Conference in USA:Online Student Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay & Why They Leave,17th July, 2013

Two of the most widely discussed topics in post-secondary education today are Online Teaching & Learning and Student Retention & Success. In the national dialogue these topics are usually treated separately. However, those institutions that make great use of online delivery have learned–often the hard way–that increasing the rates of retention and success of online students requires mechanisms and resources grounded in the unique characteristics of the students who gravitate toward distance and technology-mediated course delivery

Online Student Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay & Why They Leave

 

‘Using Video for Reading Comprehension – Take 4′ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “Using Video for Reading Comprehension – Take 4″.

Naomi says, “There was noproblem with the activity I had planned. I felt the students learned something from the discussion on how choice of vocabulary reflects the writer’s opinion. They certainly didn’t know a lot of the vocabulary items involved.”

Using Video for Reading Comprehension – Take 4

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‘The Fun in GLEE – Gamified Language Educational E-tivities’ by Oxford University Press ELT

Oxford University Press ELT latest blog post is titled “The Fun in GLEE – Gamified Language Educational E-tivities”.

Oxford University Press ELT blog contains, “Gamified language educational e-tivites (GLEEs) refer to modified language activities that appear to learners as if they are digital “games”. This includes e-tivities like Stress Monsters where learners shoot at parts of a word to indicate where the stress in that particular word lies.”

The Fun in GLEE – Gamified Language Educational E-tivities

Oxford University Press ELT Blog

Worksheet: ‘Link Words with Conjunctions’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Link Words with Conjunctions”.

You can use a conjunction to link words. In this English grammar worksheet  learn the use of conjunctions easily.Visit Magic Pathshala.com to learn primary class English and for follow up activities and educational videos. Watch the video to learn conjunctions easily with the help of “Super Baloo”.

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Worksheet: ‘Constructions: Both…and, Either…or, Neither…Nor’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Constructions: Both…and, Either…or, Neither…Nor”.

This worksheet will help you to practise grammar constructions with conjunctions “both…and, either…or, neither…nor”. It includes two types of exercises: tell about different animals according to the table and guess who is who in the picture using some instructions.

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‘The Relevance of Reading Skills’ by Ana Cristina

Ana Cristina’s blog post is titled “The Relevance of Reading Skills”.

Ana says, “Examination period hasbarely ended and I wonder, what makes one student do better than another? Among the varied reasons and contexts, one characteristic that often surfaces,  is the receptiveness to reading –  the willingness to read and understand written texts.”

The Relevance of Reading Skills

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Article: ’4 Simple Steps for Building Confidence in Your Students’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ”4 Simple Steps for Building Confidence in Your Students”.

Every ESL teacher knows this and sees their students making mistakes in their classroom every day. We don’t like it, but we know it is reality. But for our students, making mistakes can feel like something far greater, sending the student a message that he would never want to hear. Students can get discouraged or frustrated when they make mistakes, and this can affect how they feel about themselves and their language learning abilities.

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‘Women can’t multitask either.’ by Candy van

Candy Van’s latest blog post is titled “Women can’t multitask either.”

Candy says, “Why do people think it is such a boon and why do people slap themselves heartily on the back as they profess to be multitaskers? It’s like it is some kind of competition. “I can multitask better than you, which clearly makes me utterly indispensable and the most productive person EVER.””

Women can’t multitask either.

Candy Van’s Blog

‘Anglicized Spanish (British vs. American)’ by Ben Trawick-Smith

Ben Trawick-Smith’s blog post is titled “Anglicized Spanish (British vs. American)”.

Ben says, “While watching an old episode of Absolutely Fabulous last night, I was struck by the way a British character pronounced the Spanish wine rioja. In Spanish orthography, the j represents a velar fricative (the guttural consonant in Scottish ‘Loch‘).”

Anglicized Spanish (British vs. American)

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‘Standard or Non?’ by Barrie England

Barrie England’s blog post is titled “Standard or Non?”.

Barrie says, “Six of the following sentences are written in Standard English. Which are they? Answers and comments in my next post.”

Standard or Non?

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‘Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better’ by Anne Hodgson

Anne Hodgson’s latest blog is titled “Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better”.

Anne says, “Sound expert Julian Treasure says, “We are losing our listening… We don’t want oratory anymore, we now want sound bites. And the art of conversation is being replaced – dangerously, I think – by personal broadcasting”. Here he suggests five ways to re-tune our ears, and adjust the way we listen.”

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

Anne Hodgson’s Blog

Worksheet: ‘Homophones Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Homophones Worksheet”.

This is a worksheet for the students to pronounce a word and find another one that has the same pronunciation. The Ss are provided with clue spaces for them to guess the word. They need to have a basic level in order to have some background vocabulary.

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Worksheet: ‘Phonological Exercise’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Phonological Exercise”.

Crossing out words that do not contain the same vowel/consonant sound, crossing out silent letters, writing homophones. I used this in a pre-intermediate class. When explaining the homophones, you can comment on mistakes native speakers usually make (it’s × its, your × you’re etc.). Feel free to adjust the worksheet to your needs.

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Worksheet: ‘Practice for Phonetics and Phonology [Advanced Students] ‘

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Practice for Phonetics and Phonology [Advanced Students] ”.

This worksheet is meant for students at advanced levels to practice transcription into IPA and pronunciation. It consists of a series of texts from different authors, including Shakespeare, fairy tales and blog extracts. It is organized in a way that the student can deal with transcription in isolation first, to identify the difference of each phoneme; then at sentence level, and finally real text fragments. Shakespeare extract from “As You Like It” is meant for reading only.

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Article: ‘On Holidays, No One Cares About Conjugation: 6 Fluency Games for Travel English’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ”On Holidays, No One Cares About Conjugation: 6 Fluency Games for Travel English”.

In my experience, students book a fabulous summer holiday abroad, panic that they don’t speak English well enough, and sign up for my class, hoping that in six short weeks I’ll turn them into the perfect English speaker. Unfortunately, it’s never happened like that. No teacher can guarantee miracles, but they can build up a student’s confidence and ability to speak English more freely. What’s most important for any travel class, whether beginning or advanced, is to help students face their fear of speaking. One way to do this is to think less about grammar (it’s difficult, I know) and focus more about fluency.

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Article: ‘Stress About It: 7 Tips for Teaching English Intonation’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new article titled ”Stress About It: 7 Tips for Teaching English Intonation”.

Well, maybe not stress about it but at least pay some attention to it. However, stress isn’t something most teachers know how to talk about. That’s why sentence stress may not get all the classroom attention it deserves, and it takes some patience and planning on the teacher’s part to teach students how stress can change the meaning of English sentences. When you are ready to tackle stress in the classroom, here are some ideas to get you going.

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