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September 2001 - issue 9/01


Welcome to the September Newsletter

This month is a shortened version as the holidays are upon us & distant places beckon. Instead of a theme there are a couple of lesson plans. There are the usual sections of teaching links, the warmer, jobs & net/computer links.

Please feel free to contribute ideas & activities to this newsletter. It would be great to hear of links - teaching & computer links - warmers that you have used & suggestions for the themes.

Welcome to all of the new subscribers this month. Please keep passing on the site address - Thanks.

If you're having a summer, hope it's a good one.

Happy teaching!



1. THE SITE - lesson plans & articles







8. PS - Internet/computer-related links



The lesson plans are reading ones. There's a lesson that uses an article on how the
first personal computer came together at IBM

The second is about how Ramon Stoppelenburg is attempting to travel around the world. He has set up a web site to report his travels & provide an opportunity for people around the world to offer him accommodation. He is hitching & staying at Internet friendly homes.

There are two new articles on the site this month - both from Nicola Holmes who had an excellent writing article & plan last month. This time there is an article about grammar & plan - 'Towards an approach to the teaching of grammar, which is both more learner-centred and more effective in terms of the learners' long-term acquisition and deployment of the structures concerned'.

The other article & plan is titled 'The role of the teacher and the learner in the development of strategies and sub-skills to facilitate and enhance listening comprehension'.

Why not put yourself on the site? 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 to:

ADVERTISING - If you are interested in advertising on the site or the Weekly Teaching Tip & this Monthly Newsletter then please get in touch at:

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Persuasion - this is an instant warmer requiring no preparation. Elicit from the students their favourite colour. If two students sitting next to each other have the same colour, ask one to think of another. Then ask them, in pairs without any preparation time, to persuade each other that their colour is better than their partner's. Let the activity go on for three or four minutes & then ask them if they persuaded their partner to change their mind. Probably not but that's not really the point, you want them to speak in English & have some fun at the same time.

This is a spontaneous freer speaking activity & needs a bit of imagination. Instead of colours you could get them arguing about their favourite animal, city, author, film, ...... anything! Fit it in with the theme of the lesson or not. A warmer you can use again & again.

You must have a favourite warmer! Send it in & we'll publish it here & put it in the warmer list on the site.



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Got this the other day:

'Hello Developing Teachers team,
I thought you would be interested in the news that registration for the World's Largest Lesson is now open at
We are conservatively estimating that 150,000 students from around the globe will take part in learning the world's largest lesson but with your help we would like to take this number beyond 200,000. We are inviting all TEFL and related English teachers to download the free lesson from our website, found at and teach it to their classes on Monday 10th September 2001. English-to-go is attempting to set this new record because of a commitment by its founders to organise a global event for the 'European Year of Languages' and raise the importance of learning a second language. If you would like to help us set a truly unbeatable world record for the World's Largest Lesson please spread the word and register on the site. We were wondering if it would be possible to mention the event somewhere on your website, maybe in the monthly newsletter, so that we can make this the largest lesson the educational sector has ever given.

Kind regards,

Ed. - What are you waiting for?

A massive site - 'A Web Portal for Educators' - everything to do with all kinds of education - investigate! The online crossword maker is so easy - make your own & print it off for class.

Lots & lots of teaching materials & plans. Worth a look.

'Scotch Tape

The name Scotch tape actually resulted from an ethnic slur foisted upon manufacturers of the tape -- although the product does not have any connection with Scotland or the Scottish. In 1925, the automobile industry, eager to satisfy American's craving for two-tone cars, had difficulty making a clean, sharp edge where one color met another. Richard Drew, a laboratory employee primarily involved with abrasives used to make sandpaper at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (better known as 3M), developed a two-inch wide strip of paper tape coated with a rubber-based adhesive. To cut costs, the tape was coated with only a strip of glue one-quarter inch wide along the edges, instead of covering the entire two-inch width. Unfortunately, the tape failed to hold properly, and the painters purportedly told the 3M salesmen to "Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put adhesive all over the tape, not just on the edges." The 3M company complied, but when the salesman returned to the automobile paintshop, a painter derogatorily asked him if he was still selling that "Scotch" tape, launching a tradename based on an ethnic slur denoting stinginess. The name, like the improved tape, stuck. '

Did you know that? Just the kind of information that you & your students need! Lots of it, check it out!

A great resource for students & teachers alike. You can search The Cambridge International Dictionary, Learner's Dictionary, Dictionary of American English, International Dictionary of Idioms & the International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Certainly worth bookmarking.

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There are some more CVs up from teachers looking for jobs.

A post in Poland:

We are seeking EFL teachers to teach high levels +FCE, CAE, CPE preparation classes. Motivated, energetic and enthusiastic about teaching would fit our team perfectly. Min. qualification RSA CTEFLA/CELTA or Trinity Cert. TESOL or equivalent. 9 months contract (10.09.2001-07.06.2002) Send your CV and covering letter to: Renata Szumilas MD, Macpherson School of English, Ul.Dworcowa 12, 66-400 Gorzow Wlkp/Poland Phone: +48 95 7203 578, fax: +48 95 7205 389

At the moment, employers can post job adverts for free.

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Train in Spain - Courses running in the near future at the British Language Centre in Madrid:

Part-time twelve-week course, October >> December
Full-time four-week courses, October & November

Six month part-time course: October '01 >> March '02

Reasonably priced accommodation can be arranged for the duration of all courses.

You can see brief descriptions of all of the current courses on the BLC web site The postal address of Teacher Education at the British Language Centre is Calle Bravo Murillo 377, 2, 28020 Madrid, Spain. The phone number is (00 34) 733 07 39 & the fax number is (00 34) 91
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8. PS - Internet/computer-related links    

Definitely worth a visit. Challenge the computer in those free minutes & you'll get hooked.

US-based site that gives you an idea of what you're going to buy. Check here before venturing out to the shops.
This great page tells you which search engine to use for which type of search. Top of the bookmarks for this one. And from there check out some of Albany Univesity's tutorials at:

If you want to check out how fast your internet connection is then this is the place. It does depend on quite a few things so be prepared for wide variations.

You get them & you ignore them, you don't know what they mean. Get along to the Microsoft Error Message Resource Center. If they can't explain it you can send a message. Also check out:,289893,sid9_gci212076,00.html

And if you want to know what the messages mean as they happen you can download a free programme for MS Windows Error Messages at:

'STICK is a Windows utility you can use to quickly access multiple instances of the Internet Explorer browser without itgetting in the way of your daily computer routine. Stick uses 'Screen Tabs' to contain your browser window. These tabs stick to one side of your screen and can be hidden such that only the tab shows. They can quickly be unhidden by clicking on the tab.'

A new search engine to add to your collection. Search by category or specific search engines & you can customize the display. Try it, you may like it.

You've got a question that needs answering - go see Bob!
As they say at the Resort 'Of the many True Oracles, none are more profound than the Mystical Smoking Head of 'Bob'. Not even the Severed Head of Arnold Palmer can penetrate the veils of bulldada protecting the Norms from the Terrifying Truths and Puzzling Evidence. Concentrate and ask a Yes or No Question. Oh By The Frop Of His Pipe, Grant Me Vision!'

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