Tweet from United Nations (@UN)

United Nations (@UN) tweeted at 6:00 AM on Thu, Feb 21, 2013:
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Using a genre approach for writing

For several years I have used a genre approach to teaching writing, and have spoken about it at conferences and in in-house training sessions. Here is an article which explains how to use this approach, which I think is very interesting:

Using a genre approach for writing.

The chicken nugget experiment- a free downloadable lesson | elt-resourceful

Given the horsemeat scandal which is flying around Europe at the moment, here is a very topical downloadable lesson.

Why Can’t We All Just Interact? 4 Practical Tips for Encouraging a Quiet Class to Speak

Here is a very useful article which addresses a difficult classroom situation and gives us a series of strategies to resolve it. Sometimes it can be very hard to get students, especially adolescents, to participate in speaking activities. In this article we are given concrete approaches to motivate our students to speak. I hope you find it useful.



I know it’s a little late for this year, but I thought I’d post this for anyone who wants to use it in the future. I taught the lesson to Upper Intermediate students, and it took about one hour 45 minutes.

Start off by eliciting the prepositions you need to describe a photo: at the bottom, at the top, in the middle, on the left, on the right, in the (top-left…) corner.

Put students in pairs. Give each student in the pair one of the two photos below. One student describes, the other draws. Afterwards, they compare the drawing and the original picture and try to decide what is going on, and what connects the two pictures.

(You can download it by clicking ‘slideshare’ and logging in – it’s free to create an account, and you can link via facebook if you want to.)

Put these questions on the board:

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Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog – Vocabulary Practice with EasyDefine

Here’s an interesting idea to help your students to study vocabulary: