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Complete Reading and/or Writing Units / Whole unit of using advertisement
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:10:34 PM »
Here is my whole unit of teaching adult beginners by using advertisement

I found a website which you can create your presentation on line!!!
This is cool!!!!!

Motivation / Re: Video Clips as Warming-Up
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:54:40 PM »
GetOut - Best Animated Short Film 2009

I want to add one video clip, too.

The ending of this video clip is interesting.
When we show this video to students, we can stop right before the ending...
and then ask students to create an ending by themselves.  :D

Technology and Teaching Reading & Writing / Cartoon!!
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:20:07 PM »
Here is a website. You can create your comics or your book etc.
It looks interesting. Also, there are some comics which you can use them to teach English if you want.


Theory / techniques for teaching beginning-level reading to adults
« on: November 10, 2010, 06:36:58 PM »
I found this article which discuss about some techniques for teaching adults beginners.

I also found that the oral reading is quite interesting in this article because I never thought about that.

Adult Literacy / family tree for beginners
« on: November 10, 2010, 06:30:48 PM »
here is one small teaching unit.

Teaching adult beginners by using family tree.

I found this website. It's really good!!!!!

It has some lesson plans to help you teach students English by using some ads. It also has bunch of ads which you can choose. This website is really awesome!!!!! Besides, ads are everywhere in our daily lives. So maybe teaching English by using ads can raise students' interests in learning English.

Vocabulary / vocabulary myths
« on: September 21, 2010, 11:25:40 AM »
I'd read a book before which is about vocabulary. The author discusses about some misunderstandings when we teach or learn vocabulary.

The name of this book is Vocabulary Myths and the author is Folse, Keith S. (2004).

here are myths which he mentioned in his book

    * In learning another language, vocabulary is not as important   
       as grammar or other areas.
    * Using word lists to learn L2 vocabulary is unproductive.
    * Presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning.
    * The use of translations to learn new vocabulary should be 
    * Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for
       learning L2 vocabulary.
    * The best vocabulary learners make use of one or two really
       specific vocabulary learning strategies.
    * The best dictionary for L2 learners is a monolingual dictionary.
    * Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover L2 vocabulary

The most impressed me is the author pointed out that as a second language learner, knowing vocabulary still can communicate with people without knowing any grammar point. In his point, vocabulary is more important than grammar. As the author said in his book, vocabulary knowledge is critical to any communication. I, as a second language leaner, can't agree more.

General Reading Links / book lists for intermediate level students
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:01:25 AM »
here is a link which shows you some book lists which you can use them to teach or give your students to read.....

great resource!!!!

Topic Sentences / topic sentence
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:58:18 AM »
I also found the website which can help ESL/EFL teachers how to teach writing topic for paragraph.

Here is the link:

Extensive Reading / present their own favorite fairy tales
« on: September 14, 2010, 09:37:43 AM »
For EFL students, they can find their favorite fairy tales in their language when they were little. For EFL teachers, they can find those fairy tales in English version. Therefore, teachers can select which level of English version of those fairy tales are suitable for their students. In class, students can present their favorite fairy tales in whatever ways  (e.g. play, powerpoint, comic......)

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