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Resources relating to English language learning, employability and teacher-training.

Resources relating to English language learning, employability and teacher-training.
Dissertation help
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Dissertation help

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This bundle includes activities around key elements of an undergraduate dissertation. It is designed to assist with the structure and layout of the work as well as to influence the depth of content required in each chapter. Laying out your research focuses on how research is presented. Students could work in small groups in class with some past dissertations sourced from the university library. Students look through the examples in front of them and discuss what each section contains, thereby coming up with their own definitions for each chapter. The handout allows space for more notes on each section of the dissertation and discussion as a whole class to compare notes may follow. Writing Abstracts and Introductions, the Literature Reviews activity and Writing Methodologies are activities which can be used in conjunction with a mark scheme / assessment grid from your university, where students allocate a grade to each example given in groups and then justify their grade to other groups of students in the class. The Writing Introductions diagram is supplementary material for students to refer to on their own. The Quantitative data analysis activity provides small groups of students with raw data, perhaps with each group focusing on a different question. They discuss any problems with the data and how they would analyse it and present the results. They then present their findings to the rest of the class. The Academic Referencing activity could be set as directed learning following an introduction to referencing at your institution. It enables students to visit the library and/or do research online to write down different examples of referencing. A completed example has been included to give an idea. The activity could lead on to using referencing software, such as RefME.
Speed referencing
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Speed referencing

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This classroom activity is aimed at students who are getting to grips with academic referencing and is designed to make learning about referencing fun. Before using this activity, ensure that students understand the concept of referencing and are familiar with the type of referencing and related conventions used by your institution. To use this activity, print off several copies of this resource and laminate each sheet. (As a guide, the 2 sheets given here are suitable for 1 small group of 2-3 students, so you will need as many copies as you have groups). Use a guillotine to create small cards and put them into packs for each group (I find that using elastic bands or envelopes helps with this). In small groups of 2-3, students have to order the cards given to show the information required in a reference for: a book, a chapter or essay in an edited book, a web page, a journal article, a blog, an electronic image, a newspaper or magazine article, an online report, a TV or radio programme and a conference paper. It may be a good idea for students to practise first, referring to the reference guidelines of your institution, before trying to do it with no guidance - at this point, egg timers or an online timer could be used to see which group can organise the references correctly as quickly as possible. The teacher could shout out which one to do e.g. a book for each round to make it easier and more focused than doing all of the references at the same time.
Literature reviews activity
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Literature reviews activity

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This activity is aimed at undergraduate students embarking on dissertations. The worksheet can be used for private study but is best used in the classroom context, where it will generate discussion around Literature Reviews, allowing students to look at some examples and compare them, highlighting areas for improvement as well as noting useful academic writing styles, which they can then consider when writing up their own research projects. This activity could be used in conjunction with a mark scheme / assessment grid from your university, where students allocate a grade to each example given in groups and then justify their grade to other groups of students in the class.
ESL listening exercise: You can say that again
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ESL listening exercise: You can say that again

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This activity is aimed at upper-intermediate to advanced learners of English. It provides a worksheet for students to use and complete whilst they watch The Two Ronnies You Can Say That Again sketch. Due to copyright reasons, I cannot provide a link to an official video of the sketch but you can buy the DVDs for class use (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jg78q/products). (Of course if you search on YouTube, multiple unofficial versions can easily be found.) The video clip may need to be shown several times, depending upon the level of the students (pausing the video at key places may help with lower level students.) The activity requires a high level of listening skill and involves students noting down particular phrases in the dialogue where a man named Bert (played by Ronnie Corbett) hesitates when speaking, leaving it up a man named Charlie (played by Ronnie Barker) to finish off his sentences. As many of the words and expressions used in the dialogue are idiomatic, related to British culture and some involving innuendo, there might be a lot of new vocabulary for your students. The answer-sheet has been provided for the teacher to use to offer visuals where possible to assist with this. Following a discussion, the answers could be projected at the front of the classroom. If age-appropriate to your class, the innuendos could also be explored. Due to copyright issues, I have not included the script as part of this resource but it can easily be found by searching online and could be used in class for further study and understanding of the video. As a follow-on activity, students could create their own sketches to perform to the class.
ESL listening exercise: Four Candles
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ESL listening exercise: Four Candles

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This activity is aimed at upper-intermediate to advanced learners of English. It provides a worksheet for students to use and complete whilst they watch The Two Ronnies Four Candles sketch. Due to copyright reasons, I cannot provide a link to an official video of the sketch but you can buy the DVDs for class use (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jg78q/products). (Of course if you search on YouTube, multiple unofficial versions can easily be found.) The video clip may need to be shown several times, depending upon the level of the students. (Pausing the video at key places may help with lower level students.) The activity requires a high level of listening skill and involves students trying to distinguish between what the shopkeeper thinks the customer wants, and what the customer actually wants. As many of the words are hardware-related, there might be a lot of new vocabulary for your students: the visual aspect of the items being produced in the video should help with this, along with the answer-sheet which has been provided for the teacher to use. Following a discussion, the answers could be projected at the front of the classroom - I have provided images to illustrate all of the different items (all of the images were 'labelled for reuse' on Google Images). Again due to copyright issues, I have not included the script as part of this resource but it can easily be found by searching online and could be used in class for further study and understanding of the video. Although the sketch is dated now and shops these days are self-service, the problems with miscommunication still exist and it is still as funny today! As a follow-on activity, students could consider words which sound similar but have completely different meanings. They could then create their own sketches to perform to the class.
Academic Referencing
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Academic Referencing

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This activity is designed for students to use when understanding how academic referencing works. The worksheet can be used after introducing the concept of referencing and how to do it. Students can visit the library and/or do research online to write down different examples of referencing. A completed example has been included to give an idea. The activity could lead on to using referencing software, such as RefME. Please note that the style of referencing used here is that of a university I have worked at; you may therefore need to adapt the example to suit your own institution's guidelines.
Job interviews
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Job interviews

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This activity is a role play, whereby one student pretends to be a potential employer conducting a job interview and the other student plays the part of the candidate being interviewed for the job. The role play activity gives details as to how each student can prepare for the task (this could be laminated for regular use in class). The teacher needs to provide some job adverts/descriptions for the students to use alongside the role play activity so that they are focusing on a real job - a selection of job adverts are included in this resource which I have used with my students, but you may wish to find your own adverts, according to your students' interests (again, the adverts could be laminated for use in class). A selection of adverts could be provided by the tutor so that students can choose which job to focus on, or all students could focus on the same job. Alternatively, students could find a job advert they are interested in and bring it in for this class. Students can swap roles so that they get chance to be both the candidate and the employer. An alternative to role playing in pairs is to get the students to work in threes, with one student being the employer, one being the candidate and the other being the observer. The observer can then provide feedback as to how the candidate presented themselves and whether the employer seemed convincing or not! The students could then swap roles. To add a bit of creativity and fun to the task, students playing the part of the employer could think of one 'wild' question to ask after the usual expected questions e.g. 'if you were a biscuit, what kind would you be and why?' The candidate could then try to link this to their own skills and qualifications! For further ideas, see: https://toughnickel.com/finding-job/Off-The-Wall
Presentation skills: business pitches
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Presentation skills: business pitches

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This resource is an activity instruction sheet for students, who will work in small groups to pitch an idea for a product which is not on the market, 'Dragon's-Den' style. Prior to the activity, you may wish to show a clip from Dragon's Den, particularly for students from other countries who may not have heard of it. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006vq92 for clips. You may also show examples of elevator pitches on YouTube e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zumkSeC2u3M and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6O98o2FRHw and get students to discuss what makes a good pitch. The students need time to think of ideas and to prepare their pitches so you will probably allocate a large chunk of the class to this. Students could be provided with flipchart paper and pens to assist with this and/or they could have access to computers to create presentations. After the allocated preparation time, each group takes it in turns to present their pitch. For each pitch, you might like to have a panel of 'dragons' from the class who will judge the pitch and decide whether they will support their product or not. Fake money could be used to make this more realistic and the panel could change each time a new pitch is presented so that all students get the chance to be dragons as well as pitching their ideas. The class as a whole could then discuss which pitches they thought were best and why. Depending on how many students you have in the class and how many groups there are, this activity with introduction and feedback could take several lessons. This type of activity could be used as an assessment, either in groups as this activity has been set up, or on an individual basis.
Map activity: Great Britain, the UK, Ireland or the British Isles?
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Map activity: Great Britain, the UK, Ireland or the British Isles?

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This map activity includes a handout for students which asks them to label the maps. The accompanying teacher's presentation with the answers could be used to present information first or to use afterwards to clarify answers, or both, depending upon the prior knowledge of the students. It could be used in Geography classes, or with ESOL learners who have recently moved to the UK.
Leadership and management theory essay titles
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Leadership and management theory essay titles

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These essay titles cover the subjects of leadership and management theories, including: - group development and leadership - trait theories - behavioural and style theories - transactional and transformational theories - environment leadership theories - Taylor’s theory of scientific management - McGregor’s X/Y theory - Mayo’s theory - Maslow’s hierarchy of needs - Herzberg’s motivation-hygiene theory - Belbin’s team roles No word count has been prescribed, as this can be specified by the tutor according to their requirements.
Writing Abstracts and Introductions
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Writing Abstracts and Introductions

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This activity is aimed at undergraduate students embarking on dissertations. The worksheet can be used for private study but is best used in the classroom context, where it will generate discussion around Abstracts and Introductions, allowing students to look at some examples and compare them, highlighting areas for improvement as well as noting useful academic writing styles, which they can then consider when writing up their own research projects. This activity could be used in conjunction with a mark scheme / assessment grid from your university, where students allocate a grade to each example given in groups and then justify their grade to other groups of students in the class.
Jumping into journals
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Jumping into journals

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This resource is a template that university students or academics can use when reading journal articles. The headings and prompts encourage students to think about the main points of the article they are reading as well as its style and credibility. The template can be used as self-directed study to enhance independent learning, or it could be used as an in-class activity. Either way, students can share their findings with others, particularly if they are all studying the same subject but have read different journal articles.
Healthy pizza listening
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Healthy pizza listening

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This is a worksheet to be used to improve ESL listening and note-taking skills. It is based on a BBC (2012) 6 minute English recording and includes key vocabulary from their site: BBC, 2012. 6 minute English: UK’s first healthy pizza [viewed 05/08/16]. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2012/07/120705_healthy_pizza.shtml The recording can be played as many times as is needed to suit your students' ability. It can also be paused at key points. The audio file and a transcript can be downloaded from the BBC site too. This activity could be used in class or set as independent learning/homework.
Defining the industry environment matching activity
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Defining the industry environment matching activity

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This worksheet activity provides a definition of the industry environment, which is then broken down into smaller useful phrases, such as 'economic cycles,' 'regulatory conditions' etc. Students match the terms with their definitions. An answer sheet is provided for the teacher to use during feedback. This activity is designed as a starter and the class could then explore examples of each useful term e.g. what kinds of lifestyle shifts are happening how? How have people's lifestyles changed in the last...10, 20, 50, 100...years?
Leadership and management theories
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Leadership and management theories

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This resource is comprised of: 1. Investigating leadership theories - 4 handouts covering: - Trait theories - Behavioural and style theories - Transactional and transformational theories - Environment leadership theories 2. Investigating management theories - 7 handouts covering: - Taylor's theory of scientific management - McGregor’s X/Y theory - Mayo's theory - Maslow's hierarchy of social needs - Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene theory - Edward de Bono and lateral thinking - Tuckman’s stages of group development - Belbin's team roles All the handouts mentioned in 1. and 2. could be printed (and laminated) before class. Students could work in pairs or small groups, with each group being given 1 of the handouts. They could be tasked to design a poster on flip-chart paper or a presentation on the computer showing: - A summary of the theory - Whether or not they agree with it (and why) - A strength of the theory - A weakness of the theory Alternatively, students could design a creative presentation, drama, rap or dance to present their theory. Students could then present their work back to the rest of the class and others could be encouraged to ask questions and/or provide feedback. Further discussion could be around which leadership or management theory the class think is best (or worst!) and why. An example of students' posters is given as part of the 'investigating leadership theories' resource. 3. Leadership and management theory essay titles - covering the theories mentioned in 1. and 2. No word count has been prescribed, as this can be specified by the tutor according to their requirements. They could be used as a group writing exercise, homework or an assessed essay. 4. SWOT template: this could be used individually or in groups to prompt thinking about the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of different leadership and management styles.
Idioms
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Idioms

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This worksheet enables ESOL students to consider some idioms and to find out what they mean using research skills. It could be used in class as an activity in a computer room or as homework for students to come ready to discuss in the next lesson.
ESL speaking prompts: cities and villages
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ESL speaking prompts: cities and villages

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This resource is aimed at international students learning English and provides some visual prompts of cities and villages as well as questions on this topic e.g. 'Do you think it’s better to live in a modern flat or an old house? Why?' It could be used as a gentle introduction to talking about housing or as a starter for writing an essay on the advantages and disadvantages of housing. It could also be used as a fun way to introduce one of the IELTS speaking topics.
Pitching your research
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Pitching your research

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This resource is an activity instruction sheet aimed at university-level students embarking on research. It could be used at the start of a mini-research project or in the early stages of a dissertation. The students work individually to prepare a short pitch on their proposed research topic. The students need time to prepare their presentations so you will probably either allocate a large chunk of the class for this or set it for homework/directed learning to allow adequate time for research. Students could have access to computers to assist with this. After the allocated preparation time, each student takes it in turns to present. The whole class must be prepared to listen carefully and to ask questions when they are listening, and to be ready to answer questions when they are presenting. Students could be encouraged to give feedback to each other on their pitches - this could be done anonymously via written feedback or via an online voting system if eliciting verbal feedback is difficult. Depending on how many students you have in the class, this activity with introduction and feedback could take several lessons. This type of activity could also be used as an assessment around speaking skills/presenting research ideas.