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I've been playing with methods to make using video (and audio) easier to use in the classroom and also by students for self-study.  The essence is a synchronised, scrolling transcript with indexed play buttons.  You've seen this recently with Youtube and TED.com, but often a teacher wants to embed those play/pause buttons conveniently within lesson […] Read More

Video Control Framework For Teaching

I’ve been playing with methods to make using video (and audio) easier to use in the classroom and also by students for self-study.  The essence is a synchronised, scrolling transcript with indexed play buttons.  You’ve seen this recently with Youtube and TED.com, but often a teacher wants to embed those play/pause buttons conveniently within lesson material.  This allows lessons to be more accessible to language learners where the language of instruction itself can be a barrier to learning.  Here’s a prototype lesson based on a song by Ralph McTell – Streets of London.

Effort to create the framework is not yet complete, and the user interface still needs tweaking.  It is fine on a desktop and tablets, but the real challenge is usability on small mobile devices.

I am adding quiz question types including an embedded cloze similar to that found in Moodle, but much more flexible.  It will allow adding progressive hints to lead the learner towards the answer.

This framework is mainly designed for developing language skills, but it could be used in any media-based training or education.

Song Lesson

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For ESL/EFL learners, this audio is a good example of natural Australian English. Try the comprehension questions below. Higher level learners should try to extend their answers as much as possible, and you may even try this as a listening only. Lower level learners should just listen for the main ideas and use the video […] Read More

ESL/EFL Lesson – For the Love of Nerf

For ESL/EFL learners, this audio is a good example of natural Australian English. Try the comprehension questions below. Higher level learners should try to extend their answers as much as possible, and you may even try this as a listening only. Lower level learners should just listen for the main ideas and use the video to help understand the context.

For the Love of Nerf
https://open.abc.net.au/posts/for-the-love-of-nerf-84za3dd

General:
What is NERF?

Past:
How did Alex get into Nerf?

Present:
What special skill has he developed with Nerf?
What is his role in the local NERF community?

Future:
How does Alex regard the future of his Nerf hobby?

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Want authentic material in your ESL lessons? It's all online, do less work, make better lessons! Wondering about social media and web technology for teaching? You'll be amazed, then you'll be a legend! Tired of standing at the photocopier? Jump the queue and print instead. Let's look at ways to engage language learners using social […] Read More

Social Interactive Teaching with the Internet

Want authentic material in your ESL lessons? It’s all online, do less work, make better lessons!

Wondering about social media and web technology for teaching? You’ll be amazed, then you’ll be a legend!

Tired of standing at the photocopier? Jump the queue and print instead.
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Determined to make Day 1 at our ESL school interesting and fun, I set aside our dull book and dreamt up an academic-style review of 2012's scientific achievements.  The very pleasant outcome: the higher you (a teacher) raise the bar, the more they (students) rise to the challenge. We shared newly-gained knowledge about our Denisovan […] Read More

Raising The Bar

Determined to make Day 1 at our ESL school interesting and fun, I set aside our dull book and dreamt up an academic-style review of 2012’s scientific achievements.  The very pleasant outcome: the higher you (a teacher) raise the bar, the more they (students) rise to the challenge.

We shared newly-gained knowledge about our Denisovan ancestors, the melting arctic ice, the adventurers James Cameron and Felix Baumgarten pushing the limits of the deepest sea to the threshold of space, and the long-awaited discovery of the Higgs bosun.

Watching bright learners stretch their wings with our very odd English language is its own special reward.

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When I started as an ESL teacher I really struggled in some areas.  So I put a lot of effort into understanding English grammar, and how best to teach it.  Some of this effort became teacher training professional development sessions which I delivered in Sydney in 2001 and later in Brisbane in about 2003.  Recently […] Read More

ESL Teacher PD – Infinitives and Gerunds

When I started as an ESL teacher I really struggled in some areas.  So I put a lot of effort into understanding English grammar, and how best to teach it.  Some of this effort became teacher training professional development sessions which I delivered in Sydney in 2001 and later in Brisbane in about 2003.  Recently I started classroom ESL teaching again here in Brisbane.  So, I have another opportunity to help my fellow ESL teachers find their way through some of the trickier aspects of language teaching.  These sessions will be posted here on my blog.

The first session is on teaching infinitives and gerunds on 16 Dec 2012 at Browns ELS in Brisbane.  Following sessions will cover articles (determiners), then prepositions, and then adjective order.  These areas have always proved difficult for both teachers and learners.

Note that an expanded and indexed version of this PD will appear later.  (80 minutes. First 45 minutes is background and explanation.  Last 35 minutes from Ch 26 is practical application and teaching examples.)
http://mjcsmith.net/media/tutorials/infinitives-and-gerunds/infinitives-and-gerunds.html

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