Compiled by Marja Juhola
Clocks are going forward this weekend and it is Easter next week. This can only mean one thing: spring is officially here! Before we forget all about March, let’s have a look at what’s been going on this month.
- SKA is now officially an IATEFL Associate! Hurrah!
- IATEFL is holding its annual conference in Manchester in April and although we can’t make it this year, we’ll definitely be following all the excitement online!
- At the end of Feb, SKA hosted Rakesh Bhanot for a teacher’s workshop on ‘Teaching more than grammar’ in the English classroom. Thanks for teaching us to THINK about what and how we teach, Rakesh!
- Sofia, Bulgaria, anyone?! Our sister association Beta-iatefl Bulgaria has their call for proposals out! Be sure to get yours in in time (deadline 6/4)!
- Registration for ELTForum is open!
- Time to register for this summer’s SO(U)L camp. Do it here.
- 1-day conference in Nitra in May: The Current Challenge of Foreign Language Education in Slovakia: What next? (Súčasné výzvy cudzojazyčného vzdelávania na Slovensku: ako ďalej?)
When: May 15
Where: Nitra, Slovakia
Registration REQUIRED: by April 15
- Macmillan’s holding a one-day ELT Ideas conference in Kosice on Monday, April 27th
Register here for free. Lunch is 4EUR.
Lesson ideas and material
- A lesson plan from Anna Breslavskaya based on a famous song by Shania Twain. A good conversation starter on the topic of shopping and money. Suitable for intermediate+ | B1, B2 levels.
- Kieran Donaghy has a book out on using film in the classroom from his new book. Info on the book, free activities and useful links can be found here.
- Are you really sure you don’t want students using their mobile phones in your class?
Tekhnologic has come up with these seven ways they can use them productively.
- Engames has created this blog post to focus on the mistakes that students frequently make with the present simple and continuous tenses. There are online quizzes, a game and a worksheet.
- Have you seen these free resources over at BBC Learning English? Lots of fun and helpful too!
- A spring poem writing activity!
- FREE resource from Adam Simpson, ‘Using Games in the Language Classroom‘.
- Kahoot – A great game-based blended learning response system – create quizzes online and test the class using mobile devices, laptops, on desktop computers.
Interesting reading – professional development
- 20 tips & ideas to support your learners you can use with any age.
- Stephen Krashen is offering his ‘Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition’ FREE for download online. many of his thoughts have defined English language teaching since it was published in 1982. if you didn’t have to read it during your studies, get your copy now!