- issue 5/02
Welcome to the May Newsletter
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The Newsletter this month:
The theme this month contains an article
by Elizabeth Adams & Halima Brewer, titled 'Teaching Creatively:
A symbiotic Process'. Teaching is an art & it's good to
see someone saying it!
There is also another book review, this time
looking at 'The Minimax Teacher' by Jon Taylor. And then there
are the usual sections of teaching links, the jobs' section
& the PS computer/internet links.
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1. ARTICLE - Teaching
Creatively: A symbiotic Process by Elizabeth Adams & Halima
2. THE SITE - lesson
plans & articles
5. E-MAIL COURSES
6. TEACHING LINKS
8. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
9. TRAINING COURSES
- big discounts on Cambridge CELTA courses
10. PS - Internet/computer-related
11. THE BIT AT THE END
Teaching Creatively: A symbiotic Process
by Elizabeth Adams & Halima Brewer
Many thanks to Elizabeth & Halima.
article can be seen...
Next month we'll be including an article
about using literature in the English language classroom.
Do you have a lesson plan that includes the use of literature?
If so, do send it in & we'll put it on the site in conjunction
with the article.
2. THE SITE
There is a good mix of excellent new articles on the site
this month. Thanks go to Marjorie Rosenberg, Costas Gabrielatos
& Ramesh Krishnamurthy.
The first article is the first in a series of articles from
Marjorie Rosenberg. Marjorie is an instructor of English at
the Pädagogische Akademie des Bundes in der Steiermark.
Marjorie also works as a free-lance language trainer for various
companies and for the state government of Styria, Austria
and a free-lance NLP trainer for both teachers and business
people. Her book 'Communicative Business Activities' which
uses an NLP approach to
teaching business English, came out in autumn 2001.
The title of her first article is: 'Teacher
Development & Awareness of Learning Styles' 'Ever since
joining the Teacher Development SIG of IATEFL, I have often
found myself explaining to both colleagues as well as those
outside the teaching profession what I understood under the
rubric "Teacher Development." The term seems to
crop up consistently in teacher training courses, in journals
devoted to the teaching profession and at international conferences.
Therefore I was fascinated by the opportunity to become personally
involved with pre-service teacher development in an entirely
new and exciting manner.'
read the article..
Costas Gabrielatos' second contribution to the articles on
the site is 'Teaching Communication & Interaction Strategies
- An action research project with Greek teenagers at intermediate
'The choice of this project was greatly determined
by the fact that very little attention had been given to fluency
and student interaction during the previous years of tuition
of the group of students concerned. As a result, students
had developed inhibitions towards using the target language
which had a
negative impact on their oral performance. It would, therefore,
be an opportunity and a challenge for me to examine the effectiveness
of certain activities and techniques in helping students shed
their inhibitions and become more fluent communicators.'
read the article..
Ramesh Krishnamurthy from COBUILD contributes
the article 'Learning and Teaching through Context - A Data-driven
Ramesh has worked at Birmingham University
on the COBUILD project since 1984, contributing to many dictionaries,
grammars, and other publications, as well as developing corpora
and software, and is now a consultant for COBUILD and the
Bank of English Corpus.
'A word may have many potential meanings,
but its actual meaning in any authentic written or spoken
text is determined by its context: its collocations, structural
patterns, and pragmatic functions. Large language corpora
offer access to words in a wide range of natural contexts,
which can improve and enrich both language learning and teaching.'
read the article..
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 to:
ADVERTISING - If you are interested in advertising on the
site or the Weekly Teaching Tip & this Monthly Newsletter
then please get in touch at:
My name is Marina Cantarutti, and I am a
teacher of EFL in Argentina. I would like to share with you
my favourite warmer, which serves also as an introduction
game. It is based on a card game kids play here, which is
called "The Pig". Each student will be given three
cards to complete. On the first card, the student should write
his name, surname and age. On the second, four adjectives
describing his physical appearance; and on the third, his
favourite TV programme and music band. All the students' cards
are then shuffled and handed out to the students, who will
be seated in a circle. Each student will have three different
cards, from different students. One of the students will act
as the director, and will tell the others to choose one,
two or three cards to give to the student sitting at the right
or left of them. They will go on following the directions
of this student to exchange the cards until any of them gets
his/her three cards. When he/she does, he should say "Pig",
and all the students should place both their hands in the
middle of the
circle. The last one to do so gets a letter of the word "Pig"
as penalization, while the student who got all his/her cards,
should introduce himself/herself using the information written
in the card ("My name is...". "I am...years
old", "I am tall, thin.." etc.) and then stay
as a spectator. The game goes on until all
the students have introduced themselves, and the one to get
all the "PIG" letters should repeat the names and
features of all the other students.
Hope you will all find it both useful and entertaining!
Thanks Marina. You must have a favourite warmer! Send it in
& we'll publish it here & put it in the warmer list
on the site.
A new section in the newsletter & on
the site. We will be occasionally recommending books &
David Holden has another book review up this
month - 'The Minimax Teacher' by Jon Taylor (Delta Publishing/English
Teaching Professional) You
can see the review ...
If you would like to review a book for us
do get in touch.
Please don't forget to go through
the books page when you want tobuy from Amazon - we get
a little bit & you pay the same. Every little helps to
keep the newsletters free. Thanks.
5. E-MAIL COURSES
Maximise your time by getting started on
a quality personalised teacher development course. There
are a couple of sample pages to view.
6. LINKS FOR TEACHING
Have you got any favourite teaching links?
Please send them in & we'll give them a mention.
The Society for Effective Affective Learning
- 'SEAL is an international association of individual and
institutional members who are passionate about learning. We
are interested in how the brain works, how people learn and
how we can help people learn better. We currently have over
675 paid-up members in 44 countries (50% UK, 28% rest of Europe,
22% rest of the world), who are mainly involved in teaching,
training and personal development.'
Banking English - An on-line resource centre
for teachers and learners of business English. The site provides
practical ideas and tips as well as business articles, business
wordpower activities, business quotations, survival business,
business idioms, business tests and more.
This is an excellent site specifically for
the primary teacher. Lots of material.
The directory currently has links to over
1000 translation dictionaries and glossaries.
Dave's Ultimate Urban legend - & links
to lots more - from About.com
This really happened to an acquaintance of
a friend of my uncle's second cousin's neighbor. He was on
his way to pick up the ticket to his free Caribbean Cruise,
which he had won by forwarding an email to five other people
which instructed them to forward it to five more people. After
stopping for a beer at a karaoke bar along the way, he became
very ill and nearly died as a result of not cleaning the top
of the bottle thoroughly before taking a drink........
The Gateway comes from the United States
Department of Education. The Gateway to Educational Materials
is a free, meta-search engine that lets you search for lesson
plans from over 24,480 different Internet resources.
The New York Times Learning Network. An excellent
current affairs site for all with lots of news summaries.
It is graded for the younger learner, although possibly more
grading will be needed for our learners, & there are lesson
plans & quizzes,. There's a neat click on a word for a
dictionary definition which makes the language learner's task
More on Google! If you're after an article
about a specific topic get along to Google for their new News
Search. From the Google home page go to the Advanced Search
& you'll find it a few lines down. As they say:
'Google's News Search (BETA) service presents
information culled from many of the world's news sources collected
over the previous week. With continuous updates throughout
the day, you'll keep up to date with what's happening now
and learn about the stories that led to the most recent developments.
What's different about Google's News Search is the unique
grouping technology Google has developed to automatically
put related stories together in the same search result. This
makes it easy to quickly scan the headlines while providing
the option of reading multiple accounts
of a story from different news sources.'
Also here, Google offers specialized searches
on the following
Microsoft - Search Microsoft-related pages
Linux - Search all penguin-friendly pages
Google Catalog Search - Search and browse mail-order catalogs
Apple Macintosh - Search for all things
Mac BSD Unix - Search web pages about the BSD operating system
U.S. Government - Search all .gov and .mil sites
Universities: Stanford, Brown, BYU, & more
There's also a long page of news links at:
International Education and Resource Network
is a non-profit organization made up of over 4,000 schools
in nearly 100 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young
people to work together online at very low cost using the
Internet and other new technologies. Since 1988, iEARN has
pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage
in meaningful educational
projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
- an inclusive and culturally diverse community
- a safe and structured environment in which young can
- an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects
- a community of educators and learners making a difference
part of the educational process '
Disclaimer - as with any job check it out
carefully. We don't endorse the schools that advertise below.
The ads are sent in & we mention them here & put them
up on the site.
A note for advertisers - please keep them
short & to the point - we're having to start editing them.
If you already have an advert on the site please contact us
to update it.
Sultanate of Oman
Regional Teacher Trainer - 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2005
Regional Teacher Trainers/Advisors will work as part of a
team of in-service Teacher Trainers and pay advisory visits
to teachers in government schools and provide some language
support training. Package: Excellent tax free salary Omani
Riyals 950 per month plus RO 90 which includes terminal benefits
plus free annual air tickets, furnished accommodation, medical
care and a suitable 4 wheel drive vehicle will be provided.
Senior Inspector (2 posts) - 1 September 2002 to 31 August
Senior Inspectors will be required to co-ordinate, monitor
and be responsible for the work of the Inspectors in their
region. Be responsible for the implementation of in-service
English Teacher Training Programmes and pay regular visits
to all seminars and workshops in order to monitor teacher
training taking place. Package: Excellent tax free salary
Omani Riyals 990 per month plus RO 90 which includes terminal
benefits plus free annual air
tickets, furnished accommodation, medical care and a suitable
4 wheel drive vehicle will be provided. For both of the above
jobs please send full CV to
for the attention of Ms D Travas
Trencín, Slovak Republic
Canadian Language School is a private language school based
in Trencín, Slovak Republic and situated at the foot
of this extraordinary 11th century castle. Our mission is
to teach the English and French language as well as North
American history and culture.We are the only language school
in the Slovak Republic where Canadian and American teachers
work permanently and full time.
We are presently looking for English and
French teachers to start working for us in Summer or Fall
2002. For more information contact: email@example.com
Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
We're looking for a kindergarten teacher for May, 2002. We're
a private kindergarten in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China.
It is a bilingual language kindergarten for five different
ages classes. They are from 2-6 years old. The kindergarten
is in a residential area with a swimming pool inside.
We want a native English speaker with at
least BA. It is a job of 16-20hours each week. For more information
This key university in Beijing (Beijing Mining and Technology
Institute) is seeking a fulltime English Teacher (native speaker).
This position will begin in the fall of 2002 and last for
the entire school year. Housing, round trip airfare and a
competitive salary are provided. Requirements include, ESL/TEFL
certified, minimum BA, prefer MA in English and prior teaching
experience. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
EF is the world's largest international language organisation.We
have many divisions which include study abroad programs and
our English First schools where we have been teaching English
as a foreign language for more than 35 years. We also have
three web sites at www.ef.com, www.englishfirst.com and www.englishtown.com.
China is the focus of current expansion for
our EF English First schools and we are presently opening
all over this vast nation offering a wealth of exciting opportunities
for EFL professionals.
Now we are looking for Academic Co-ordinator
and Full time Teachers to EF China! Please contact: Mr Steven
Hales (Academic Operations Manager) For AC Position email@example.com
Ms. Lynn Xu (dealing with candidates from UK, Australian and
New Zealand firstname.lastname@example.org;)
and Ms. Karen Zhou dealing with candidates from US, Canada
and other countries email@example.com)
for Full Time Teacher Position.
Teachers can post CVs on the
site & employers
can post job adverts - both are free services at the moment.
8. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
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The Tips that we've had recently include:
- Elephants never forget. What about the
younger learner? Sponsored spelling tests with proceeds going
to the WWF.
- But don't you mean - a couple of activities
to develop corrective stress awareness.
- If there's time ... on exploiting the activities
rather than ploughing into another one.
- Mapping it out - ways of using a world
map in class.
see the Past Tips..
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Train 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, June, July, August, September
There is a Special Offer on CELTA course
fees this summer - a 26%
saving on the June & July courses & an 18% discount
on the August course. Places are limited so apply early to
CAMBRIDGE DIPLOMA IN ELT - DELTA
Two month full-time course: July & August '02
Reasonably priced accommodation can be arranged
for the duration of all courses.
You can see brief descriptions of all of
the current courses on the BLC web site http://www.cospa.es/blc/TED/ttframe.htm
The postal address of Teacher Education at the British Language
Centre is Calle Bravo Murillo 377, 2, 28020 Madrid, Spain.
The phone number is (00 34) 733 07 39 & the fax number
is (00 34) 91 314 5009. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
10. PS - Internet/computer-related links
A huge directory of Internet research and
Visual tips on cleaning out your hard drive.
'The internet brings people together' - the two sites below
are what it's all about:
Museums of all kinds - from the unusual to
Totally absurd inventions - for example the
'Shoulder Saddle: Does your tiny tyke like to ride on your
shoulders but you find it hard to hang on to fidgety feet?
Have you recently discovered that your neck is starting to
get a little diaper rash? Then you need the Shoulder Saddle!
The saddle's plastic yoke fits over your head and the breastplate
and back plate evenly distributes
the load. The breastplate also makes an effective kick guard.
Now if you can just get your petite passenger to understand
that slapping your ears repeatedly doesn't mean "go faster"!'
Or this one:
'Who doesn't like to eat? Whether it's a
big juicy steak or tofu casserole, everyone likes to chow
down. But American's can be a gluttonous lot and obesity abounds
around our towns. Why? Because you people are eating too fast!
Quit inhaling your food! Slow down, take a break and give
your food some time to settle. Slower eating leads to feeling
full before you've devoured an entire ten-course meal. Less
food, less weight gain. And we're here to
help, with the amazing Alarm Fork. The rules: you can only
eat when your fork gives you the green light. That's right,
once you've shovelled some food into your mouth, the fork
sensors cue the fork to emit a red light. And you know what
that means, STOP! Now wait, tick, tick, tick, tick... ding!
Green light, take a bite.' Think I might actually pick up
half a dozen of those.
'Now is the time for your Silky Smoove Sensai
to school you cats in some heavy-duty street-type knowledge.
Servin' up the raw elements upon which a Players life doth
evolve is just my way of givin' back to the community, baby
(as in "doin' it for the kids").'
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