BBC Article: ‘Grammar vs lexis or grammar through lexis?’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Grammar vs lexis or grammar through lexis?’

BBCTeachingEnglish team says, “In this article, informed by the Lexical Approach, I reflect on grammar instruction in the classroom, including my own teaching, and make suggestions on how it can be ‘lexicalised’. I consider the problems with ‘traditional’ grammar teaching before arguing that what we actually need is more grammar input as well as showing how lexis can provide necessary ‘crutches’ for the learner.”

‘Grammar vs lexis or grammar through lexis?’ 

BBC Teaching English

BBC Article: ‘Google and the lexical approach’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Google and the lexical approach’

BBCTeachingEnglish team says, “The web is a limitless source of linguistic examples for your students. Google (and other search engines) can be used to organise and select web-based text in a way that is pedagogically useful.”

‘Google and the lexical approach’

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

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

BBCTeachingEnglish team 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.”

‘Global English and the teaching of pronunciation’ 

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BBC Article: ‘Getting teenagers talking’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Getting teenagers talking’

BBCTeachingEnglish team says, “Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the reasons why it can be so difficult and makes some suggestions for overcoming these problems.”

‘Getting teenagers talking’ 

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BBC Article: ‘Get lit up: literature as a teacher’s best friend’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Get lit up: literature as a teacher’s best friend’

BBCTeachingEnglish team says, “Literature. Quite a divisive word, that. Throw it through an open window into a room full of language teachers and most will dive behind furniture, fingers in their ears and looks of horror on their faces.”

‘Get lit up: literature as a teacher’s best friend’

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BBC Article: ‘From priming tasks and target tasks to language focus and grammar’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘From priming tasks and target tasks to language focus and grammar’

BBCTeachingEnglish team says, “This is the third in a series of four articles which will explore how to integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook to maximise learning opportunities for your learners and to save teacher preparation time.”

‘From priming tasks and target tasks to language focus and grammar’

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‘A Story About Failure #30GoalsEdu’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s latest blog post is titled “A Story About Failure #30GoalsEdu”.

Shelly says , “This is MY Moment.” Goals focus on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. We vote for the goals as a community and sometimes I come up with the goals. Today’s goal was inspired by Debora Tebovich, a teacher in Argentina, who wrote about the goal here, Lesson Failed: Recalculating.”

A Story About Failure #30GoalsEdu

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‘Two Online Forensic Science Games’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled ‘Two Online Forensic Science Games’.

Richard says, “Rice University partnered with CBS, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to produce educational web adventures based on the CSI television series. The web adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving. There are five cases of increasing difficulty in the CSI web adventures. The web adventures are available in English, Spanish, and German. “

Two Online Forensic Science Games

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Call For an App Project’ by Ozge Karaoglu

Ozge Karaoglu’s latest blog post is titled “Call For an App Project”.

Ozge  says, “As you may know, I and my colleague Demet Küyük have been developing mobile applications that are created by children. You can check several of them here!This year, we are developing a new educational mobile application which will be a digital storytelling app that will be student – generated.”

Call For an App Project

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‘Student Stumper 39: Can “that which” be used together?’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Student Stumper 39: Can “that which” be used together?”.

Jennifer says, “Biber’s study of registers shows the relative pronoun that is preferred in conversation and fiction, while the relative pronoun which has higher frequency in the news and academic prose (610-611).  Right. I knew that. What I really wanted to know was the frequency of the combination “that which,” so I read on.”

Student Stumper 39: Can “that which” be used together?

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog

‘RSCON4 – An Exciting Weekend of Fantastic CPD!’ by Janet Abruzzo

Janet Abruzzo’s latest blog post is titled “RSCON4 – An Exciting Weekend of Fantastic CPD!”.

Janet says, “I have had the pleasure of presenting for The Reform Symposium Conference on two occasions, RSCON2010, and RSCON2011 and this year, it promises to be bigger and even better than previous years. Presenters will be sharing transformative approaches to learning and teaching. Influential international keynote speakers are currently being lined up to deliver presentations that will challenge our way of thinking and inform us about the way forward in education in general.”

RSCON4 – An Exciting Weekend of Fantastic CPD!

Janet Abruzzo’s Blog

‘Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials”.

Richard says, “Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University hostsfour free animated tutorials designed to teach lessons on web research strategies. The four tutorials are Credible Sources Count, Research It Right, Searching With Success, and You Quote It, You Note It.In Credible Sources Count students learn how to recognize the validity of information on the Internet. It’s a good tutorial except for a strong emphasis on using domain names for determining validity.”

Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials

Richard Byrne’s Blog

Worksheet: ‘Reading Practice: Extreme Sports’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Reading Practice: Extreme Sports’

I use this text to develop reading skills while covering the topic “Extreme Sports”. This activity contains a gap-filling task (removed sentences). It can be used as the introduction to the topic and can be supplemented with asking questions on the text.

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Worksheet: ‘Reading Comprehension – The Aardvark’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Reading Comprehension – The Aardvark’

This reading comprehension is all about the Aardvark. Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) live south of the Sahara desert in Africa. They are greyish-brown in colour with large ears, sharp claws and a cone-shaped tail. Students read the text and then answer the study questions. This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap.co.uk

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Worksheet: ‘After a Vacation’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘After a Vacation’

A 2 page lesson plan on topic of “After a Vacation”. Includes: reading, vocabulary, discussion questions, grammar and phrasal verbs. How to use these lesson plans: 1. Start with vocabulary. Ask your students to give synonyms to the words listed. Try to find the shortest ones. For levels lower than 3 provide translation. Study words as homework. 2. Text to read and translate as homework. 3. Ask students discussion questions. 4. Go to the grammar section. 5. Introduce  prhasal verbs. Don’t forget to check homework next lesson.

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Worksheet: ‘Shapes,Tastes, Likes and Dislikes Presentation for Food’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Shapes,Tastes, Likes and Dislikes Presentation for Food’

This is a small but clear presentation for beginners, kids to learn adjectives to describe food,fruits,vegetables etc.Presentation consists of pictures with fruits with matching adjectives.After this presentation I usually give a task to describe your favourite fruit/vegetable (at home) and to describe a fruit/vegetable on a flash-card on the board (grouping students for this activity).Hope,it’ll be useful for someone 🙂

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Worksheet: ‘Unusual Signs’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Unusual Signs’

Some pictures of unusual signs. I use it with modals. I put them in groups an show them the pictures. Then I have them create sentences using the modals to explain the idea of the sign. They get to vote on each other’s idea and choose the best one.

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Worksheet: ‘Where Does Halloween Come From?’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ”Where Does Halloween Come From?”.

This reading comprehension worksheet deals with the origins and traditions of Halloween.The exercises are aimed at elememtary young learners. The text was taken from another worksheet at abcteach.com, but I’ve added some activities of my own. Hope you like them and your students enjoy them!

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