Monday, October 12, 2015

Hints on Pronunciation for Foreigners



Pronunciation is one of those things in language teaching that can very often be neglected. Or at least that’s the case here, in Croatia. Along with tongue twisters, you can make your students aware of how complex, important and interesting pronunciation is by showing them some really fun stuff on the internet.




Monday, September 21, 2015

Mini Saga, Favorite Songs and Story Endings

This post is another one in the "section" of creative writing. As I have already said, it can be pretty difficult to get your students to write their own stories, so these methods can be of great help. 

Mini saga is a story of exactly 50 words, that your students have to write. It can also have a title of up to 15 words, but the title can also be omitted. It is great to stimulate creativity and determine the crucial elements of a story. Here's an example of a mini saga by Daniel H. Pink:

"When I was shot, fear seized me at first. No surprise that. But once I realized I wasn’t going to die – despite the thermonuclear pain and widening puddle of weirdly warm blood – my mind recalibrated. And one thought, comforting yet disturbing, leapt into my head: I need to tweet this."



Monday, August 10, 2015

Chatzy

Chatzy is an online platform for chatting, where users can create private rooms for messaging their friends. It is a good alternative to Facebook, Skype, Windows Live, and other messengers because:
  • Chatzy has no registration steps - you can join it instantly
  • Chatzy is free and has no popup ads
  • Chatzy does not require Flash or any installation on your computer (= no spyware)
  • Chatzy works on all major browsers, with any language and through corporate firewalls
  • Chatzy is simple and easy to use   


Monday, July 27, 2015

Reformulated Dialogue

When I was a child, I loved to fill out things in workbooks and magazines for children. When I started going to school, I loved to fill out things in course- and workbooks and today I love doing so as well. No wonder, I have collected English coursebooks and workbooks throughout my whole education. Those were not only my personal ones, but I also have a collection of my brother's English coursebooks and some of my mother's as well. Some of my friends have also been so kind as to give me their coursebooks. So, as you can see, for us, (future) teachers, it can be pretty easy to get to materials on certain topics. And the best thing is that you can re-use these as many times as you want. 



Thursday, March 14, 2013

True / False Flags

I'm still pretty busy, but yesterday I spent the whole day doing this DIY project for my practicum, so I just wanted to share what I made with you.

I had to hold a class to 6th graders and I wanted to amp it up a bit because the topic wasn't very interesting. Therefore, I decided to create these true / false flags for the students to use during a typical true/false activity. I read some statements connected to the text we were working on and they had to raise a "T" flag if a statement was correct and an "F" flag if it was false. They were ecstatic when they saw the flags, so if you have some free time, try spending it on creating them, your students will love you and you'll be able to reuse them for sure.


So, you'll need the following:
- some long and thick straws in two colors
- some paper in two colors
- scissors
- glue
- ruler
- markers