Conference in Chile: International Conference: Literature and Film, 9 – 10 October, 2013

What is the relationship between Literature and Film? Is it possible to adapt a literary work to screen? In other words, is it possible to narrate the same story in such different languages? What do we mean when we speak about “adapting” a literary work to screen? Are there films that have “improved” their literary sources? What do we mean by “fidelity” to the text? Is adaptation a “translation” or rather a “re-interpretation”? How do we understand the relationship between the original source and its adaptation? What is the impact of adapting literary classics to a modern context?

International Conference: Literature and Film

‘Z is the 1st letter of their alphabet’ by Tyson Seburn

Tyson Seburn’s latest blog post is titled “Z isthe 1st letter of their alphabet”.

Tyson says, “For two years, I have been holding on to this story from The New York Times in my vault of possible blog posts. For many language teachers including myself, it is a riveting glimpse into a language learning experience opposite in perspective to how we experience it as teachers in the classroom.”

Z is the 1st letter of their alphabet

Tyson Seburn’s Blog

Worksheet: ‘Movie Worksheet: 8 Secrets of Success (with PPT)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Movie Worksheet: 8 Secrets of Success (with PPT)”.

This is a PPT based on a 3-min video called “8 Secrets of Success” on TED.com. It is useful for practicing speaking skills, especially discussion about topics and behaviours related to success; answering questions; learning some vocab about success; and can be altered to include mingling and writing activities. Please see the brief lesson plan in the notes section of the first slide. 🙂

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‘Google Voice simplifies and enhances the work of innovative educators’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “Google Voice simplifies and enhances the work of innovative educators”.

Lisa says, “Google Voice is a terrific tool for educators. Google Voice gives you one phone number that is tied to you. You can chose to have that phone number ring any phone you’d like. As a result, you can pick just one phone to take with you and all your phones will ring into it. You will never again need to carry multiple phones or swap phones. Another feature that teachers will love is that it gives every teacher their personal secretary as all voicemails are transcribed.”

 Google Voice simplifies and enhances the work of innovative educators

Lisa Nielsen’s Blog

Worksheet: ‘Interrogative Pronouns’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ” ‘Interrogative Pronouns”.

This worksheet is a revision for interrogatives. Students have to complete the sentences next to the pictures. On the second page you can find some exercises where sts arrange the words to write correct questions. I hope you find this interesting for your pupils.

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‘Wrong Angle: An activity to practice /ŋ/ in different positions’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest post is titled “Wrong Angle: An activity to practice /ŋ/ in different positions”.

Jennifer says, “Often a student’s question prompts me to create an activity. I see the need for a certain kind of practice, and I try to offer that practice through a sequence of steps that helps learners not only practice a language point, but also internalize the underlying rules or patterns.”

Wrong Angle: An activity to practice /ŋ/ in different positions

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog

‘Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.’ by David Petrie

David Petrie’s latest blog post is titled “Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.”

David says, “Ariely has four talks up on TED at the moment, all of which are good value and are worth watching – some interesting ideas on product differentiation for the managers amongst you – but the talk on the nature of our work struck some chords, not just with memories of the life before ELT as a faceless administrative drone, but also with their applicability to an educational setting.”

Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.

David Petrie’s Blog

‘Classroom Management with EFL Students (by Natalie Britton)’ by Barbara Sakamoto

Barbara Sakamoto’s latest blog post is titled “Classroom Management with EFL Students (by Natalie Britton)”.

Barbara says, “Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But really, it’s only a little. I felt like I was watching a pack of wild animals storm into my room when I was expecting an orderly line of studious, well-behaved pupils to sit down quietly and give me doe-eyed, ready-to-learn expressions. The struggle to control middle school students in South Korea is no secret amongst native English teachers.”

Classroom Management with EFL Students (by Natalie Britton)

Barbara Sakamoto’s Blog

‘Apps are Not the Only Fruit’ by Ana Cristina

Ana Cristina’s latest blog post is titled “Apps are Not the Only Fruit”.

Ana says, “Make no mistake – I love my iPads. And I love exploring new apps, considering their range of classroom practices  and personal possibilities. However, they are not the only tools which I find of interest to use in classrooms. There continues to be a wealth of online tools and platforms to explore for learning.”

Apps are Not the Only Fruit

Ana Cristina’s Blog

‘Welcome A Board’ by Alan Tait

Alan Tait’s latest blog post is titled “Welcome A Board”.

Alan says, “Have you got mini-whiteboards for classroom use? If you haven’t, or haven’t ever seen them, this post will be in part a warm recommendation of them. But let us begin at the beginning….”

Welcome A Board

Alan Tait’s Blog

Oxford Journals Article: ‘Silence in the Second Language Classrooms of Japanese Universities’

Oxford Journals team has posted a new article titled ”Silence in the Second Language Classrooms of Japanese Universities”.

Japanese language learners’ proclivity for silence has been alluded to by various writers (e.g. Anderson 1993; Korst 1997; Greer 2000) and is supported by plenty of anecdotal evidence, but large-scale, empirical studies aimed at measuring the extent of macro-level silence within Japanese university L2 classrooms are notably lacking. This article responds to the gap in the literature by reporting on an extensive, multi-site study which used a structured observation methodology to investigate the classroom behaviour of 924 English language learners across nine universities.

‘Silence in the Second Language Classrooms of Japanese Universities’

Oxford Journals Article

Conference in Cyprus: In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies,26- 27 September, 2013

International Departments of English Association (IDEA) is pleased to announce: In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies, an international interdisciplinary conference for language teachers, translators and literary scholars to be held in Kyrenia in collaboration with Near East University, on September 26th and 27th, 2013. The symposium aims to discuss the narrative aspect of English Language Teaching in conjunction with Literary and Translation Studies.

In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies

Article: ‘Let Them Talk: 5 Student Advantages to a Noisy Classroom’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ”Let Them Talk: 5 Student Advantages to a Noisy Classroom”.

Language classrooms are the perfect environment for teachers to encourage talking in class. Keeping lectures to a minimum and challenging students to speak up  and use the language they are learning are keys for a successful English instructor. It’s not because English teachers don’t have a lot to say. Quite the contrary. What is more important, though, are the advantages that students in communicative and student centered classrooms have over those in more traditional, and quieter, classrooms. When you get your students talking more than you do in class, here are some things you both can expect.

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Worksheet: ‘Present Simple vs Present Continuous Revision Worksheet’

The Busyteacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Present Simple vs Present Continuous Revision Worksheet”.

This is a worksheet for revising the differences between the present simple and the present continuous tense at elementary level.
Students are asked to underline the correct form o f the verbs, put the adverbs at the right place and write the correct tense of the verbs in brackets.The worksheet is available in both colour and black and white version.

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Worksheet: ‘Adverbs of Manner Elementary Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Adverbs of Manner Elementary Worksheet”.

This is a very simple worksheet for revising adverbs of manner.Recommended for elementary students who are asked to form adverbs of manner from the adjectives given, find the correct adjective or adverb and complete the following sentences with the adverbs given.

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Teaching Make the Most of Look & Think — Sciences in Primary


Get to know our online training course designed for those who use our Look & Think series, where they can learn to make the most of the leading Sciences course in bilingual schools in Spain. Teachers will discover the methodology behind the materials and will have the opportunity to join a community of teachers using the same series. Those who use Look & Think can sign up for this course with the help of their OUP representative.

Teaching Oxford Splash Sing-along: “Do you like…?”


This is one of the songs you can choose to participate in the Oxford Splash sing-along competition. Watch the Oxford Splash Sing-along video to find out how to participate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okhuJT…

Teching Oxford Webinar: Teaching Arts and Crafts Through English with Mariela Colla


Watch a brief excerpt of our Oxford Webinar with Mariela Collado, who shared some insight on how to teach Arts and Crafts through English as well as some ideas to implement in your sessions.