When I buy bread in my local supermarket, it generally looks something like this:
But when I’m visiting another country, it might look like one of these:
What I really want is to show my students what an item actually looks like in other countries, to put things into context, to show the differences (or similarities) around the world.
Finding those images, ones which are freely available and importantly, not breaching any copyright issues..
Have you come across VocabCoach yet?
VocabCoach is an interactive and adaptive way to learn a new language, which can strengthen understanding and retention of new vocabulary.
VocabCoach monitors learners’ understanding of a language, and so will not repeat familiar words unnecessarily. Using pictures to support the learning process, and repetition of items not answered correctly first time, VocabCoach utilises proven methods for permanent vocabulary retention.
For fast learners, the overall spe..
Professor Jonathan Acuña-Solano is an ELT Instructor & Trainer based in Costa Rica. He is also Curricular Developer at CCCN, Senior ELT Professor at Universidad Latina, and Freelance ELT Consultant for OUP in Central America.
He has provided the following observations on Storytelling in the Language Classroom for our third guest post – the items mentioned in the article can be accessed from Jonathan’s blog by following the links.
Literature has always been an important part of any society and c..
The UK Government yesterday announced its proposals for a new National Curriculum for England. (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own education systems, and are not directly affected by the proposals.)
Whilst a big debate continues around how English pupils and schools should have their progress assessed and their skills and knowledge examined, language teachers have been interested to read how the government views the place of foreign language learning in the curriculum. Here i..
The LanguagePoint is 1 year old on 23rd January 2013. We want to celebrate our first birthday by giving away presents to some of our randomly selected followers.
To be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher to the value of €50 (or equivalent), here’s what you need to do:
Follow us on Twitter, and send a tweet which contains a link to your favourite LanguagePoint resource. Don’t forget to include the hash tag #HappyBirthdayLP. Then you’ll be automatically entered and be in with a chanc..
Our second guest post is a brilliant start to the year, brought to you by Vicky Loras. Vicky sends her wishes and tips for a great 2013.
It seems as though another year has flown by! I hope it has been a great one for all of you. Here is to a great New Year, with my warmest wishes.
Teaching – wishing you the best teaching year, so good that your students enjoy it and you can learn lots from it!
Health and Happiness – May you and your loved ones be healthy and happy in the New Year.
Internet – For ..
We're delighted to have Phil Wade as our first guest post writer at The LanguagePoint. Phil has over 10 years’ experience of teaching and running courses, and has a continuing interest in creating real discussion in class by incorporating topical and tech topics into his lessons. His current Tech English blog is: http://techieenglish.blogspot.com/
I've worked in ELT for over 10 years and have always had a keen interest in technology. This has been further developed by the EDTECH movement an..
You could have is an expression that gives a lot of problems to native French speakers. They tend to want to translate it literally, Vous pouviez avoir, which means you had the possibility to have ??? And even when they learn to recognize and understand it, they hesitate to use it.
Here is a story I saw on the internet which gives all the repetition that we look for in a TPRS story, the repetition that students need to acquire a structure. And it's funny, which makes it compelling input. As ..
Do your students enjoy learning independently? Or do they tend to rely on you a lot in class?
It’s always been a tricky one for language teachers. Tell them every single word or structure they need, every time they ask, and it probably won’t get committed to memory. Leave them to their own devices, and we’ve all seen the strange language that emerges …
Two blog posts struck me this week in this respect. Firstly I saw this one by John Pfordresher exploring the different roles of teacher and co..
This last week in the UK has seen a fair amount of response to recent comments by Sir Michael Wilshaw, England’s chief inspector of schools, about how hard teachers work and how they should be paid accordingly. The comments were made to The Times, and in case you don’t have access to their article (which is behind an online pay wall), here is a short section from the article:
"As a head I would make it clear that if you teach well or try to teach well, if you work hard and go the extra mile,..