Worksheet: ‘Thanksgiving Vocabulary’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled ‘Thanksgiving Vocabulary’

This is a power point presentation on Thanksgiving vocabulary. Students have to look at the pictures and choose the correct option, they can revise or learn some words about this holiday and tradition. There are 15 slides in this presentation. Happy Thanksgiving!

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BBC Article: ‘Using poems to develop receptive skills’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Using poems to develop receptive skills’

I like to bring poetry into the classroom because I believe that it is important and motivating for students to work with authentic texts.

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BBC Article: ‘Emphasis on phonemic script’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Emphasis on phonemic script’

The phonemic script is a very useful tool for my classes but not one that all my learners are comfortable with.

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BBC Article: ‘Learning English through children’s literature’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled,  ‘Learning English through children’s literature’

This article is about the British Council’s Young Learners Centre in Paris and how they use children’s literature in their teaching of English

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‘Throwback Thursday:Howjsay’ by Ozge Karaoglu

Ozge Karaoglu’s latest blog post is titled “Throwback Thursday:Howjsay”.

Ozge says, “Even you are an English teacher, you feel like, sometimes you need to ask a native speaker for the correct pronunciation of a word.”

Throwback Thursday:Howjsay

Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog

‘Students Blogging, Tripline and Panicky Thoughts’ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “Students Blogging, Tripline and Panicky Thoughts”.

Naomi say, “I didn’t plan on beginning a blogging project at all. Not even this small one.I was trying to get my students back on board with the wonderful project connecting deaf teens that Arlene Blum began. We began the school year with no online connection and had used up some pretty good ice-breakers last year.”

Students Blogging, Tripline and Panicky Thoughts

Naomi Epstein’s Blog

‘Growing Lifelong Readers’ by Jennifer Marten

Jennifer Marten’s latest blog post is titled “Growing Lifelong Readers”.

Jennifer says, “Awhile ago I came across this quote from Emilie Buchwald, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,” and it made me smile.Those bedtime stories and middle of the day stories meant as much to me as they did to my kids. S loved Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney, and then she discovered No, David! by David Shannon. That was the first book she ‘read’ on her own, and it was pure magic to watch her.”

Growing Lifelong Readers

Jennifer Marten’s Blog

‘Why I Don’t Get to be Your Victim’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s ;atest blog post is titled “Why I Don’t Get to be Your Victim”.

Shelly says, “The World Wide Web can be a really scary place. Boogeymen do live here and they are very real. I am writing this for bullies to read, because I am being bullied and most importantly, I am writing this for their victims.”

Why I Don’t Get to be Your Victim

 Shelly Terrell’s Blog


‘Tutorial – How To Use the New Haiku Deck Web App’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Tutorial – How To Use the New Haiku Deck Web App”.

Richard says, “Over the weekend I shared my review and my first presentation created with the new Haiku Deck web app. I have received a handful of questions about the web app since then. In the video below I provide a demonstration of how to use the Haiku Deck web app and in so doing address the questions that I’ve received about it.”

Tutorial – How To Use the New Haiku Deck Web App

Richard Byrne’s Blog


‘A Handful of Language Links’ by Neal Whitman

Neal Whitman’s latest blog post is titled “A Handful of Language Links”.

Neal says, “Learn to read Korean in 15 minutes, in comic form, by Ryan Estrada. (Hat tip to All Things Linguistic.)

Written by psycholinguist Jessica Love, Psycho-Babble is the Thursday flavor of the Daily Scholar column, which is part of Phi Beta Kappa’s online magazineAmerican Scholar. In what I take to be a misguided attempt to be timeless, none of the posts have dates on them, but if they come out every Thursday, this column seems to have been going for about a year and a half.”

A Handful of Language Links

Neal Whitman’s Blog 

‘Being Thankful for Online Collaboration’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Being Thankful for Online Collaboration”.

Jennifer says, “As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I must pause and give thanks for many things. In my professional life, my appreciation for online opportunities continues to grow, and I am ever so grateful that I have come into contact with so many teachers.”

Being Thankful for Online Collaboration

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog

‘Confessions of an activity snob’ by Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin’s latest blog post is titled “Confessions of an activity snob”.

Michael  says, “If you’d like to skip the angsty self-analysis please jump to the second section where I talk about something interesting and new.

The present author as an activity snob

I don’t usually think of myself as a snob. It is quite hard to do so with this wardrobe. There are, however, a few instances where a bit of snobbishness can creep up on me. In terms of whole ELT world one thing I have snobbish tendencies about is activities.  I am simply not interested in going to presentations about activities. I generally don’t read blog posts focused entirely on activities.”

Confessions of an activity snob

Michael Griffin’s Blog

‘Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories’ by Anne Hodgson

Anne Hodgson’s latest blog post is titled “Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories”.

Anne says, “In the Cornelsen coursebook I’m writing, and in my classes, I teach that presentations should not take the shape of straight pitches. Listeners are not convinced by selling strong points alone – they will instinctively know that the presenter is only giving them half of the story. This is the advice of Robert McKee, the Hollywood scriptwriter. Instead, they should follow the typical shape of stories, with their typical ups and downs.”

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Anne Hodgson’s Blog

‘Children’s perceptions of poverty, race and culture (by Kieran Dhunna Halliwell)’ by Barb Sakamoto

Barb Sakamoto’s latest blog post is titled “Children’s perceptions of poverty, race and culture (by Kieran Dhunna Halliwell)”.

Barb says, “I saw a really interesting article posted on Facebook, entitled ‘Photos of Children from around the World with Their Most Prized Possessions’. For those who haven’t seen it, the article shows images of children in their home settings, surrounded by a selection of their favourite toys, and there are comments left by viewers of the article generally saying what a lovely idea it Children’s perceptions of poverty, race and culture (by Kieran Dhunna Halliwell)

 Barb Sakamoto

‘Papers on mobile assisted language learning (MALL)’ by Nicky Hockly

Nicky Hockly’s latest blog post is title “Papers on mobile assisted language learning (MALL)”.

Nicky says, “Mobile learning has extended opportunities for making teaching and learning available beyond the traditional classroom. Associated technologies, software programs, and internet access have enfranchised many students who previously had little access to quality teaching. However, a paradigm shift has occurred in which learners are turning to new mobile learning opportunities to supplant traditional teaching as virtual extensions of earlier self-help books, phrase books, and audio-based language learning programs. Audio translation apps, augmented reality, and just-in-time learning approaches are providing alternatives to those with neither access nor time to learn a language. This paper examines the theoretical underpinnings of a range of technologies and applications, contrasting them with the traditional classroom and imagining the future of mobile language teaching and learning and the impact it will have on policymakers, teachers, employers, and learners.”

Papers on mobile assisted language learning (MALL)

Nicky Hockly’s Blog

‘every board tells a story?’ by Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones’ latest blog post is title “every board tells a story?”.

Ceri says, “There was a new student so the lesson kicked off with introductions (this is … ) and a perfect opportunity to recycle good/nice/pleased to meet you.  One of the students wanted to know if he could say “this is my wife” and we brainstormed some more relationship words:  this is my student, my teacher, my friend, my classmate, my good friend and a few more.  This list went onto the board in the right-hand column and stayed there to be reviewed at the end of the lesson, though it didn’t actually turn out to be central to anything else we did.  From there we turned to the useful language on the left-hand side of the board above.  I had prepared a very simple word ordering task on slips of paper. It was actually challenging enough for one of the students to give a sigh of contentment on completing it!”.

every board tells a story?

Ceri Jones’ Blog

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

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

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

Worksheet: ‘Reading Comprehension – The Pacific Ocean’

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

This reading comprehension includes interesting facts about the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific is the largest and deepest ocean in the world and covers more than a third of the globe. It is larger than all of the Earth’s continents put together. Students are asked to read the article and then answer the accompanying study questions. This worksheet was created by

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