‘The Story of Sounds: Episode 16: Using /iː/ and /uː/ to locate the ‘tongue button’’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s latest blog post is titled “The Story of Sounds: Episode 16: Using /iː/ and /uː/ to locate the ‘tongue button’”.

Adrian says, “When exploring sounds it is always helpful to keep in mind this important fact: Consonants have relatively fixed places in the mouth where the soundis produced. You bring two surfaces together to make a restriction, provide voiced or unvoiced air pressure against that restriction, and obtain the characteristic sound of that consonant.” 

The Story of Sounds: Episode 16: Using /iː/ and /uː/ to locate the ‘tongue button’

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Conference in Spain: ICERI2013 (6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation), 18- 20 November, 2013

ICERI2013 provides the ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences. It is the perfect platform to discuss the latest developments in the field of Teaching and learning methodologies, educational projects and innovations and new technologies applied to Education and Research.

ICERI2013 (6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation)

Worksheet: ‘Directions and Places Game’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Directions and Places Game”.

This is a teaching tool that can be printed and laminated to keep for a useful resource. It includes a town map with streets (colour names), and shops, school etc. It has simple quiz cards to be used with the map and spinner as a game. Also included are cards with words and pictures of the places on the map and the things you will find in shops ie. scissors in the hairdressers etc. These cards can be used to pre teach all the words then used as a memory game later. You can incorporate different grammar to suite your students. You will find all the instructions on page 7.

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Worksheet: ‘Getting Around: Questions’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet tiled ”Getting Around: Questions”.

Worksheet for beginners to understand the use of ‘when’ & ‘where’ questions to get around. Simple exercises of time and place to encourage confidence in asking for help/understanding answers and developing conversational skills. Feel free to change anything to suit your students!

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Article: ‘Addressing Student Individual Needs: (But How do You Even Know What They Are?): Methods to Target Student Areas for Growth’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Addressing Student Individual Needs: (But How do You Even Know What They Are?): Methods to Target Student Areas for Growth’.

This probably seems so much a truism as to be laughable, but we sometimes forget it: even a relatively “homogeneous” class of ESL students of similar culture and level can have very different learning needs and goals. For example, some may be there for academic needs, others vocational; some may want to improve speaking skills, others writing; some may work better in groups and others individually.

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‘A good deed: Free downloadable lesson’ by Rachael Roberts

Rachael Roberts’s latest blog post is titled “A good deed: Free downloadable lesson”.

Rachael says, “A free downloadable lesson, based around an authentic audio recording from Storycorps.com, where Virginia recalls a good deed her father did during the Great Depression in America.”

A good deed: Free downloadable lesson

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‘Room Recess – Educational Games for Kids’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Room Recess – Educational Games for Kids”.

Richard says, “Room Recess is a free and advertising-free educational games sites developed by an elementary school teacher. The site currently features fourteen games. Room Recess offers seven math games and seven word games. Some of the games are one player games while others are two player games. All of the games can be played without creating an account on the site.”

Room Recess – Educational Games for Kids

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Conference in UK: 3rd Global Conference: Communication and Conflict, 5 – 7 September, 2013

Our ability to communicate successfully affects so many aspects of our lives. Difficulties,  indeed failures, or breakdowns in communication can playa major role in hostility, conflict and war. Communication problems can also lead to personal frustration and desired outcomes not being realised.

3rd Global Conference: Communication and Conflict

Conference in China: 3rd Language Arts and Linguistics Conference, 29 – 30 September, 2013

Rapprochement between linguistic and language studies, and the more traditional literary studies is a global trend which includes Hong Kong as well as many other parts of the world.  This rapprochement is underway in academic circles, as contemporary global culture enhances connections and the legitimacy of new kinds and contexts of interpretations.  It is underway in the classroom, reframing the way we understand language teaching and learning, syllabi and curricula, the media we use to access and explore literary content, and the lives of the teaching professionals involved in these changes.

3rd Language Arts and Linguistics Conference

Article: ‘Beautiful and Charming: 3 Stunning Strategies to Practicing Adjectives for Any Level’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ‘Beautiful and Charming: 3 Stunning Strategies to Practicing Adjectives for Any Level”.

You cannot go wrong utilizing pictures to practice using adjectives. There are so many great activities that you can generate as long as you have a stock of photographs. Choose glossy pictures of people, outdoor scenes, homes, famous people, or anything else that you find interesting. Cut them out of magazines and glue them to construction paper and laminate for even longer use. You can begin with thirty to forty pictures and continue adding to them when you have the time. There are endless possibilities for ways to use pictures.

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Worksheet: ‘Adjectives + Preposition Elementary Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Adjectives + Preposition Elementary Worksheet”.

This is a worksheet for teaching the use of prepositions after some adjectives at elementary level.There’s a brief explanation followed by 3 different and easy activities. The answer key is included.

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Article: ‘9 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Students Motivated (Part Two)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ”’9 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Students Motivated (Part Two)”.

Whether you are teaching second graders or secondary school, telling your students that they are doing a good job means a lot. Perhaps getting positive feedback  from our teachers meant more when we were children than it does as adults, but that doesn’t mean that we no longer need to hear praise from our teachers. When we know that our efforts are appreciated and that those efforts have helped us reach our goals, we are more motivated to make additional efforts in the future. Teachers can praise their students in many effective ways. Perhaps the most simple is saying, “Good job” when our students do something right.

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Worksheet: ‘Be/Get Used to and Used to/Would Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled “‘Be/Get Used to and Used to/Would Worksheet”.

This presentation is designed to explain and practice BE/GET USED TO and USED TO/WOULD. It has two short exercises after the explanation. There’s also a task on listening to a song “Somebody that I used to know”, filling in the gaps (you can find them on this website as well) and then making up sentences about the events described in the song.

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‘Teaching the present perfect’ by Anne Hodgson

Anne Hodgson’s latest blog post is titled “Teaching the present perfect”.

Anne says, “Alongstanding client of mine recently wanted to pick up lessons again with the aim of refreshing his grammar skills, to increase his confidence in using the language which he is already quite proficient in and uses on a daily basis.”

Teaching the present perfect

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‘Short Films for Reading Comprehension – Take 2!’ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “Short Films for Reading Comprehension – Take 2!”.

Naomi says, “The students need to be familiar with a number of different types of reading comprehension questions and how to answer them. I ended the lesson today’s lesson using the short film “The Power Of Words” to highlight (or rather, put a spotlight on) YES /No questions or TRUE / FALSE questions that require the students to support their answer.”

Short Films for Reading Comprehension – Take 2!

 Naomi Epstein’s Blog

‘A very bad, horrible, no good class’ by Barbara Sakamoto

Barbara Sakamoto’s latest blog post is titled “A very bad, horrible, no good class”.

Barbara says, “This is a mixed ability class, where brand new beginners have joined an existing class. The beginners were the students who were most energetic (and a bit out of control). The mother offering her impression of the problem is the parent of one of the more experienced learners.”

A very bad, horrible, no good class

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‘Bringing the four skills together’ – Oxford University Press ELT

Oxford University Press ELT latest blog post is titled “Bringing the four skills together”.

Oxford University Press ELT blog contains, “It was a genuine pleasure to watch highly motivated collaborative learning in action, something that we teachers have strived to achieve for years and that for so many young people today is part of their lives. Part of their lives thanks to technology.”

Bringing the four skills together

Oxford University Press ELT Blog

‘Digital literacies 5: Remix in the classroom’ by Nicky Hockly

Nicky Hockly’s latest blog post is titled “Digital literacies 5: Remix in the classroom”.

Nicky says, “Giving regular workshops about digital literacies, this is a reaction that I often get when we talk about remix literacy, arguably one of the more complex of the literacies. But let’s back up here. First, what is it?”

Digital literacies 5: Remix in the classroom

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