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Use Text Analysis Tools to enhance your lessons

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There are many excellent websites out there now that use corpora to help you and your students analyse texts and words and learn more about their usage, form and meaning. We have written a user-friendly guide to the four most....[view full post or comment]
 

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Latest Evening Classes News

Say hi to the summer school students!

Before the start of the summer school, we're going to be giving students access to a special website called Online Academic English, a place where students can access some practice materials, ask questions in a forum and introduce themselves. To help them introduce themselves, we've created a virtual noticeboard on which tutors and students can upload a picture of themselves and write a short profile. At the moment there are only tutors on the board as we haven't sent out details of the site to students, but will be doing so in the next few days.

If you are teaching on the summer school, it would be great if you could add your picture and write a few sentences about yourself. All you need to do is go to the link below, double click on anywhere that isn't a profile and you'll be given the option to write something and add a picture. When you finish this will then be added to the page.

http://padlet.com/eltc_tel/academic_English_introductions

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Easter Training Day

Following the success of the Christmas vacation training day, we're going to repeat the formula on the final Friday of the Easter vacation and hopefully send you buzzing away into Term 3 with lots of coffee new ideas to try.[...view full post or leave a comment]

Why not have a good read?

If you scroll down the page, you'll notice we've added a Good Reads section with a couple of shortish articles on EFL/EAP theory or practice. Some of these are blog posts, others more academic articles, we'll try to find decent[...view full post or leave a comment]

Interactive Afternoon

On Wednesday, 24th February there will be three tech TD sessions aimed at showing and trying out some easy-to-use tools that can make your classroom more interactive. David and Nick will be leading the sessions, but Anastasios will also be[...view full post or leave a comment]

Oxford Words Blog

If you're looking for a site that provides students with quirky, interesting facts about English, try the Oxford Words Blog http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/. It's updated regularly and often reflects what's in the news. Recent posts have included words that come from people's[...view full post or leave a comment]

 

Good Reads

Teaching 'with an attitude': critical discourse analysis in EFL

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Recommended by Anastasios Asimakopoulos and - in his words - 'not as heavy as it appears', an excellent article exploring the role between language and social influence and what that might mean for our teaching. You can access it here, though you'll need to be signed into your Sheffield account to make sure you can open and view it.

Comparison of the effectiveness of dictionaries versus online corpora

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This article by Charles Mueller and Natalie Jacobson looks at whether students benefit more from using dictionaries or online corpora. Interesting read with some interesting conclusions, you can download it from here.
 
 

Featured Websites

Grammar Flip

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Grammar Flip is a website to help you 'flip' the classroom, by that we mean providing engaging and interactive content outside the classroom so you can focus more on helping the students inside. This website focusses specifically on grammar.

TESOL Academic

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TESOL Academic is an excellent website from Huw Jarvis linking TESOL theory and practice through recorded lectures and links to research papers. Highly recommended.