April 27, 2012

The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday!
I recently received this message from a fellow teacher/blogger Miss L. over at Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching Blog,  and thought I would share this resource with you!

Miss L. shared:
 Hi Lori, I found a list of online resources compiled by Larry Ferlazzo called, "The Best Listening Sites for English Language Learners (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/05/28/the-best-listening-sites-for-english-language-learners/)". I have been following your blog and thought maybe some of these resources might be of interest to you if you haven't checked them out already. Best wishes!

Here is the link!

thanks again Miss L.


The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners

Happy Teaching!






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April 26, 2012

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April 24, 2012

Collocations - Verbs and expressions with prepositions


Hi everyone!
Are your ready for more information on collocations?

Remember a COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.









EnglishClub.com has given us some great examples of Verbs and Expressions with prepositions:
verb + expression with preposition
  • We had to return home because we had run out of money.
  • At first her eyes filled with horror, and then she burst into tears.
  • Their behaviour was enough to drive anybody to crime.

 Check out

Grammar-Quizzes.com

 PRACTICE ON POINTS OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR

for an extensive list


Happy Teaching!

April 23, 2012

Math Blog

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I recently started a Math Blog
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Happy Teaching!

Lori

April 22, 2012

What are you reading?

Hi everyone,
I need a new professional book.  What are you reading?

Happy Teaching! Lori

April 21, 2012

Collocations - Adverbs and Adjectives

Hi everyone,
Are your ready for more information on collocations?

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collocation), There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a....of....),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs.

Remember a COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

I was reading more about collocations over at John's ESL Community Blog
and really appreciated how he reminded us that,

"Every language has certain words that go together. These words are called collocations. Collocation is another way of saying word partners. For example, in English we would say tell the truth NOT say the truth. There are many collocations is English. Here are a few more examples.
made a mistake: The student made a mistake on his test. (not did a mistake)
running late: The buses are running late, today. (not running lately)
commit a crime: Thiefs are always ready to commit a crime. (not do a crime)
Collocations in English are made by joining verbs with nouns, adjectives with nouns and adverbs with adjectives, verbs and adjectives with prepositions, and prepositions with nouns. Phrasal verbs can also be thought of as collocations."





Adverb/adjective collocations include:
totally awesome
painfully shy
downright dangerous
eerily silent
fiercely competitive

Here is a link to a fun website:
It's My Life
they have a great list of adverb/adjective collocations.

Isn't it fun to teach?

Happy Teaching!

April 18, 2012

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April 16, 2012

Collocations - Adjectives and Nouns

Hi everyone,
Are your ready for more information on collocations?

Remember a COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collocation), There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a....of....),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs.

wide grin
Here is a great list of  Collocations - Adjectives and Nouns
regular exercise
wide grin                               
long journey
maiden voyage
heavy meal
strong feelings
excruciating pain

Click here to go to Quizlett's flash cards for Collocations - Adjectives and Nouns


What kind of song can you make with them.  Share your songs with us!

Happy Teaching!

April 14, 2012

Whoa! Phrasal-prepositional verbs..they're not so hard :)

Hi everyone!
Here is more on phrasal verbs.Remember there are 3 types of multi-word verbs:  phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs.


Let's look at phrasal-prepositional verbs.  In a nut shell, phrasal-prepositional verbs are made from a verb, adverb and a preposition.   and must have a direct object.  Prepositional verbs can not be separated. Phrasal-prepositional verbs end with a preposition and can take a direct object.  Like prepositional verbs these verbs cannot be separated!

Here are some common Phrasal-prepositional Verbs:
Look up to
Look forward to
Hand over to
Get out of
Get back to
Come out of
Put up with
Ran out of



Happy Teaching! Lori

April 13, 2012

Prepositions ~ ESL ELD Grammar Unit

Up, down, and all around: prepositions are everywhere. This ESL ELD preposition grammar unit has everything you need to teach your students to use prepositions to describe location at every language level.

Hi everyone,
I just posted Prepositions ~ ESL ELD Grammar Unit to Teachers Pay Teachers and wanted to announce it here.
 
Prepositions ~ Describing Location is a 62-page grammar, ESL ELD unit and includes:
  • 32 preposition picture cards
  • game boards
  • game cards
  • Say it Quick sheets
  • a word wall card for each preposition
  • song/chant
...and more.

In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your ESL ELD students learn through hands-on experiences. No more searching for picture cards, prompts or responses.

These plans are ready to work for you.
Picture Cards
 
Picture Cards


Word Wall
Picture Cards


 



Happy Teaching! Lori

April 12, 2012

Fun With Collocations - nouns and nouns

Hi everyone,
I wrote a fun song on collocations ~ words that go together in a certain order.  I started looking into collocations and found out  what a complicated part of English these can be.  I am going to post a series that looks at these collocations from my understanding.  This is a learning experience, so jump on in with your knowledge.  Thanks and happy teaching (and learning).


A COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collocation), There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a....of....),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs. 

Here is a fun song to practice noun and noun collocations:


What are some of your favorite collocations?

Happy Teaching!

April 10, 2012

Prepositional Verbs with GO

Hi everyone!
I wanted to continue my look into phrasal verbs.  This is such a tricky area of English for my intermediate and early advanced language learners.   I wanted to learn more about them and share what I discovered.  I found out that there are 3 types of multi-word verbs:  phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs.


In a nut shell, prepositional verbs are made from a verb and a preposition and must have a direct object.  Prepositional verbs can not be separated.  You cannot break up the prepositional phrase...just go through the door and turn left...NOT...just go the door through and turn left.


Here are some common Prepositional Verbs with Go:
Go up
Go up against
go with
go without
go out
go over
go through
go under
go in for
go in with
go off
go on
go along
go along with




 
Happy Teaching!

April 6, 2012

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THINGS THAT GO focuses on the grammatical forms necessary to describe and to compare/contrast. This set contains 5 reproducible units one at each level of language instruction: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each unit has approximately 51 pages.
This unit includes:
-Picture cards
-Picture cards with words
-Say It Quick picture sheets
-Sliders
-Game boards and game cards
-Grammatical forms to go with each lesson.
-Word lists for topic vocabulary, nouns, verbs, idioms, and more
-Lesson plans that connect grammatical forms to two language functions
-Songs and Chants
-Assessment rubric
-Student booklets



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Happy Teaching! Lori

April 2, 2012

Teaching Idioms

Hello everyone!

This is a picture of an interactive idiom board  for the whole school to participate in.




Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Lori_Wolfe]Lori Wolfe

This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills. This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with. I wanted a way to involve my school in language development and used this idea. Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!

Materials:

4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Computer/word processor
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Construction paper
Glue
Scissors/paper cutter
String
Tacks

Step 1:

Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice as a background. Use a contrasting borders that complements the color you chose.

Step 2:

Choose a theme for the idioms you will use. Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.

Step 3:

Choose 4 idioms. Take care in choosing the idioms. Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning. An example of this is "it's raining cats and dogs". The word "raining" is a clue to the meaning. Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, "you're pulling my leg" which doesn't give the learner any clues to the meaning. Choose which language level you want the students to work with.

Step 4:

Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means. Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for "idiom images".

Step 5:

Type up and print the idioms. Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper. Cut to size.

Step 6:

Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words "say" at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.

Place the text under each picture.

At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms "mean" in random order.

Step 7:

Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom. Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn so children can attach the yarn to the correct meaning.

Step 8:

Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.

You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning! Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!

Lori Wolfe is an ESL - ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon. Lori is also an author, ESL workshop presenter, and blogger. Her company, Fun To Teach produces innovative curriculum for ELD, ESL, grammar, Math, Reading, and more. Go to http://goo.gl/OXVOG or stop by the Fun To Teach Blog for ESL ELD teachers: [http://esleld.blogspot.com]http://esleld.blogspot.com.

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Happy Teaching! Lori

April 1, 2012

Happy April First!

Hi everyone,
Aren't we all glad that April 1st isn't a school day!






Happy Teaching! Lori