Worksheet: ‘Interesting Personality Types’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled,‘Interesting Personality Types’

This is an introductory worksheet about different interesting personality types such as a home lover or a daredevil etc. Give the words to the ss and ask them to guess what kind of people these are. Then there’s a matching activity with some new vocabulary and pictures of personality type to show and check if ss memorized them. In the end you can speak about who your ss are and what their strengths and weaknesses are.

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Worksheet: ‘Carnival’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Carnival’

It is Carnival time.This worksheet is about Carnival. Ten children are going to a fancy-dress party. Students have to look at the pictures and choose the correct answer. They have to complete some sentences and answer a few questions. Key is included.

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Worksheet: ‘Fruits’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Fruits’

This worksheet is planned for a lesson with the theme of food and drinks vocabulary. The teacher uses this worksheet to recollect  colors and teach food and drinks.

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Worksheet: ‘Song Worksheet: Ode to My Family’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Song Worksheet: Ode to My Family’

With this song you can reinforce personal pronouns and present simple auxiliaries. First discuss with them some warming up questions related to family, then introduce some verbs, listen to the song and order the verbs and finally complete the activities in the worksheet.

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Worksheet: ‘Describing Pictures (Based on Optical Illusions)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Describing Pictures (Based on Optical Illusions)’

This worksheet can be used for introducing or revising phrases of pictures description (e.g. in the foreground, in the left upper corner etc.) It consists of the list of these phrases and interesting visual illusion pictures for describing. The construction “look(s) like” can be practiced here as well.

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‘Come What May’ by Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is title”Come What May”.

Barrie says, “The user of the language is constrained only by the hundreds of millions of their fellow speakers, who unwittingly negotiate every day about how to set the conventions of usage that define them too as English speakers. Railing against the decision of a few tens of millions of our fellow speakers who have adopted or abandoned some expression is, to put it in terms of the old joke, like trying to teach a pig to sing: It not only wastes your time, it also annoys the pig.”

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‘How to Add Free Apps to Your Edmodo Group’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “How to Add Free Apps to Your Edmodo Group”.

Richard says, “I recently received an email from a someone who has just started to explore possibly using Edmodo with her students next fall. One of the aspects of Edmodo that she found appealing is the option to add apps that her students can access through their Edmodo accounts. That’s one of the features of Edmodo that I like too because I’m a big fan of not requiring students to keep track of a different user name and password for every online app I want them to use.”

How to Add Free Apps to Your Edmodo Group

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‘Book spine poem: Antarctica’ by Stan Carey

Stan Carey’s latest blog post is titled “Book spine poem: Antarctica”.

Stan says, “I planned to include The White South but didn’t find a satisfying spot for it. Thanks to the authors: Jenny Diski, Patrick O’Brian, Dervla Murphy, Theodore Roszak, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Broks, and Salley Vickers; and to Nina Katchadourian for the idea.Many more in the bookmash archive: have a browse, or make your own.”

Book spine poem: Antarctica

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‘What EXACTLY are the “Skills” needed by 21st Century TEACHERS? – The “Robocop” Upgrade…’ by Tony Gurr

Tony Gurr’s latest blog post is titled “What EXACTLY are the “Skills” needed by 21st Century TEACHERS? – The “Robocop” Upgrade…”.

Tony says, “I have been heard to say that you can’t throw a rock into the blogosphere these days without hitting a post or article on the 21st Century “something-or-other”.Love it or hate it – the notion of 21st Century Skills is one of those HOT topics these days – especially in Turkey. Sadly, however, the discussions on EDtech here seem to be dominated by some very strange creatures…you know them as:.

What EXACTLY are the “Skills” needed by 21st Century TEACHERS? – The “Robocop” Upgrade…

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Worksheet: ‘Valentine’s Day Resource – Spelling Words’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Valentine’s Day Resource – Spelling Words’

These spelling words are associated with Valentine’s Day. This page can be printed onto card or laminated for children to keep. Students can practice learning these words by writing them on the right hand side of the page. This worksheet was created

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Worksheet: ‘Reading Comprehension – Air Balloon’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Reading Comprehension – Air Balloon’

This resource was designed for primary/elementary children. Who invented the air balloon? Two French brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier, born in Annonay, France, were the inventors of the first balloon that carried people into the air. This worksheet was created by

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Worksheet: ‘It Looks Very Old’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘It Looks Very Old’

I use this PowerPoint presentation in the lessons dedicated to great inventions made in the past. Students have to guess what a particular thing was used for. The answers are: a) thermometer, a) electric heater, b) telescope, a) camera, b) washing machine, a) printing press, b) radio, b) iron, a) telephone, a) car.

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Worksheet: ‘Would You Rather? (Questions for Discussion)’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Would You Rather? (Questions for Discussion)’

A famous game “Would You Rather?” can be great fun as a warmer or filler at almost any lesson. Cut the cards into a pile, divide your Ss into small groups and ask them to take one piece of paper in turns, answer the question and give his reasons. Other ss may give their opinions as well. Perfect way to practice “I’d rather”, “I’d prefer to” constructions.

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Worksheet: ‘Important Events’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Important Events’

I use this worksheet to discuss important events in the history of mankind with my students. There is information about some of them. They read it and decide how important each event is. They are welcome to add any other to the list. There is also a short writing task.

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‘The Story of Sounds: Episode 20: Discovering the vowel /ɔː/ starting from /ɜː/’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s latest blog post is titled “The Story of Sounds: Episode 20: Discovering the vowel /ɔː/ starting from /ɜː/”.

Adrian says, “The vowel sound /ɔː/ is what I call an ‘extreme vowel’ of English, because it requires two fairly extreme movements that seem to be ‘off the map’ of many of my students’ experience. This is because the lips are further forward and more rounded that they expect, and the tongue is further back than they expect.”

The Story of Sounds: Episode 20: Discovering the vowel /ɔː/ starting from /ɜː/

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‘Recap apps – A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “Recap apps – A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation”.

Lisa says, “This recap app provides a great way to start the conversation with students about digital footprints. For homework asked students to check out their own recap app by visiting Send a note home to parents/guardians, encouraging them to do this as a family activity as well. Families are important partners in supporting their children in developing a positive digital identity.Here are some of things you can have students (and their families think about, write about, and/or discuss after taking a look back at their lives on Facebook broken down by recap section.”

Recap apps – A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation

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‘Working with discrete vocabulary items’ by Henrick Oprea

Henrick Oprea’s latest blog post is titled “Working with discrete vocabulary items”.

Henrick says, “Suppose you’d like your students to learn how to properly use a dictionary. What if you write a bunch of words on the board – connected to a topic of study if you use a course book, or simply random words to start a lesson – and ask them to work on the meaning of these words? Then, you get them to discuss their opinion with a partner and see if they agree or not. At this stage, give them some chunks of language (on slips of paper) to express their opinion, agree and disagree, and ask about someone’s opinion. After they’ve finished discussing, elicit from the pairs / small groups what their definitions were. Don’t tell them if they were right or wrong just yet. Instead, get them to open their dictionaries and check if their guesses were right.”

Working with discrete vocabulary items

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‘exam time’ by Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones’  latest blog post is title “exam time”.

Ceri says, “There was to be a listening task for the non- presenters who had to write two questions about the presentation to either a) test their classmates understanding of the presentation or b) clarify any doubts raised by the presentation.  This would constitute the listening part of the exam.  I was hoping that I would be able to gauge their success in following each others’ presentations from the questions they wrote.”

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