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by surrealia
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Group Work
Replies: 2
Views: 1722

Rozanna, I teach university students in Taiwan and I face frequent problems with doing group work. Here are a few common problems: - it's hard to monitor their work (pick up emergent language, spot errors, hear if they are speaking English or Chinese) with a large class (sometimes it just sounds lik...
by surrealia
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Videos of good teaching?
Replies: 4
Views: 3468

I thought this was a pretty good video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCifi4mgaAc
by surrealia
Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: ? Using coursebook material creatively and extending work
Replies: 6
Views: 3193

More links on this topic. In 2007 and 2009, Mario Rinvolucri wrote some short articles containing some activities similar to those in Humanising Your Coursebook. As he explains in the articles, these activities are intended for use with Green Line, an ESL coursebook, but they can also be adapted for...
by surrealia
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: ? Using coursebook material creatively and extending work
Replies: 6
Views: 3193

This is a topic I'm really interested in, so I thought I'd add a few comments. I'd highly recommend you get a copy of Mario Rinvolucri's Humanising Your Coursebook. You can see a preview here: Humanising Your Coursebook - Book Preview Marisa Constantinides also has some clever ideas for working with...
by surrealia
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Provoking Thought - a resource book for ESL/EFL
Replies: 1
Views: 2105

Recently, the Hotch Potch English website published a review of Provoking Thought which you can see here: http://reviews.hotchpotchenglish.com/2010/03/book-review-provoking-thought.html In addition, It's Magazine featured an article on new books which included a section on Provoking Thought: http://...
by surrealia
Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:35 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Good websites for teaching methods etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 2517

I can recommend three sites: TEFL.NET, One Stop English, and Teaching English. You can see some sample articles below... Liz Regan's 20 Teaching Tips http://www.tefl.net/teacher-training/teaching-tips.htm Teaching English with Minimal Resources http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?sectionType=l...
by surrealia
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Provoking Thought - a resource book for ESL/EFL
Replies: 1
Views: 2105

Provoking Thought - a resource book for ESL/EFL

This is a brief announcement about my second book, titled Provoking Thought. Provoking Thought is a collection of ready-to-use, student-centered activities designed for the ESL/EFL classroom. This book emphasizes using students' thought processes as a resource for language learning. Each chapter cov...
by surrealia
Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Drilling
Replies: 2
Views: 1557

I created a page with a number of articles about drilling a few months ago:


http://sites.google.com/site/eslarticlessite/drills
by surrealia
Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Rookie Teacher in Desperate Need of Help
Replies: 7
Views: 3252

Also, some links to lots of free games and activities here:

http://www.geocities.com/allhou/lessgames.htm
by surrealia
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Texts
Topic: Need a conversation book suggestion
Replies: 3
Views: 5564

I think Eric Roth's book Compelling Conversations might be the perfect book for this class. Each chapter covers a different topic, and there are a lot of questions for discussion, along with some interesting quotations and proverbs. You also might want to look at some resource books for teachers, su...
by surrealia
Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Need advice on teaching large, adult classes.
Replies: 7
Views: 3476

I have put together a page of links to articles on the subject of teaching large classes. The first few are for teaching ESL/EFL classes, the others address teaching large classes in general. Take a look:

http://sites.google.com/site/eslarticle ... rgeclasses
by surrealia
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: help with role-play
Replies: 6
Views: 9269

I just found a clever introduction to doing roleplays on the webpages for the Straightforward series of coursebooks. There's an article on doing roleplays, as well as three sample activities:

http://www.macmillanenglish.com/straigh ... leplay.htm
by surrealia
Sat May 23, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: How to make introverted students more active in activities?
Replies: 11
Views: 7501

Some excellent comments by Chris Cotter. I just ran across this blog entry by Scott Thornbury over at the Delta Publishing website: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/development/learners-who-are-shy-to-speak The article is about shy students not introverted students (shyness and introversion are not ...
by surrealia
Sat May 02, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: What is the best speaking lesson you have done?
Replies: 10
Views: 3935

In April 2009, Delta Publishing released Teaching Unplugged by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings, which is an overview of Dogme. You can read more about it here:

http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/html/b ... l#TEACHUNP
by surrealia
Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Mnemonics - memory games
Replies: 6
Views: 5518

If you are interested, the two articles below regard mnemonics in second language learning ===== The Use of Verbal and Imagery Mnemonics in Second-Language Vocabulary Learning by Andrew D. Cohen http://www.tc.umn.edu/~adcohen/Cohen%20articles/1987%20-%20Use%20of%20Verbal%20&%20Imagery%20Mnem%20in%20...