‘Trick or Trunk or Treat’ By Neal Whitman

Neal Whitman,s latest bolg post is titled “Trick or Trunk or Treat”.

Neal says, “history of the phrase trick or treat. This year, I’ve become aware of a new variant on trick-or-treating. The online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer summed up the concept in an article last week:”

Trick or Trunk or Treat

Neal Whitman’s blog

 

‘Whose is it? / Whose are they? – Celebrity Things Quiz (Possessive ‘S)’ By David Mainwood

David Mainwood’s latest blog post is titled “Whose is it? / Whose are they? – Celebrity Things Quiz (Possessive ‘S)”.

David says, “You are going to

  • practise the possessive ‘S
  • do a quiz
  • Discuss

When do we use the possessive ‘S ?”

Whose is it? / Whose are they? – Celebrity Things Quiz (Possessive ‘S)

David Mainwood’s Blog

 

‘The Accents of Transplants 2: Adolescents’ By Ben Trawick Smith

Ben Trawick Smith’s latest blog post is titled “The Accents of Transplants 2: Adolescents”.

Ben says, “Recently, the Daily Show‘s fearless Aasif Mandvi made headlines when a satirical interview he conducted with Republican precinct chairman Don Yelton led to the man resigning from his post. I get the sense, from watching the cringe-inducing video of the event, that Mandvi’s Indian name and slightly peculiar accent may have elicited Yelton’s blatant xenophobia and racism.”

The Accents of Transplants 2: Adolescents

Ben Trawick Smith’s Blog

‘Condemner or Condemned’ By Ben Naismith

Ben Naismith’s latest blog post is titled “Condemner or Condemned”.

Ben says, “If you ever visit IH Dubai in the afternoon, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble into a round of ‘Guess that Collocation’.  Someone shouts out a random word, everyone guesses the most common collocation, and then we check the COCA or BNC corpus.  What can I say, we really know how to party.”

Ben Naismith’s Blog

Condemner or Condemned

‘eTwinning magic in Dubrovnik ‘ By Arjana Blazic

Arjana Blazic’s latest blog post is titled “eTwinning magic in Dubrovnik”.

Arjana says, “I’m a perfectionist and I’m hardly ever totally satisfied with the workshops and seminars that I deliver. But last weekend at the eTwinning contact seminar in Dubrovnik I was completely totally fully satisfied and euphorically happy with my workshops A Little Bit of Magic with Collaboration Tools. “

eTwinning magic in Dubrovnik

Arjana Blazic’s Blog

‘iPads in the classroom… a no-brainer’ by Edna Sackson

Edna Sackson’s latest blog post is titled “iPads in the classroom… a no-brainer”.

Edna says, “I explain that education isn’t just about ‘knowing the answers’ any more, since ‘answers’ tend to be readily accessible to all.  It’s more about learning how to ask questions and to find, interpret and critically analyse the answers. It’s less about remembering facts and more about conceptual understanding.”

iPads in the classroom… a no-brainer

Edna Sackson’s Blog

 

‘Do you study in a place or do you really study *in* a place’ by Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison’s latest blog post is titled “Do you study in a place or do you really study *in* a place”.

Mike says, “The students are encouraged to get out in the local community and talk to the people who live here – an authentic opportunity to use the language they may have been studying for 7 years or so, but never have a chance to practice in their own countries. They also visit a number of the really unique and picturesque locations along the coast. A far cry from day trips to Madame Tussauds here.”

Do you study in a place or do you really study *in* a place

Mike Harrison’s Blog

‘Packrati.us Lets You Tweet and Bookmark Simultaneously’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Packrati.us Lets You Tweet and Bookmark Simultaneously”.

Richard says, “Packrati.us will bookmark any link that you share, any link in a Tweet that you favorite, or any link that is shared with you in an “@” reply. Packrati.us works with Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Pocket, Historius, and Pinboard (not to be confused with Pinterest). Once you’ve authorized Packrati.us to work with one of your bookmarking services, you’re ready to start bookmarking while you Tweet. If you are a Four Square user, you can tell Packrati.us to ignore those links from your check-ins.”

Packrati.us Lets You Tweet and Bookmark Simultaneously

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘We are lexically indebted to him’ by Leo Selivan

Leo Selivan’s latest blog post is titled “We are lexically indebted to him”.

Leo says, “Instead of following the usual course of carefully sequenced, item-by-item presentation of the verb To be, followed by the Present Simple, then Present Continuous and other “usual suspects”, the book focused on the meanings of the most frequent words and highlighted patterns associated with them. At the lowest level – there was a total of three – it offered exercises such as this:.”

We are lexically indebted to him

Leo Selivan’s Blog

‘Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms’ by Adam Simpso

Adam Simpson’s latest blog post is titled “Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms”.

Adam says, “In the latest edition of the iTDi Blog, Vicky Loras, Chuck Sandy and I offer three different perspectives on classrooms. In my post I examine the best ways to set up a classroom to make the most of different activity types, Vicky looks at the elements that make up an excellent teaching environment, and Chuck takes us outside traditional classrooms and has us look at how we need to support teachers working in all the places teachers work.”

Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms

Adam Simpson’s Blog

‘Caxton’s Law’ By Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is titled “Caxton’s Law”.

Barrie says, “The amount of discussion in social media of any point of English grammar, vocabulary, punctuation or spelling is in inverse proportion to the frequency of its occurrence in the language.

Caxton’s Law

Barrie England’s Blog

‘Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms’ by Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson’s latest blog post is titled “Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms”.

Adam says, “In the latest edition of the iTDi Blog, Vicky Loras, Chuck Sandy and I offer three different perspectives on classrooms. In my post I examine the best ways to set up a classroom to make the most of different activity types, Vicky looks at the elements that make up an excellent teaching environment, and Chuck takes us outside traditional classrooms and has us look at how we need to support teachers working in all the places teachers work.”

Three different perspectives on contemporary ELT classrooms

Adam Simpson’s Blog

 

‘7 reasons to use Cuisenaire rods in the language classroom’ By Christina Rebuffet

Christina Rebuffet’s latest blog post is titled “7 reasons to use Cuisenaire rods in the language classroom”.

Christina says,”As you may have noticed from a few previous posts (The Big Picture: Teaching Grammar Holistically and VisuallyHolistic Grammar with Cuisinaire Rods, andTeaching Past Simple vs. Present Perfect with Cuisenaire Rods), I’m a bit of a fan of finding fun ways of using Cuisenaire rods in ELT. Of course they’re amusing, colorful, and surprising for learners using them for the first time, but that’s just scratching the surface.”

7 reasons to use Cuisenaire rods in the language classroom

Christina Rebuffet’s Blog

‘AppClass – Are We Ready for BYOD? -‘ By Ozge Karaoglu

Ozge Karaoglu’s latest blog post is titled “AppClass – Are We Ready for BYOD? -“.

Ozge says, “As I have mentioned in this post earlier, this year, I have an AppClass with my 4th graders where we are learning and practicing with our own tablets. It is great to see what is really happening in the classroom with 1:1 and catch on what is working and what it is actually not.”

AppClass – Are We Ready for BYOD? –

 Ozge Karaoglu’Blog

‘Presenting the speakers at ELTABB ‘ by Anne Hodgson

Anne Hodgson’s latest blog post is titled “Presenting the speakers at ELTABB”.

Anne says, “I’ve been volunteering as Events Coordinator for ELTABB e.V., the English Language Teachers’ Association of Berlin-Brandenburg, for the better part of two years now. We have had some wonderful events recently (Andreas Grundtvig, Marjorie Rosenberg). Here’s the line-up of highly respected speakers who will be honoring us with their presence in the coming year: Ian Badger, Nick Bilbrough, Lindsay Clandfield, Rebecca L. Oxford and Penny Ur.”

Presenting the speakers at ELTABB

Anne Hodgson’s Blog

‘Student Stumper 40: Does the verb BE always link a subject to a complement?’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Student Stumper 40: Does the verb BE always link a subject to a complement?”.

Jennifer says, “If there’s one grammar topic that will take me the rest of my life to understand completely, it may be complements!  Recent questions on my forum have tested my humble knowledge on this topic. If only I could start with clear questions. I do not mean to imply that the learners lacked the ability to word questions clearly. Instead, the source of confusion itself is murky, so I must first explore the nature of each question before I can start searching for answers.”

Student Stumper 40: Does the verb BE always link a subject to a complement?

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog

‘Tech Trends in Higher Education’ by Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson’s latest blog post is titled “Tech Trends in Higher Education”.

Adam says, “Tech is now commonplace in higher education as it is in everyday life. There are a number of trends that are becoming evident which we should be taking note of, however. Technology is more often than not used to compliment and/or facilitate already established learning objectives and curricula. This notwithstanding, the knowledge required to manage and use the technology means it is now an area of education that requires its own study.”

Tech Trends in Higher Education

Adam Simpson’s Blog

 

 

 

Worksheet: ‘Fruit for Preschoolers’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Fruit for Preschoolers’

Simple worksheet for preschoolers to colour the fruits. Where I work pomegranates are common, but you can change it to a familiar fruit for your kids. Has space for the children to practice writing the words as well as matching the colours. Editable so that you can change some of the fruits to make them appropriate for your class. I did this lesson by introducing the fruits first with real fruits and cutting them up and sharing them, also added things like ‘yes, please’ and ‘no, thank you’.

Download ‘Fruit for Preschoolers’ Worksheet