Conference in Japan: 39th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition, 25- 28 October, 2013

We start to learn even before we are born and continue learning throughout our lives. It’s an important part of the life voyage of each human being. Every one of us has learning stories—our own stories as well as the ones we contribute to as friends, partners, parents, and teachers. What are your learning stories? What are your learning memories? Bring them to Kobe in 2013 and share them with your colleagues. JALT2013 promises to be a captivating port on your lifetime learning voyage.

The call for papers closes 21 April 2013.

39th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition

‘Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile’ by Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey’s  latest blog post is titled “Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile”.

Nik says, “A couple of years back I wrote about a really nice web based tool called Xtranormal and since then I’ve heard from so many teachers saying how useful their students have found it, so I was delighted yesterday to find that the same makes had now produced a free mobile / tablet app called Tellagami. The app runs on a mobile device and allows users to add animated speaking characters to a selection of backgrounds or to the users’ own images. You can then either use text to speech to write a script

BBC TeachingEnglish Article : ‘Teaching pronunciation with phonemic symbols’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled ‘Teaching pronunciation with phonemic symbols’

BBC TeachingEnglish team says, Phonemic symbols represent the sounds of the English language. Using them can be a valuable tool to improving your students’ pronunciation.”

‘Teaching pronunciation with phonemic symbols’

BBC TeachingEnglish

Worksheet: ‘Daily Routines Poster’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled “Daily Routines Poster”

25 pictures dealing with daily routine activities to practise the present simple tense in all forms: affirmative, negative and interrogative. The students can also use it to write about their daily routines or as a pair work activity to ask and aswer questions.

I hope it’s useful!

Download ‘Daily Routines Poster’ Worksheet

 

Worksheet: ‘Family Relations Quiz’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled “Family Relations Quiz”

It’s a short reading quiz for students with lower level of English vocabulary and skills. Students mainly have to find some particular information about the characters in the passage, then they must find a hidden fact after completing all the questions.

Download ‘Family Relations Quiz’ Worksheet

Conference in Canada: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2013, 5- 7 September, 2013

This year we are accepting submissions for paper presentations and colloquia.

Paper Presentation: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors. Each presentation should be 30 minutes, including discussion timeWe recommend that you plan 20 minutes for your talk and leave 10 minutes for discussion. The papers should be presented in English. Your abstract for a paper presentation must not exceed 300 words including all references, and up to FIVE keywords should be included in the submission.  If the abstract is accepted, the person submitting the abstract is expected to register for the conference, pay the registration fee, and present the paper in person.

 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2013

Worksheet: ‘ Health, Food & Lifestyle – Newspaper Article Reading’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Health, Food & Lifestyle – Newspaper Article Reading”.

This is a reading activity aimed at a good pre-intermediate class to Intermediate. There is a short newspaper article about a restaurant that sells very unhealthy food. The worksheet includes a vocabulary match task, the article, comprehension questions and then some discussion questions. There are two versions of the worksheet- the second is a little easier. This is based on a true newspaper article and I have adapted it. Maybe you could ask students if they’ve seen the US programme ‘Man v Food’ or know of something similar in their country!

Download ‘Health, Food & Lifestyle – Newspaper Article Reading’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Regrets and Criticism Worksheet: Should Have, Shouldn’t Have’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Regrets and Criticism Worksheet: Should Have, Shouldn’t Have”.

This is a worksheet for practising should have/shouldn’t have. The verbs are given and there are picture prompts as well to help the students complete the sentences. The key is included. Who says that grammar can’t be fun? Try it out with your students and let me know how it worked. Enjoy your weekend!

Download ‘Regrets and Criticism Worksheet: Should Have, Shouldn’t Have’ Worksheet

BBC TeachingEnglish Article : ‘Global English and the teaching of pronunciation’

BBC TeachingEnglish  team has posted an article titled ‘Global English and the teaching of pronunciation’.

Jennifer Jenkins says, ”The emergence of so many different kinds (or ‘varieties’) of international English has caused a number of linguists to question the use of native speaker pronunciation models in the teaching of English. This article presents my research into the pronunciation of global English and gives some teaching implications.”

Global English and the teaching of pronunciation

BBC TeachingEnglish

 

’20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s latest blog post is titled ”20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps”.

Shelly says, ”We learn through the process of storytelling. Stories give learners a context for knowledge gained and a way to visualize concepts and ideas. Educators can use storytelling to teach any subject and engage students. In addition, teaching our learners to be great storytellers helps give them confidence because they are allowed to be creative and share a part of themselves”.

20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps

Shelly Terrell’s Blog

 

BBC TeachingEnglish Article : ‘Teaching speaking skills 2 – overcoming classroom problems’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled ‘Teaching speaking skills 2 – overcoming classroom problems’.

BBC TeachingEnglish team says, This article is written for teachers with large classes of students who have encountered some of the following or similar problems during speaking activities in their classroom.”

Teaching speaking skills 2 – overcoming classroom problems

BBC TeachingEnglish

 

 

 

‘Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s latest blog post is titled ”Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android”.

Shelly says, “Brainstorming is an important process for any subject and helps improve writing, organizer group ideas, inspires discussion, and provides a roadmap for projects. When brainstorming is combined with sketching, drawing, and graphic organizers it helps learners to organize their thoughts for better flow and organization. Moreover, learners can make connections to previous knowledge and expand on what they already know. This means the brain will process the new information into long-term memory. Our learners can utilize free mobile apps to brainstorm on the go whenever they feel inspired.  The following are brainstorming apps for IOS/Android devices.”

Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android

Shelly Terrell’s Blog

 

 

BBC TeachingEnglish Article : ‘Vocabulary records’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled ‘Vocabulary records’

BBC TeachingEnglish team says, “When I write a new word up on the board, I rarely only write the word itself. I try to consider what extra useful information I should include. This is related of course to my aims but also in a more general way to what my learners need to know and how they can understand this. I always try to write up a short example which helps my learners understand meaning and usage, and if I think it is relevant I add other related words, for example derivatives, words with similar meaning, or an idiom based on the word. I also add phonemic script if it is useful. I try not to add too much information every time, obviously, but find this approach not only helps learners record and learn new words, but also expand their awareness of language systems.”

‘Vocabulary records’

BBC TeachingEnglish

 

‘Writer resources: dictionary and thesaurus’ by Josette LeBlanc

Josette LeBlanc’s latest blog post is titled “Writer resources: dictionary and thesaurus”.

Josette says, ” I’m often fascinated by the fact that many of my teacher-traineess have barely used a thesaurus. I thought maybe they weren’t alone, and that the email I just sent them could be of use to someone else out there.”

Writer resources: dictionary and thesaurus

Josette LeBlanc’s Blog

‘How I dealt to checking a New Zealand idiom’ by Warsaw Will

Warsaw Will’s latest blog post is titled “How I dealt to checking a New Zealand idiom”.

Warsaw says, “The prepositions that most commonly follow the verb deal are with and in, depending on meaning. In fact these collocations are so common, that deal with and deal in are often treated as phrasal verbs (or sometimes, prepositional verbs), for example at the OALD (scroll down to Phrasal Verbs). But it appears that in one corner of the English-speaking world, at least, deal with has a competitor.”

How I dealt to checking a New Zealand idiom

Warsaw Will’s Blog

‘6 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “6 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers”.

Lisa says, “Here’s the thing. You don’t spend money and professional development time to purchase clickers. You can capture student’s thoughts and ideas for free using whatever device they have whether it’s a dumb phone, tablet, or  laptop.”

6 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers

Lisa Nielsen’s Blog

BBC TeachingEnglish Article : ‘Using texts constructively: what are texts for?’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled ‘Using texts constructively: what are texts for?’

BBC TeachingEnglish team says, “Text use may seem a dull topic after all the exciting matters that other guest writers have dealt with recently. However, language learning is, after all, learning language, not just doing fun things with it. And texts – by which I mean the relatively short spoken and written passages that come in textbooks and other teaching materials – can, if they are used properly, play an important part in the learning process. So here goes.”

‘Using texts constructively: what are texts for?’

BBC TeachingEnglish

Teaching English Grammar in Use: Past Simple


We know that, The Grammar is Backbone of Language. In Language classroom, for teacher has major problem is How can we teach Grammar in classroom?. In this video has mainly talks about Past Simple grammar explanation by Cambridge University Press. This is very important for English Teacher.
I hope You enjoy it.