Upcoming webinars for ELT educators | Apr – May 2015

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WEBINARS, YOU SHOULD FOLLOW FREE ONLINE EVENTS!

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GDC Online 2011_Show Environment_Jesse Knish Photography for GDC Online

O Webinar, Webinar, wherefore art thou Webinar?

Worry not because they’re all right here in this post! Here’s a list of free online events for ELT educators between April and May 2015. April is going to be an exciting month with the IATEFL annual conference livecast sessions from Manchester. However, I’m going to be teaching, training and travelling through the month… I do hope I get time to attend some of these events. An asterisk indicates that the event requires prior registration.

If you know of an online event that’s relevant to ELT educators that’s missing from this list, please let me know by leaving a comment.

1. Fostering Global Competency and Leading Change Throughout Education Systems | Fernando Reimers | Harvard | Apr 1, 0900 EDT

2. Make Blended Learning Work for Leaders | Sabrina Leis | Kineo | Apr 2, 1300 CST*

3. Teaching presentation skills in a digital age

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Poetry and the ESL classroom: how rhyme can work for your students

It advocates creativity and give students sense of accomplishment.

Oxford University Press

Diverse Elementary ClassPrior to becoming an Editor for Oxford University Press, Mexico, Lysette Taplin worked as an English language teacher and author for a number of primary and secondary series. In this post she promotes World Poetry Day by sharing some practical tips to use in the ELT Classroom.

Poetry is an effective tool in English language teaching as it enlivens the class, giving the students a motivational buzz while stimulating their creative writing. The emphasis on the sounds and rhythm of language aids students’ phonological awareness, building a foundation for correct pronunciation and intonation, which in turn has a strong correlation to proficiency in reading and listening. In order to celebrate World Poetry Day, this blog aims to present a selected poem from the OUP series Step Inside and provide ideas for ways to exploit poetry in the English language-learning classroom.

As an ELT Editor for OUP, I…

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HOW CAN WE MEASURE SEMANTIC AWARENESS IN THE CLASSROOM?

SEMANTICS— Resim2

Some important areas of semantic theory or related subjects can be used in the classroom such as denotation, connotation, metaphor, simile and symbol, synonym, antonym, hyponym collocation, fixed expression, idiom, homonymy, homophones and homographs to aware the students.

IF YOU WANT TO IMPLICATE  THEM IN THE CLASSROOM, YOU CAN SEE THE FILE !

Once Upon a Time – a poem by Gabriel Okara

We can do it in the class !

The Henry Brothers' Jim Jam Slam

This is a poem by the Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara, in which he laments the lost innocence of youth. In it he condemns the hypocrisy of adults – hemmed in and constrained by rules and conventions – adopting masks for different occasions: for lying, cheating and betraying – whereas childhood is portrayed as a time of honest laughter, and spontaneity.

Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time, son,
they used to laugh with their hearts
and laugh with their eyes:
but now they only laugh with their teeth,
while their ice-block-cold eyes
search behind my shadow.

There was a time indeed
they used to shake hands with their hearts:
but that’s gone, son.
Now they shake hands without hearts
while their left hands search
my empty pockets.

‘Feel at home!’ ‘Come again’:
they say, and when I come
again and feel
at home, once, twice,
there will be no…

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