Monday, 27 February 2012

Lesson plans by Jamie Keddie

Jamie Keddie is a European-based teacher, teacher trainer, writer and presenter. He is the founder of Lessonstream, the site that was formerly known as TEFLclips, winner of a British Council ELTons award.

Lessonstream was launched in 2011: It is a place where Jamie Keddie shares his lesson plans and teaching ideas. Most activities that are posted make use of visual material, especially online video. Content is published with a creative commons license which means that teachers are free to remix and republish the materials for non-profit purposes.

Have a look at some examples:

1) "The blue whale"

(Elementary - Upper-Intermediate. Topic: Science)

Are you interested in developing this topic with your students? See  Jamie Keddie's  engaging  lesson plan:

Would you like  your students to reconstruct the text in an entertaining way? Click here to get  your   Blue-whale-word-clouds.

How about generating word clouds yourself? Create the ones that  you need for your purposes in an easy way  with  Wordle

2) "The Venus of Willendorf"

(Elementary and Pre-Intermediate. Topic: Art)

This is  the lesson plan Jamie keddie suggests. 

3) "Say that gramatically"

(Intermediate level. Language related to insurance and compensation. Grammatical variation. Dialects)

Interesting, isn't it? Click here to see the lesson plan. 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

An interview with David Marsh

"CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)" (Cambridge University Press, 2010) was wrritten by Do Coyle, Philip Hood and David Marsh. Drawing on their experience of CLIL in Secondary schools, Primary schools and English language schools across Europe, this book gives a comprehensive overview of CLIL. It summarises the theory which underpins the teaching of a content subject through another language and discusses its practical application, outlining the key directions for the development of research and practice. This book acknowledges the uncertainty many teachers feel about CLIL, because of the requirement for both language and subject knowledge, while providing theoretical and practical routes towards successful practice for all. Listen to this interview with David Marsh and you will get a clear insight into CLIL. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

CALP in the classroom. Academic vocabulary

Source: Boaz Yiftach

Enhancing  students’ Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency is a fascinating  task though not an easy one. Although it is supposed that students at  Secondary Education  have been exposed to this type of language for many years, it comes as a surprise that they return written assignments using poor and basic vocabulary. It is time to expand their vocabulary and help them build up appropriate discourse.

This  site will help you to  expand your  students' academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). All students need to learn general academic vocabulary, words such as: feature, illustrate, regulate, strategy.  By learning this core academic vocabulary,  they will improve their  comprehension of academic texts. It will also help them to write assignments in an academic style.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Current issues for teenagers on CNN Student News

Click here to learn about CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year.
At, you'll find a wealth of teacher materials presented free of charge, including Daily Transcripts for each show, Daily Discussion questions, the Media Literacy Question of the Day, downloadable Maps and additional support materials to help students understand the news.

Some suggested teaching strategies:

- After viewing CNN Student News, use the Daily Discussion to help students discuss and understand the stories covered in the program. The questions are designed to promote critical thinking and are written for middle and high school students
- Distribute copies of the Daily Transcript and have students read the stories. Then, have students write their individual responses to that day's Daily Discussion questions or the weekly Newsquiz. This approach can be used to promote reading comprehension as well as in ELL classes.