You are welcome to join us for this FREE pre-intermediate English language class on the topic of “Clothes”. It was a pleasure to teach this class last night in partnership with MySchoolo.com
You can now buy brand new ebook editions of various English Banana.com books, including Big Grammar Book, Big Resource Book, and Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1. The collection of ebooks, which has just been published by My Ebook Publishing House, are especially handy if you would like to access the material on tablet computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers such as Kindle. Prices are very reasonable, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99. You can download a short sample of each book to find out whether it’s suitable for you before you buy.
Find out full details by clicking the link below!
[This project has been made possible through the provision of English Banana.com's Free Copying Licence. Find out more here.]
Last week the first English Banana Trust Summer School was held at Greshams School in Holt, Norfolk. The focus was on teacher training and how to teach without a course book, and we were pleased to welcome four English language teachers from Russia, Hungary, and Serbia. Course tutor Matt Purland focused on training the teachers to teach without using a course book, based on methods from his recent manual You Are The Course Book. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed the week, which was sponsored by English Banana Trust. Apart from five hours of lessons per day – and plenty of homework! – the participants were able to enjoy a diverse number of outings ranging from a visit to the famous seal colony at Blakeney Point, a guided tour of Norwich with an experienced historian, and several delightful shared meals and get-togethers with trustees and friends of the Trust.
Here are a few comments from some of the participants at the end of the course:
‘I feel I’ve gained enough confidence to teach without materials. I also feel that my creativity has been exposed to the higher level and that’s really good and exciting.’ – Marija
‘I feel the passion to continue my self-education in this area which I consider to be really innovative…’ – Nadia
Course tutor Matt commented: ‘I would like to thank the Trust for all their hard work and dedication in staging the summer school this year. We have all really gained a lot out of it. It was wonderful to watch our teachers in action and to see them grow in confidence and be able to teach their own lessons without a course book – or any printed material.’
If you would like to get involved with next year’s EBT Summer School – as either a participant or a tutor – please contact English Banana Trust at: email@example.com
Or if you would like to book Matt to run a similar week-long training course at your educational establishment, please do get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos of the participants hard at work in the classroom, and (in bottom picture) with tutor Matt after the final session of the course:
It was great to have a chat about teaching with Nate Hill of Tweet Speak English recently. You can download the full interview as a FREE MP3 here:
Here is the first class from a short Talk a Lot Elementary Spoken English course that I taught online recently. The topic in this recording is “Town” and we’re working from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1. You can find the links for the other four classes in the course below!
Many thanks to Ma3ali English for organising the course and uploading the recordings.
This is a class survey or questionnaire that I made and used with one of my classes recently. It helps students to test question forms as well as discuss attitudes towards using the internet. You could use it in conjunction with material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 3 – Unit 9: Internet. Have fun!
About the Class:
In this free class for teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language) we will look at how to get great results in an ESL class using the Talk a Lot Method. We will discuss some examples of student work that has been produced using this method, and you will have the opportunity to tell us about your teaching practice.
You can sign up for the class below:
You can now download our latest free MP3 audio lesson, entitled “You are the Course Book!” It was a really fun session on WizIQ.com this week, so I hope that you will get a lot out of it. Any feedback is of course very welcome!
You are very welcome to join me for my next FREE online lesson on WizIQ.com next Tuesday evening at 8pm CET:
For full details, please click here:
Yesterday I was teaching a pre-intermediate class and needed a few general discussion questions on the topic of “Homes”, so I came up with the following. Maybe you will be able to use them in your class too!
You could include them in a lesson based on the “Home” unit in Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1, for example.
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
2. Which is better – a house or a flat? Why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
3. How many different kinds of home can you think of?
4. How will our homes be different in 50 years from now?
5. Which city in the world would be… a) the best, b) the worst, c) [insert other superlatives!] to live in? Why?
6. What are the most important factors in choosing a home?
7. Describe… a) your home, b) your grandparents’ home, c) [insert other!]. Compare them.
8. Who would you like to live with, if you could choose? Why?
This week I’m doing two free lessons on WizIQ.com. You are welcome to sign up below! Hope to see you there.
How to Teach English without an Expensive Course Book Public Class
Wed, Mar 07, 2012 | 8:30 PM (Central European Standard Time)
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English Banana Trust Free Summer School – Q&A Session #1 Public Class
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 | 5:00 PM (Central European Standard Time)