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June 2008 - issue 6/08

DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the June Newsletter.

INDEX

1. GREETINGS
2. THE SITE
3. TEACHING LINKS
4. DAYS OF THE MONTH
5. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
6. PS - Internet/computer-related links
7. THE BIT AT THE END

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1. Hello

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Check out the Lesson Plan index on the site:
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THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Online courses for teachers & working educational professionals from the Institute of Education, University of London. We offer both shorter courses and full Masters degrees in: Citizenship /History Education, Educational Leadership & Management and Educational & Social Research. There's an online chat event on 10 June. Sign up now at:
http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/education

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DEVELOPING t2t.com - Blog, share, communicate & collaborate...

It's been quiet of late on the blogs at Developing t2t.com (http://www.developingt2t.com), the networking site for English language teachers.

If you have signed up, please do use your personal blog & the different community blogs.

Here are the currently available Communities:

* Pre-school teaching
* Primary school teaching
* Secondary school teaching
* General teaching of adults
* Teacher Trainers
* Business English training
* Academic English teaching
* One-to-one teaching
* Moodle teachers

Each community has its own wall, blog & file upload area. You can join as many communities as you want.

If you haven't visited, please do take time out to have a look, register & join in at Developingt2t.com - http://www.developingt2t.com
The more people the better.

See you there.

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ON BUSINESS AND FOR PLEASURE
Unit 7 of Michael Berman's upper intermediate business course is now available for download at:
http://www.developingteachers.com/bizcourse/index.htm

iMINDMAP
Download Tony Buzan's iMindMap. Try it out & see how efficient it can make you.
http://www.imindmap.com/developingteachers/

If you have any information you'd like to include in the Monthly Newsletter, please do email it with the subject: 'Monthly News addition'. Thanks.
http://www.developingteachers.com/contact/contact.htm

Happy teaching!
Alistair

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ARTICLES - If you've given a course or seminar or have a lesson plan & would like to give it a public airing, do get in touch.

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TO GET IN TOUCH
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2. THE SITE

DEVELOPINGTHEWEB.COM
DEVELOPINGCOURSES.COM
DEVELOPINGT2T.COM

ONLINE DEVELOPMENT COURSES @ DEVELOPINGCOURSES.COM
http://www.developingcourses.com
A choice of online development courses to enhance your teaching.

MOODLE HOSTING @ DEVELOPINGTHEWEB.COM
http://www.developingtheweb.com
A range of web hosting options for teachers.

NETWORKING FOR TEACHERS @ DEVELOPINGT2T.COM
http://www.developingt2t.com
Blog, share, communicate & collaborate with other teachers.

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CONSULTANCY
At Developing Teachers.com we occasionally carry out consultancy work. The different projects have included tutoring DELTA candidates by email, offering advice on curriculum design & materials choice & short training courses in person & by email. If you would like us to help in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
http://www.developingteachers.com/contact/contact.htm

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3. TEACHING LINKS

http://193.133.140.102/JustTheWord/index.html
Just The Word - type in a word & see the collocations - very
useful.

http://llt.msu.edu
Special Issue of Language Learning and Technology (V12N2): Technology and Learning to Write.

http://www.elted.net/
'English Language Teacher Education and Development (ELTED) is an
annual peer-reviewed journal for the worldwide ELT community which is produced by the Teacher Education and Development Research Group of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. It seeks to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and information on theoretical and applied issues pertaining to English language teacher education. The journal is targeted at all those involved in English language teacher education and development worldwide, for whom, at present, there are few published journals dealing specifically with English
language teacher education and development.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/may/07/immigration.immigrationpolicy
Premier footballers will have to speak English.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1944528/'Babies-who-hear-
foreign-speech-pick-up-languages-faster'.html

'Babies who hear foreign speech pick up languages faster'

http://app.icontact.com/icp/sub/survey/take
Seamus at Use Your Head is running a survey for ELT people on support and development structures in teaching. If you have a couple of minutes free got along & fill out the form.

http://www.fontalphal2.opstaponderwijs.nl/english.htm
Alpha L2: first aid for adult literacy - Alpha L2 is a computer font that has been developed for script lessons in adult literacy classes. Having Alpha L2 installed on your computer allows you as a teacher to make your own worksheets.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ggMwxmMUWxgdo5nkNerkzU8biFAA
Once shunned by academics, Wikipedia now a teaching tool.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/may/04/spain
The battle of the languages in Spain.

http://www.thewordsthething.org.uk/
The Word's the Thing - One part of Birmingham’s contribution to 2008 as the national Year of Reading is to encourage large numbers of people to read similar things. It then becomes much easier for them to have some ‘reading in common’ to talk about…..to be part of a unique set of conversations across the city and beyond.
A number of new poems and very short fictional ‘tales’ have been written especially for this purpose. These have been donated, to be freely distributed as widely as possible to people in Birmingham and beyond. These writings were produced essentially for an adult audience, but have general appeal within that. We hope that you enjoy reading them; discover something to think/talk about; and that you will want to share them with
others in Birmingham or elsewhere.

http://callspot.libsyn.com/
The podcast for computer-assisted language learning.

http://www.compellingconversations.com
Eric's conversation textbook for English language learners.

http://www.forvo.com/
'Forvo is an online pronouncing dictionary. We want to have all the words that exist in the world pronounced and recorded, including names.'

http://www.palabea.net/
'Every language shows us new countries, helps us make new friends and breaks down barriers. Let's share our languages to create a speaking world.'

If you've visited a site that you think would be beneficial for all or would like your site to appear here, please get in touch. Thanks.
http://www.developingteachers.com/contact/contact.htm

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4. DAYS OF THE MONTH

A few days, among many, to plan your lessons around in June:
6th - D-Day WWII
20th - United Nations World Refugee Day
21st - Summer Solstice (& Dec 21st)
27th - Happy Birthday, "Happy Birthday"
Mother's Day
Wimbledon begins

To see the list of Days:
http://developingteachers.com/days/days.htm

Wikipedia's excellent focus on days of the year:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_anniversaries

http://www.holidayorigins.com/home.html
Some holiday origins.

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DEVELOPINGTHEWEB.COM - MOODLE HOSTING
You've probably heard lots about Moodle, the framework for providing online courses. Have you thought about having your own? At Developing TheWeb.com (a sister site of Developing Teachers.com) we provide you with your own Moodle for only $12/month or $60/seven months. Your Moodle installation comes with 300mb of space & 1gb/month of bandwidth.

We set it all up for you & you provide the courses. You don't need to provide the actual course, this can simply be an online presence, a way of keeping in touch with your students, a meeting place with individuals or whole classes, an extension of your lessons.

We like it so much that we run our own online development courses at Developing Courses.com with Moodle. For more information:
http://www.developingtheweb.com/courses.htm

Reliable & affordable Web Hosting for the English Language Teaching Community!

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5. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS

Free weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.

Recent Tips have included:
Red, amber & green - Correction - awareness activity
Getting it right at the beginning - Correction - techniques
Tone it up - Phonology - functions of intonation
Content listening - Phonology - prominence
Lower levels - The Learner
Kiss me, Hardy - Lesson ideas
Pardon? - Lesson ideas
A grid, clues: down & across (9) - Materials & lesson ideas

To see the Past Tips:
http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips.htm

To sign up to receive them:
http://www.developingteachers.com/tipsnews.htm

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6. PS – General internet/computer-related links

A few computer use rules of thumb:

- make copies of all
- important files
- run scan disk & then defragment the hard drive
- use firewall software - use a virus scan & update the files
every week
- install security patches that software providers offer
- update your DirectX files regularly
- don't open attachments without scanning for viruses first
- don't respond to spam
- just delete & forget
- don't send personal or bank information by email
- turn off your computer at night

http://www.oneplusyou.com/q/v/cannibal_lunch
Have you ever wondered how many cannibals you could feed? Well, now you are. Check it out.

http://fawkes1.lpl.arizona.edu/gallery.php
Photos from the Phoenix Mars mission.

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/kroobay/
This is Kroo Bay - from Save The Children.

http://www.eol.org/
The Encyclopedia of Life.

http://www.viralvideochart.com/
Viral video chart.

http://www.webupon.com/Audio/Music-Rules-2-Top-60-Music-
Websites-That-Deliver-the-Greatest-Free-Music.132133

Top 60 Music Websites That Deliver the Greatest Free Music

http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/05/19/080519on_onlineonly
_remnick?currentPage=all

100 Essential Jazz Albums.

http://www.weatherbonk.com/
The weather near you.

http://www.internetfrog.com/mypc/speedtest/
Test your internet connection.

http://games.allmyfaves.com/spaceinvaders/
Space invaders game.

http://darwin-online.org.uk/
Darwin's private papers online - the largest publication of Darwin's papers in history.

http://www.podcastbunker.com/
Podcast bunker - quality not quantity.

http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/
Optical illusions.

http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/index.php?sort=date
Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/04/26/
nosplit/boanotherlist126.xml&DCMP=ILC-traffdrv07053100

50 best cult books

http://www.musicouch.com/Musicouching/Music-Rules-Top-10-
Music-Websites-That-Delivers-Greatest-Free-Music.122475

Music Rules: Top 10 Music Websites That Delivers Greatest Free Music

http://www.booklistonline.com/
Books.

http://www.officegamespot.com/officegames/appleshooter.htm
Gory shoot the apple game.

http://www.mint.com/
Stay on top of your finances.

http://suggestionbox.com/
SuggestionBox.com is the exciting new way to send suggestions and watch ideas turn into action. We've created one place where individuals can share ideas with every company, group, organization, and product on the planet. The best part of a free individual membership is that it's interactive. People can stay in the loop by tracking their ideas, connecting with people, and improving the things around them.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,143642-page,16-c,webservices/article.html
101 Fantastic Freebies - Whether you're partial to online services or to downloadable software, we have the Web's best free stuff and it'll keep you productive, secure, and entertained.

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