling is something I plan into […]

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The #1 translated and subtitled video material

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Get the full eBook 6 Billion Others 6 Billion Others is a video series of interviews with real people. All translated impeccably. They really teach us, through humans telling their own stories about fear, love, childhood, family, god, dreams….. If education is anything, it […]

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The #1 …. (creative writing site online for language students)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Storybird Without a doubt. It features beautiful illustrations which students choose to create a “story bird” or book. Sharable, beautiful, motivating – they really, really unleash the creativity and language of students. It is the ultimate story writing site. I use this with my […]

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Story/Picture book Making

Writing storybooks or making picture books is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll use my own Mr. X’s incredible Day/Yesterday as an example. […]

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An Amazing Teacher

An Amazing Teacher. from David Deubelbeiss on Vimeo. I think it so important now that teachers have access to streamed video – so important for teachers to watch other teachers. Here’s a player I’ve made as a start. These videos are revealing and helpful for teachers, watching, we absorb and see the little things. It […]

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The #1 ……. (Story to teach at Christmas)

** Not your ordinary endless list – just what’s number 1. Just the BEST. The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry I know, I know, there are so many great Christmas stories. I know, I know, you have your own favorite. However, all the great stories don’t hold a candle to The Gift of the […]

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The #1 …… (story for predicting)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The Eyebrow Story by Peter Reynold’s This story highlights the power of prediction for engaging students in a story and prompting them to produce language. Simply get a student as a reader (with a microphone if possible). Read together and stop at certain points. […]

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THE POWER AND MAGIC OF SHARED READING

Someone once quipped that genius was “seeing the obvious”. Or as William James added, “the ability to overlook the irrelevant”. Well, by that criteria, I think I’m up there with Einstein and Hawkings because not a day goes by without me being astounded by the power of the written word. I am reminded of it […]

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How God made “the teacher”.

It isn’t easy being a teacher, is it? So much we have to do and be capable of – almost takes super human ability. However there is one quality that truly sets a great teacher apart. Watch this presentation and find out what I think that is…. it is an imaginary conversation between God and […]

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Teaching Struggles – Some Medicine.

I have the honor and privilege of quite often giving end of year, end of course, graduation and other speeches to teachers. I take it seriously and usually end with a story. Stories work well and inspire. One of the ones I’ve used most often is this one – MAKE A DIFFERENCE. But I have […]

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Manga and comics in the EFL Classroom?

I’m a BIG proponent of storytelling as a way to support language acquisition. Especially culturally specific stories like folktales, jokes, anecdotes and personal stories. We are hardwired for the narrative aspects of language. Studies have shown how allowing students to put their learning into a story form, really increases learning substantially. Teachers have even tried […]

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The Power of Story…

Whatever the subject, I believe that stories should play a vital role. We are hardwired to learn through stories and more importantly to “embed” within our subconscious mind, the lessons and learning of life, by way of story. Wisdom is a story. I have used stories in the EFL classroom and especially funny stories (there […]

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