Monday, 24 May 2010

Evaluative Language

Here are some words that are used during Assessment to describe Evaluative Language. I've used Wordle to create the word clouds which may be useful when undertaking Self Assessment Reports in FE colleges.

Grade 1 - Evaluative Language

Wordle: Grade 1 Evaluative language
Grade 2 - Evaluative Language
Wordle: Grade 2 - Evaluative Language
Grade 3 - Evaluative Language
Wordle: Grade 3 - Evaluative Language
Grade 4 - Evaluative Language
Wordle: Grade 4 - Evaluative Language

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Videos with classroom material

I just saw a post on asking about teaching and learning in the movies.

I've got a number of favourites on my YouTube page -

Here are the best ones related to classroom interactions

The first is a classic from "Teacher Education Series" (1947)
How To Maintain Classroom Discipline - Good And Bad Methods Training Educational Video

The second is from a British comedian called Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate Show: Lauren - French exam - The Catherine Tate Show - BBC comedy

The third is from an American TV series that was very popular in the UK - Beware strong language and drug references!
THE WIRE - Mr. Prezbo teaches Michael & Kareem how to gamble

I've also consulted WikiAnswers and got this list -

school of rock and it's old, but kindergarten cop
Here is a list of ones that I know off the top of my head (including school related scenes and topics)...
"Stand and Deliver", "Lean on Me", "Finding Forrester", "Patch Adams", "The Man Without a Face", "The Great Debaters", "Mona Lisa Smile", "Dead Poets Society", "School of Life", "The Trouble With Angels", "Anne Frank", "Making the Grade", "Pay It Forward", "Freedom Writers", "All I Want", "School Ties", "Mr. Holland's Opus", "A Beautiful Mind", "Simon Birch"
All of them very good movies too!
Oh yeah here are a bunch of others...after looking through my DVD collection...These ones have scenes with school or may be based on school...
"American Beauty", "Andre", "Bridge to Terabithia", "Bring It On", "Casper", "A Cinderella Story", "Clueless", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Dazed and Confused", "Disturbia", "Freaky Friday", "Harry Potter", "Ice Princess", "John Tucker Must Die", "Legally Blonde", "Man of the House", "Mean Girls", "Matilda", "My Girl", "Napoleon Dynamite", "Never Been Kissed", "October Sky", "Remember the Titans", "Scream", "She's the Man", "Sydney White", "10 Things I Hate About You", "The Virgin Suicides", "A Walk to Remember" And I'm sure countless others...

This would have been really hard to put into 140 characters!!

Would be good to get some others so please leave a comment and I can add it to the Wiki later :o)


Monday, 17 May 2010

Online activities for ESOL students

Here's a few of my favourite sites that I direct my ESOL students to when I'm having tutorials or needing to preprare smaller numbers for resit exams. I am fortunate enough to have access to an open access area where I can book computers. I also published this list on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) at work.
Please feel free to copy and paste this list if you think it will be useful for your students.

Item ESOLUK website - learning English online
Use this website to watch videos, access worksheets and online activities, chat and blog.
Item - website
Use this website to access games and activities to practice your English online.
Fantastic website with free interactive games and worksheets for all levels.
Item BBC website - learn English
Use this website to read about grammar and spelling rules. You can also find fun activities and games to play in your free time!
Item English Grammar Lessons
Learn Grammar rules and do online activities to practice what you learn in class.
Another website for practicing your English grammar, spelling and vocabulary
Item University of Victoria, Canada - Study Zone
Follow this link for more online exercises
Item Interactive quizzes and games for practicing your English
Lots of low level activities here!
Item Online grammar quizzes from
Another good website for grammar quizzes.
Item English Learner website
More activities for practicing your language skills

Let me know which sites you think are best and also if you know any other great sites!
The only problem I have with some sites is the inappropriate advertising - please view before you share with your students!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

My first day at school - Roger McGough - Lesson evaluation

This lesson was a definite success! Thanks again to Mike Harrison for the initial idea and the lesson plan.
I used it with a High Entry 2 ESOL class who are mostly 16-18 year olds. They were able to remember their first days at school because they are so young! There were also some interesting anecdotes about corporal punishment and the lack of respect that young people show to teachers in British schools.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

10 Blogs worth keeping an eye on

I've been feeling rather good about the world of Blogging today. The picture above is part of the reason why; I knew nothing about this until this morning.

Monday, 10 May 2010

No more heavy bags and autonomous homework

Sometime last academic year I got really fed up with carrying around a bag full of surplus paper that I seemed to have accumulated. I thought for a moment about why this was happening. It certainly wasn't doing my back any good.

Sunday, 9 May 2010 - don't delay, visit today

Inspiration - ESOLUK This is an educational website for those wanting to develop their English language and learn about different subject specific topics. For tutors by tutors is the aim of ESOL UK, to bring you language learning mediated by video, audio and the internet; the internet for independent learner access but with conventional worksheets for classroom use as well. These materials are suitable for both language and literacy learners.
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