February 16

GOOD WEBSITES FOR WRITING

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Boy hand with pen writing on notebook Max Garçia via Compfight

A collection of short, but very helpful, tips on writing covering Sentences, Paragraphs and essay writing.

Excellent site with interactive information on writing a research. Suitable for more advanced levels and Academic English.

A collection of interactive activities for organising, planning and editing writing (letters, paragraphs, essays).

A collection of short but very useful tips on writing.

 

April 2

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

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What frightened Beata? who is the man hidden behind the paper? What will happen now?

PhotoFunia is the best way to add a spark to your photos, make them special and more original. In only a few seconds an amazing photo collage is ready, absolutely free. PhotoFunia is so straight forward to use, that anyone, at any age, can use it with ease. You can ask your students to prepare a funny picture as a prompt for speaking or writing. Go to PHOTOFUNIA and have fun!!!!

PhotoFunia is the best way to add a spark to your photos, make them special and more original. In only a few seconds an amazing photo collage is ready, absolutely free. PhotoFunia is so straight forward to use, that anyone, at any age, can use it with ease.

What frightened Beata? Who is the man hidden behind the paper? What will happen now?

June 26

GLOBAL WARMING and GREENHOUSE EFFECT

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RESEARCH: GLOBAL WARMING and GREENHOUSE EFFECT

June 24

DESCRIBING A PROCESS – HOW TO MAKE A MUMMY

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Describing a process – why don’t you try the video clip HOW TO MAKE A MUMMY ?l (75)

Use the attached worksheet if you wish HOW TO MAKE A MUMMY describing a process Int2 plus

OTHER IDEAS:

LISTENING and WATCHING : GLOBAL WARMING CHEESE MAKING  HOW TO MAKE POTATO CHIPS (no words, more difficult)

VOLCANO ERUPTION (and other natural disasters on the menu on the left-hand side)

READING: POTATO CHIPS  ESL Worksheet Describing a Process How to Decorate an X-mas Tree

 

 

 

 

March 17

VISUAL AIDS FOR WRITING

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According to Visual Teaching Alliance

  • Approximately 65 percent of the population are visual learners.
  • The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text.
  • Visual aids in the classroom improve learning by up to 400 percent.
  • Students who are twice exceptional (2e) are often visual learners.

More facts on http://www.visualteachingalliance.com/

Why don’t you try three beautiful posters prepared by Enokso  – http://www.flickr.com/people/vblibrary/

March 17

EXCELLENT WRITING TOOL

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Are you students still struggling with the composition of an essay? Is it still one chunk of writing with no layout whatsoever? Do they keep forgetting about an introduction, topic sentences, supporting evidence etc.? Well, this tool will definitely help. ESSAY MAP works “as an interactive graphic organiser that walks you through the process of writing an essay”. Great for less advanced levels but equally useful for more advanced students for structuring ideas (http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/).

At the bottom of this blog entry you will find an example of pdf file with “My Favourite Town”

Go to http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/ and put the essay title and your name.

 

STEP-BY-STEP essay process

EXAMPLE – MyFavouriteTown

March 6

PENZU – a journal in the clouds

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PENZU is one of my favourite tools for writing. It is an online diary that encourages everyday writing. This diary might be used for taking notes, writing private thoughts, or daily diary entries. An entry can be emailed or kept private. It is possible to attach photos to every entry. There are several options for teachers for example – making comment which will be sent to the author’s mail box instantly, printing an entry or exporting in pdf or another text file. several screenshots from my penzu.

 

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