2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

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funny child girl reading newspaper on chamberpot

Girl reading newspaper on chamberpot – Image source: Google images

I have seen this video at least a dozen times in the teaching forums and discussion groups I participate.

Before I get to tell you how this little one does that, let me ask YOU: how does he do that? Can you explain?  Continue reading

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Popcorn time

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Image source: Google images

Here’s a list of youtube videos for you to watch and learn with. Have fun 🙂

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The power of intrinsic motivation

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Things have never been the same ever since I started teaching English. Continue reading

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Are you cereals?

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I constantly hear Brazilian speakers of English saying CEREALS instead of SERIOUS, and SERIOUS when they mean CEREALS.
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American Independence Day

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GOING GRAPHIC: 4 SQUARES FOR BETTER SPEAKING

I came across this blog this morning and I loved the idea of helping students organize their thoughts into a coherent speech. Here, Svetlana Kandbybovich suggests the use of a method called “Four Square Method”, where concepts, vocabulary and grammar get organized “in a way that is easier and much simpler for learners to grasp”.

ELT-CATION

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Silentium est aurum (“silence is golden”).

Or is it?

If we google “teaching speaking in English”, we’ll get over 66,300,000 search results with numerous tips, fabulous games or tricks how to get learners speaking – all pointing out the same frustrating tendency showing that many learners are either timid speakers reluctant to participate in any conversation, or that despite mastering the language, as attested by a great number of grammar and vocabulary exercises thoroughly done by the learners in class, their speaking still lacks fluency and coherence. The latter is sometimes ignored at lower levels. However, speaking is about both fluency and coherence.

Coherence is about linking ideas together – just like in a paragraph or essay. This means organising what you     say so that your answer is “a whole“. All the bits within it fit together. This should be familiar from writing. The difference…

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Can you decode this message?

Can you decode this message?

If it's important to you, you will find a way. If it's not, you will find an excuse. JPEG

Decoding:

“If it’s important to you you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.”

Quote found at pinterest.com – author unknown

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Hyphen or not?

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How do you say ‘papel de carta’ in English?

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