Set Up a Video Blog

December 4, 2011


How to set up a video resource blog In most staff rooms when a teacher comes across a video with teaching potential news gets around by word of mouth. This sort of sharing is of course jolly helpful, and benefits everyone … that is, everyone who happens to be in the right staff room at […]

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Dear Victim | Dear Burglar

November 28, 2011


Dear Mr Burglar, I am writing to … This lesson is a fleshed out version of an idea I tweeted last week. The video in question is the true story of a 16-year-old burglar who, as part of an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme for young offenders, is made to write a letter of apology […]

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WWYD videos

November 18, 2011


WWY if you came across these videos? If, like me, you have a soft spot for the old Second Conditional and its Presentation, Practice and Production (at this point unplugged teachers may like to desist from reading further), but are fed up of asking … “What would you do if you found a big hairy […]

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The 5 Ws of Photos

November 4, 2011


Describing + Interpreting Photos In this lesson students watch a video on how to interpret photographs, then go on to describe and identify a series of famous photos using the 5 Ws strategy outlined by the presenter. There is an optional conversation activity at the end. The lesson is best suited to upper-intermediate and advanced […]

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From Ban to Box

October 21, 2011


Using the Box widget In a drive to reduce costs, the language centre where I work has recently introduced a ban on photocopying hand-outs for students. As a lot of the material I use in class are Word .docs of my own activities/exercises, at first this caused me more than a few sleepless nights. However, […]

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Posted in: App Lessons, Quick Tips

Spot the Difference Photos

October 6, 2011


A Spot-The-Difference Tutorial Since publishing my last post (a response to Brad Patterson’s Compare and Contrast blog challenge) several people have contacted me asking me to explain how to create spot-the-difference photos for pairwork activities. Here’s a quick step-by step video tutorial on how to do it. Want to play around a bit more? If […]

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Blog Challenge

September 28, 2011


Blog Challenge : Compare and Contrast Here’s my humble offering to Brad Patterson‘s (@brad5patterson) blog challenge Compare and Contrast. Most people seem to have chosen temporal themes to compare and contrast, however, not wishing to dwell too much on my 47 years upon this mortal coil (I know, I know … I look younger!), I […]

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Critical Marshmallow

September 26, 2011


Critical Marshmallow The Marshmallow Test is an experiment into self-control and deferred gratification. It involves leaving a young child alone in an empty room for 15 minutes with no other distraction than a solitary marshmallow. The child is promised that if they resist the temptation to eat the marshmallow, they will receive a second marshmallow, […]

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I Can’t Take It Any More!

September 18, 2011


I can’t take it any more! This video lesson is based around a clip from a 1993 film called Falling Down. The movie stars Michael Douglas in the role of a stressed-out unemployed engineer who embarks on a violent Odyssey across Los Angeles after finally cracking when stuck in rush hour traffic. The film begins […]

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Gone Fishing

July 13, 2011


Gone fishing for the summer! Well, I think that’ll be quite enough for this year! August is just around the corner and I’m blogging off till September. See you all after the summer, rested and raring to go … because as Ovid once said … “What is without periods of rest will not endure!” … […]

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Very Funny Ads

July 8, 2011


Retelling Very Funny Ads I love using adverts in my teaching. If you ignore the fact that they’re trying to flog you something and focus on their narrative structure, they can provide you with an endless supply of mini-stories for “retelling” activities. The best ads are those with unexpected or amusing twists at the end. […]

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Two edtech projects that I like

June 22, 2011


Two edtech projects that I like Two of the uses of technology that have impressed me most over the last academic year have come from colleagues in the Spanish Department of my own institution: UAB Idiomes (the language service of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). UAB Idiomes provides language services on the main university campus […]

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The Balance of PowerPoint

May 31, 2011


The Balance of PowerPoint This post suggests using an application called to make video recordings of students giving PowerPoint presentations (Step Three), see an example here. The lead-in conversation activity in Step One and the video in Step Two are designed to get students in the mood and encourage discussion as to what makes […]

Quick Tip : Randomness

May 12, 2011


What is a Quick Tip? : These are short blog posts on videos and web apps which I haven’t got enough time or creativity to fully exploit in a Tefltecher lesson. Quick Tip : Random Name Selector Project Random Name Selector onto the screen, paste in any list you like and let the application select […]

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Kids and Bin Laden

May 11, 2011


American kids reacting to Bin Laden’s death This activity features a Fine Brothers Kids React video of American children answering questions on the death of Osama Bin Laden. The idea is simple: get your students to ask each other the same questions before watching and taking notes on the video. Suitable for upper-intermediate and advanced […]

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Life is a Beach

March 31, 2011


Life is a beach Well, looks like the sun has got its hat on at last! Why not get your students in a summer mood with this beach lesson (includes compound nouns and vocabulary related to the seaside, conversation questions + writing a review of a beach)? Step One : Seaside compound nouns Go through […]

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Pet Hates

March 15, 2011


Pet hates and grumpy old Vokis This lesson contains a roleplay, a short video and a conversation activity on things which tend to get on our nerves / drive us up the wall. As a follow-up homework activity, it suggests using Voki (see example below) to create an on-line speaking avatar of someone moaning about […]

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Gadget Glogs

February 28, 2011


Gadget Glog Projects In this activity your students will use an application called Glogster to design an informative digital poster on an everyday object of their choice. The posters, called Glogs, are created by adding text, photos and video to a background canvas. Here is an quick example of what a finished poster might look […]

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February 22, 2011


Edudebates This lesson revolves around a BBC video made by British school pupils. It also contains a conversation activity on issues in education and a voice recording task using an application called Voxopop. It is best-suited to upper-intermediate students. Step One (optional) : Lead-in and vocabulary Give a brief description of your secondary education. Slip […]

TESOL Spain Reg. Event

February 18, 2011


TESOL Spain Regional Event 18/02/2011 Last Friday I gave a talk titled On-line Speaking at a TESOL Spain Regional Event in Barcelona. The event was jointly organised by TESOL Spain and UAB Idiomes. As promised, here are the links to the applications/tools that were mentioned. I have also embedded the PowerPoint presentation at the end […]

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