ELT by M Amin Gental


How to Learn Collocations: Independence from Teachers and Dependence on Resources — May 29, 2014

How to Learn Collocations: Independence from Teachers and Dependence on Resources

English with Jennifer

Another teacher recently asked about ways to teach collocations to upper level students. The inquiry reminded me of what I took away from a TESOL session in Portland this past March. A team from  Academy of Art University, San Francisco focused on building learner independence. They recommended showing students how to work with COCA and Vocabulary Profiler when reading academic texts. I agree with this idea of putting tools in the hands of our students. They will not always be taking our lessons, but they will have the information given and the skills practiced in our lessons.

While learners are studying with us, I believe in using a very valuable resource: one another. Whether it’s a group lesson or private lesson, I see value in practicing vocabulary through conversation and student-generated texts. Vocabulary is mastered through multiple encounters, but repetition must be meaningful. That’s why context is so important. But how can we be certain…

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I would like to work as an ESL volunteer in Europe, America, Japan or China. — May 23, 2014
Useful CPE sites (2013 exam) — May 16, 2014

Useful CPE sites (2013 exam)

A Hive of Activities

wpid-img_20140516_122052.jpgThere’s not as much useful stuff out there for Proficiency, is there? A lot of what’s there relates to the old CPE exam, too. In this post, I’m listing websites which are useful both for teachers and students of CPE (2013). I’ll try to keep adding to this list, so if you have any recommendations of sites or blogs to add, please let me know!

The Cambridge English Teachers’ Resources page has a few activities which are useful for introducing students to the different activities.  There’s one sample Speaking exam video (Derk and Annick) with marks and commentary (not an activity, but useful to see what’s required).  There are quite a few teacher-made resources too. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t tried any of them! You need a log-in to view and download resources. The handbook. David Petrie, the delightful teflgeek stickman, has several lesson ideas. This link will take you…

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What are we learning today? CLIL in the Kindergarten classroom — May 2, 2014

What are we learning today? CLIL in the Kindergarten classroom

Oxford University Press

Curious child crouching in forest Photo courtesy of Jesse Milan via Flickr

Margaret Whitfield, co-author of the new Kindergarten series, Show and Tell, offers some practical tips on making the most of CLIL in the Kindergarten classroom.

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) has been a buzzword in English language education for a number of years now, and is an established part of many programs. Its supporters claim that combining subject learning (e.g. science or music) with language learning can increase student motivation and improve understanding. However, they’re often talking about older children who have some existing knowledge of English and the subject – can we bring CLIL into a Kindergarten classroom with equal benefits?

Well, the good news is that we don’t have to. CLIL is already there! In Kindergarten, children are being exposed to new concepts and content all the time, from number work to songs to mixing colored paints and beyond…

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Engaging Young Learners Through CLIL — May 1, 2014