Exploring the Learners & the Future of English

It’s important for teachers to be aware of home and other languages spoken by learners. This knowledge leads to better-informed teaching, inclusivity and an awareness of how other languages can affect learning of English.You can create your sociogram chart if you want to learn more about your learners at the beginning of the term. If you would like to try it, download the instructions by clicking on the ‘Sociogram Activity’ link.
Bilingual – having ability or proficiency in two languages
Multilingual – having knowledge of more than one language
Another way of looking at multilingualism is Plurilingualism – “the ability to use languages for the purposes of communication and to take part in intercultural interaction, where a person, viewed as a social agent has proficiency, of varying degrees, in several languages and experience of several cultures.” (Common European Framework of Reference for languages, 2001). You can find out more about these terms here. Recent Council of Europe documents focus on this definition of plurilingualism and on an individual’s ability to communicate and switch between different languages for different social purposes. However, you will sometimes find that the terms ‘multilingual’ and ‘plurilingual’ are used interchangeably!
When we talk about language and language learning, we usually talk about four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.Some people however add a fifth skill, culture. They say that communication with people from other countries is about more than just language. If you go to live or work in another country you need to think about more than just language – you need to think about culture too. “Culture the fifth skill” article by Barry Tomalin identifies four ways of thinking about culture. Check out the links: A blog post by Scott Thornbury on using the mother tongue.From mother tongue to other tongue an article discussing the use of L1 in class. Translation activities for the language classroom. An article for learners about bilingualism.
What do you think about the future of English ?
English like any other languages is a living system and transforms according to the way speakers use it. It’s evolving, transforming, changing day by day.Around a billion people speak English in the world. China is the largest English speaking country. Do you know that English native speakers are among the minority of the world’s population of English speakers? What do you think about the future of English? Will it be popular in the future or not?
If you want to read more about the future of English, you can read Next English 2006 research report by David Graddol. You can download a free copy of David Graddol’s book “The Future of English“.You should watch David Crystal talking about world Englishes and the important influence of culture on language.
Check out tips for maximizing the use of English in class.Articles, webinars, blog posts, publications and teaching tips to help you develop in the professional practice of using multilingual approaches. English Premier footballers from different linguistic backgrounds talk about the best way to learn English.

UPDATE YOURSELF

You should watch this inspiring talk by a digital immigrant, Thomas Suarez who is a 6th grade student, creates and sells his own applications.
‘DO NOT CONFINE YOUR CHILDREN TO YOUR OWN LEARNING FOR THEY WERE BORN IN   ANOTHER TIME’.
‘Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns subjects and schedules’. Marshall McLuhan 1967

‘If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow’. John Dewey
Today’s children like using technology. All of them are surfing on the net, reading web pages, playing video games, talking on the smartphone, using Ipod and social networks.Nowadays there are a lot of possibilities to use technology for education.If you want to be their teachers, update yourself. You can’t TEACH without T_E_C_H. We have to follow all the things that our children follow. I believe that web 2.0 tools, educational apps and social media give children to practice the language, promote student centered learning and increase real teaching time.
You can download the example checklist by clicking on Edutopia article: Shaping tech for the classroom and check out Evaluating Technology List . Are your students ready for the jobs of the future ?
Some techie links
*Download Nik Peachey’s free ebook Tech Tools for Teachers
* Watch Joy Egbert’s IATEFL 2015 talk: Engagement principles and practice in classroom learning, language and technology.
* Take a British Council paid for course on Integrating ICT
*Encourage your learners to take a free British Council FutureLearn course – or try another one yourself!
* Ideas for high tech teaching in a low tech classroom
*Ideas for mobile learning.

ALL ABOUT IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication.
How to book IELTS test
The British Council provides IELTS testing in more than 500 locations worldwide. To find your nearest test centre and book a test, visit British Council IELTS booking site.

How to deal with exam stress
Check out these study tips that could help you prepare for your exams and help you feel less nervous on the big day. While you have a break from studying you could listen to or read this lighthearted article on exams.
* SPEAKING TEST
The speaking test takes place on a different day from the other three parts of the test. It’s 11 to 14 minutes long, and that there are three parts. The first part of the test takes four or five minutes and gives you a chance to introduce yourself. The examiner introduces him or herself, asks you to introduce yourself, and checks your identity. Then the examiner will ask you some general questions about you– your family, your job, things like that. After that, you’ll move on to the next part. In this part you have to talk for a couple of minutes.
The examiner gives you a task card, which asks you to talk about a particular topic. The card also includes points that you can cover in your talk. You get a minute to prepare what you’re going to say and a pencil and paper to make notes. When the minute is up, you’ll be asked to speak for up to two minutes. There is no ‘correct’ way to make notes – everybody has their own preferences. Look at the different ways of taking notes in the taking notes PDF.
After that, the examiner might ask you one or two questions about the topic you’ve been talking about. The whole of part two lasts between three and four minutes.
Then we move on to the third part. This lasts between four and five minutes. The examiner asks you more questions that are related to the topic you talked about in part two.
This time, though, the questions give you an opportunity to discuss things that are more abstract than part two. It’s a chance to discuss your ideas and opinions.
Watch this video for some great tips on speaking exams! This video offers some great advice on how to improve speaking and fluency. This video explains the aspects of pronunciation that are considered during the assessment of IELTS which include word stress, sentence stress,intonation and chunking.
Speaking Test Tips
What can I do to improve my speaking?
Pronunciation
The Phonemic Chart – hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols, then hear sample words including the sounds and try practice activities.
Pronunciation activities to practise problem sounds. The Sounds of English from the BBC. Sentence stress activities to help you understand and practise how sentence stress can affect meaning.
Record yourself
Vocaroo is one of the easiest ways to record yourself online and share recordings with others. You will have a chance to try this out later this week.
Test advice
These Exam speaking videos from LearnEnglish Teens give useful tips, vocabulary and practice in a range of tasks.Here are some more resources to help you with the IELTS test:
Things to do in the Speaking test and Things to NOT do in the Speaking test.
IELTS Interview Skills videos take a lighthearted look at some of the common problems and mistakes people make during the interview.
FOR MORE SPEAKING PRACTICE: Check out IELTS Practice Speaking Test. Here are some speaking tasks to help you practice.
* LISTENING TEST
The test lasts for around 30 minutes. And at the end, there’ll be 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer paper. There are 40 questions. And you might see a number of different types of questions.
That could be multiple choice, matching, putting labels on a diagram, completing a table, a number of different question types. In Section 1, you’ll hear conversations between two people. This will be an everyday social context. In Section 2, you’ll hear a monologue, just one person speaking, again, in an everyday social context. In Section 3 you’ll hear another conversation between two, three, or four people. This time the conversation will be in an educational or training context, for example, a tutor talking to a student. Finally, in Section 4, you’ll hear another monologue. And this one too will be on an academic subject, for example, a university lecture. One important thing to remember, you only hear each section once.Check out the tips to prepare for the listening test.
Podcasts and general listening practice
The Listen & Watch section of the British Council website has lots of activities to practise online or to download as MP3 files. You can find Professionals Podcasts here and a huge selection of BBC podcasts on a wide variety of topics here.
Listening test practice
Try this complete IELTS Listening Practice Test to help you prepare.You can also try these two online practice tests with instant marking and band score calculator, and a selection of sample IELTS Listening tasks.
* WRITING TEST
Writing task takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks. You should spend 20 minutes for the first task that is about writing a letter asking for information or explaining a situation. You have to write at least 150 words for task one. In task two, you write an essay in response to a point of view, an argument or problem. So you might be asked to give your opinion about something and explain the advantages and disadvantages of whatever the topic is. You have to write at least 250 words.
In Task 1 you will be asked to write a letter. Depending on who you are writing to, you need to decide whether to write in a more formal or a more informal style.
Tips for the Writing test – Task 2
In Task 2 you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You can use a fairly personal (informal) style. The question may ask you to say why you agree or disagree with the statement in the question or ask you to outline the advantages or disadvantages to a general statement.
If you need detailed information and examples of writing, click on writing task 1, writing task 2 and differences between formal and informal writing.
Evaluation of Writing
When your writing is marked, the examiners are looking for four things.
* Task achievement & Task response: First is task achievement for task one, or task response for task two. This means how well you do everything the questions ask you to do. In part one, do you successfully do everything the question asked? In task two, do give a full answer to the question with well-supported ideas?
* Coherence and cohesion: Your ideas should be organised logically into paragraphs with a clear progression through the piece of writing
* Lexical resource & grammatical range and accuracy:Use wide range of vocabulary and Grammatical range and accuracy. Check out
IELTS TASK 1 and TASK 2 Writing band descriptors to have detailed ideas about evaluation of writing.
There are many excellent online resources you can use to develop your general writing skills. Here are some to help you practise and develop your skills in writing emails, letters and essays. An informal email – a look at the conventions and language in informal correspondence.A more formal email – a look at the structure and language of more formal correspondence. Writing a formal letter – an introduction to writing formal letters. Try this complete IELTS writing Practice Test to help you prepare. There is a for and against essay example.Sample Task 1 and Task 2 writing questions with sample answers and examiner comments to help you prepare.
*READING TEST
There are 40 questions and three sections with a total of around 2,500 words in the reading test. It takes 60 minutes.
The Academic module: There’s a text only for each section; texts can be taken from books, magazines, newspapers… They’re on academic topics of general interest and they contain diagrams, graphs…
General Training Module: The sections contain more than one shorter text. You can see several short texts about same topic and two texts about work related topic and then one longer text. Reading for general understanding, finding particular details and following an argument or theme in the text.
The different question types in the IELTS Reading Test: Multiple choice, True / False / Not given, Matching information, Matching headings, Sentence completion. As well as these, there are other question types. You can find more information about all the question types here. Click on the links to find lots of stories, poems and even whole novels to practise with, including both graded modern stories and original versions of classic literature.Stories and Poems, Literature UK , Graded Reading
Try this complete IELTS Academic Reading Practice Test or this IELTS General Training Reading Practice Test to help you prepare. LearnEnglish Magazine has a wide selection of articles from intermediate to advanced levels, all with audio and language practice activities.Reading Skills Practice has a range of general reading activities at B2 level. 

Voices blog is an excellent source for articles on education, arts, cultural relations, science and more. Cubed magazine has an excellent selection of articles on science and technology, many of which also include language activities.Cue Prompter is the a reading tool that you can copy and paste in any text, then adjust the speed it scrolls up the screen. You can use this to help you focus on skimming and scanning and also to work on your reading speed.

TEACHING FOR SUCCESS

You can watch the Ken Robinson video with an animation of the key points “Changing Education Paradigms” by Sir Ken Robinson.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

WHY PROMOTE CRITICAL THINKING?
In traditional education systems, the teacher was seen as the only knowledge source. Learners could not access knowledge without the teacher and were not encouraged to do so. Learning happened in class, and learners learnt what the teacher taught. They were not encouraged to question this knowledge, but instead to accept it and memorise it.
Critical thinking means helping learners to find answers for themselves, questioning facts rather than simply accepting them, considering different sources of information and asking ‘Why?’ Taking such critical approaches to learning helps learners to:
* be more independent and analytical
* formulate and test hypotheses
* consider other points of view
* justify and explain their own ideas.
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING SKILLS
Developing collaborative learning skills at school helps to prepare children for later life when they will be expected to work as part of a team. For example, at university they may need to work on group projects, and most workplaces involve teamworking with common goals and collective, as well as individual, responsibility.
Below are some examples of collaborative learning (most of these activities involve critical thinking as well):
* Discussing an idea or solving a problem with a partner or a group
* Watching a film and discussing it afterwards
* Group brainstorming (working together to gather ideas and noting them all down without initially evaluating or discarding any. Often used as part of the planning process for a project.)
* Doing homework with a friend
* Team planning meetings at work
* Creating a product with a partner or group

Click on the link about advantages and disadvantages of using collaboration. Project work with teenagers Articles, webinars, blog posts, publications and teaching tips to help you develop in the professional practice of promoting 21st century skills here. Ideas for collaborative activities designed for EAL (English as an Additional Language) learners. Check out “Reflective Journal Tools” link to have an idea about keeping a reflecting journal. Here is an article about the benefits of reflective teaching.

FROM A LIFELONG BOOKWORM

Summer holiday’s coming soon and it’s time to charge myself up to make a fresh start. Sure that it’ll be a fruitful year for me after a nice break. The best way to relax and charge up for me; sea and books. I’m always passionate about reading books so I want to share some fantastic videos and links about books that I’ve found before going on holiday.By the way I love the staircase in the photo that looks like a mysterious way to open an amazing library.
THE FUTURE OF PRINT is a great documentary, was prepared by students, is about books, print and bookshops.

EPILOGUE: The Future of Print from EPILOGUEdoc on Vimeo.

This documentary is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and questions whether or not they expect to see the disapperance of the physical book within our lifetime.the act of reading a ‘tangible tome’ has devolved from being a popular and common pastime to one that no longer is. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper.
The other video about books that I love, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, is a 2011 American animated short film directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.This short film has received 14 awards, including the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, “Best Animated Short” at the Cinequest Film Festival, and the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

There are many free links that you can read online. FREE e-BOOKS is a site has 100 free books that everyone should read. PROJECT GUTENBERG is an another site that offers over 39,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. PLANET eBOOK is a home of classical literature. MANY BOOKS has more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free! Lit2Go, is a good place to find works by well known authors. They are all free to read and listen to online, or download. If you want to read some of the contemporary authors you can check out, The New Yorker magazine is a great place to start. It’s a fantastic free resource!
Check out the list of the 100 best young adult books and 100 best children’s books of all time. Dramas from BBC Learning English is a nice place to read dramas.
BIRTHDAY BESTSELLERS is a link that you can find a list of New York Times best sellers for the week of your birth. Just enter your date of birth and press ‘Show me the List’ button. You should check out the article for your kids ’50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message’ by Julie Handler. There are a variety of activities for different levels to practise reading skills here.

Have a nice holiday & keep reading!

SHAKESPEARE’S LIFE AND PLAYS

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
One man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.” by William Shakespeare from As You Like It

“Shakespeare was writing for everyone. He belongs to everyone.”James Garnon
It’s great to learn and share with other people from different countries. I’ve attended “Exploring English: Shakespeare” course by British Council and Future Learn so I’m writing about this amazing online Academy to share my experience. Just click on “Future Learn” and don’t miss the chance to be a part of this fantastic learning journey. Both British Council and Future Learn are like a global teachers’ room where you can learn and share fresh teaching tools and lots of ideas. British council has lots of resources to help you in the classroom. Check out the links to learn more LearnEnglish Teens, LearnEnglish Kids and TeachingEnglish. Here’s my learning notes about Shakespeare and his plays that I can use with my students.
Shakespeare was the greatest writer in the English Literature. Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born, still gets millions of visitors every year. He is known all around the world and the characters in his plays come from many places around the world. His plays are timeless so they are still the best known plays around the world. But how much do you really know about Shakespeare and his life? Let’s start with the article about his life and check your understanding with “Shakespeare’s Life Worksheet“.
Shakespeare ‘s Daughter” is for B2 level about Shakespeare ‘s personal life.
Shakespeare’s Family” for A1 that is about Shakespeare’s family. It provides students with an insight into his family background with a focus on use of the present simple and the lexis of family.
Shakespeare’s Life” is for A2 that provides students with an insight into the major events of his life, with a focus on pronunciation of past tense forms, asking questions and the lexis of life events. 
Stratford 1: Shakespeare, Glove Maker : How did the son of a small-town glove maker come to write the greatest plays in the world. Join actor and producer Ben Crystal as he explores Shakespeare’s early in Stratford-upon- Avon.
Stratford 2: Lost Years : What inspired Shakespeare to write and Ben Crystal continues his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, learning about
 him.
London 1 Piece by piece : How did Shakespeare make it big in London.Find out as actor and producer Ben Crystal explores the places in London where Shakespeare worked.
London 2: A penny for the Yard : What was it like to watch plays in the 1600s? Join Ben Crystal on his visit to Shakespeare’s Globe, a reproduction of the original Globe Theatre in London.

There are many idioms which were all used or invented by Shakespeare. You can practice some idioms from Shakespeare’s literature “Shakespeare’s Idioms: Lesson 1” and then check your understanding with Idioms Worksheet.
You can revise Shakespeare’s plays after you read his plays. Enjoy his plays with these brilliant video lessons!
Watch James Garnon interviews about Shakespeare and the Tempest.
As this National Geographic article explains, Shakespeare may have been the first person to use some words in writing or to popularise their use. Whether he ‘invented’ the words or not, he has certainly had a profund effect on English vocabulary.Check out the words list that was created by Shakespeare.
Shakespeare set his plays in dozens of locations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.One reason is that many of the plays were taken from traditional stories that needed to be set in other countries. Another is that by setting the action outside of England, Shakespeare could say things about kings and rulers that it may have been difficult or dangerous to say if the events took place in his own country. There’s an interactive map that shows all of the locations that Shakespeare use in his plays.
If you haven’t read Hamlet yet, then this illustrated Stick Figure Hamlet is a great place to start. It may sound silly, but you will be surprised how much it helps! You can also read a modern English version here in No Fear Shakespeare. And if you want to watch a truly excellent version of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, try this one by Adrian Lester.
Check out Sparknotes’ Shakespeare file. It’s an amazing site that includes line by line translation of the plays to modern English, study guides and videos.
Look at this list of phrases from Shakespeare.

JAZZ UP YOUR CLASS WITH SONGS

Katy Perry’s performance at the 2017 Grammy & Brit Awards
Perry performs during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center, on Feb. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. Larry Busacca—Getty Images

GRAMMY AWARDS 2017
Welcome back, Katy Perry! She took to the Grammy stage Sunday night to perform her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” live for the first time. She wore a white pantsuit and sneakers for the performance. Listen to “The Chained to the Rhythm” music video featuring by Skip Marley takes place in a futuristic town called Oblivia. Click on Lyrics Worksheet to complete the blanks with given words. If you want to check out your answers, you can watch the first video of the song with lyrics “Chained to the Rhythm with lyrics“.
Do you think that we trapped like hamsters on a wheel ?
BRIT AWARDS 2017
The 2017 Brit Awards was held on 22 February 2017 and was the 37th edition of the British pop music awards.The awards ceremony were held at The O2 in London.
Katy performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm.” She had two giant skeletons which dressed as USA President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May on her stage. The two skeletons paraded around the stage during her performance.
Brit Awards 2017 full list is here.
Time to JAZZ UP your class 😉
Listen to the song “I’ll always love you by Whitney Houston and do the exercises.
Listen to the “Firework Song” by Katy Perry. Click on Lyrics Worksheet to complete the blanks with given words.
Skyfall by Adele and Lyrics Worksheet.
Listen to “Someone like you” song by Adele. Click on Lyrics Worksheet to complete the blanks.
Listen to the song “ROAR” by Katy Perry and fill in the blanks using past form of given words. Click on ROAR video to listen to the song. Click on “Roar lyrics” to fill in the blanks.
Listen to “Try Everything ” by Shakira and fill in the blanks using Lyrics Worksheet.
Here are some links to some resources that you might find useful:
50 Ways To Use Music & Song,Songs for Teaching English Grammar, 100 Years of Rock, Sing Snap is a site that you can listen to example of musical genre.Every Noise This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1524 genres by Spotify. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.Click anything to hear an example of what it sounds like.Click the » on a genre to see a map of its artists.
Websites that could help you use music to practise English, including LyricsTraining and MusixMatch

Be Smart ! Be safe!

Some schools may have a child protection policy, which includes bullying. If they don’t have, bullying can have serious consequences.Check out the OECD Education Policy Outlook Profiles for 27 countries. Each profile reviews the current context and situation of the country’s education system and examines its challenges and policy responses.In the digital age, online safety is an important part of child protection.A 2015 survey of parents in the UK and US found that 9 out of 10 were very concerned about their children’s online safety. You can read the report here.
Whatever the case in your institution, you can check out these useful resources to find solutions. Childnet has lots of resources for teachers and parents on making the internet safer for children and young people. Here are some links to ‘hot topics’ like cyberbullying, parental controls, and talking to young children about internet safety.Commonsense is for teachers, policymakers and parents on how to help children and teenagers use media and technology wisely. Resources include downloadable classroom worksheets, independent app ratings, digital literacy curricula for K-12.Read this article about internet and computer safety for parents.Find out about the UN convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC) on the UNICEF website. A wealth of bullying prevention resources, including anti-bullying lesson plans and activities.Some tips to take if you notice bullying in your classroom. A lesson plan for primary students at A2 level. What you have to do if your child is being bullied – advice for parents.

In the UK, the organisation Childnet has produced a series of five videos to introduce different aspects of internet safety to 7-11 year olds.You can watch the Childnet video series here.There’s a video and lesson plan about cyberbullying for secondary or high school. Let’s watch the video “Let’s fight it together” about cyberbullying. Click on the exercises worksheet to revise. If you want to listen to the song throughout the video just click on the song “Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds. Click on Lyrics Worksheet to complete the blanks with given words. Kids can check out their understanding using “online safety quiz” Here is a lesson plan on internet safety for teenagers with classroom posters to download.

Nora Tartsay from Eotvos University, Budapest. She has a great project about internet safety issues with her university-aged learners.
“They do this in groups of three, for example. I asked them to go and talk to younger students. Secondary school students, primary, some talked to their families. And they asked questions about cybersafety issues. So one group, for example, interviewed 15, 20 students in a secondary school. And they themselves were amazed about the responses that they got. So instead of me telling them how important it is to talk about them, they could experience it themselves. Another group did interviews with online relationships that they had. So they asked their peers on Facebook, for example.They looked at their profiles and they tried to describe the difference between the online personalities that their peers show of themselves compared to their real personalities and they tried to compare the two. And they were again amazed at the difference. Like the pictures they upload about themselves, the background information they give. How careless they are about safety issues on Facebook. So we talked a lot about that, and eventually they started to educate their peers, their the younger brothers, sisters, their parents, maybe. And they also told me how important it would be to talk about these issues in school.”
Cyberbullying can be a risk for teachers as well. Here are some ideas for teachers about how to reduce the instances of cyber-bullying.
This is a nice video to get students thinking and talking about their digital footprint.

ROALD DAHL’s CORNER

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The Witches is a fantasy novel that was written by Roald Dahl.The story is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom, featuring the experiences of a young boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. The book is very popular and appears at number 22 on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990 to 1999.
Watch the video about witches that explained by Roald Dahl. And write your own description of a witch.You can read the story online. Here’s the link: The Witches Story PDF Just click on Comprehension Questions to revise the story. If you want to watch the movie of the story The Withches Movie is here 😉 Click on “the witches final test” and check out your understanding.

The Landlady is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was first published in ‘The New Yorker’ magazine in 1959, and has since appeared in many anthologies of Dahl’s stories, the first of which was ‘Kiss, Kiss’ (published by Michael Joseph).
You can read or print out the story here and listen to the first part. The Landlady Part 1 How do you feel? If you were in Billy’s situation, would you choose to stay in that house? Now listen to the second part. The Landlady Part 2 Did you spot anything unusual about the woman’s behaviour? Listen to the third part of the story here. The Landlady Part 3 Where do you think Billy might have heard the names Gregory Temple and Christopher Mulholland before? Let’s listen to the final part of the story. The Landlady Part 4
Roald Dahl ends the story without describing exactly what happens to Billy, but gives us lots of clues. Now this is your turn! Write a paragraph what you think happens next.
Click on The Landlady that includes complete pack of activities, text and audio files to download.
Click on the read about Roald Dahl Facts
For more information, Roald Dahl’s official site

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

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“Be the friend you want to have!”

My students have read Charlotte’s Web, is a classic of children’s book, written by American author E.B. White. The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte. It’s such a funny and touchy story that kids are looking forward to joining our reading hours. By the way there are lots of resources on the net that you can jazz up your reading hours. Just click on and check out the links below :
Charlotte’s Web Teaching Guide , Charlotte’s Web PDF Story Book, Charlotte’s Web Movie , Charlotte’s Web Movie Educator Guide , Chapter Questions

My Fantastic Learning Journey with European Schoolnet Academy

imageEuropean Schoolnet Academy is a platform where you can learn about innovation in the school and classroom through online professional development courses for teachers in primary and secondary schools.The courses offered on this platform are completely free of charge.
It’s great to learn and share with other teachers from different countries. Last year I attended “Games in School” course.This year I’ve just finished “Creative Use of Tablets in Schools” and “How to Teach Computing” courses so I’m writing about this amazing online Academy to share my experience. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this fantastic learning journey. European Schoolnet Academy is like a global teachers’ room where you can learn and share fresh teaching tools and lots of ideas.
Here’s my learning diaries about the courses that I attended. Click on the links below to learn more about the courses.
My learning Diary about “Creative Use of Tablets in School”

My Learning Diary about “How to Teach Computing”

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