2003 - issue 11/03
to the November Newsletter.
have started a post in the Forums to see the different pay
rates that EL teachers get across the globe. For example
in Madrid, a teacher just starting on a 25 hour timetable
would probably receive around 900 euros per month (1,045.42
USD), with a contract in a school. It is difficult to make
comparisons but let us know approximately what a new teacher
on 25 hours a week would get per month. Give the currency
in the local one, euros & dollars - a good currency
exchange site: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
you are at Developing Teachers.com try
out our version of ELT Hangman
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forget that if you're going to buy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
then please go through the Books
page at the site. Thanks.
The following was on the Guardian site the other day:
its so smiple - Michael Johnson - Wednesday October 22,
2003 - The Guardian
curoius ietm is going around the innernet at the moemnt
citting new reserach from Cambirge Uvinersity tat indicicates
we don't raed wrods the way we ttaut we ddid. Accroding
to the exprets, the eye deosn't need or evn want the whoole
wrord. It noets the frist and last lettres, and fills in
the rest by inrefence. You can even add or dorp lettres.
The jumumble in btweeen is irrveralent. Cogintion hapneps
vrey fast and quite misteriollusly.
immeaidte ttaut was, "Oh my, I have wasetd a good prat
of my life lerning to sllep this fraeking langague."
But hey, notting's prefect. At laest it is graet nieuws
for people who make a lot of tyops and for poor slleppers.
As the state of Eglinsh contieuns to flall, it's likley
that scools will strat to ralex thier lagnuage standrads
even feurther - if inedeed they still have any to ralex.
Prtety soon, taechers wll thorw up ter hnads and excalim,
"Who caers if wrods are sllepped crorectly? I'm not
paid enuogh for this carppy jobb anway."
read the rest of the article
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SPEECH: A Course in Listening and Pronunciation for
Advanced Learners of English - An electronic publication
that aims to solve the problem of the misrepresentation
of speech. http://www.speechinaction.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
you'd like to buy a Streaming Speech course you will receive
a discount if you tell Richard you heard about it at Developing
is a lesson plan on the site centred around an article titled
'Odd mishaps cause computer grief', looking at the problems
people have had with computers. It is an intermediate upwards
plan with the main aims as follows:
give extensive & intensive reading practice To review
when direct & indirect speech is used To extend the
stds' store of vocab connected to computers & data To
give freer speaking practice
read the plan
Herbertson joins us for the first time with an article &
a lesson plan about 'Lexis: changing attitudes'.
She begins her article:
grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary
nothing can be conveyed": Wilkins (1). This reflects
a change of attitude towards the role of lexis. Sökmen
(p239) likens it to a pendulum, comparing the importance
of lexis within the Grammar Translation approach (where
it was explicitly taught) to the Communication Approach
(where it was incidental). She suggests this pendulum has
swung back today to the middle ground, being taught both
explicitly and implicitly. Nunan (p117) claims it was neglected
by Audio-linguists (during the middle of the last century),
citing Hockett (1958) "vocabulary was the easiest aspect
of a second language to learn and that it hardly required
formal attention in the classroom".
will attempt to explain why I believe lexis is important,
before considering the general problems for adult learners
of English. I shall then discuss the change in status of
lexis and consider one particular approach available to
teachers. Finally, I intend to draw general and specific
conclusions about my current/future practice.
read the article
The accompanying lesson plan is for upper intermediate students
& the aims are as follows:
1. To direct students to noticing lexical items as chunks
2. To sensitise students to the grammar/usage of multi words
3. To introduce students to a lexical set connected to money
1. To develop students' reading sub-skills to extract implicit
2. To give students the opportunity to peer teach and learn
from each other
3. To encourage students to use dictionaries
4. To provide opportunities for students to meet and try
to use some of the new vocabulary - assisting the process
of converting input to intake - see rationale
read the plan
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- We reach a few thousand teachers every week with the Weekly
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CV, your questions, finds on the net, ideas, activities,
questions, grumbles, suggestions, your language courses,
your training courses...they
are there for you to use.
mentioned above get along to the Teaching Travels Forum
to let us know about average salaries in your country: http://foro.developingteachers.com/viewtopic.php?t=281
& maximise your time by getting started on a quality
personalised teacher development course.
definitions for words, phrases and acronyms, c/o Google.
Largest Lesson 6th November 2003 - On November 6 we are
holding the annual World's Largest Lesson. This year we
are working together with Adopt-A-Minefield to help to raise
awareness and funds for people who have been affected by
landmines. We have the support of Adopt-A-Minefield patrons
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney to get as many
people involved as possible.'
links to help with your timetabling & lesson planning.
EServer is a unique website where 281 writers, artists,
editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their
works (currently 31847 of them in all).' Lots of links.
Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English
grammar written primarily for university undergraduates.
However, we hope that it will be useful to everyone who
is interested in the English language. IGE does not assume
any prior knowledge of grammar. The Internet Grammar of
English is accessible free of charge to all users. The Internet
Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar
written primarily for university undergraduates. However,
we hope that it will be useful to everyone who is interested
in the English language. IGE does not assume any prior knowledge
of grammar. The Internet Grammar of English is accessible
free of charge to all users. From Universtiy College, London.
Learning & Technology is a refereed journal which began
publication in July 1997. The journal seeks to disseminate
research to foreign and second language educators in the
US and around the world on issues related to technology
and language education.'
is the online journal published by the Information Technology
(IT) in English Language Teaching (ELT) Special Interest
Group (SIG) of ELTeCS-East Asia.'
British National Corpus.
& linguistics links from The Eclectic company.
the University of Surrey, Applied Linguistics Research Group
- Postgraduate dissertations online - 'All the dissertations
and abstracts listed in this directory have been written
by MA in Linguistics (TESOL) and MSc in English Language
Teaching Management students in the Applied Linguistics
51,000 entries to search.
name is Jacob Richman and this week I launched a new educational
site that helps students learn English vocabulary. The site
is called Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun . There are four
games on the site: Word Search Game, Hangman, Match Game
& The Vocabulary Quiz. The vocabulary site has something
for everyone and feedback is always appreciated.'
name is Nellie Deutsch and I would like to introduce you
to Nellie's English Projects. The site is about collaborative
writing projects and is free to share. Nellie's English
Projects are content based lessons designed to provide students
and teachers with clear instructions on how to write and
present research papers. Students are evaluated for the
process as well as for the final product. The site provides
evaluation rubrics and clear instructions on how to do the
projects. The topics are WebQuest tasks. In addition the
site provides many educational resources.'
book review this month looks at 'Personalising Language
Learning' by G.Griffiths & K.Keohane (CUP). As the name
suggests the book is at the heart of a learner-based approach
to language teaching. To
read the review
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DAYS OF THE MONTH
days to plan your lessons around in November:
Bonfire Night http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips43.htm
16th International Day for Tolerance 17th World Peace Day
25th Eid Al Fitr
28th Buy Nothing Day http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips44.htm
Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thurs. in month
see the Days of the Year
WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.
Tips have included:
Being observed - some advice
- Patterns - a look at the problem-solution pattern.
- United Nations Day - activities
- Motivation - types & ways
week there is a thread in the Forums about the theme of
the Weekly Tip - a chance to have your say about the area.
see the Past Tips
sign up to receive them
CVs & JOBS
Wuxi, Suzhou and Nantong - China
C&C Internatioanl Culture&Commerce Centre(Canada)
has been authorized by 5 Chinese high schools which are
in Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nantong to seek Esl teachers.
In these high schools, teaching hours will be 20 per week,
and the students' ages will be from 15-18. If you are interested,
please contact our China office. Requirements: Internationally
recognised TEFL qualification (CELTA, TEFL Diploma, MA TESOL
etc) or about one-year teaching experence Benefits: 1 RMB
4000-6000 salary per month, based on experience 2 Accommodation
paid for and provided by the school 3 Round-trip airfare
for a one-year contract Contact: China office: 4 floor,
No.34 Wuai road, Wuxi city, Jiangsu province, China 214031
Tel: 86-510-2791740, 86-510-8911653 Fax: 86-510-2791740
CLASS, Costa Rica Latin America School Supplies Inc. is
a 501 c3 non profit Florida corporation seeking volunteer
teachers, to teach teachers in Costa Rica, how to teach
English. Involve your entire school. In Latin America learning
English is no longer a luxury it is a necessity. Visit our
web site: http://www.ItsASureBet.net
Here is a copy of the advertisement placed on Wednesday
in the 'Vietnam News'. If you 'fit the bill' please send
your full CV to the email address given. If you don't quite
fit - feel free to send your CV: there may be future openings
for qualified EFL teachers and trainers. Although based
in Hanoi, The Education Company responds to needs in other
Vietnamese towns and cities if requested.
ELT PROFESSIONALS WANTED TO JOIN THE EDUCATION COMPANY
The Education Company, a dynamic, expanding, Hanoi-based
consultancy is seeking professional trainers for its teaching
team. One position is available immediately, others will
open during the autumn. 1. Full-time Trainer for Danang:
the applicant should be willing to be resident in Danang.
2. Part or full-time trainers for Hanoi: we are seeking
CVs for our Trainer Database for positions opening in October
Criteria for Applicants: Essential: Native (or near native)
speaker of English, First degree, Internationally recognised
TEFL qualification (CELTA, TEFL Diploma, MA TESOL etc),
Relevant experience, Proficient computer skills.
Preferable (for Hanoi): IELTS examiner, Experienced TOEFL
/ IELTS teacher, Minimum three years teaching experience
after graduation, Experience in designing/delivering skills
courses, Postgraduate or professional diploma/ Higher degree.
Please e-mail or fax CV. All enquiries will receive a response.
Previous applicants need not reapply. Tel: (04)7628306.
Fax: (04) 7628307. malito:email@example.com
the Jobs Forum
can post your CV for free too - check out the CV Forum
ESOL TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
in Spain - Courses running in the near future at the British
Language Centre in Madrid:
CERTIFICATE IN ELT - CELTA
Full-time four-week courses, next courses January, February,
Part-time twelve week course, M/W/F 10.30-14.00, January
>> March '04
DIPLOMA IN ELT - DELTA
Full-time two month course, April & May, July &
discount on all courses if you mention the newsletter! Reasonably
priced accommodation can be arranged for the duration of
PS - Internet/computer-related links
few computer use rules of thumb:
make copies of all important files
- run scan disk & then defragment the hard drive
- use firewall software
- use a virus scan & update the files every week
- install security patches that software providers offer
- update your DirectX files regularly
- don't open attachments without scanning for viruses first
- don't respond to spam - just delete & forget
- don't send personal or bank information by email
- turn off your computer at night
for Computers from Springfield Technology
computer help - calling support.
music downloads taking the world by storm.
yourself an e-mail that gets posted to you at some time
in the future.
of Krishna from Seattle Art Museum. Takes a while to load
you computer questions answered.
need to spend any money on an Office suite - this is all
it coming from & who you complain to.
your self an e-mail that will arrive at some specified time
in the future.
treasure hunt: 10 questions to test newsroom literacy.'
Gender Genie - Inspired by an article in The New York Times
Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of
an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University
in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology,
to predict the gender of an author.'
yourself cross-eyed again - the Magic Eye people.
to know your pirate name? Just asking.