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Digital Tools for Teachers

Digital Tools for Teachers This book has been written and designed primarily with English language teachers in mind though the majority of the resources and tools contained in the book will have much wider use than just language teaching.

The book contains more than 70 tools and resources and these have been hand picked because they represent a broad cross-section of what is at present available.

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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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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media Although the use of internet and digital materials in the language classroom has come a long way over the last 20 years, still the vast majority of web based material that finds its way into the language classroom is used for information input or comprehension purposes. The students’ interaction with the materials is as such largely passive with the teacher controlling the suitability of the materials selected and deciding what information the students will extract from it.

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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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