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English Online Teacher Newsletter
February 2014

 

Dear EAL Professionals,

 

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With the first signs of winter giving in, we send you our warmest greetings.
Time goes by as we are summarizing results of REALIZE 2014. English Online's First National Online Conference that took place on Friday, January 24, 2014 was well received by the ESL community. We thank our wonderful presenters, resourceful moderators and enthusiastic participants for making this event a success.

Post-conference updates:
  • Read more about excitement and challenges of the Conference in our blog.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to those participants who sent us their requests during the upcoming week.
  • The Conference Archive will be published on our website at the end of February. It will include sessions recordings and presentation slides.
  • If you have not completed Participant Feedback Survey yet, please do so here. Your feedback will help us improve the conference experience.

Once again, thank you for your active participation. If you have any questions, please contact Yuliana Bagan at  ybagan@myenglishonline.ca or Natalia Aleko at naleko@myenglishonline.ca . 

Upcoming Events
  • English Online Webinar
    • Current Approaches to Teaching Pronunciation. (March 1, 10:00 am CST) Our investigation of current techniques in teaching pronunciation continues with field experts Judy Thompson and Ron Thomson. Click here to learn more. 
  • British Council Webinar
    • Ingredients for Successful CLIL. (March 6, 10:00 am GMT) In this webinar Keith Kelly will be sharing his ideas on implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning. Click here to learn more.

Pronunciation: 
New and Proven Techniques

Closely interconnected with Speaking, Pronunciation is a major component in learner's proficiency of the language. Much been said on this topic, it remains a challenge for both ESL instructors and their students. We continue our exploration of practical resources for learning and practicing Pronunciation with your students.
  • Jazz Chants - to teach melody and rhythm of English in an engaging and energizing way, you can use Jazz Chants. Originally developed by Carolyn Graham, these easy-to-make and fun-to-use songs can add some fresh notes to any English lesson. The main advantage is that instructors don't have to search for a particular song to practice certain phrases, but create one instead using real life language.
  • Using Drama for teaching Pronunciation proves to be helpful in acquiring native-like intonation and gaining better control over learners' articulation and speech flow.
  • Involving all senses in learning Pronunciation helps to address different learner types. This blog post on 11 Quick Multisensory Techniques shows how to use auditory, visual, tactile and kinaesthetic activities for sounds and intonation practice.

 

Farewell to Winter!

 

English Online Team 


                                                       
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