Animating Trips

January 21, 2011

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Animate your trips with Tripline Why not get your students to create Indiana-Jones-style animated maps with Tripline. Click here to see an example, then have a look at the tutorial below which will take you through the main features of the application. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo), on whose blog I first came across this […]

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Our House

January 19, 2011

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Our house, in the middle of our street This lesson is about homes and streets: Take your students for a walk down your street and get them speaking about where they live. Follow up with a little Madness, then suggest they make a video and upload it to the world. In other words, a bit […]

Quick Tip : Messagehop

December 19, 2010

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What is a Quick Tip? : Basically, 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 : Messagehop (trivet photo + text) There are lots of apps for adding text to photos, but this one stands out […]

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Look Like Landscapes

December 14, 2010

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Look Like Landscapes This lesson makes use of a random Google Street View creator called Mapcrunch. Clicking on Go! will teleport you to randomly selected images of different places all over the world. The application allows you to hide the name of the location selected, so offers a good opportunity to focus on the language […]

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Google Doc for Voc

December 9, 2010

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A Google Doc for Emergent Voc Using spreadsheets to keep a record of vocabulary Although most students use notebooks it’s also a nice idea to get groups of students to keep a collaborative record of the vocabulary and expressions which emerge during classroom activities. Last year, I set up and taught my students how to manage […]

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The Bystander Effect

November 29, 2010

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The Bystander Effect Ever wondered how we are able to walk right past people who are in need of help and not stop to lend a hand? The following lesson is based around a video on research into the Bystander Effect, a theory which suggests that a person in need is less likely to receive […]

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Daily Diary

September 21, 2010

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Daily Diary This activity is aimed at motivated students who understand the importance of learner autonomy. They may be few and far between (not sure if I’m being pessimistic or realistic here), but I think we should try and do what we can to feed their enthusiasm and reward their effort. The challenge is simple: […]

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Random Text Generator

September 16, 2010

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How to Make a Random Text Generator As I promised Andrew Pickles (@efl101) this morning, here’s a quick post to explain how to make a simple random text generator. Click on the graphic below to see an example and get an idea of how it works. To randomize the text, click on the page Refresh […]

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Lies, Damned Lies + Video

September 13, 2010

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Lies, Damned Lies and … Video The theme of this lesson is lying and telling the truth. It consists of a predicting activity (video), conversation questions and three suggestions for speaking games. It is probably best suited to upper-intermediate and advanced students. NOTE : Depending on your teaching context, some of your students may find […]

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First Class Idea

September 6, 2010

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First Class Idea Getting your students talking about pedagogy! Over the last couple of weeks there have been some great posts on first lesson activities doing the rounds of the TEFL blogosphere, so I thought it only fair to chip in with one of my own. First classes typically include opportunities for students to get […]

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In the News (Part 2)

June 27, 2010

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In the News (Part 2) This is the follow-up to In the News (Part 1), which focused on TV/Video news. This second post will look at written news from on-line newspapers and media channels. The first part of the post consists of 3 video tutorials which will show you how to use an application called […]

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Listening from writing

May 24, 2010

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Creating listening tasks from writing tasks I got this idea after showing my students Sean Banville‘s (@SeanBanville) fantastic Breaking News English site, which contains a variety of language exercises based around short podcast listenings . Basically, I started thinking wouldn’t it be a good idea if students could turn their own written work into podcasts, […]

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Trying out Polldaddy

May 17, 2010

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Kanellos vs Tinkerbell (Polldaddy poll) Who would you choose to be your “best friend”? Please register your vote NOW! Can’t make your mind up? Check out the links below for more information on our two canine contenders! For further information about Greek riot-dog Kanellos (also known as Lukanikos) click here. For further information about Paris […]

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It’s worth taking a look at this blog!

May 15, 2010

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It’s worth taking a look at this blog! My thanks to the following people 4 tagging me Shelly Terrell (Teacher Reboot Camp | @shellterrell) : Shelly is the antidote to my ingrained cynicism and tendency to look on the dark side of things. Her positivity, optimism and sheer energy cheer me up when I’m grumping […]

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Exploiting Famous Photos

May 12, 2010

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Exploiting Famous Photos Most students love showing each other photos they’ve taken, but now and again it’s also a nice idea to base a lesson around photos which have entered our collective memory and become “classics”. You know the ones I mean! Photos that have become famous because they capture a particular historical moment or […]

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UAB Idiomes Web 2.0 Conference

May 9, 2010

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UAB Idiomes Web 2.0 Conference Jornada Didàctica Aplicacions Pedagògiques del web 2.0 Last Friday (7th May 2010), the Jornada Didàctica Aplicacions Pedagògiques del web 2.0 was held at UAB Idiomes in Barcelona. After listening to Nicky Hockly and Jamie Keddie‘s fantastic presentations, it was was my turn to give a talk titled Ideas for your […]

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Speechbreaker

April 29, 2010

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Speechbreaker (Election Special 2010) Speechbreaker appeared last year so it’s more than likely you’ve seen it already. Having said that, it might be worth paying it a revisit as things starts hotting up for next week’s general elections in the UK. The application offers you jumbled-up versions of words from political speeches and allows you […]

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Error Correction Activity

April 21, 2010

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Error Correction Activity Well, it’s exam time again and I don’t seem to have a lot of time for researching and writing new blog posts. So, here’s a quickie activity on error correction, which I prepared this time last year! Below, you’ll find three ppts of some of the typical grammatical mistakes my students make […]

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In the News (Part 1)

March 24, 2010

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In the News (Part 1) This is part one of a two-part blog post on the news. This part focuses on television/internet news and consists of a video listening activity, conversation questions and a final speaking activity which requires your students to record a short news bulletin. Part 2 will be dedicated to newspaper journalism. […]

Alternative Medicine

March 23, 2010

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Video 04 : Homeopathy + Alternative Medicine This lesson consists of a debate, a video and follow-up conversation questions. It is aimed at Upper Intermediate and Advanced students. You may like to introduce the topic of alternative medicine by asking your students if they have heard about the UK Parliament’s recent report on homeopathy. Step […]

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