Wednesday, February 22, 2012

VOA Resources For Academic English

Looking for a mini-lesson to work into your course? Voice of America has some short lessons on taking the TOEFL, academic notetaking, applying to American colleges, and writing a college essay. Each lesson consists of a short lecture with slides, and a computer-based quiz - ideal for lab time or homework. Teachers in the DIP programs might find these lessons useful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars for two upcoming webinars. Click the links below for more information and registration.

February 28 at 3:00pm
As part of the Pearson Longman Great Teachers series, Christina Cavage will explore blended learning strategies using Pearson's MyEnglishLabs software as a model course management tool.

March 1 at 3:30pm
Cambridge is hosting a talk by Dr. Randi Reppen, author of their Grammar and Beyond Series. Dr. Reppen will explore the teaching of grammar, with a focus on integration with writing and use of corpora.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Teaching Common Text Types

Do you ever take the time to look at the teaching ideas on the New York Times Learning Network? This post from December is worth a look. Find ideas for teaching three common text types: the cause and effect text, the compare and contrast text, and the problem and solution text. (And have a look in the comments section for input from Krashen.)

And as a related aside, there are great sample Venn diagrams all over the internet, many with a light and humorous touch to get students playing with the concept of comparison and contrast. This Tumblr is a fun place to look for samples. This site has Venns as well as other sorts of graphics and charts, all infused with a bit of humor and wisdom.

Venn diagram from Indexed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Digital Learning Day

Today is the first ever Digital Learning Day! There is a lot to explore on the central website. Highlights include toolkits for educators and a National Town Hall webcast with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at 1pm today. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #DLDay.