HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

1st April

1st April

 

 April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day (alternatively April Fool’s Day, sometimes All Fools’ Day) is celebrated on 1 April every year. 1 April is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated in various countries as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxeson each other called April fools.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A poster to colour in class

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 http://www.classroomjr.com/april-fools-day-worksheets-for-kids/april-fools-history-reading/

Videos for innocent joke ideas

Photographs  are from Google images

A SILVER BALL IN ELT CLASSES

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Working with a ball in ELT Classes

 

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My handmade silver ball for teaching in ELT!

A combination of Art & Craft and ELT Teaching 
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My new handmade silver ball is ready to present and practise in little hands at my CELTA YL Extension TP2.  
I have just finished it with the help of my little helper Christina Dakos Syntichakis
It is obvious after so much Art & Craft work we had together in her childhood she will be better than me… in creativity. She has started designing jewellery since her 8.

 

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My students even my collegues in conferences always loved working with my handmade balls! It is a perfect teaching aid for kinaesthetic learnes, especially for young learners who are almost all of them very kinaesthetic in nature because of their age…

 

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 I use this Silver Ball  in my classes of all ages for many purposes. I even use it in my conferences for sharing ideas, answering questions or brainstorm a subject etc.  I have also used it in white colour as the egg of the Monarch Butterfly in A CLIL Workshop, also in Storytelling.  

It can be used for many purposes. I will briefly mention a few. 

  • For icebreakers
  • For introducing yourself
  • For knowing each other
  • For practising and recycling vocabulary
  • For drilling sentences
  • For nominating students
  • For nominating open pairs
  • In storytelling as a turn showing tool when ss create or paraphrase a story 
  • In storytelling like “The Frog Prince” as a real ball 
  • As an aid for classroom management
  • …………

 

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Where and how do/would you use it?

Would you like to share any ideas/techniques?

Thanks for visiting

Evridiki :)

 

The Frog Prince

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VALENTINE’S DAY – 2014 – IDEAS FOR ELT CLASSES

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I have started lessons about Valentine’s Day!
“A GREAT OPPORTUNITY to bring LIFE into classes.”
Lots of vocabulary to learn and recycle and many interesting and entertaining activities, lovely songs and movies!

Roses are red 02 Evridiki Dakos

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LOVE SONGS TO TEACH IN ELT CLASSES

Depending on the age and the country you teach

 Andy Williams Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) Lyrics

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jEaIDqHl74

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CélineDion – My Heart Will Go On

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNIPqafd4As

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Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU

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The Godfather – Andy Williams – Speak Softly Love, with lyrics  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82zt5Fk5YTc

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Barbra Streisand – Woman in Love 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P5UvGWSN1s

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Righteous Brothers – UNCHAINED MELODY – GHOST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoEwR9_Sy_M

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ANDY WILLIAMS – AUTUMN LEAVES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHF8CX3i4SY

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Killing Me Softly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAiUHV_Fs0k

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Killing Me Softly with his song lyrics By Sarah 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFYWMCKGj84

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Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ2t5e7stVM

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Roses are red Evridiki Dakos

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My Valentine’s Day Album on Facebook.
Just click here

Posters, Songs, Movies, Teaching ideas, friends’ comments

ART & CRAFTS FOR PARENTS

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Love Story – Originally sung by Andy Williams

(with Lyrics)

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THE POST WILL BE UPDATED (ENRICHED) TILL VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

 
 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS-HAPPY NEW YEAR – ACTIVITY FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

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I wish you all,

Merry Christmas

and

a Happy New Year

with one of my teaching materials.

Please, feel free to use it in your classes, if you like it!

Evridiki

A Listening Activity through colouring

A Listening Activity through colouring

 

The answer key of the listening activity

The answer key of the listening activity

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Feliz Navidad By Boney M!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqpi-e_iLcQ

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The Little Book of “Jingle Bells” with Activities on Rhyming Words

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF JINGLE BELLS CAROL

 

Jingle Bells

 

 JINGLE BELLS

Vocabulary Activities on “Rhyming Words” and “Some Vowel Sounds”

By

©EVRIDIKI DAKOS


Here you will find the worksheets I have prepared for my students of Zografyon High School,

 

  • the Christmas Carol “Jingle Bells” – lyrics
  • a worksheet for Vocabulary – specifically prepared for the rhyming words
  • a matching activity with its answer key
  • a spelling activity with its answer key
  • a gap-filling activity of the carol  for two different levels-Elementary and Pre-intermediate including its answer key
  • an activity on rhyming words prompting to write tongue twisters including its answer key
  • and two activities of vowel sounds (from the rhyming words) at two different levels- Elementary and Pre-intermediate
  • the Christmas Carol “Jingle Bells”  Video from Youtube

 

Please feel free to use them in you classes if you wish

All pictures are from Google images though materials designed by me.

I would appreciate some feedback after your lessons.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Evridiki

 

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Please click on the images below for actual size

 

Jingle Bells – Youtube

 

An ELT Storytelling Evening at Taksim – Istanbul

 POLISH UP YOUR WORLD OF FANTASY

&

YOUR SKILLS FOR

STORYTELLING

CLASSES

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An enjoyable and inspiring
ELT Teacher Training Workshop
of 

Storytelling
suitable
for  all ages

Friday, 19th October, 2012
18.00 – 20.30
Taksim- Istanbul
50 TL  

Deadline: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

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The workshop will cover :

  • The theory behind storytelling and its importance in ELT classes

  • The world of fantasy

  • A variety of techniques of how to exploit a story and deliver it in an effective way

  • Ways of improving productive and receptive skills of students during storytelling

  • A variety of ideas of material preparation

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Price includes:

  • snacks and soft drinks

  • certificate of attendance

  • all the materials used during the session

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Registration has already started.

Please, make sure of your places by payment, till Wednesday, 17th October.

For registration and payment details please write to [email protected]

Evridiki Dakos
EFL Author – EFL Teacher Trainer

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English Jokes For ELT Classes

Don’t in short.

 

Dear friends,

I have prepared a page of jokes I found on internet. They are suitable for ELT classes and many of them make us rethink about the language use  and grammar, and the power of the language itself! I find them very useful as good motivators inside and outside the class. They are very practical as they are short and clear.

I have also prepared some posters of them. You can have the actual size by clicking on each poster.

 

They can be used as

  • ice-breakers
  • warmers
  • lead in activities
  • stirring up activities
  • fillers
  • coolers
  • classroom management aids
  • supplement in lessons suitable with its grammar or vocabulary
  • little prizes (written on colourful small papers)
  • short role play activities
  • a model for students to try writing their own jokes
  • aids for the end of the school performance
  • …………………
  • …………………

 

I will appreciate your feedback, here, on my blog, so we can start a conversation which will not disappear by the course of time as it happens in the social networks  when I share my blog posts! Here our sharing; comments, ideas or questions will be recorded for future use and future visitors too!  Blogs are like e-books. Why not record our sharing and write our common e-book?!

Hope you enjoy them in your classes.

Evridiki

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    English Jokes For ELT Classes

Dad, can you write in the dark?”
“I think so. What is it you want me to write?”
“Your name on this report card.”

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TEACHER: Where is your pencil, Harmon?
PUPIL: I ain’t got none.
TEACHER: How many times have I told you not to say that, Harmon? Now listen: I do not have a pencil. You do not have a pencil. They do not have a pencil. Now, do you understand?
PUPIL: Not really. What happened to all the pencils?

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TEACHER: Herman, name two pronouns.
PUPIL: Who, me?
TEACHER: Correct!

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TEACHER (to the class): Can anyone tell me the imperative of the verb “to go?” (No reply.)
TEACHER: Go, class, go!
CLASS: Thanks! See you tomorrow!

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PUPIL: I ain’t going.
TEACHER: That is not correct. Listen: I am not going. We are not going. You are not going. They are not going. Now do you understand?
PUPIL: Sure, teacher. Nobody ain’t going.

 

Ideas like diamonds

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TEACHER : Fred, your ideas are like diamonds.
FRED: You mean they’re so valuable?
TEACHER: No, I mean they’re so rare.

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TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
PUPIL: I is . . . .
TEACHER: No, Ellen. Always say “I am.”
PUPIL: All right. “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”

 

Beans

 

The teacher asked for sentences using the word “beans.”
“My father grows beans,” said a girl.
“My mother cooks beans,” said a boy.
Then a third child spoke up, “We’re all human beans,” he said.

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TEACHER: How many letters are there in the alphabet?
PUPIL: Eleven.
TEACHER: Eleven!
PUPIL: T H E A L P H A B E T = 11 !

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TEACHER: What does “coincidence” mean?
PUPIL: Funny, I was just going to ask you that.

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TEACHER: Your poem is the worst in the class. It’s not only ungrammatical, it’s rude and in bad taste. I’m going to send your father a note about it.
PUPIL: I don’t think that would help, teacher. He wrote it.

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TEACHER: Rudolph, describe a synonym.
PUPIL: A word you use when you can’t spell the other word.

 

Subordinate Clauses

 

TEACHER: What are subordinate clauses?
PUPIL: Santa’s helpers.

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How is an English teacher like a judge?
They both hand out sentences.

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Mrs. Johnson asked the class to write a composition about what they would do if they had a million dollars. Everyone except Fannie began to write. Fannie twiddled her thumbs and looked out the window.
When Mrs. Johnson collected the papers, Fannie’s sheet was blank. “Fannie,” said Mrs. Johnson, “everyone has written two pages or more, but you’ve done nothing. Why is that?”

“Nothing is what I’d do,” replied Fannie, “if I had a million dollars.”

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TEACHER: Wade, give me an example of a double negative.
WADE: I don’t know none.
TEACHER: Excellent!


 

Autobiography

What is an autobiography?
A car’s life story.

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TEACHER: Will you two please stop passing notes!
PUPIL: We’re not passing notes. We’re playing cards.

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TEACHER: For your homework, I asked you to spell “tomorrow” and you spelled “today. “
PUPIL: That’s because I did my homework yesterday.

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TEACHER: Can you spell “banana”?
PUPIL: Banana. B A N A N A N A N . . . . I can spell it, all right I just don’t know
where to stop.


 

The spelling of caterpillar

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TEACHER: Can you spell “caterpillar?”
PUPIL: How long do I have?
TEACHER: Why?
PUPIL: I want to wait until he changes into a butterfly. I can spell that.

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TEACHER: Use the word “hyphenated” in a sentence.
PUPIL: There used to be just a space between these two words but there ain’t no
more because the hyphen ate it.

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TEACHER: What do two negatives make?
PUPIL: A double exposure.

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TEACHER: Can you tell me one word that contains all six vowels?
PUPIL: Unquestionably.

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TEACHER: What happened when the English class started writing poetry?
PUPIL: Things went from bad to verse.

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TEACHER: What part of English are boxers best at?
PUPIL: Punch-uation.

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TEACHER: How often do English teachers talk about grammar?
PUPIL: Noun then.

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TEACHER: What is the most mathematical part of speech?
PUPIL: The add verb.

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TEACHER : I want you to tell me the longest sentence you can think of
Pupil : Life imprisonment !

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TEACHER : Name four members of the cat family
Pupil : Daddy cat, mummy cat and two kittens !

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TEACHER : What is further away, Australia or the Moon ?
Pupil : Australia, you can see the Moon at night !

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TEACHER : Ravi, can you find me Australia on the map please ?
Pupil :There it is
TEACHER : Now, Ravi, who discovered Australia ?
Pupil : I did !

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TEACHER :What kind of birds do you find in captivity?
Pupil : Jailbirds !

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TEACHER : What is the plural of mouse ?
Pupil :Mice
TEACHER : Good, now what’s the plural of baby ?
Pupil : Twins !

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TEACHER : What’s the longest word in the English language ?
Pupil : Smiles – because there is a mile between the first and last letters !

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TEACHER :: I despair, Ravi, how do you manage to get so many things wrong in a day ?
Pupil : Because I always get here early sir !

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TEACHER : What do we do with crude oil ?
Pupil : Teach it some manners !

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TEACHER : What is an island ?
Pupil : A piece of land surrounded by water except on one side.
TEACHER :On one side ?
Pupil : Yes, on top !

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TEACHER :Give me three reasons why the world is round
Pupil : Well my dad says so, my mum says so and you say so !

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TEACHER : What shape is the world in?
Pupil : Rotten !

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TEACHER : Why does you geography exam have a big zero over it.
Pupil : It’s not a zero, the teacher ran out of stars, so she gave me a moon instead !

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TEACHER :What’s you name ?
Class : Ravi
TEACHER : You should say “Sir”
Pupil : OK, Sir Ravi !

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Mother: What did you learn in school today
Son: How to write
Mother: What did you write?
Son: I don’t know, they haven’t taught us how to read yet!

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Teacher: Why are you late, Joseph?
Joseph: Because of a sign down the road.
Teacher: What does a sign have to do with your being late?
Joseph: The sign said, “School Ahead, Go Slow!”

 

Traffic Sign

 

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TEACHER  : I want you to tell me the longest sentence you can think of
Pupil   : Life imprisonment !

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TEACHER : What is an island ?
Pupil   : A piece of land surrounded by water except on one side.
TEACHER :On one side
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Pupil   : Yes, on top !

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TEACHER : What shape is the world in?
Pupil   : Rotten !
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TEACHER : What is further away, Australia or the Moon ?
Pupil   : Australia, you can see the Moon at night !
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TEACHER :Give me three reasons why the world is round Pupil   : Well my dad says so, my mum says so and you say so !
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TEACHER : Name four members of the cat familyPupil   : Daddy cat, mummy cat and two kittens !
 
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   TEACHER :What’s you name ?
Pupil: Ravi
TEACHER  : You should say “Sir
Pupil   : OK, Sir Ravi !

 
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 TEACHER : Why does you geography exam have a big zero over it.
Pupil   : It’s not a zero, the teacher ran out of stars, so she gave me a moon instead !
   
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   TEACHER : Ravi, can you find me Australia on the map please ?
Pupil   :There it is
TEACHER :Now, Ravi, who discovered Australia ?
Pupil   : I did !
   
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  TEACHER : What is the plural of mouse ?
Pupil   :Mice
TEACHER : Good, now what’s the plural of baby ?
Pupil   : Twins !
 
   
 
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  TEACHER :What kind of birds do you find in captivity?
Pupil   : Jailbirds !
 
 
 
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  TEACHER : What do we do with crude oil ?
Pupil   : Teach it some manners !
   
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  TEACHER : What’s the longest word in the English language ?
Pupil   : Smiles – because there is a mile between the first and last letters !
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  TEACHER :: I despair, Ravi, how do you manage to get so many things wrong in a day ?
Pupil   : Because I alway
s get here early sir !

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Teacher: Class, we will have only half days school this morning.
Class: Hooray
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon

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Student: The brain is a wonder full thing
Teacher: Why do you say that?
Student: Because it starts working the second you get up in the morning and never stops until you get asked a question in class!

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Teacher: Be sure that you go straight home
Student: I can’t, I liv
e just round the corner!

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Classroom Management

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 Reference:

http://www.khurrum.com/forum/index.php?topic=10726.0;wap2

http://www.indianchild.com/school_jokes1.htm

http://www.harryc.com/jokes16-teacher.htm

 

Yin and Yang in ELT

 

The Dance Of Duality – ED

 

 

Yin and Yang in ELT

I am writing an ELT Unit using Yin and Yang; a symbol I love a lot which  means a lot to me!

 

  • I will use it for two different subjects which I believe they will be very interesting for the learners, as the feedback I have received so far has been very positive both by ELT Teachers and learners.
  • I am also planning to prepare an inspiring  CLIL Lesson with it!

 

I am preparing and creating lots of different things…..

The only thing remaining is to find “Good Publishers” who would appreciate your work, your innovative ideas and your ability of creativity, as well as the energy and time you spend.

Evridiki

 

Yin and Yang in ELT By Evridiki Dakos