Posted in 4 skills, efl, ELL, esl, lesson ideas, mapcrunch, web 2.0

MapCrunch for the Class

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Today’s learners are way too visual than us. That’s why we tend to decorate our classes with posters, notes, post-it notes, charts, etc. They are so used to seeing everything by googling that if you try to describe it using words they understand nothing.

I came across with MapCrunch today and I thought it can be very useful with our visual but less verbal students in our tech savvy classes. MapCrunch virtually takes you to a random place in the world. You can find imagery captured by Google in 40 countries.

How to use?

Just click the “GO” button to be taken to a random place in the world. You can choose whether you want to see an urban image or an image of a place. You can click on  the tour button and have a very quick 360 degrees tour around the place.

If you only want to see certain countries, select them on the right hand panel or click the “myMap” option on the top-right of side panel and type the city you want to see particularly and click on “GO” Click on the arrows to tour around the image.

How can you use mapcrunch in the class?

  1. If you are reading a text about a certain place or a story which takes place in one of these 40 countries then show the city to your students just to make them to visualize. We did it for Wales and they loved the idea.
  2. To describe places
  3. To write descriptive essays.
  4. To practise prepositions or modals of deduction.
  5. To compare the place you live to the area on the image.
  6. To write a compare and contrast essay on two different places. The place where you live and the image on the whiteboard.
  7. You can ask your students to write a story which takes place in the area.
  8. To give directions.

 

Posted in easel.ly, efl, ELL, esl, infographics, lesson ideas, lesson plans, project, using info graphics in class, web 2.0 tools

Using Infographics in Language Classroom

Wikipedia defines Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They are great for today’s visual learners.

How can infographics be used in language classes?

Both teachers and students can create it

  • To introduce the writer of a novel or a story.
  • To talk about the era in which the story takes place.
  • To talk about the story or the novel highlighting the important events.
  • To talk about a character’s decision in a story or a novel.
  • To talk about movies.
  • To present a topic.
  • To preteach or teach a new subject.
  • To revise words, prefixes or suffixes.
  • To teach passives. (processing) first cows are milked. Then they are sent to …

I think we can make the list longer according to our needs. Before you start creating the infographic

  • Choose your template
  • Research
  • Choose the relevant information to use in the infographic
  • Use short simple sentences

Some cool infographics on mashables pinterest board for you to follow or get inspiration. 

I’ve just come across with easel.ly a site where you can create an infographic. It is quite easy to use the tool. All you have to do is to sign up, chose vhemes (visual themes), drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas and then create your infographic using the available tools on the site. Once you save the infographic, you can embed it on a blog or download it on your computer.

Here is a very quick example I created.

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Posted in 33rd EFL Blog Carnival, efl, ELL, esl, lesson ideas, songs

Call for Songs for the 33rd ELT Carnival

You are kindly invited to the next ELL, ESL, ELT carnival. The theme of the 33rd carnival will be Songs in ELT Classrooms. 

If you want to participate, you can use the easy submission form and send me your blog list or you can contact me from here or twitter (I’m @evab2001) if the form doesn’t work.

If you don’t blog, you can still participate. I’ll be glad to host your song lesson posts on my blog.

 

Here you can find some cool ideas for new lessons.

A great summary of #ELTchat about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching, on Jan 12th via Vicky Saumel

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 1 of 4): Background readings and resources

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 2 of 4): Ideas for using songs

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 4 of 4): Music-related web 2.0 tools

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nik-peachey/6-activities-you-can-do-online-songs-music 

http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/12/31/tesol-teacher-training-presentations/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nPUuPryCs 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Folk-DC-Digital-Childrens-Folksongs-for-Language-and-Cultural-Learning/181031155249040 

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/quizzes-for-eflesl-students.html

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/learn-english-with-christmas-songs.html

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Music in the English Language Classroom

David Deubelbeiss posted The 32nd ELT Blog Carnival!

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