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  • [S]Tech Tools for Busy Teachers
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    By Deborah Healey & Robert Elliott | 26 May 2011
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar will demonstrate some easy-to-use tools, both on the Internet and in Microsoft Word, that can make teachers' lives a bit easier. Participants will have access to a Web site after the event that gives links to the tools, to some help in using the tools, and to related background information.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Teaching Large Heterogeneous Classes in ELT Contexts
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    By Penny Ur | 05 May 2011
    Resource Description: What is a large class? What is a heterogeneous class?  What are the problems we encounter when we have to teach classes that are both large and heterogeneous? In this talk I will begin by attempting to define what is meant by ‘large’ and ‘heterogeneous’, and then go on to list some of the main problems – but also the advantages! – that we encounter when trying to teach them. 

    As with many educational problems, there are no easy solutions.  I shall be proposing and discussing a series of practical teaching principles, illustrated by practical procedures, that involve very little (or no) extra preparation, that can make our job teaching large heterogeneous classes easier, and that go some way towards providing opportunities for effective learning
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Oral Language and Vocabulary Instruction in Language Learning
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    By Dorothy Kauffman | 10 Nov 2010
    Resource Description: This seminar begins by addressing the role of oral language and vocabulary development in K-12 students’ school success. Next, it defines academic language and provides examples from the disciplines of math, science, and social studies. It then explores a number of effective and practical ways to teach academic language and the vocabulary of the content areas. It also considers some characteristics of effective instruction and promising practices for promoting academic language and vocabulary learning. The seminar concludes with a discussion of some formal and informal ways to assess students’ academic oral language use and vocabulary knowledge.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]A Multitude of Opportunities for Language Development
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    By Jayme Adelson-Goldstein & Sylvia Ramirez | 27 Oct 2010
    Resource Description: The number of multilevel classrooms is growing as many programs consolidate ESOL classes to cut expenses, and other programs find themselves hard pressed to meet the burgeoning needs of their ESOL communities. The multilevel environment, with its diverse community of learners, is a rich resource for teachers and learners alike--as well as a realistic representation of the diversity encountered outside the classroom. Despite its benefits, however, the multilevel classroom presents a daunting set of instructional challenges. How can one instructor teach to (and find materials for) so many different needs? How can learners with varied skill levels work together toward common learning goals? How can these learners’ progress be assessed?
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars