May 2003 - issue 5/03
DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM Newsletter
Welcome to the May Newsletter.
We've been thinking for some time now that
the amount of lesson plans on the site has been building up.
A very good thing but the plans are associated with different
sections on the site & difficult to find. So, to make
life easier, we've designed an
index of lesson plans. There's
the name of the plan, the author, level & main aims. Feel
free to use them with your classes.
If you have any lesson plans lying around
gathering dust, why not send them in & we'll add them
to the list for all to use.
Another addition to the site is the
CV Forum. This one is specifically for CVs. So if you're
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you have done, what you can do & where you would like
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1. THE SITE - plans &
3. E-MAIL COURSES
4. TEACHING LINKS
5. ENGLISH IN CAMBRIDGE
7. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
8. TRAINING COURSES
9. PS - Internet/computer-related
1. THE SITE
This month Nigel
McGloin offers us an intermediate lesson plan that reviews
basic passives using the theme of paparazzis & tabloid
newspaper reports. Here are the aims:
To present the passive through a text and
then heighten students' awareness of why and how the passive
To introduce some new vocabulary items
To give some initial controlled practice
To give some extensive reading practice
To provide practice of spoken fluency
'This lesson's focus is on the structure
of the passive, I have decided to focus the class on grammar
as much of the coursework we are doing has placed an important
emphasis on both listening and speaking skills; most of the
students have talked about their interest in improving these
skills. However, it is clear that many students still need
to work on structural areas if they are to avoid fossilisation,
therefore, in trying to maintain the communicative value of
the class and at the same time give students some useful practice
in manipulating grammar I will be using a skills focus to
present the items. I often feel that helping learners take
in new language can be made easier if we can get their attention
using material that engages the student while at the same
time motivates them, in this sense I hope the topic of the
class, the text and the visual aids will do this; the topic
is quite controversial in Spain at the moment with so many
television programmes and magazines dedicated to gossip.'
Here are the new articles on the site:
for a Learning-Centred, Computer-Enhanced Syllabus for Japanese
University ELT Classes by Gregory Poole
Although often deemed reticent and unresponsive
language learners (see, e.g., Oxford, Hollaway et al. 1992),
young Japanese adults, if given the chance, can be quite independent
learners. Collaborative projects and team learning is familiar
to every Japanese student (see, e.g., Passin 1982; Rohlen
1983; Azuma, Hakuta et al. 1986; Beauchamp 1991; Rohlen and
LeTendre 1996). The passive lecture-style of most high school
and university language classes in Japan fits more with the
otherwise 'western' view of "banking education"
(Freire 1985) or "empty vessel model" (Brandsford,
Pellegrino et al. 1999) than with the more learner-centred
models employed in Japanese primary and secondary schools
(White 1987; Benjamin 1997). With careful thought and planning,
there is every reason to believe that a more flexible approach
to the language syllabus could be successful in a Japanese
Guiding Students Through the Web A Collaborative Web-based
Project Developing Students' Autonomy and Life-long Learning
Skills by Natalie Cigankova
Such a powerful tool as the Internet allows
the teacher to use the wealth of on-line resources to enhance
the students' learning at the Academic Writing lessons. As
many educators have already noticed, a spontaneous, chaotic
process of harnessing the Web by students is taking place
independently from teachers, causing frequent cases of plagiarism
and various citing errors in academic assignments. Even when
students use the Internet for "proper" purposes,
"one challenge for language teachers is to shape some
of their computer-using experiences into language learning
experiences" (Chapelle, 2001:2). The purpose of this
article is to suggest one of the possible solutions: a collaborative
web-based project aimed at incorporating the information technology
(beyond word processing) into the process of developing advanced
academic writing skills.
Cultural Dynamics of Teaching by Dimitrios Thanasoulas
Introduction When children first attend school
and embark on the formal processes of learning to read and
write, school learning purports to enable children to realise
and release, as it were, their intrinsic potentialities of
interpreting written text. Moreover, this release of potential
is supposed to help children acquire a higher-order cultural
awareness of their society, so that they may engage in the
use of logic, science and religion. This is what has been
dubbed "the classical torch" view of literacy and
schooling (see Thomas, 2000: 43 for further details), and
it has been criticised on certain grounds-that, for example,
it creates a void between literates and non-literates, and
that if school fails to achieve its goals for many of its
pupils, the latter are doomed, as they are incapable of participating
effectively in cultural interaction and their society's high
culture. Nevertheless, even if some students fail to become
"literate"-mainly because much of school learning
is concerned with the "technological" features of
writing (ibid.: 44)-they still have a rich oral capacity,
which has been neglected or even ignored by formal schooling.
It is this rich oral capacity that will be the springboard
for our discussion; yet, we will not focus on "non-literates'"
tradition, which is said to be at variance with that of "literates."
We will only briefly examine the cultural dynamics of teaching,
which should take into consideration the needs of all students.
Thanks to Nigel, Greg, Natalie & Dimitrios.
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4. LINKS FOR TEACHING
For you & your students to track down
an explanation for those idioms.
'Welcome to the home of the Word Spy! This
Web site and its associated mailing list are devoted to recently
coined words and phrases, old words that are being used in
new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance.
These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets,"
but new words and phrases that have appeared in newspapers,
magazines, books, press releases, and Web sites.'
Stendhal's syndrome (sten.DAWLZ sin.drum,
-drohm) n. Dizziness, panic, paranoia, or madness caused by
viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts or by trying
to see too many such artifacts in too short a time.
hand-me-up n. A used object, especially
an article of clothing, passed from a younger person to an
older person. -adj. -v. Example Citation: Until knock-off
time at 5pm from his Little India den, he maintains contact
with the 'outside' world via an old, 'hand-me-up' Nokia mobile
phone left behind by his son...'
'Wurdz is a stand-alone text analysis tool
that examines a written document and displays statistics about
the document. You may either type text directly into the program,
open a file, or paste from the Windows Clipboard to begin.
Once the text is opened in the Wurdz program, you simply click
Analyze and the rest is automatic. You not only see the frequency
of words used, but the word count, character count, unique
words, percentage of unique words in the document, and a facility
to find a particular word in a long document. The output from
Wurdz can be saved and imported into a spreadsheet application
such as Excel for extreme analysis. This program is primarily
directed toward writers or those interested in dissecting
and analyzing text documents. But even if you only write letters
or similar small documents, you may find it helpful to look
at the way you're putting sentences together, or word frequency
in your text. Besides that, it's fun to analyze books that
someone else has written. For example, a classic novel. You
can ascertain the vocabulary, at least in the current document,
of an author by seeing the percentage of unique words used.
One of the more fun things to do is compare contrasting words
in a document. How many times did you use me as compared to
you, or love and hate? After you compare a number of words,
you begin to see patterns emerge that go beyond mere words.
If you're writing an essay about your parents, how many times
did you use male gender words compared to the female gender
'Gerry's Vocabulary Database is a superb
new program for teaching and learning language through exposure
to vocabulary in context. It provides a list of keywords,
each of which is linked to a number of sentences which illustrate
how the word is used. The user can search and edit these sentences,
and add more keywords or sentences of their own. And with
a couple of mouse-clicks, users can choose a sequence of sentences,
and build them into a complete language exercise......You
can download an evaluation version of Gerry's Vocabulary Database.
This version is similar to the full program, but only allows
you to use sentences from the first half of the alphabet.
It also limits the number of sentences you can use in an exercise
Now with a revamped site & a very nice
extra for paying subscribers - the Instant Workbook - 'Here
you will find the exercises you can preview and select for
your students to use. Either list the exercises linked to
your English-To-Go Lesson, or view all Instant Workbook exercises.
Once you have selected the exercise you wish to use, you will
be given a temporary username and password for your students
to use to log into the Instant Workbook exercise.' Each time
you set it up, the passwords for your students are valid for
5 days. Excellent.
Have you got any favourite teaching links?
Post them in the Forums or send them in.
5. 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
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 staff - self-catering
residential accommodation in the summer for students who want
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:
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Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Two
ESL native speakers teachers needed. Target group: Primary
and secondary school students. Job description: The teachers
concerned should be creative in working to perk the interest
of these young people who are learning a language for examination
purposes but generally has no chance to use in real life situations.
Teachers assigned such classes have practically no papers
to grade. Salary: Range from RMB3,000 to RMB4,000 per month
depending on qualifications and experience. Working hours:
20 per week. Airfare: Return economy class air fare to city
of origin; a year contract. Accommodation: Free of charge.
Other benefits - provided on response.
Please submit full resume with passport/photo
page. Reply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pei De Language Training Center Web site: http://www.peide.com/
Linyi, Shandong Province, NE China Expand
you EFL teaching experience while sampling life in a small
city in China. Linyi EF English Training Centre is part of
the EF English First chain of schools around the world. Summer
positions are from July 1st-August 31st. Requirements: recognised
TEFL certificate (min 100hrs tuition incl teaching practice)
and /or one year EFL teaching experience. Must be willing
to teach Young Learners courses (ages 7-14) as well as General
English courses to teenagers and university students. A desire
to experience life in a small city in China. We offer: reimbursed
airfare,accomodation, insurance and work visa. Full induction
to the school and it's courses, the chance to aid the development
of a new school while sampling the benefits of belonging to
an established education organisation. Salary is 4500 yuan
per month. Our school is located in Linyi in Shandong province
(NE China) Linyi has a very low cost of living and friendly
Send resume with cover letter to: email@example.com
by May 7
Changchun, North-east China English First
Changchun is part of one of the world's leading English language
teaching organisations. We are currently seeking to recruit
motivated and open-minded people to teach children, teenagers,
adults and business clients in Changchun, Jilin province.
Requirements: 1 One year's experience 2 Internationally recognised
EFL certificate (with teaching practice) 3 University Degree
Benefits: 1 RMB 5,500 salary per month (Net) 2 Accommodation
paid for and provided by the school 3 Round-trip airfare for
a one-year contract 4 Full health insurance
If you're interested, please send your resume
To find out more about English First, please visit http://www.englishfirst.com
UKLA Language Academy is looking for native ELT teachers with
university degrees and recognized TEFL qualifications (CELTA
or equivalent)to teach general English, TOEFL, and Business
English. Experience outside of the English teaching field
is an advantage. We are offering full time positions (approximately
24 hours per week) to teach a variety of levels. The suitable
candidate should be energetic, self-motivated, flexible and
able to work as part of a team. He or she will receive the
following: - Orientation including collection from Istanbul
Ataturk Airport - Basic Turkish lessons - A furnished, shared
apartment - A competitive, local salary based on experience
- Continued developmental support Interested candidates should
send their CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to put up your CV or advertise a job, please
post them in the Forums first. We'll take them up from there
& put them on the site.
Train in Spain - Courses
running in the near future at the British Language Centre
CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE IN ELT - CELTA Full-time
four-week courses, next courses June, July, August & September
CAMBRIDGE DIPLOMA IN ELT - DELTA Full-time
eight-week course, July/August '03
5% discount on all courses if you mention
Reasonably priced accommodation can be arranged
for the duration of all courses.
9. PS - Internet/computer-related links
Mr Wong's Soup'Partments - help the building
grow by adding your own apartment. Nice idea.
Create your own snowflake.
If you really haven't much to do......
I know you have been wondering how many socks
you've worn in your life.
'Leading the world to higher consciousness
through mockery and cheap publicity stunts."
No shareware, no demos but over 1000 freeware
games to download.
Puzzles - 'a unique collection of puzzles,
games and optical illusions. With thousands of puzzles, over
one hundred awards and around 1,400,000 Visitors per year,
BrainBlisters is the world's most popular puzzle resource
and is updated with illusions and games regularly and has
5 new puzzles added each week.'
Make your own cool online animated kaleidoscope.
Time & calendar-related stuff.
Translate a site into Cockney! Well, they're
A quiet party? After all, "talking is
so early 90's"
A users' guide to searching engines.
Create an online quiz and send it to your
Type in text & hear it spoken, c/o IBM.