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Saturday, October 15, 2011

English Gateway Newsletter #20

There’s a difference between knowing a word and using a word - that’s why we believe a significant portion of classroom time should be devoted to explicit vocabulary teaching. Providing ample meaningful opportunities for using new words in a range of contexts and creating conditions that motivate students to engage in discussions are the key to students’ excitement and satisfaction of using English for their own self-expression.
Site Updates (Member Content)
New Worksheets
Cultural Differences: Language Teaching and Learning (ESL Intermediate+)
Language teaching and learning are done differently in various parts of the world. Find out students’ preferable (or familiar) ways to learn and prepare them for new learning situations.
The World’s Newest Countries (ESL High-Intermediate)
The world’s map has changed in the last decades mainly due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Go over the countries that have recently become independent and name the respective languages and nationalities.
Traffic Safety Culture (ESL High-Intermediate)
Discuss factors that influence traffic safety, road users behavior and cultural differences on the road.
Halloween Resources from the Archive:
The Scary Sounds of Halloween (ESL Intermediate)
Fear Idioms (ESL Advanced)
A Run of Bad Luck (ESL Advanced)
Blog Updates
Back-to-School Icebreaker: Where in the World?
A Dog is... An ESL Student’s Best Friend?
Compound Words That End With the Noun “Line”
Thank You - Both Literally and Metaphorically
Happy Learning and Teaching,
English Gateway Team
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:51 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 AT 11:04 AM
Jack said:
Do lots of cooperative lnaering activities pair students with some knowledge of English with those who know little. Pair students with English speakers from another class for Book Buddies . Writing Buddies , etc.Use lots and lots and lots of visuals in your teaching.At first, most students will only want to listen, not speak. They feel awkward using a different language. Give them opportunities to talk in class and practice language lnaering.Talk with colleagues and get more advice and help! These kids are going to need all the help they can get. By the way, what level is this? If it is Elementary, there are many more approaches to try that can be helpful

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