Expanding vocabulary in context
Increase exposure to a target language
Slowing down a less advanced learner while reading for example
Helps to boost bilingualism
Useful for translation to and from
Have a look at an excellent infographics on bilingualism
Phrasal verbs, dictionary, idioms, slang -all in pdf and for free
English Central English Central
A wonderful website for practising vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation as well as reading and listening skills at a range of levels. PDF with instructions for users attached.
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RESEARCH: GLOBAL WARMING and GREENHOUSE EFFECT
Describing a process – why don’t you try the video clip HOW TO MAKE A MUMMY ?
Use the attached worksheet if you wish HOW TO MAKE A MUMMY describing a process Int2 plus
VOLCANO ERUPTION (and other natural disasters on the menu on the left-hand side)
Do you want to start your lesson with something different? Something that everybody is talking about? Something that everybody should know? Do you need to find information quickly?
REFDESK.COM REFDESK.COM might be very useful . It can be accessed via computer or smartphone. It gives you:
Site of the day – for example Earth Cam. I’ve just seen what’s going on in Bangkok. Live! Good for DESCRIBING PICTURES.
Fact of the day – I’ve just learnt that many historians believe football (European version) originated in China around 1000 B.C. Good for DISCUSSION about – football, China, other inventions, you name it.
Thought of the day – “Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.” – B.C. Forbes, hmmm, I don’t know, I guess so. But I’m not going to tell my students!
This day in history – “The first American attack on Japanese soil during WWII, the Battle of Iwo Jima(…)”. No, I’m not choosing that. The page gives me other option for example BBC. So, I’m choosing 25.02 – well, well – 1982: Parents can stop school beatings: The European Court of Human Rights rules corporal punishment in Britain’s schools is a violation of the Human Rights Convention. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/25/default.stm) Good for COMPARING and CONTRASTING different school systems, CHATTING about school days; USED TO etc.
In the news – DISCUSSING CURRENT EVENTS
Article of the day – homework: READING COMPREHENSION; WRITING A SUMMARY
Today’s birthday – good for WRITING A BIOGRAPHY; PRESENTATIONS
Today’s pictures – One of my favourite – stunning images, shocking images, informative images, street photography, political images, etc. Good for SHORT TALKS or DESCRIBE THE PICTURE activities.
Word of the day – Love it! Every day – a new word. Today – a stalking-horse.
Dictionaries of different sorts (visual, talking, technical), translators and many, many other things which can be used easily and fast.
This website is a real gem for busy teachers. A real time saver!!!! And excellent for LEARNING ON THE GO!!!!
What do Snappy Words, Graphwords or Wordvis have in common? They are all visual dictionaries? They help you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it. Since I like SHARING, I looked SHARE up – see the pictures
Go to http://lingro.com/ and paste the web address into the box and LINGRO
Choose the language options (there are 11 languages available, including German, Polish, Spanish Russian, Dutch and Chinese) and click
The webpage will open. Click on any word that you don’t know and read the meaning. You can add your translation and you can make your own vocabulary list.
From the creators of LINGRO:
“Knowledge and information essential to human communication and interaction should be free and accessible to everyone. This is why we created the most comprehensive set of free dictionaries available under open licenses so that anyone can contribute, download, redistribute, and modify the dictionaries for their own needs. These licenses guarantee that they will always remain free and useful to society.”