Compiled by Marja Juhola
Hope this finds you all relaxed … and waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the identity of the ELTForum2014 keynote speaker!
To keep you busy during the wait, here is a little reminder of interesting stuff that has been posted this autumn.
Interesting research and articles for teachers
- Anyone interested in what goes on in our brain when learning takes place will find this short article interesting.
- Sugata Mitra, the guy famous for the computer-stuck-to-the-wall experiment, has been named one of the most influential people on the planet by CNN. If you have not heard of the computer-stuck-to-the-wall experiment, you need to click here and find out!
- A report by Joshua Davis on How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses. There is also a description of the the computer-stuck-to-the-wall experiment if you haven’t looked it up yet!
- Dr. Judy Willis gives 5 Teaching Strategies To Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains.
- Does listening to music whilst studying help? Click here to find out!
- Discussion on digital natives and non-natives by Katie Lepi.
- Words, words! Want to know which words were born in the same year as you? See here for details! Arika Okrent has compiled a list of happy words. More language fun can be found here – literature puns for serious language nerds.
- Classroom ideas: what not to do in the classroom! By Dave Dodgson.
- Ready-to-go video lesson by Kieran Donaghy for teens and adults on secrets. Materials included.
- Some great British Council classroom posters to stick on your class room walls.
- An extensive selection of links to all things ELT here, collected by Larry Ferlazzo.
- Getting students to make their own presentations is a great way of activating them.
- Ideas for using silent movies in class by James Taylor.
- Stories for everyone! Teach teens? A story-writing lesson plan Paul Braddock and one for adults by James Taylor.
- Do your students (or you?) love games? Here’s a handy roundup of what’s available, kindly provided by edutopia. More game ideas in the iTDi’s Games Issue.
- Idioms revision for all – a piece of cake! Here is a list of 20 idioms that are actually used. No activities provided.
- Need new ideas on how to finish a lesson? Check out Svetlana’s suggestions.
Teacher Development and Conferences
- A humorous look at a serious illness called Post-Conference Blues Syndrome: should you be wondering that you might be suffering from the said ailment, check the article for symptoms. By Michael Griffin.
- If you are interested in presenting at a conference yourself, have a look at these presenting skills ideas by Alexandra Chistyakova.
- If materials writing interests you, and you missed the webinar in mid-Nov, you can find some top tips here by John Hughes.
- If you missed Luke Prodromou’s webinar on how our work in ELT relates to wider social and economic issues, do not despair. There is a recording!
- If you also missed the BC’s conference in BA in October, David Graddiol’s report on the future of English is available.
- ELT Journal free articles: from the September issue – check out Towards creativity in ELT: the need to say something new by Tan Bee Tin.
- A recording of a webinar by Luke Vyner on storytelling.
- December issue of the Humanising Language Teaching is out.