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A No-Nonsense Guide to Writing Materials

A No-Nonsense Guide to Writing Materials ELT (English language teaching) writing comes in many shapes and sizes. Some authors write or co-write coursebook series. Others produce workbooks to go with those coursebooks. Or perhaps they write language practice books, or graded readers or grammar books. They may write resource books for teachers, or books on aspects of teaching methodology. And increasingly they may write material for online delivery, or as part of mobile-learning Apps.

If you are thinking of writing anything like that (or if you have started writing but don’t know where to place your work), then The No-Nonsense Guide to Writing is for you. As a look at the contents will demonstrate, there is advice here not only about the process of writing, but also on aspects of contracts and adequate remuneration. Other aspects of a writer’s life are covered too, such as who you may collaborate with, and what it’s like to give presentations about your work – and of course about what happens when things go wrong. You can find out, too, who produces and publishes ELT material in today’s changing world – and how to produce a sample to persuade them to take an interest in your work.

And so, for all of you who want to become (or continue to be) writers of ELT material, this collection of articles provides a one-stop resource of information about what you need to be able to do, what to be careful about, and how to enjoy it.

We hope you will find this collection of articles useful.

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A 10 minute intro to Business English Teacher Development Sessions

A 10 minute intro to Business English Teacher Development Sessions This short ebook is for all Business English teachers. It explains the methodology behind running Teacher Development sessions, suitable topics, types of sessions and has a range of tips. There is also a list of questions to help start sessions.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.




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MakeBeliefsComix FILL-ins

MakeBeliefsComix FILL-ins You supply the words to complete this book! This do-it-yourself comic e-book provides a place where you can give MakeBeliefsComix characters your own words and thoughts. In this comic book, unlike any others you’ve read, you’ll get to decide what happens and have the final say. All you need to do is just follow the prompts and fill in the talk and thought balloons to determine what characters say and think.
Many of the fill-in pages are funny, and some are also serious. Many are about family and friends or other people you know. Others are about your dreams, the things that give you pleasure and even the things that puzzle or worry you. You see, this is a real-life comic book. This book provides a safe space for you to express many of the feelings and thoughts that are inside you waiting to be revealed and which make you special. You can write silly things, you can write serious thoughts; just write what is in your heart. And as you fill in the pages, you will also learn a lot about yourself, and what makes you YOU.
One thing that the pages share in this book is that they are all incomplete. They need your good thoughts, your personal words to be finished. All you need to enjoy this book is your wonderful imagination.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Speaking: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach Speaking: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers Teaching English as a second or foreign language is full of challenges: How do you hold students’ interest? How do you ensure that they get enough practice to really learn? The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all

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Emotional Intelligence – Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence – Lessons in Digital Literacy This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing this can benefit them.

Aims:

-To develop students’ understanding of EI and its importance.
-To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools.
-To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information.
-To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information.
-To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually.
-To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.

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1,000 Conversation Questions

1,000 Conversation Questions What’s inside?

More than 1000 questions divided into more than 100 topics.Each one the 100+ topics contains ten or more thought provoking, conversation starting questions.
Each topic can fill 20 to 40 minutes of class time. (More if you ask students for some of their answers).
No branding so you get all the credit.Easy to print and hand out or copy to a PowerPoint slide.Tips for using conversation questions in the classroom that I have learned during my 8 years of teaching ESL.
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"Great Book For Conversation Topics in an ESL/EFL Classroom
The book is broken down by themes -- holidays, foods, family, sports, etc. and I've used it in my adult ESL class many times to spark conversations. It's my first choice of conversation books I go to when I need a filler lesson or want to encourage students to speak up and share their ideas!"

- Amazon Review from Sandie

A 10 minute intro to iPad Business English Teaching

A 10 minute intro to iPad Business English Teaching This short ebook is for Business English teachers interested in or currently using iPads. It explains the technical side of iPad teaching, the uses of iPads in class and ways to approach lessons. There are also several tips and sample app activities.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.



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MakeBeliefs to Spark Your Writing

MakeBeliefs to Spark Your Writing When you read this book, let your mind roam to new places and ideas and express all the wonderful things that are within you. All you have to do is fill in your responses to the magical questions asked by the characters from MakeBeliefsComix.com.
For example, make believe someone discovered a note that you placed isparkn a bottle that washed up on the beach. What would it say?
Or, imagine that today you are going to do one heroic deed. What will that be?
To read and write in the book, just click on the cover. By doing so, you will download a PDF that will reveal a book of picture and word prompts to spur your imagination and stimulate your creating writing and thinking.

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Fifty Ways to Teach with Technology: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach with Technology: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers From laptops to smartphones, IC recorders to video cameras, desktop software to cloud-based services, the technological devices available to educators influence the way we teach.
Whether you wish to use students’ own mobile devices, conduct an effective and engaging lesson in a CALL lab, or simply expand your list of language learning websites, this book has a wide selection of ideas for you. Each activity notes the specific type of software and hardware you will need, and every website referenced is free or has an unpaid option.

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50 Facts about Hair – Lessons in Digital Literacy

50 Facts about Hair – Lessons in Digital Literacy In the lesson students will learn some amazing facts about hair and the historical significance it has had in different cultures around the world. They will also learn to challenge and question the accuracy of information they find online.

This lesson contains seven tasks:

-A discussion task which gets students thinking around the topic.
-A reading task which develops students’ abilities to use text to check information.
-A reading task which encourages students to develop deeper comprehension.
-A discussion task which gives students the opportunity to formulate a personal response to the information they have studied.
-An online research task which guides students through the process of researching and corroborating the credibility of online information.
-An online research task which guides students through the process of creating research and disseminating the results.
-A research task which develops students’ abilities to use social media to carry out research.

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500 Grammar Based Conversation Questions

500 Grammar Based Conversation Questions Make Grammar Interesting: Elicit the specific grammar structure you are teaching in a natural way with these 500 conversation questions.
This is a unique and incredibly useful resource book for ESL and EFL teachers. It uses conversation questions to practice specific grammar points in an engaging and natural way. If you teach grammar you'll find this book incredibly useful for discovering errors and reinforcing grammar structures.

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This is a fabulous book to supplement your lessons in the ESL university/adult education classroom. I use a listening/speaking text from a popular publisher, and I frequently find it lacking for speaking exercises that my students can use to apply the grammar points presented in the book. This book is the perfect solution to that problem. It is organized by grammar points - ones that you'll commonly find in any of the big-company ESL texts. In addition, the book starts with a brief section on some suggested uses for the questions in the classroom. Then, each grammar section begins with an overview of the grammar point, which I've found useful in expanding my class text's explanations. Within each group of questions, you'll also find that there are questions targeted at different language skills - so there is something for all learners. I own a copy of another book from this author, and I use it throughout my semesters. I was thrilled to have another of this author's books, and I am sure it will become a well-loved desktop friend.

- Mexicancatdance, Amazon Review

A 10 minute intro to Business English Teacher Development

A 10 minute intro to Business English Teacher Development This short ebook is for all Business English teachers who want to develop their teaching. It covers goal setting, types of goals, experimentation, feedback and offers a range of tips. There also some sample goals.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.




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Hummingbird Joy: A Book of All the Things That Make Your Happy

Hummingbird Joy: A Book of All the Things That Make Your Happy Click on the cover to download a PDF that will reveal a new memory book for you to write about all the good things in your life that are worth remembering. With your written words, Hummingbird Joy will become your own treasure chest of personal wonders. Writing prompts will elicit memories of many of the things that have given you joy. Others help you recall the different things in your life for which you are grateful. Writing helps affirm our joy and gratitude.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Teenagers: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach Teenagers: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers Teaching English as a second or foreign language is full of challenges: How do you hold students’ attention? How do you ensure that they get enough practice to really learn? Teaching teenagers presents unique challenges. Teachers are often looking for age- and level-appropriate activities to engage teens’ interest while providing meaningful practice.

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Careers for Introverts & Extroverts – Lessons in Digital Literacy

Careers for Introverts & Extroverts – Lessons in Digital Literacy This lesson is based on an infographic about the characteristics of introverts and extroverts and how these factors effect the kinds of work they choose to do.

In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes someone an introvert or extrovert. They will study an infographic which links the characteristics of each to different types of jobs and reflect on how the information applies to their own lives.

The plan includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research and create online questionnaires.

There is also a reporting tasks which help student to develop the ability to analyze, synergize and share information as written text.

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ESL Worksheets and Activities for Kids

ESL Worksheets and Activities for Kids Save Prep Time: Lots of worksheets and activities to save you time when preparing for your classes!
This incredibly useful resource book has lots of great worksheets, activities, flash cards, mini-books, and handouts for some of the most commonly taught subjects in ESL classes for kids. All non branded, so it looks like your work. All sheets are designed to be easily printed and copied.

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A 10 minute intro to Lunchtime Business English Lessons

A 10 minute intro to Lunchtime Business English Lessons This book is for any Business English teachers currently or interested in giving lessons at lunchtime. It covers the ingredients of a lesson, how to use technology, activities and describes several useful websites. There are also 2 sample lessons.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.



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Fifty Ways to Teach Vocabulary: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach Vocabulary: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers Without grammar, you can't say much; but without vocabulary, you can't say anything.

Vocabulary is the foundation of successful language learning. ESL/EFL learners need to be familiar with a great many words if they want to read, write, listen, or speak with ease. In addition to the sheer number of words and phrases students need to learn, what makes vocabulary acquisition so tricky is that one “pass” is never enough. In order to really “know” a word, learners need to know, among other things, how to spell it, how to pronounce it, what other words it collocates with, what prefixes and suffixes it takes, what grammatical patterns it fits with, and what positive or negative associations it may have.

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Mind your Waste – Lessons in Digital Literacy

Mind your Waste – Lessons in Digital Literacy In this lesson students will explore their attitudes to buying clothes and find out about the costs and environmental impact of producing clothes.


They will do this by studying an infographic about the USAgain clothes recycling project, discussing the content and implications of the graphic and researching some of the background to the problem.

The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first four tasks of the plan can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion class. The last three research tasks can be used individually as follow up tasks or you could use all three. These tasks are likely to take longer and could be set as homework or independent study tasks.

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99 Fast Ways to Improve your English

99 Fast Ways to Improve your English 99 Fast Ways to Improve your English

[This is a student resource book, but also excellent for teachers]
Do you want to improve your English quickly?
Would you like a FAST 100% improvement?
Are you tired of studying things that don’t REALLY HELP?
Tired of memorizing grammar rules?
Stop wasting your time!

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A 10 minute intro to Telephone Business English

A 10 minute intro to Telephone Business English This short ebook is for Business English teachers interested in telephone lessons. It gives an explanation of the basics of Telephone Business English, how it compares to online teaching, types of courses and lesson structure. There are also tips and 2 sample lessons.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.



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Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2)

Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 2) Step out of your ELT comfort zone by trying some PARSNIP lessons. This ebook has 7 lesson plans for ELT teachers that cover Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, Isms and Pork in an engaging and enjoyable style. Written by Rob Howard, Noreen Lam, David Petrie, Adam Simpson, Mike Smith, T. Veigga and Phil Wade. Less
If you’ve already downloaded volume 1 of our series Parsnips in ELT, then you’ll already have an idea of what this book is about. The PARSNIP is, as many of you will know, a reference to all those topics that are commonly left out of the standard ELT coursebook: Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, -Isms, Pork. Written by, Rob Howard, Noreen Lam, David Petrie, Adam Simpson, Mike Smith, T. Veigga and Phil Wade, this ebook has 7 lesson plans for ELT teachers that cover Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, Isms and Pork in an engaging and enjoyable style.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers Writing ought to be the easiest of the four skills for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Unlike listening and reading, the students control all the words. Unlike speaking, the students can go back, check their work, revise it, and resubmit it. It should then follow that writing would be one of the most popular courses to teach. Yet teachers never say, “I can’t wait till I get tenure, so I can teach some of those composition classes of 35 students.”

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Preview The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People – Lessons in Digital Literacy

Preview The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People – Lessons in Digital Literacy This lesson encourages students to think about their attitudes to wealth and the link between success and positive habit formation. It also helps them to question and explore the validity of online information.

The aims of the lesson are:
-To develop students' critical thinking skills
-To help students explore and articulate their opinions.
-To help students understand and evaluate statistical information.
-To develop students' abilities to check and evaluate the credibility of information.
-To help students develop their abilities to carry out online factual research.
-To help students develop the ability to synergise information from a range of sources and formulate written arguments around that information

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How to Teach TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC

How to Teach TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC How to Teach TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC and other Standardized Examinations
Better English Teaching Jobs Await You!
Picture yourself teaching advanced classes for up to double what you are earning now.
Smaller classes, motivated students, no discipline problems . . . WHAT are you waiting for?
This eBook is a fast and easy step-by-step guide to teaching standardized tests that will help your students get admitted to university programs and improve their job prospects.
This book is designed for teachers who have little or no experience teaching the TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC courses.

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A 10 minute intro to Dogme Business English

A 10 minute intro to Dogme Business English This book is for any Business English teacher interested in Dogme. It covers how to get to know your student, lesson formats and provides some ideas about using materials. There are also a lot of tips and 2 sample lessons.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.




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Teach Reflect Develop: A Month of Reflective Teaching Activities

Teach Reflect Develop: A Month of Reflective Teaching Activities This ebook contains 20 5-minute reflective ideas to help you process your last lesson or lessons. There are 20 so that you can do 1 every teaching day for a month. The 4 units focus on You (the teacher), Them (the students), the Lesson and finally the Content.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Young Learners: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Fifty Ways to Teach Young Learners: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers Teaching English as a second or foreign language is full of challenges: How do you hold students' interest? How do you ensure that they get enough practice to really learn? Teaching young learners--children--presents unique challenges. Teachers are often looking for age- and level-appropriate activities.

This book presents ideas and techniques appropriate for young learners, divided into sections for Vocabulary; TPR, Songs, and Chants; Flashcards; Grammar; Combination Activities; and Holidays. Several of the activities are illustrated with photographs from the instructor's own classroom.

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The History of Weddings – Lessons in Digital Literacy

The History of Weddings – Lessons in Digital Literacy This lesson is based on an infographic about weddings, their history and some related customs and practices.

In the lesson students will explore their opinions of weddings and marriage and discover some new information about the origins of various customs.


There are also four online research tasks which encourage students to develop a range of digital literacies including checking sources, checking the validity of information and researching new information and building infographics around it. You can choose one for your students to do or if you prefer get them to do all four.

You could also split your class into four and get one group to do each task and then share their findings.
The final task is a social research task that encourages students to create their own questionnaire to explore the attitudes of their social media contacts after which they produce an infographic from the results.

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Conquering Business English

Conquering Business English Developing and teaching a good Business English course takes time and hard work.

You know that and that’s why you are here looking for some fresh ideas and help.
Why Teach Business English?
Smaller Classes
Motivated Students
Better Wages
No Discipline Problems
Adult Students
What are you waiting for?!

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A 10 minute intro to Senior Management Business English

A 10 minute intro to Senior Management Business English This short ebook is for Business English teachers giving lessons to Senior Managers. It gives suggestions for gathering important client information, teaching ideas for Managing Directors, General Managers and Department Managers and also a list of useful tips. There are 2 sample lessons.

The 10 minute intro to series is designed to give you a quick practical guide to various aspects of Business English Teaching.



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Coaching & Mentoring Activities for ELT

Coaching & Mentoring Activities for ELT 30 Coaching and Mentoring activities for ELT professionals to try out.




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A-Z Business English

A-Z Business English A-Z Business English is a photocopiable resource book for teachers of business English. The activities are easy to download, print and use on the go. They contain user-friendly trainers’ menus, which outline the language focus, type of activity and timing. Each activity consists of a Trainer's copy and Worksheet and provides hints for follow-up sessions or further consolidation work. In addition, supplementary materials are provided on the Academic Study Kit website. The worksheets can be used in any order depending on your students’ needs; for one-to-one teaching, pairwork and groups. Suitable for intermediate to advanced learners of English.

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The Path to Academic English

The Path to Academic English Academic language proficiency consists of vocabulary, grammar, and a discourse style of academic, or professional language. Traditional teaching approaches include describing the language, preparing materials and explicitly teaching academic language. This has never worked. Whether you are teaching university students or just hoping to improve your own academic language proficiency, join Stephen Krashen to find out what does work.

By special agreement with Dr. Krashen, we are delighted to be able to offer this self-study course at no charge. This course includes four one-hour video recordings, readings, and discussion questions.

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