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Some Cool Summer School Ideas

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It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and most of us have started our summer holidays. Yet some of spend their holidays working in the summer schools or summer camps. Here you can find some activities that may help you

Need Energy

Asking Questions, some fun activities

Games, Fillers, Warm-ups

Quick Fillers

Fun Writing Activities

Old Techniques Revisited

Motivating Learners with Fun Activities

Songs in EFL Classroom

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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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!

You can check out all previous editions here….

 

Yes ! Language is a virus :)

Have you come across this hilarious site.?

 

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“Every day, write a letter that will never be sent to a person who does or does not exist, or to a number of people who do or do not exist.”

The sentence I copied and pasted from Language is a Virus is a writing task. Isn’t it very creative?

If you visit the site you will find writing games, text generators, writing tasks, poetry guide and really cool writing exercises.

I tried some of them and I’m now thinking this site will be a place where I will visit very often in the next school year.

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