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{June 4, 2011}   Books for Everyone

Doing some googling, I came across an EXCELLENT website where you can get public domain books just FOR FREE.

The site I’m talking about is FeedBooks, and I’ve already selected some books for my students to read. Which ones would you choose?

(To be sincere, I also chose one for me: “Little Dorrit” – just because I found the title really amusing and I know the tv series :-P)



Did you ever want to work with something different in your Business English lessons?

This year, I felt the need to use something unusual just to break with the routine. Working every single lesson on specific vocabulary made me feel my students were not learning enough. So, I carried out a little investigation -I googled, in other words 😉 – just in search of different ideas that could work with my students.

I got inspired for an intermediate-level class, which was starting on March 3rd. We were very close to a new holiday here in Argentina, and I thought it would be very nice to work with “why” we have that holiday. During my “investigation”, I came across lots of materials about Mardi Gras. My students LOVED the idea and the material, since they didn’t know about this celebration.

And tomorrow, March 17th, two more groups are starting and I’m preparing a lesson on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you like this idea, you can go to this site, where I found LOTS of interesting activities to carry out with students of different age groups. If you work with young people, you may find this audio story really useful. Or you can just ask me for the material I used 🙂

 

PS: I feel really tired today, but I wanted to share this with you since it’s been ages since my last post!



My adult students LOVED this fragment from Top Gear. Using authentic material with your advanced students is a great idea to make them live the language they are learning.



{February 3, 2011}   Site Recommendation

2011 brought a very nice site to my browser:

It’s a free registration site for learning and practising English, while sharing materials and having a good time with people from all over the world. I’ve been posting here and there this last month, and I highly recommend the site!

 

See you there soon!



{January 23, 2011}   Newspapers in the classroom

When working with adult students, it is a very good idea to use newspapers in your lessons to work with cultural issues. But not only in the target language. You can also use articles from newspapers in your own language and make your students discuss their content in English.

For example: An intermediate group of 4 adults working on crime vocabulary can be given 4 different articles in their own language to read. Then, they have to explain what they read using the new vocabulary in the target language. I started using this technique specially with adults in business English groups, since they asked me to work a bit on translation.

Here you can find some newspapers in English:

http://www.thebigproject.co.uk/news/

http://www.englishstudydirect.com/OSAC/medianews.htm

And here you can find newspapers from all over the world:

http://www.world-newspapers.com

 

Note: I’m sharing this in englishtalk.org, a forum you shouldn’t miss if you are interested in English language learning!



{September 2, 2010}   Nice stuff

I’ve been doing my homework and I came across several interesting articles on the net.

Technology that we all cannot live without, by Johnny Hart

How regional dialects are spreading around the UK thanks to Facebook and Twitter, by Daily Mail Reporter

Phrases we will hear a lot…,  by Ron Dzwonkowski

I’m planning to use some excerpts to show my students some “real” pieces of news. Hope you like them too!


I’m a compulsive Internet user. Guess you already know that xD
Through all this years, I’ve collected materials from everywhere, and there are lots of bookmarks on my firefox library.
Keep connected, I’ll post many interesting sites on Saturday! (too much work today!)



{March 27, 2010}   Info on Clil

I was webbing a while and I came across this link with very interesting and useful information on CLIL.

Hope you like it!



{March 15, 2010}   Working in Kinder

Working in kinder differs immensely from working with primary school children. In kinder, you have to adapt your language, your pronunciation and your body language to help children understand what is happening around them.

Here are a few tips to make the best of your kinder classes:

1. Stick to a routine. Young children learn better in an organized way. Keep your classroom tidy, use hello and goodbye songs, use the idea of a circle time when you want to introduce new concepts and ideas.

2.Be organized. Stick to timing. Remember that English lessons in kinder usually last between 30 and 45 minutes, and you surely want your kids to make profit from those classes. Pay a visit to the class teacher and ask her for permission to watch some of her classes to see how the kids work. Ask the class teacher for available materials, and ask if you can have your own English corner, to display the kids’ work. Tell her about the topics you are going to work, so she can help you monitor your students while they work. If the class teacher doesn’t stay during your period, leave her little notes telling her how the class went on.

3. Send kids’ work periodically to their parents. Summarize the kids’ work after a monthly period, so their parents can see their progress.

4. Classroom techniques. There are many ways to work with little kids, but you always have to remember that they need to USE the language to actually learn it. Presenting, practicing and consolidating language helps the development of fine motor skills. Choose one or two students to help, they will love to! Check that you have all your materials before coming into the classroom!

5. Written Work. As I said before, little kids have short English lessons, but you can profit a lot from them! try to plan several classes in advance, and every other class make them do some kind of written work, for their parents to see their progress at the end of the year.

BONUS: I’m going to prepare a short play based on the Three Little Pigs, for my preschoolers (kinder -5). I think that including drama in your classes is great to get the students involved with the language.

Use games, songs, chants, rhymes, stories, drama and have lots of fun with the kids!

Great sites to find material for kids:

http://www.readinga-z.com/

http://www.welcometoenglishandfun.com/

http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/

http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids.htm



{March 15, 2010}   Stories, stories

Every single student likes stories. We, teachers, love telling stories since we can feel like actors on stage. But we also like stories to analyze and work with the language in a different way.

Here is a list of sites where you can find lots of short stories to work with your students.

http://www.rong-chang.com/qa2/

http://www.world-english.org/stories.htm

http://www.short-stories.co.uk/

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/childrenindex.html

http://www.humor-short-stories.com/

http://www.humor.freeuk.com/

http://www.ivyjoy.com/

http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/stories/animals.htm

http://library.thinkquest.org/3500/arctic_animal_stories.html

http://www.americanfolklore.net/animal-stories.html

http://www.rong-chang.com/qa2/

http://www.pocanticohills.org/5thgrade99/animals.htm

http://www.mkm-haifa.co.il/schools/habonim/lemida/animals_sviva/animals_%20in_danger.htm

http://hca.gilead.org.il/

http://www.magickeys.com/books/

http://www.vtaide.com/png/stories.htm

http://www.longlongtimeago.com/

http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/childrens_stories.htm

http://www.popularchildrenstories.com/

http://www.magickeys.com/books/links.html

http://www.4to40.com/fables/list.asp

http://www.kidsfables.com/

http://www.indianchild.com/short_stories.htm

http://www.pacificnet.net/~johnr/aesop/

http://www.kids-pages.com/folders/stories/Aesops_Fables/page1.htm

http://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/aesop.htm

http://www.kidsites.com/sites-fun/stories.htm

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/

http://www.storylineonline.net/

http://thestoryhome.com/tag/fairytale/

http://www.storyarts.org

http://www.infinite-story.com/

http://www.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Alphabet.aspx

http://www.magickeys.com/books/patrick/index.html

http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html#books

http://kids.nypl.org/reading/Childrensebooks.cfm

http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/index.html

And my well known bonus is for….

http://www.jokesaboutteachers.net/



et cetera