Innovations in the CPD of English language teachers http://bit.ly/cpdenglishteachers Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers #britishCouncil #pdf
This volume offers a global view of innovations in the continuing professional
development (CPD) of teachers. The papers reflect the nature of teacher development
as a lifelong experience extending from initial training to throughout the whole
teacher’s career, and represent the wide range of needs and contexts to which
continuing professional development programmes respond. There is valuable
information here about how continuing professional development programmes
are designed and how they impact on the different stakeholders involved.
Vital Portal : English http://www.vital.ac.uk/portals Vital Portal : English
Vital is delivered by The (UK) Open University and part-funded by the Department for Education.
It aims to support practitioners in sharing their expertise and thus enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media http://www.edutopia.org/teaching-shakespeare-digital-media Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media
Raps, podcasts, and short films are perfect vehicles for teaching Hamlet and Macbeth, says Peggy O'Brien, the former director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, DC. "Kids have been handed these plays like they're sacrosanct, holy things, when actually they're gritty and alive."
The English Language Garden http://www.elgweb.net/ Articles, links and quizzes for English teachers and learners. On spelling, homework, classroom language, vocabulary, IWBs and more.
Academic Earth: English video lectures http://www.academicearth.org/subjects/english Academic Earth, 1,000s of video lectures from the world's top scholars.
We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.
Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment in which that content is remarkably easy to use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.
Second Life English Blog http://esl-secondlife.blogspot.com/ Second Life English Blog .. 3D Virtual World
This blog is not intended to be like a traditional blog. It's actually more of a collage of random reflection on Second Life & virtual worlds, language learning and teaching .....
Virtual Macbeth ... in Second Life http://virtualmacbeth.wikispaces.com/ Virtual Macbeth ... in Second Life, 3D online virtual world
A Second Life Treatment of Macbeth
Virtual Macbeth is an island in Second Life which is dedicated to the exploration, adaptation and performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
The island is designed with target audiences of Shakespeare afficionados, Secondary and Tertiary educators and their students. This wiki is designed for both the general audience and educators. Please feel welcome to join the wiki and add in thoughts and resources.
Lesson Writer (English language skills) http://www.lessonwriter.com Lesson Writer
Plan Lessons, Create Teaching Materials and Track Classes - Automatically!
A web application that creates lesson plans and instructional materials for teaching English language skills from any reading passage
Analyzes any text for vocabulary, grammar and usage, pronunciation, and word roots and stems..
Creates a lesson plan and a lesson designed to teach any, some, or all of these skills in the context of the passage - automatically.
Teachits library of free English teaching resources http://www.teachit.co.uk/ Teachit's library of free English teaching resources
Specialising in English, Drama and Media Studies from primary to post-16, the online Teachit library offers over 4,000 pages of classroom materials, schemes of work, lesson plans and teaching tools, all created by working teachers and constantly growing.
A phenomenal success since its launch in 1999, Teachit now represents a huge online community of teachers sharing resources to help focus their efforts in planning lessons.
Web English Teacher http://www.webenglishteacher.com Web English Teacher
At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale.
English Language A Level Listserv http://www.markboardman.com/ The Language List (English Listserv) - aimed at teachers (in schools, colleges, universities) of English language: hundreds of members (including the world's leading academic authorities in some fields), lots of message activity and real help for those who post queries.
The English Language List is a discussion community for teachers of A-Level English Language, with particular reference to AQA Specification B. It has the full support of the Chief Examiner, and there is no cost.
Also, many professional linguists have subscribed and kindly agreed to offer some input on aspects of subject knowledge and up-to-date research.
Accelerated Reading Listserv http://groups.yahoo.com/group/acceleratedreading/ Accelerated Reading Listserv
This is a place for educators to share ideas and strategies to use with the accelerated reading program.
listserv | AR | accelerated | reading | tests | discussion | teacher |
English Language & Linguistics - AS/A Level http://www.putlearningfirst.com/language/index.html English Language & Linguistics
These materials have been developed to give you an overview of AS/A Level English Language, its course requirements, specification content, and standards.
The material available includes content to help students learn about and teachers teach the study of language. There are tasks to help work through the material, expert advice and strategies for identifying unknown texts.
Essay writing and text analysis are vital skills which can only be fully developed with a tutor, but the information and tasks provided here complement work with a tutor and allow students to work at their own pace.
Working independently improves study skills and is an important skill in itself.
Shakespeare on the Net - Virtual Field Trip http://www.field-trips.org/lit/shake/index.htm A field trip created with TourMaker guides you through a sequence of Web pages on any given topic. For each page, there is simultaneous commentary in an accompanying frame. You move forward and back through the Field Trip using the tour Control Panel and you can leave the Tour to explore links and return to it whenever you want.
If you are assigned Shakespeare, you are ready for advanced thinking. The language is not the same as yours, but Shakespeare targets personalities and describes complex personal issues that are as important today as they were in the 16th century. His work has survived because it accurately describes human reactions to the world.
This period of history was called the Renaissance because of the reawakening of interest in the arts and sciences. During Shakespeare's time, Queen Elizabeth and James I reigned in England, enthusiastically supporting the theatre.
The Liberties, an area outside of London across the Thames River, housed Elizabethan theatres.
Each of the sites included in this module is very deep, so resist the temptation to wander through them. Follow the directions to get an overview, and then come back. A good reader makes connections using what is known to make sense of a piece of writing. This module will include sites relating to 16th century England and Shakespeare's work, showing you some of the resources available on the Internet.
Free Spelling - freespeling http://www.freespeling.com/ 'Freespeling aims to encourage flexibility within English speling similar to the language's versatility of expression and innovation of vocabulary so that, year by year, a new consensus on preferd spelings wil emerge to enable greater ease of comunication and wider literacy'
spelling | speling | writing |
SFE: Stands for Education (UK) http://www.sfe.co.uk/resources/default.cfm SfE has collected some of the best resources on the internet and organised them into the easy to use Freeware Bank, Linkbank and Infobank.
Choose Freeware Bank for access a wide selection of free software and other IT tools related to the use of ICT in schools. All the resources have been sorted by subject relevance and assessed by our staff.
Choose Linkbank to begin your research and find useful online teaching resources. SfE has reviewed and assessed thousands of websites useful to school staff and all have been categorised to make them easy to find.
Choose Infobank for links to hundreds of official educational documents from central government, LEAs, universities, unions and associations.
websites | website | education | educational | review | reviewed | teachers | students | subjects | cross-curriculum | curriculum | english | drama | poetry |
English at the Beach http://www.vicnet.net.au/~prace/beach Good site for learners to practise English language skills, while reading stories about the beach, learning about beach safety, and doing fun activities.
Markin : Marking Student Compositions http://www.cict.co.uk/software/markin/ New technology requires new tools, and teachers working on-line need facilities which are just not available in a standard web browser or word-processor.
Students submit their work as email attachments or word-processor documents, and teachers need to be able to mark and return these documents as quickly and easily as they can mark work submitted on paper.
Markin is the latest in marking and annotation software for on-line and electronic teaching environments. It can import text material from the clipboard, or from an RTF or text file, and provides all the tools you need to mark and annotate this text. When you have finished, you can export the marked text as an RTF file for loading into a word-processor, or as a web page so that your students can view the marked text in a web browser - and you can email this file directly back to the student, all without leaving the Markin program.
Web English Teacher http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ Web English Teacher presents the best of online English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, biography, e-texts, online criticism, videos, Webquests, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities. Bookmark this site and visit often!
Getting a Read on E-Books (ebooks) http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/TL/200104/ebook.html For all the talk of digital books in the consumer world, however, many believe their greatest potential lies in education. In fact, the market for digitized educational materials is predicted to grow much faster than retail books. By 2005, according to Forrester Research, 25 percent of college textbook sales will be digital, providing students with a high-tech alternative to lugging around a heavy set of books.
Nabokov tutorials http://www.mantex.co.uk/ou/a319/nab-000.htm For those who don't know him, Nabokov
is the Russian novelist who switched
to writing in English. He writes in a
very entertaining style; his best-known
work is "Lolita", and he is very funny.
We've posted a new series of tutorials
in literary studies. There are fifty
web pages covering the whole of the
"Collected Stories" of Vladimir Nabokov.
How Do I Know a Good Early Reading Program http://www.ed.gov/inits/rrrl/guide.html A Guide for Parents
How Do I Know a Good Early Reading Program
When I See One?
Also see "Ready to Read Ready to Learn" http://www.ed.gov/inits/rrrl/index.html
E-Books ebooks http://www.freepint.co.uk/issues/010201.htm#feature If you like formal definitions, an E-Book has been defined as 'a term used to describe a text analogous to a book that is in digital form to be displayed on a computer screen.' (International Encyclopedia of Information and Library science/ edited by: John Feather and Paul Sturges. 1997). Of course a CD-ROM of an encyclopaedia is really an electronic book, and there are a few books available on the Web - so E-Books have been around for ages.
Readability http://www.timetabler.com/ Measuring the reading age of books and other reading matter. This article outlines the subject of readability, and its relevance to school books.
OWL: OnLine Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ The OWL is designed to provide distance learning opportunities for the Purdue community as well as other Internet users. Our primary goal is to help writers improve their writing skills by offering them a variety of online services and materials and an introduction to searching for information on the Internet. We also hope that this project will help us develop future innovative uses of the Internet for distance learning and writing instruction.
National (UK) Literacy Trust http://www.literacytrust.org.uk The site is highly recommended for anyone teaching English .. especially primary. It supports the new move in the UK to have one hour of literacy each day in prim schs.
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