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Globalisation
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Globalisation

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This resource comprises of: 1. A handout for students which includes some definitions (GDP, LEDC, MEDC etc) as well as worksheet-style activities which accompany 2 videos which are freely available online; 2. An answer sheet for the teacher. The activity is designed to be used in class. For EAL students, the videos can be played more than once and/or paused at relevant points to make the tasks easier. Extension work could include: a) Having a debate around globalisation, with some students arguing FOR and others AGAINST. b) Students researching a particular business as a case study and looking at how it had been impacted by globalisation. The businesses chosen could be multinational corporations such as McDonald's or local businesses that have been affected by larger businesses e.g. a family-run coffee shop compared with Starbucks. c) Students making their own video, like the second one featured as part of the activity which was created by a Y8 student. Students could work individually or in pairs or small groups and could evaluate each other's work afterwards.
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.
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.
Google maps exploration
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Google maps exploration

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This worksheet can be used as homework/directed learning or in a class with access to computers/the internet. It explores the functionality of Google Maps and allows students to improve their IT skills. The resource comprises of a worksheet with answers.
The British Monarchy
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The British Monarchy

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This resource contains a PowerPoint presentation about the British Monarchy and the role of the Queen in the UK. A note-taking handout accompanies the presentation. The final slides of the presentation provide references for further reading and research. This is designed to be used in ESOL-type classes where students are learning about British culture but it could be used with other learners who are studying this topic. Following the presentation, it could lead onto a debate about the role of the Monarchy , or an argumentative essay on this topic.
Writing Methodologies
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Writing Methodologies

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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 Methodologies, 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.
SWOT template
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SWOT template

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Students can use this template individually or in groups. It can be used to prompt thinking about the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of many things. It is traditionally used when considering the business environment, so for example when starting up a new business or analysing the structure of an organisation. However, it could also be used to plan an event, such as a music festival or graduation ceremony. In addition, students could use it on a more personal level, as a self-assessment tool when applying for jobs or preparing for interview.
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.
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.
English learner grammatical errors
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English learner grammatical errors

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This resource is a collection of grammatical errors that I compiled from ESOL students' work over a period of 3 months during 2014. The errors have been categorised into different types, with each type starting on a new page: agreement, articles, plurals, prepositions, punctuation/formatting, spelling / wrong word / collocation, tense, word class and word order. In class, this resource could be used with intermediate and advanced learners of English. Students could work in small groups and each group could be given a different page/topic from the resource. Each group could: 1. try to correct the errors 2. discuss why they think the original sentences are wrong and why they think their revisions are correct 3. try to categorise the errors into groups of different kinds 4. come up with a theory about why students make these errors 5. think of some strategies for improving this particular aspect of grammar Each group could then present their findings to the rest of the class. If time allows, students could create formal presentations to deliver to the class, thereby enhancing their group-working skills and utilising IT as well.
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
Investigating leadership theories
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Investigating leadership theories

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This resource contains 4 handouts covering different leadership theories, which could be printed (and laminated if you wish) before the class. The leadership theories include: - Trait theories - Behavioural and style theories - Transactional and transformational theories - Environment leadership theories Students could work in pairs or small groups, with each group being given 1 of the handouts. Their task is 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 (Also included in this resource is some examples of student posters on flip-chart paper to give an idea.) Students can 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 theory the class think is best (or worst!) and why.
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.
Laying out your research
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Laying out your research

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This page handout is suitable for university-level students preparing to do a dissertation or major project and focuses on how research is presented. Students could work in small groups in class. I gave each group some past dissertations that I had sourced from the university library. The students looked through the examples in front of them and discussed what each section contained, thereby coming up with their own definitions for each chapter. The handout allows space for more notes on each section of the dissertation. We then came together as a whole class to compare notes. The students found it helpful to see real examples of written-up research and enjoyed the hands-on approach. This activity could also be set as homework/directed learning with the students going to the library individually and finding past dissertations there, before discussing in class in the next lesson.
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.
Study schedules and lifestyle habits in different countries
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Study schedules and lifestyle habits in different countries

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This discussion activity is designed to raise intercultural awareness in classes comprising of students from different countries. It can be used as an icebreaker at the beginning of a course when a class first meets, or as an introduction to the theme of culture in a class who know each other well. It can also be used to develop vocabulary relating to daily routines, personalities and food. For young children, this activity could be used in conjunction with telling the time and ordering daily activities. For older students, it could be an introduction to cultural aspects such as attitudes towards time in different countries and could lead on to learning about, say, Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory. The resource consists of one handout designed for students to use in class. It contains a series of discussion questions to prompt conversation in pairs or small groups and leads on to an activity where students design their own schedule for the school/college/programme they are attending. The personalised schedules could just be discussed verbally or they could be realised in the form of a poster or using a planner on the computer before being presented to the rest of 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.
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.
Housing discussion
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Housing discussion

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This is aimed at international students learning English. It contains 22 images of types of houses with their name underneath e.g. 'terraced house,' 'bungalow,' 'mansion' etc. It includes some unusual types of housing such as a 'canal boat,' 'treehouse' and 'lighthouse.' The images are intended to generate discussion around housing and students could be allocated a few pictures per group to discuss and then feed back to the rest of the class. Suggested questions for discussion are also included. The activity could be taken further to discuss issues such as housing policy in different countries and what governments are doing to ensure everyone is houses. It also lends itself to further research around the cost of houses in different countries and regions and the economics of renting versus buying, plus cultural differences around this.