- issue 6/02
Welcome to the June Newsletter
This month we are taking a look at using
literature in the classroom, an area that doesn't get as much
attention as it deserves. To begin, there's an article from
Nelly Zafeiriadou titled, 'On Literature in the EFL classroom'.
Then we have three more articles plus accompanying lesson
plans on the site. If you were uncertain about using literature
with your students before, you'll be left in no doubt after
all of these articles & plans.
Marjorie Rosenberg continues her series of
articles with one on brain-centred approaches & alternative
methodologies. And to complement the article we are also reviewing
Marjorie's book 'Communicative Business Activities'.
This month we welcome Michael Berman to the
site with an article about learning styles. He has his own
site devoted to using the story in the classroom. Lots of
material to keep your students spellbound.
Keep sending in your English language teaching-related
sites & we'll give them a mention.
Hope you enjoy the newsletter.
1. THEME - Using
literature in the classroom
2. THE SITE -
lesson plans & articles
5. E-MAIL COURSES
6. READER SITES
7. TEACHING LINKS
9. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
10. TRAINING COURSES
11. PS - Internet/computer-related
12. THE BIT AT THE END
1. THEME - using literature in the classroom
Literature in the EFL classroom' by Nelly Zafeiriadou "
A Lot of Water has Flown under your Bridge" or, a historical
review of the issue.
New literature-related articles &
lesson plans on the site
Kathy Byrne has an article & lesson plan
up titled; 'Using authentic literary text with advanced learners'.
read the article...
The main aims of Kathy's lesson are to develop
reading for gist and reading speed and foster interest in
reading authentic texts & to train learners in inferring
meaning in figurative language.
read the plan...
Scott Shelton tells us about 'Encouraging
Extensive Reading' in his classes.
read the article...
The aims of the lesson plan that accompany
the article are to encourage extensive reading outside of
class time & to create student interest in the story.
read the plan...
Emma Metcalf already has some articles on
the site, also has a few things to say about 'Using literature
in the EFL classroom with specific reference to children's
literature and literature and film literature'
read the article..
The lesson plan aims to develop reading strategies:
inferring meaning from context, to encourage students to read
a wide variety of texts in English and how reading children´s
literature or popular fiction is still a valid source of text
to learn from & also to expose students to some authentic
texts which contain colloquial vocabulary.
read the plan...
Many thanks to Nelly, Kathy, Scott &
2. THE SITE
Apart from the above articles & lesson plans on the site
there is also another article from Marjorie Rosenberg. This
is the second in her series of articles for us & titled,
'The Role of Brain- Based Learning and Alternative Methodologies
in EFL by Marjorie Rosenberg.' Marjorie begins;
'Since I began teaching English as a foreign
language some 18 years ago, I have encountered many new techniques
which I have been able to incorporate into both my English
lessons and teacher training sessions. Superlearning and NLP
techniques have been part of my repertoire for the past 10
years and several years ago I added ideas from Cooperative
Learning, Learning Styles, and Howard Gardner's theory of
Multiple Intelligences. This past summer I had the opportunity
to attend Eric Jensen's "Brain-Compatible Learning Workshop"
and discovered how closely these techniques fit into this
read the article...
the book review reviewing Marjorie's book 'Communicative Business
Warrior, Settler or Nomad? by Michael Berman
Based on the concept of evolutionary psychology,
it can be argued that there are three main personality types
depending on what we have inherited from our ancestors. The
Warrior is forceful, resolute and organisational, the Settler
is sociable, intuitive and adaptable, and the Nomad is restless,
charismatic and innovative. What kinds of learners are your
students and what are the classroom implications? That's what this article will
read the article...
See the Reader's Sites section below for
the link to Michael's site.
Thank you Marjorie & Michael.
If you've given a course or seminar or have a lesson plan
& would like to give it a public airing then do send it
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Want to do a reading or listening that class
and plan to pre- teach some vocab.? What I've done is start
off the class with a true or false discussion warmer. I write
a series of sentences using target vocab., some true, some
false, on the board. I try to make the sentences illustrate
the meaning of the vocab., or at least lead them to an educated
guess. Students discuss. You do
feedback and give correct answers. Example:
For Headway Upper-Int. unit 6, advertisement
In Britain you have to buy a license to watch
All ducks are yellow and fluffy. (F-only ducklings)
There are four branches of the military in the United States.
(T - army [target word], navy, air force, marines)
You can recycle disposable razors and blades. (my students
Thanks Nedra. You must have a favourite warmer! Send it in
& we'll publish it here & put it in the warmer list
on the site.
This month we have a review of Marjorie Rosenberg's
very useful book full of information gap activities, 'Communicative
Business Activities'. You
can see the review..
If you would like to review a book for us,
do get in touch.
Please don't forget to go through the Book
Page when you want to buy from Amazon - we get a little
bit & you pay the same. Every little helps to keep the
newsletters free. Thanks.
5. E-MAIL COURSES
Maximise your time by getting started on
a quality personalised teacher development course.
There are a couple of sample pages to view.
6. YOUR SITES
The new edition of The Storyteller is now
available at http://www.Thestoryteller.org.uk
Each issue contains three stories for ELT
with Notes for Teachers and worksheets to use in class. Other
features include articles on the art of storytelling as well
as details of publications and services that might be of interest.
The resources are provided completely free of charge and the
costs are covered by the publisher - The Golem Press.
My name is Claudia Rossi and I have been
an enthusiastic English language teacher for four years now
and I am doing a full distance study programme with the University
of Manchester, which leads to the BA (Hons.) in ELT. Being
fascinated teaching and learning I entered the world of English
language teaching after I had been awarded the CELTA in 1998.
I teach elementary to advanced classes on general and business
English courses and my main interests are designing teaching
materials and teaching Cambridge exam classes (general and
business English). I've got a website and am currently also
looking for more work. Have a look at my website if you need
a teacher or translator. It's http://home.tiscalinet.ch/elt-and-translations
7. LINKS FOR TEACHING
Have you got any favourite teaching links?
Please send them in.
'This is an independent FAQ for the alt.usage.english
newsgroup.' Lots & lots of English usage - essential bookmarking!
'The National Center for ESL Literacy Education
(NCLE), the only national information center focusing on the
language and literacy education of adults and out-of-school
youth learning English, works to support those providing such
services. For over ten years, NCLE has provided information
on adult ESL literacy education to teachers and tutors, program
directors, researchers, and policymakers interested in the
education of refugees, immigrants, and other U.S. residents
whose native language is other than English. This population
includes adults who are low-literate and low-skilled, as well
as those who are more educated but need to improve their English
A Google search on 'ESL' results in 444,000
references, a search on 'TEFL' results in 82,000. I have only
been seriously looking for ESL/TEFL resources for 2-3 weeks
so, with such a large amount of material available, this survey
is very much a report on 'work in progress'.
A springboard into research should you or
your students have the need. A good idea.
Disclaimer - as with any job check it out
carefully. We don't endorse the schools that advertise below.
The ads are sent in & we mention them here & put them
up on the site. A note for advertisers
- please post your advert in the Forum - see the link from
the Front Page - then we'll put
it on the
recruitment page & mention it in this newsletter.
Suzanna Zyla's looking for teaching employment
in Malaysia or Singapore commencing in August or September
of this year. If you can help out,
you can see Suzanna's CV.
Teacher Trainer - Barcelona, Spain
The Lewis School of Languages, Barcelona, is looking for a
CELTA qualified teacher trainer to work on our August and
September courses. For further details and conditions, please
email us on - email@example.com.
Anhui University of Technology, Ma'anshan,
Anhui Province, China
For the last 4 years VSO (a UK-based international development
charity) has sent EFL teachers to this university, but now
that Anhui is more prosperous, it's withdrawing it's support
- and so the university is looking for replacement EFL teachers.
Although China, and China away from the big developed cities,
is not to everyone's taste and interest, I've enjoyed 2 years
teaching for this
university, and would be happy to put anyone interested in
a job here in touch with the appropriate people. If anyone
would like to follow this up, please email me, Jennifer Wallace,
Jennifer goes on to describe the town, university
& the job - see the Recruitment
page on the site for more.
English in China - Qualified and experience tutors required.
Package includes: Competitive salary, return flight &
good accommodation. For further details contact: Peter Sinclair
We are a private Language school founded in 1990, looking
for English native speaking teachers to teach full time in
the school year 2002/2003 - general English classes, conversation
classes, business classes, company and one-to-one classes.
Experience in teaching UCLES exam preparation classes is preferred,
but not essential. The school is located in the town of Beroun,
a lovely historical town located in a forested valley. It
is easy to get to Prague - 40 min to the centre. There is
aregular bus and train service to Prague (every 20 min). Qualifications:
CELTA or equivalent TEFL certificate and two years of teaching
experience. Compensation: We offer a competitive salary -
according to qualifications and teaching experience. Please
e-mail us for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will ensure all necessary
papers for your official employment. The school provides free
accommodation - 7 minutes on foot from the school in a quiet,
residential suburb. The flat is fully equipped: TV/SAT, video,
Tape/CD player, phone and computer with internet access. The
school will arrange medical cover and also contribute towards
the arrival travel costs (130 euros).
Teachers can post CVs on the
site & employers
can post job adverts - both are free services at the moment.
9. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
Free weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.
Recent Tips include:
- The honeymoon is over! - helping beginner
learners get over their first hurdles.
- Tape & transcribe - a quick look at
making our own tapes & getting students to transcribe
- Writing for beginners - a few ideas that
include 'gradual writing'.
- Sorting them out - the challenge of multi-word
To see the
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11. PS - Internet/computer-related links
Why pay for Microsoft Office when you can
get the same for free? Get along to Open Office & download
your own copy.
Sun were the first to offer a free office
suite & now they are charging for the new version of Star
Office but it still works out at much less than anything Microsoft
offer. At the time of writing the free version - 5.2 - is
still available to download.
Need comic fonts? Probably not but great
fonts to have.
Recommended Flash fun. Follow the adventures
of Funnie, Hunnie and Momoney. 'Like, Pow!'
Some more Flash art.
'Our mission is to offer free Living Improvements
for Everyone (LIFE)'
'Dinky Bomb, a game that could turn even
your mild-mannered granny into a slavering addict.'
Impress friends & family with your enormous
range of useless knowledge!
Ever wondered how Google manages to get the
pages you want amongst the billions out there. They have released
their secret & it is none other than the common grey pigeon!
Check out the graphs. You learn something every day.
Drag the ball, aim & shoot.
Check out the amazing card game in the Cave
Takes the biscuit.
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