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by Shelley
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Idea for teaching presentation/demo with 600 students
Replies: 1
Views: 4735

Re: Idea for teaching presentation/demo with 600 students

Hi there, This reply is probably too late for you but it could benefit the many teachers viewing your post. With that number of children I'd be inclined to do a song, like this: 1. Introduce some key words in the song. Play a game like "Jump the Line" (in my games book). In brief: two columns of wor...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching English (some advice)
Replies: 5
Views: 7603

Re: Teaching English (some advice)

Hi there, It's a lot of work for a teacher to take various levels simultaneously so it's better to group students in terms of level rather than in terms of age. To maintain high quality teaching keep the classes small. Some people swear by total immersion - i.e. no native language whatsoever in the...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How do I stop the parrot training?
Replies: 2
Views: 4566

Re: How do I stop the parrot training?

Hello there, Try my free samples for teens and adults which are mostly focused on meaningful communication of the kind that you are looking for. There are plenty of varied ideas. The first one is more of a "parrot-type" activity so don't be put off, it's actually a funny one and v. effective for hel...
by Shelley
Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching English (some advice)
Replies: 5
Views: 7603

Re: Teaching English (some advice)

Hi there, It's a lot of work for a teacher to take various levels simultaneously so it's better to group students in terms of level rather than in terms of age. To maintain high quality teaching keep the classes small. Some people swear by total immersion - i.e. no native language whatsoever in the ...
by Shelley
Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Authentic Materials
Replies: 2
Views: 3987

Re: Authentic Materials

Resources like newspapers and magazines are authentic, as are radio programmes, TV or songs. The internet is a great place to find all of these without the need to go out and buy anything or make tons of photocopies (if your students have online access of course). The main thing though is that the t...
by Shelley
Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching with technology
Replies: 5
Views: 6126

Re: teaching with technology

You are right Fathie, I mean the other day I became a semi-expert on loft insulation after just a hour of research online! How on earth would we have done that in the days before internet. I've just been helping someone out who was looking for stories for teens and a quick search led me to some fabu...
by Shelley
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help needed with Music in the Language Classroom Research
Replies: 0
Views: 4246

Re: Help needed with Music in the Language Classroom Researc

HI Dwayne I don't know if you'll see this post as it's a bit late! Are you planning on sharing your research findings? I'd be very interested in them, as I'm sure would many teachers. You can reply to me here, or directly if you prefer on : info (at) teachingenglishgames.com All the best Shelley htt...
by Shelley
Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching with technology
Replies: 5
Views: 6126

Re: teaching with technology

Hi Steve I totally agree with Eric, but wish to add that technology can add a glamorous side to learning, especially with kids. For example kids enjoy fiddling with their gadgets and phones so a project that would motivate them more than a fill in the blanks worksheet might be to take three photos a...
by Shelley
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Your opinions please
Replies: 5
Views: 7055

Re: Your opinions please

I absolutely love teaching children, seeing them enjoying learning and experiencing a connection with them. A highlight for me each term is doing a show in front of the school and parents where the kids get to show off what they have learned. I always feel highly chuffed and delighted at the results...
by Shelley
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Looking for advice with a conversation class...
Replies: 4
Views: 7311

Re: Looking for advice with a conversation class...

That is a very good idea from Lucy. Also you can use speaking activities in class where all students participate, and it is not optional. For example with a discussion or a debate it is very easy for a few students to take over and for others to remain on the side lines. So speaking tasks where join...
by Shelley
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: french borrowings in the english language
Replies: 1
Views: 4708

Re: french borrowings in the english language

Hello there, Yes we have plenty of them. I'm sure you must have found this useful page as a starting point (for curious readers of this post) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_words_and_phrases_used_by_English_speakers What is the point of your thesis other than to list all the borrowings?...
by Shelley
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Prepositions songs with 54 different prepositions
Replies: 3
Views: 10698

Re: Prepositions songs with 54 different prepositions

Hi there, and for those of you looking for songs for younger kids covering such vocab themes as: Greetings Animals Colours Numbers Action verbs Would you like + food and drink Family Rooms of the house Farm animals Body parts Clothing Present tense And lots more useful nouns, verbs, phrases and lang...
by Shelley
Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring
Replies: 23
Views: 50480

Re: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring

Hi there, With Skype and webcam online tutoring can allow teacher and student to build a relationship, which to me is one of the more rewarding aspects of teaching. However given the choice I prefer in house by MILES. I mean incomparably! To see what I mean watch this 5 minute video demonstration of...
by Shelley
Sat May 16, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Idiom's song lesson : )
Replies: 1
Views: 2491

Re: Idiom's song lesson : )

Hi I checked those out and they seem to be excellent for revising quite a bit of language. For teachers looking for something to appeal to younger pupils and also with much simpler lyrics, with matching stories, check out these: http://www.teachingenglishgames.com/eslsongs.htm Enjoy! Shelley PS Ther...
by Shelley
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speaking Course
Replies: 3
Views: 5892

Re: Speaking Course

Hi there, Re tutoring, if you have small groups of adults that should be a LOT of fun. With adults I'm v. keen on getting them to do the preparation as it involves them more in the subsequent class and in a way makes them more responsible for their own learning. For example have them prepare present...
by Shelley
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss
Replies: 6
Views: 9020

Re: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss

Hi there, With children it can be very helpful to use actions while the music is playing - that saves everyone sitting around like lemons! Bear in mind that actions can be done to ANY song - not just Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. For example use this great game as part of your pre-teaching: Show a ...
by Shelley
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching methods
Replies: 5
Views: 8656

Re: teaching methods

Hi there, To get your students speaking as well as learning grammar use language games - which are disguised drills really. For example try this one - works with small groups to large classes. Use it to practise any grammar and drill in tenses, or to correct common mistakes. http://www.teachingengli...
by Shelley
Wed May 28, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching Young Children EFL
Replies: 6
Views: 13433

Re: Teaching Young Children EFL

Hi Sparky Thanks. I've got a treasure trove of info here for you - I wanted to see if you were still around seeing as my post came some time after yours. It's the result of an extensive survey of 250 preschool teachers and it's full of wonderful tips and some lovely anecdotes from teachers - it shou...
by Shelley
Tue May 27, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching 5 year olds
Replies: 1
Views: 3595

Re: Teaching 5 year olds

Hi Sparky

I just replied to this on your other post:

Check:
http://www.teachingenglishgames.com/3-5.htm

It's for three to five year olds and it tells you how to do it!

All the best
Shelley Vernon

Teaching English Games
by Shelley
Tue May 27, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching Young Children EFL
Replies: 6
Views: 13433

Re: Teaching Young Children EFL

Dear Sparky I hope my post to you is not too late. Teaching preschoolers is fantastic - as long as you have a small group of course - otherwise it can be quite a bit trickier. Anyway I use games, stories, puppets, songs and movement as the main things. You can receive a selection of free games and a...
by Shelley
Tue May 27, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help me please!
Replies: 2
Views: 2776

Re: Help me please!

Hello there, While I do not have a Phd in some aspect of academic research into teaching my own personal experience in the classroom, backed up since by literally thousands of teachers who use my classroom games is that vocabulary is best learned and revised through language games. Why is this? Well...
by Shelley
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Motivating activities are needed
Replies: 1
Views: 4706

Dear Seda, It is a challenge to have so many students and it must be very tiring trying to keep on top of the noise if you try any games or activities with movement. I do have some free games that you can sign up for which have large class variants and you could try these out. Here are two links to ...
by Shelley
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: english club at school, suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 5279

My suggestion is to make sure it is fun as the children will already have spent a full day in school and will be pretty tired of sitting all day at a desk, so I would include some games that involve movement to break up the sitting periods. Watching movies is a great idea and you could just show the...
by Shelley
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Should we ban the native language in the class room?
Replies: 8
Views: 8243

For me the main factor is the level of the class. If you are teaching beginners to lower intermediate it can be very useful to be able to revert to the native language to explain how to play a game or an activity. One can get by exclusively in English even with beginners by using diagrams pictures a...
by Shelley
Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help....any suggestions?
Replies: 1
Views: 3766

Hello You would have a huge challenge on your hands if you felt it your duty to lift the ESL student to the same level as the others during a shared lesson. I am not partisan to dumbing down education to the lowest level in class!! The ESL student hopefully will be having extra private lessons to he...