Why English is such a great language for puns


Fun reading for fun activities in classes:  https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21726054-gamers-now-even-take-part-world-champunships-why-english-such-great-language

2 Things You’re (Probably) Doing That Make You Sound Unnatural in English


Do you know what they are?  If not, read on:   http://www.clarkandmiller.com/2-things-that-make-you-sound-unnatural-in-english/

English Pronunciation Trip-Ups


Read Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes Heard in Oral Exams at http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=5903 

Research on Language Speech Production



,,,neuroscientists have now identified a predictive textlike brain mechanism that helps us to anticipate what is coming next when we hear someone speaking. The findings, publishedthis week in PLoS Biology, advance our understanding of how the brain processes speech. They also provide clues about how language evolved, and could even lead to new ways of diagnosing a variety of neurological conditions more accurately.

Read more in The Brain Has Its Own “Autofill” Function for Speech at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-brain-has-its-own-ldquo-autofill-rdquo-function-for-speech/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_MB_NEWS

to learn about this interesting mechanism.  I would like to know how it works for non-native speakers.

English Writing and Speaking Cheat Sheet


From English Fluency



Listening and Speaking


Tuesday’s Tips (Education Connections)

Erik Halvorson

Education Connections

How do you mix up your lessons and units to make sure all students have the opportunity to practice active listening and speaking?

For EL students, speaking and listening in group activities can be challenging, since other more confident students often monopolize active speaking time and contributions to the group. During lesson planning, it’s important to consider how you can provide safe spaces for all to share ideas and contribute to lessons. Luckily, there are already many effective techniques that you can use in your lessons to better enable all students to refine their listening, speaking, and group work skills. A wonderful example is the “Save the Last Word for Me” activity, which balances students’ contributions in group work by encouraging them to actively listen and contribute, giving them the opportunity to think aloud, respond, and interact with ideas. “Save the Last Word for Me” can be used across all grade levels and English skill levels, and can be adapted to work with text, images, or even film and audio samples.

For a closer look at “Save the Last Word for Me,” plus some thoughts on using it in your classroom, visit the activity outline from Facing History.

ELT: Activity to Learn Telephone Number Pronunciation


Check it out here: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/telephone-number-pronunciation?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bc-teachingenglish


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