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July 2003 - issue 7/03


Welcome to the July Newsletter.

This month we've got more articles & plans. We are joined by Sam Smith with an article & lesson plan around the theme of drama, Ceri Millward on cohesive devices, both an article & a plan, Sandra Bradwell provides us with a plan about narrative structure & Michael Berman returns to the site to revisit multiple intelligences.

The 1st July was International Joke Day & we had a Weekly Tip this week around telling jokes in a warmer. We also began a competition to win a copy of 'Laughing Matters' by Peter Medgyes. All you have to do is send in jokes about teaching, learning, the classroom etc. Send them to with 'Joke Competition' in the subject line.

Happy teaching!



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5. CVs & JOBS


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Sandra Bradwell gives us another lesson plan this month. It is an advanced lesson that looks at narrative structure through a video of anecdote telling. The aims are:

Main aims: to sensitise students to the discourse features of oral narrative · to raise further awareness of the listener's active role in story telling

Subsidiary aims: to develop the listening skill: listening for pleasure, gist · to widen the students' range of vocabulary and expressions
· to provide an opportunity for students to prepare and practise story telling

To read the lesson plan


Here are the new articles on the site this month:

Using Drama as a Resource for Giving Language More Meaning by Sam Smith

Reflecting on my teaching experience, I have realised that an area of teaching I have not paid enough attention to has been that of providing my students with adequate opportunity to put what they have been studying into use. Combining this with my recent experience with some groups studying at the rather unusual times, during the afternoon, and in intensive classes over the last couple of years, where the students are from quite different walks of life, from teenagers to late middle aged business men, and therefore find it difficult to find things of
common interest to motivate them to participate, I decided to turn to drama as a way of trying to get them more interested in producing some language. In this paper, I hope to show where drama can be applied, why it can be a useful resource, looking at the benefits in terms of situation and motivation, and say what it is, before going on to look at how to employ it.

To read the article

The accompanying upper intermediate lesson plan has the following aims:

To revise and provide spoken and written practice of modal verbs in the past for criticism.
To raise awareness of the importance of the connection between linguistic and paralinguistic aspects of language.
To practice listening skills, listening to the fast speech of a native speaker.
To practice speaking in the forms of discussion and organisation.
To facilitate proceduralisation of target structures by responding and adapting in real time to a partner's message.

To read the lesson plan


Applying Discourse Analysis in the Classroom with a Specific Focus on Teaching Discourse Markers by Ceri Millward

The introduction of discourse analysis into the classroom has, despite its relative novelty, added a new frame to the understanding of language and its usage, and in this sense has given the teacher new tools with which to cater for students' needs. If we consider that comprehension and understanding are the primary concerns behind most forms of communication, be they written or oral, formal or informal, then our focus as teachers should be centred on ensuring that our
students manage to acquire the skills necessary for such comprehension.

Furthermore, discourse analysis can bring to the forefront considerations that may be of use in terms of the students' use of the target language. In this sense it is important to be acquainted with any potential similarities, or differences, between the students' L1 and the L2 they are learning. In this paper we shall look at discourse analysis, focusing on the use of cohesive devises and more specifically on discourse markers as a useful tool to enable students to make
logical connections and coherent stretches of both written and spoken discourse.

To read the article

The accompanying intermediate lesson plan uses a review of the Oscar-winning film 'Chicago'. The main aims of the lesson are:

To highlight the use of discourse markers in context, I shall use a written film review taken from the Internet.
To clarify the meaning, form and appropriacy of each discourse marker.
Help students to infer meaning and correct usage of target language through context by means of inductive exercises.

To read the lesson plan


Multiple Intelligences Revisited by Michael Berman

IQ Tests were developed by Binet early in the 20th century and were frequently used to assess the potential of children in schools until quite recently. Tests of this type, however, have now fallen into disrepute. All they test is linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence and this traditional definition of intelligence is now regarded as too narrow. We now know that 75% of teachers are sequential, analytical presenters but 70% of students do not actually learn this way!
The educational psychologist most responsible for this change of attitude is Howard Gardner, the creator of the Multiple Intelligence Theory. Gardner's work at the Boston University School of Medicine lead to the identification of eight criteria for the existence of intelligence types: potential isolation by brain damage, the existence of prodigies such as autistic savants, an identifiable set of core operations, a distinctive developmental history along with a definable
set of expert end-state performances, an evolutionary history, support from experimental psychological tasks, support from psychometric findings, and susceptibility to an encoding symbol system. (The criteria are explained in detail in Gardner's "Frames of Mind" if you would like to read more about them). Gardner originally identified seven intelligence types which satisfy the
above criteria and our intelligence profiles consist of combinations of the different types: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal - the way we relate to others, and intrapersonal - our ability to self-evaluate. (Emotional Intelligence, the term popularised by Daniel Goleman, covers what Gardner refers to as interpersonal plus intrapersonal).

To read the article

Michael has published several books on the craft of story telling. 'Working With Wisdom Tales' is 'the first in a series of 'Wisdom Tales'.... All the major religious traditions have made use of metaphorical stories to communicate their teachings - the stories from early India, Greek fables, Zen, Sufi, and Hasidic tales - as they have long been recognized as a means of bypassing the set attitudes and limitations of the conscious mind. Stories not only entertain; they can also alter our experience so as to facilitate growth and change and the stories presented in this collection have all been chosen with this aim in mind.' Also, The Power of Love by Michael Berman - the second in the 'Working With Wisdom Tales' Series. For information on buying these books, e-mail contact

Thanks to Sandra, Sam, Ceri & Michael

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Lots of word games, check out the 8-letter game - addictive. Link c/o Will at:

Wide selection of puzzles of all ages.

Translators & dictionaries.

'Boggle's World is a resource site for teachers who teach elementary and middle school English, ESL and EFL to kids. Just click, print, and copy.'

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6. CVs & JOBS

Ceri Millward is looking for work in Madrid in the coming October. To see her CV:

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7. PS - Internet/computer-related links

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Andy's anagram solver - not sure about this one - try it & see.

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