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Lesson Ideas

10 December 2012

12 useful blog posts

Martin Sketchley has chosen the 12 blog posts he’d most like you to know about from his site.

10 December 2012

Giving presentations in English

Alex Case has reorganised his list of worksheets and articles on giving presentations in English.

07 December 2012

Using short stories in class

Sandy Millin shares a list of ideas for using short stories in class.

06 December 2012

Digital stories for very young English language learners

Özge Karaoğlu writes about the new, free Daisy, Drago, the Magic Wand story you can download for Apple or Android devices, animated by the very young learners at the language school she works in.

05 December 2012

Simplified magazine texts for language learners

New Internationalist Magazine have a new section for English language learners, containing lots of cleverly simplified texts. Thanks to Alex Case for the link.

05 December 2012

Free IELTS worksheet samples

You can download samples from the Reading and Writing Skills books in the IELTS Advantage series from DELTA Publishing.

05 December 2012

Online language learning tools

Özge Karaoğlu lists her favourite online language learning tools of the year.

04 December 2012

Apps for mobile learning

Shelly Sanchez Terrell describes around 45 free and commercial mobile apps recommended by teachers.

04 December 2012

Speed-reading challenges for fluency development

Sean Banville adds a new speed-reading section to his Breaking News English website.

03 December 2012

Lesson ideas for Christmas

Martin Sketchley and his commentators share some great Christmas lesson ideas.

01 December 2012

Why focus on collocations in class

Jeremy Taylor explains why collocations are so important to language development and lists some useful classroom activities (in .pdf format).

01 December 2012

Free book-part download

DELTA Publishing now offer the sixth part of The Resourceful English Teacher for free download.

28 November 2012

Apps for the holidays

Shelly Terrell describes around 30 online and smartphone apps related to Christmas and holidays more generally.

24 November 2012

Teaching kindness

Shelly Terrell suggests some ways you can teach young learners how to be kind, or how best to behave as classroom citizens.

22 November 2012

Treetop rescue YouTube lesson idea

Jamie Keddie shares another great video lesson for intermediate learners, this time based on the rescue of a radio-controlled plane.

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Teacher Development

15 December 2012

Online TD

Larry Ferlazzo lists some excellent online resources for free continuing professional development.

15 December 2012

On dealing with tragedies

In the wake of the latest horrific school shooting in the US, Larry Ferlazzo has compiled a list of resources on talking with children about tragedies.

15 December 2012

On extrinsic and intrinsic motivators

Larry Ferlazzo shares some interesting ideas on how extrinsic motivators can detrimentally replace intrinsic ones.

14 December 2012

On blogging and ESOL

Vicky Loras interviews Carol Goodey about how she got involved in ESOL and her experiences with blogging and Twitter.

13 December 2012

Educational trends for the next year

Nicky Hockly describes five eduational trends for 2013.

12 December 2012

What to do when students don’t like each other in class

Mike J Harrison solicits some good advice on dealing with confrontational students in class.

12 December 2012

Classroom management with YLs

Dave Dodgson shares slides and links from his seminar on young learners and classroom management.

11 December 2012

Dogme in ELT presentation

Martin Sketchley shares his presentation and handout for a talk on using dogme ideas in language classrooms.

11 December 2012

Trying different ways to learn

Shelly Terrell on the importance of encouraging students to experiment with different approaches to learning.

11 December 2012

Involving young learners in classroom activities

Dave Dodgson shares some good ideas on classroom management with young learners.

11 December 2012

Encouraging creative vocabulary use in class

Teresa Bestwick shows one way you can encourage learners to experiment with English in class.

11 December 2012

On CPD and being an educator

In interview with Vicky Loras, Güven Çağdaş Gündoğdu explains how he got into teaching and how he goes about his continuing professional development.

06 December 2012

Survey on mobile learning in ELT

Nik Peachey asks for your reflections in his Mobile Learning in ELT 2013 Survey.

06 December 2012

Frances Eales interview

Martin Sketchley interviews Cutting Edge and Speakout author Frances Eales.

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Audio and Video

24 July 2012

Working with images

Shelly Terrell on how to enliven language classes with online images, and why it’s a good idea to do so.

16 July 2012

Alan Maley at the 2012 ELTons

Alan Maley reflects on his time so far in ELT, after winning the lifetime achievement award at the 2012 ELTons (click on the above link to open on the British Council website).

15 July 2012

On Digital Play

ELTon 2012 award-winners Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer discuss their new book on using computer games to help teach English.

15 July 2012

On the Sounds mobile app

Matt Kay and Adrian Underhill interviewed about their excellent pronunciation app, at the 2012 ELTon awards.

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