Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

SLTEP Pre-Service Event at METU

On October 17, I shared my experiences with my prospective colleagues. It was really nice to be there with them and see the gleam in their eyes!

You can find my presentation here: Riding a Flying Carpet in Teaching_ 

Reflection:

I spoke too much and I tried to share a lot in such a limited time. Thus, it was a bit boring, I guess. I should learn to manage time during those presentations 🙂 However, at the end of the presentation, a few people from my audience came and talked to me which made me so content.

A brand new experience 🙂

 

Posted in Useful activities

Some pronunciation tips ;)

As I am not a native speaker of English, I sometimes have difficulty in teaching pronunciation. In order to overcome that problem, I watch lots of TV series and videos to improve my pronunciation and fluency. I have improved my skills; however, I still don’t believe that I am good at teaching pronunciation to my students 😦 . Therefore, I always search for new suggestions to help me related to pronunciation. Last night, while I was checking busy teacher, I came across great tips for pronunciation. I immediately shared it with my students and then decided to share it here, too.

 

If you, as a teacher, a student, or just a language learner, have been experiencing the same problem, you had better check the link below 😉

http://busyteacher.org/21353-7-secret-pronunciation-rules.htmlurl

Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes

A conference announcement!

I met lots of new colleagues at an organization last weekend. One of them, Ray Wiggin, was from Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri. While I was checking my facebook  account, I realized that he just shared their conference announcement on Facebook. As far as I can see, the program is not certain yet. However, they are calling for papers. The theme of the conference is Blended Learning into Autonomy. If you are interested in participating in the event, you had better visit the web page below for further information. 🙂

http://events.agu.edu.tr/agusl15/#home

 

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Reflection: Getting the whole class talking activities

I had shared a poster on October 10 related to speaking activities and promised to share my experience with you. Now that I have time, I can do this 🙂  (https://pelinkucukk.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/getting-the-whole-class-talking/)

I used the second activity-the experts- in the poster last week. My students had a lot of fun thanks to it! I explained the process and then asked for volunteers. There were five volunteers! We arranged the class as if it was a TV show and they were guest speakers in my show. The rest of the students were the audience of the show 🙂 I took the experts outside for a few minutes so that we were going to decide their field of expertise with the audience. The audience chose a topic: Relationships. Then, I called the experts and others asked their questions. It was an enjoyable and easy activity to be used in class since the experts weren’t stressful. I asked my students’ opinions after finishing the activity and they said they enjoyed it and want to use it again the class! 🙂 After getting that positive feedback, I used the activity with another class and they said they loved the activity, too! So guys, I can suggest you to use it in your classes 🙂

 

 

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Using comics in the EFL classroom

While I was checking the latest webinars, I came across this webinar announcement. I have always thought of using comics in my classes but I haven’t come up with a creative idea and opportunity yet. That’s why, I am curious about the content and looking forward to learning more about the topic.

Comics are parts of students’ lives so using them in our classes may help us to motivate our students and make them participate in the lessons more willingly 🙂 The presenter says that he is going to share materials for all ages and levels which makes the webinar more beneficial. The webinar will be held on November 5, 2014.

All you need to do is:

1. Click on the link below.

2. Become a member (free)

3. Wait for the webinar time 🙂

From webinar description:

“Using comics in the EFL classroom is a terrific way to incorporate the target language in a fun, engaging way. This webinar will demonstrate the universality of comics for any language classroom, showing how multi-skill comic activities can be used with students of all ages and ability levels. Webinar participants will experience several materials they can use in their own classrooms: they will learn how to use comics as an effective, real-world formative assessment measure and as a springboard for vocabulary and grammar acquisition. ”

 

http://shapingenglish.ning.com/events/webinar-14-5-using-comics-in-the-efl-classroom-with-james-whiting

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Getting the whole class talking

I know it is Friday and nobody wants to hear anything related to work now but you can use these activities any time you wish. If you have free time in your class like 45-50 minutes, you can make use of these activities. The time depends on your students’ level and number so you can arrange the time for your own use.

Here is a poster for speaking activities in your classroom. There are three different activities and all of them can be fun to use in classroom environment. Since they require involvement of all students, nobody will get bored during them 🙂 I have just found this poster so haven’t experienced it yet. However, I believe everybody can get fun! I’m planning to use them as soon as possible and that means Monday. I’m looking forward to seeing my students’ reaction and feedback 🙂

The poster is prepared by http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk. You can use the link below to see and download the poster.

Poster

HAPPY FRIDAY