August 2003 - issue 8/03
DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM Newsletter
Welcome to the August Newsletter.
Summer is here in Spain with a vengeance
- the locals say that this is the hottest summer for very
many a year. Can't complain though. Maybe we can - we all
took the Dolphin Stress Test & it is clear we all need
a couple of months off - the link to the test is in the PS
We have been taking stock of the visitors
to the site through the mini polls that have been appearing
in the bottom right hand side of the Front Page of the site.
There were several polls, each rotating to provide a different
one when you returned to the site. Looking at the results
of the different polls it would seem that most of you teach
adults, have been teaching for an average of 10-15 years,
spend 3-5 hours preparing their lessons, supplement your coursebooks
quite a lot, are never observed in your teaching, never have
training sessions in your schools, have had a couple of jobs
in the last eight years, sometimes observe your colleagues
teaching & prefer teaching intermediate levels & multilingual
groups! Check out the results for each mini-poll below.
This month we've got more articles &
plans. Sam Smith offers us another article + lesson plan about
listening skills with his upper intermediate students. There
is a lesson plan centred around an article about writing &
sending e-mails. Keep checking this site during the month
as new stuff keeps going up.
The winner of the Joke competition, taken
out of a hat, is Kate Webster. Kate wins a copy of 'Laughing
Matters' by Peter Medgynes & donated to the competition
by Cambridge University Press. We did get many more than you
can see on the site but we did say they should be about teaching,
learning the classroom etc .....those not about these were
not accepted into the competition. Do keep sending the jokes
in & we'll add them to the list. To
see the jokes
Thought you might like to see the following. We found it in
a recent edition of the British satirical magazine 'Private
Eye', in their Funny Old World section:
"The law is perfectly clear," Jerry
Jelusich of Multnomah County's Department of Human Services
told a press conference in Portland, Oregon, "and it
requires us to provide information in all the languages our
clients speak. Mental health patients in this county currently
speak a total of fifty-five languages, including some rather
unusual ones, and that's why we're advertising a post for
an interpreter who is fluent in Klingon."
Jelusich was explaining to reporters why
government money was being used to fund a post for a linguist
specialising in a fantasy language, invented for the Star
Trek TV show. "Although it was created by Gene Roddenbury
for a work of fiction, the Klingon language was designed from
the outset to have a consistent grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
And recent research has shown that many people, and not just
fans, now regard Klingon as a complete language. Moreover,
we've had a growing number of cases involving mental health
patients where Klingon is the only language they would speak.
We need to communicate with them somehow, and if hiring a
Klingon interpreter enables us to diagnose their problems
more effectively, then it's money well
spent." (Florida Sun Sentinel, 11.5.03)
Perhaps we should offer training courses
for prospective Klingon language teachers!
1. THE SITE - plans &
3. E-MAIL COURSES
4. TEACHING LINKS
5. BOOK REVIEW
6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
7. CVs & JOBS
8. PS - Internet/computer-related
STREAMING 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.
If you'd like to buy a Streaming Speech course
you will receive a
discount if you tell Richard you heard about it at Developing
1. THE SITE
Here are the results to the different mini-polls
we've had on the Front Page of the site:
Who do you teach?
1. general adults 31%
2. professional people 16%
3. teenagers 25%
4. younger learners: 7-12 16%
5. very young learners: 3-7 7%
6. other teachers 5%
How long have you been teaching?
1. more than 20 years 18%
2. 15 > 20 years 14%
3. 10 > 15 years 14%
4. 5 > 10 years 17%
5. 2 > 5 years 17%
6. 1 > 2 years 10%
7. less than a year 11%
How long do you spend planning lessons in
a typical week?
1. 10 > 15 hours 13%
2. 5 > 10 hours 18%
3. 3 > 5 hours 29%
4. 2 > 3 hours 20%
5. 1 > 2 hours 11%
6. less than 1 hour 9%
You and the coursebook. Very generally speaking,
1. use the coursebook all the time 3%
2. supplement the coursebook a bit 24%
3. supplement the coursebook quite a lot 65%
4. don't use a coursebook at all 9%
In your teaching, you are observed by a trainer
1. once a fortnight 0%
2. once a month 19%
3. once a term 16%
4. once an academic year 13%
5. never 52%
In your school, you have training sessions
1. every week 13%
2. once a fortnight 19%
3. once a month 6%
4. once a term 19%
5. never 44%
In the last eight years, how many teaching
jobs have you had?
1. 1 29%
2. 2 29%
3. 3 10%
4. 4 10%
5. 5 3%
6. more than 5 19%
As a teacher, you observe your colleagues
1. often 7%
2. sometimes 43%
3. rarely 23%
4. never 27%
Favourite level: I prefer teaching
1. elementary students 25%
2. intermediate students 40%
3. advanced students 35%
I find it more rewarding to teach:
1. monolingual groups 24%
2. multilingual groups 71%
3. one-to-one classes 6%
Based round an article on the Guardian Unlimited
web site titled 'Re: your pointless email', the aims are:
To give extensive & intensive reading
To provide stds with real world skills related to writing
& sending e-mails
To extend the stds' store of vocab connected to 'e-mails'
To give freer speaking practice
read the plan
Teaching Listening at Upper Intermediate
Level by Sam Smith
At the beginning of an extensive (3 hrs/week)
course with my upper intermediate group I conducted a needs
analysis, I was pleasantly surprised by their very modern
attitude to listening and how important it is. This ties in
with my own beliefs and my observations of this class and
of the problems of my students in general in this area.
Before going on to describe the argument
for listening and how to carry out the listening lesson, I
would like to spend a few words on my students' goals and
· 25% of the group use English with
Americans and British people on a regular basis at work.
· 50% of the group are learning English
so as to use it in an English speaking country and 25% to
live and work there.
· 87.5% put as a specific goal 'to
understand native speakers and speak fluently'. (The other
12.5% put 'speak like a native speaker'.)
This shows a great need and desire to practice
and be taught listening, particularly with authentic materials
featuring native speaker speech and a need to be presented
with and become aware of the features of this: stress, intonation,
weak forms, elision, assimilation, catenation, using fillers,
pauses, repetition, self correction, interruptions and all
the discourse features used to
signal a speakers' intention.
Some of these features are of particular
importance to my students, being Spanish, as there is a noticeable
difference between Spanish and English in terms of word and
sentence stress, intonation and weak forms.
read the article
The Upper Intermediate level lesson plan to accompany the
article has the following aims:
To provide practice in listening to identify topic areas and
also phrases key to meaning in fast connected speech at different
rates, containing pauses, errors and corrections.
To raise awareness of listening strategies and students' own
strengths and weaknesses in listening.
To raise awareness of speech features; fillers, repetition,
correction, clarifiers and phrases for agreeing.
To practice integrating real world knowledge into the listening
process to aid comprehension.
To practice imitating fast speech.
To raise awareness of paralinguistic features of speech.
To practise speaking in the form of discussion, paying attention
to agreeing, interrupting and paralinguistic features.
read the plan
Thanks to Sam, all who voted in the mini polls & all who
sent in jokes.
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
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3. E-MAIL COURSES
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4. TEACHING LINKS
'BritLit' is a British Council project, in
conjunction with the Portuguese Association of English Teachers
(APPI), designed to work with secondary school teachers using
British literature in the classroom.
On this page you can find links to downloadable
* Short story - 'Weekend' by Fay Weldon
* Resource kit of classroom activities based on short story
* Answer key for resource kit activities
* Audio of complete story 'Weekend' read by Fay Weldon
'Weekend' is a short story by the author
Fay Weldon, and published by Penguin in 'Modern British Short
Stories'. It originally appeared in 'Cosmopolitan' magazine
in 1978. It concerns a middle class family from London with
three children spending a weekend in their country cottage.
Although the story deals with one particular weekend, in many
ways it could be any weekend - what we are shown is a glimpse
into the ordinary, the habitual, the norm; it appears that
the family spend virtually every weekend at the cottage. The
story examines the relationship between husband and wife Martin
and Martha, and between Martha and Martin's friends as well
as taking a tongue-in-cheek glance at what 'properly brought
up' children are expected to be involved in. The themes that
can be drawn from this 5,000 word story include 'the Family',
'Personal relations' and aspects of sexism or sexist behaviour.'
English in Britain - The Suite is the definitive source of
information about accredited English language courses in the
Hi, I'm Newschannel 19's, Chief Meteorologist
Dan Satterfield. Welcome to my Wild Wild Weather Page. I've
put these pages together for Kids between 6 and 16 years old
and for their Parents and Teachers, too!
The Phrase Finder - could be very useful.
Room Arranger is a shareware download. They
say: '...., you sometimes reconstruct rooms or rearrange things
placed in them. You move heavy furniture just to everything
would fit with no problem, be handy, and have a good impact.
This program enables you to simulate everything with no need
to draw on a square paper, or to push things there and back
repeatedly.' Would make for an interesting interactive pairwok
5. BOOK REVIEW
This month we have a review of 'Using Authentic
Video in the
Language Classroom' by Jane Sherman (CUP). The review is written
by David Holden & he begins:
'"We want more videos !" tends
to be that one comment students
always make and teachers, resources permitting , have tried
satisfy that demand with varying degrees of success. Now,
you've ever needed more ideas for using videos in your teaching,
or even if you need convincing that videos are essential in
EFL classroom then this is the book for you.'
read the review
If you're going to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk then please
go through our Books
page. You will pay the same & we will receive a few
pennies to keep the site & newsletters free. Thanks.
ENGLISH IN CAMBRIDGE
If you or your students are thinking of the
UK for an English
language course then The New School of English in Cambridge
should be at the top of the list of schools to consider.
Here are a few reasons for choosing The New
School of English
- centrally located in the city of Cambridge
- small enough to provide very personal attention to our students
in the classroom
- accommodation and in their social activities
- no large numbers of one nationality
- high-quality language classes with experienced, well-qualified
- self-catering residential accommodation in the summer for
students who want more independence
If you mention that you found them at Developing
Teachers.com, you'll get a 5% discount on the course fees.
To visit their web site:
6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
Free weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.
Recent Tips have included:
- A grid, clues & answers (9) - ways of using them
- Autonomy & pronunciation - ways of helping the students
- Sophisticated ideas with little language - using English
& the students' mother tongue at lower levels
- In the News - ways of using the news broadcasts
To see the
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7. CVs & JOBS
Some recent Job Adverts:
165+ Teaching Jobs Across Japan
The 7/1/03 issue of O-Hayo Sensei, the free electronic newsletter
of (teaching) jobs in Japan, is now available. Issue #12 reports
detailed information (salaries, qualifications, visa requirements,
benefits, application deadlines/procedures, etc.) for 165+
currently available positions across Japan. New positions
in this issue include: Professor or Assistant Professor. EFL
Teacher & EFL Lecturer. Pick up a free copy by sending
an e-mail message with just the words "get issue"
in the body (or subject line) to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
(the complete issue will be e- mailed to you). Or visit the
"virtual newsrack" at http://www.ohayosensei.com
where you can click a button to receive #12 by e-mail or receive
it immediately via FTP by clicking on a hyperlink. (Note:
O-Hayo Sensei is a LARGE publication -- #12 runs about 43
single-spaced pages of text, or about a 144K plain text file.)
Lynn Cullivan - Editor, O-Hayo Sensei: The Newsletter of (Teaching)
Jobs in Japa email@example.com
Qualified Native Speaker - EFL teacher
wanted for Poland
Please contact Patrycja Kochan at Language Union for details.
E- mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
K-8 English Teachers needed in Honduras
Atlantic Bilingual School in Puerto Cortes, Honduras is seeking
only North Americans English Teachers for our next school
year that starts on August 19th 2003. Job is regulated by
a workking contract which must be enforced from August 19th
2003 to June 16th 2004. Salary is around US$300.00 monthly,
in addition to this the school provides housing and medical
care. Subjects to teach are: Math, Science, Phonics, Spelling,
Reading, Penmanship, Drawing. Teachers will be teaching around
30 periods per week each last 40 minutes. Knowledge of Spanish
it is not requiered at all.
If you are interested please contact Mr. Dennis Coto at: email@example.com
the Jobs Forum
CAMBRIDGE ESOL TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
in Spain - Courses running in the near future at the British
Language Centre in Madrid:
CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE IN ELT - CELTA
Full-time four-week courses, September, October & November
Part-time twelve week course, October >> December
CAMBRIDGE DIPLOMA IN ELT - DELTA
Part-time, six month course, October '03 >> March '04
5% discount on all courses if you mention
Reasonably priced accommodation can be arranged
for the duration
of all courses.
8. PS - Internet/computer-related links
Take the Dolphin Stress Test - you know you
need a rest.
Fling the cow!
Don't visit this page after a heavy evening
at the pub. Are they
The truth is intradimensional.
Take the colour blind test - with a twist
at the end! Don't
forget to enter a number on the last one!
'Celestia is a free real-time space simulation
that lets you
experience our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most
planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the
of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system,
of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel
Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you
explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters
down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-go
interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe
object you want to visit.'
'Press the "Curse!" button to be
randomly cursed in grand
Elizabethan style. Revel in insults that may have been spoken
Shakespeare or Ben Jonson! Relive a bit of history! Annoy
friends! There are more than 388000 curses possible!'
Tricky Master Funky!
Check out the virus mapping in real time.
Take the test to see if you have what it
takes to work as a
The Original Virtual Bubble Wrap
'Lunchbreak Adventures is a fantasy mini-adventure
you can finish in less than ten minutes. You are trapped in
a dungeon that changes every time you play, and must battle
fierce creatures to find the exit in time. The dungeon is
filled with interesting rooms and locations, powerful magic,
and ancient treasure.'
Vent your anger.
You want links? This will keep you busy -
'a few irreverent or
extreme sites, but pornography and sites that promote hate
excluded (hating Microsoft is allowed). Sites with excessive
gimmicks or that attempt to download unsolicited files are
Keep your bookmarks online & access them
Fly the helicopter.
Build a virtual model of yourself
Are you a cheapskate?
WhoWhatWhen is a database of people and events
from 1000 A.D. to
the present. Create graphic timelines of periods in history
of the lives of individuals.
Tells you all about file formats & what
to do with them.
If you don't use Outlook Express, Hotmail
Popper lets to check
your hotmail account from your computer through your POP mail
account. Free download.
Free image resource.
Set up your own version of Napster, legally.
All you need is a
couple of million dollars.