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
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 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
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.