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Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary

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Effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive literacy framework. And, vocabulary plays an important role in the Common Core State Standards.

In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools must coexist alongside more traditional tools. Online tools, compared to their more traditional counterparts, provide a broader array of information about words and word meanings. In addition, some tools allow teachers to easily customize words so that students can practice, review, and play games with content or unit-specific words.

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Must-Have Posters for Computer Classroom

Must-Have Posters for Computer Classroom

On the 30th April 1986 for the first time Italy connected to the Internet. We want to celebrate this great event with a special gift for you and your students. Enjoy this special collection of tech rules mini-posters from WeareTeachers.com designed to keep kids on task in the classroom or computer room. Think before you print. Keep your password safe. Eyes on your own screen. These are the basic rules of tech etiquette and safety that your students need front and center. Download the whole series and post them together as a bulletin board or separately as reminders around the room!

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The Shakespeare App for Apple and Android

passport-logoShakespeare Pro is a free Shakespeare app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works). The Shakespeare App is brought to us by PlayShakespeare.com, which is a fantastic (and free) online resource for Shakespeare’s plays and other written works, and their expertise really shows through with this one, on everything from the interface and layout, straight down to the text and explanations. If you’re a student, professor, actor, or just plain love the Bard, this must-have app ensures you have the complete works at your fingertips.

Shakespeare Pro for Apple and Android is packed with impressive features:

You can customize your reading experience and choose from a variety of colour combinations, change the font family and size, display long or short character names. Read up on Shakespeare’s life, view data and chronology about his works, and an overview of scansion terminology. You can also bookmark your favourite parts, remember your favourites in addition to remembering the last page you viewed and even copy/paste that great line. Moreover you can enjoy a series of 20 short versions of Shakespeare’s plays aimed at a younger audience.

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The app also contains the Shakespeare Passport, your virtual ticket to events and exhibitions all over the world. Just show the passport on your device for great benefits at participating venues. More information at ShakespearePassport.com.

Download the Shakespeare Apps

It’s really easy and it’s free. You’ll need an Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Then just download any of these apps from iTunes or Google Play.

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Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers

Facebook can be an excellent resource for teachers of the English language! Did you know there are Facebook pages solely dedicated to English teachers? In this article, we list and review some of our favorite Facebook pages for English Teachers. To view and “like” these pages, click on the links provided. One tip before we start: Don’t just “like” these pages! Become an avid user and interact with others. Share posts, leave comments, and reply to comments left by others. Most of all, have fun! Facebook is a great way to meet and interact with an entirely new community of teachers from all over the world! 

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1. Teaching English – British Council

Teaching English – British Council is just one of the fabulous pages offered by the British Council to accompany their website Teaching English.  Teaching English – British Council regularly posts about resources and classroom skills, ELT events, and the British culture. This is a fantastic resource for all English teachers, especially those who teach British English.

2. Grammarly

Grammarly is a great tool for any educator! This page accompanies www.Grammarly.com, a tool used for proofreading writing and checking for plagiarism. “Like” this page for fun grammar tips and lively discussions!

3. Teaching Resources

The Teaching Resources Facebook page was created by retired teacher, Laura Candler, to share advice and ready-to-use classroom resources. It accompanies her fantastic website and blog. Laura’s resources are useful for all types of teachers!  Make sure you “like” Laura’s page for teaching tips, advice from other teachers, and amazing free resources from Laura’s ever-growing collection! Topics include Literature Circles, Learning Centers, Classroom Management, and academic subject areas such as math, literacy, science, and social studies.

4. Real English

Michale Marzio, a Real English team leader, moderates the Real EnglishFacebook page. This fabulous page is for students and teachers of the English language. It accompanies the resourceful website of the same name. Fans of Real English will enjoy the variety of resources provided on this page! There, you will find tips, exercises, advice, lessons, and information for English teachers and students!

5. Rachel’s English

If you need pronunciation videos for American English, Rachel’s English is your one-stop shop! Rachel is an experienced ESL teacher who creates and shares excellent how-to videos covering various topics in American English pronunciation. She has posted tons of free videos for her fans! These videos are super helpful and easy to understand! You can easily share the videos in your classroom or watch them yourself to better understand how to help your students improve their accent and pronunciation.

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