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

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

The British Monarchy

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.
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ESL listening exercise: You can say that again

ESL listening exercise: You can say that again

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.
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Housing discussion

Housing discussion

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.
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Job interviews

Job interviews

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
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Leadership and management theory essay titles

Leadership and management theory essay titles

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.
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Leadership and management theories

Leadership and management theories

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.
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Investigating management theories

Investigating management theories

This resource contains 7 handouts covering different management theories, which could be printed (and laminated if you wish) before the class. The management theories include: - 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 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 Alternatively, students could design a creative presentation, drama, rap or dance to present their theory. 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 management theory the class think is best (or worst!) and why.
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Investigating leadership theories

Investigating leadership theories

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.
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Speed referencing

Speed referencing

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.
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ESL listening exercise: Four Candles

ESL listening exercise: Four Candles

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.
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Map activity: Great Britain, the UK, Ireland or the British Isles?

Map activity: Great Britain, the UK, Ireland or the British Isles?

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.
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Idioms

Idioms

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.
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Study schedules and lifestyle habits in different countries

Study schedules and lifestyle habits in different countries

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.
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Globalisation

Globalisation

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.
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Academic Referencing

Academic Referencing

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.
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Presentation skills: academic

Presentation skills: academic

This resource is an activity instruction sheet for students, who will work individually to prepare a presentation on an academic subject of their choice. It is aimed at international students learning English for Academic Purposes, who will be studying different degree subjects at a university but it could also be used in an ESOL class in a college, where the students are studying other subjects. Prior to the activity, you might like to elicit from the students what makes a good presentation and you could also show a YouTube video such as: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze3IiHsHuIA 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 presentations - 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.
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Literature reviews activity

Literature reviews activity

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.
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Writing Methodologies

Writing Methodologies

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.
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Negotiating deals

Negotiating deals

This activity is aimed at international students learning English and specifically around Business English / negotiating language for intermediate learners. There are 4 scenarios to be role-played in pairs. For each scenario, there is an accompanying handout of information/images to assist with the role play.
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Google maps exploration

Google maps exploration

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.
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ESL listening exercise: You can say that again

ESL listening exercise: You can say that again

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.
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Quantitative data analysis

Quantitative data analysis

This resource is an activity drawing on real action research using actual raw data as an introduction to quantitative data analysis. The students work in small groups, focusing on one set of raw data each. 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. Extension work could involve students designing their own questionnaire and carrying it out before analysing the data and writing up their work as a small-scale research project.
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Presentation skills: business pitches

Presentation skills: business pitches

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.
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The British Monarchy

The British Monarchy

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.
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