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The latest free material and news from English Banana.com


All learning resources on EnglishBanana.com are now in the public domain! :)

Let’s compare two English Banana.com worksheets:

This is Worksheet A:

EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

…and this is Worksheet B:

public-domain-3

EnglishBanana.com Public Domain

Did you notice the difference? Yes, they are the same worksheet, from the Big Grammar Book. But there is a crucial difference. The first one belongs to the past and the second to now and the future. The removal of the tiny copyright symbol makes a big difference to what you can now do with English Banana.com resources – all 4,000+ pages of them!

 

 


Next Class in our Free Teacher Training Course for English Teachers

Dr. Muhammad Schmidt, IFTS, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Muhammad Schmidt, IFTS, Nairobi, Kenya

You are welcome to join us for the next class in our ongoing free teacher training course, which will be presented by Dr. Muhammad Schmidt of IFTS, Kenya.He will be speaking on the subject of: You Are The Course Book Method within the larger framework of communicative ESL Teaching.

This class will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. CET on Skype. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Schmidt via Skype. His Skype ID is: turnoi

The class will last for around one hour and there is a free handout which you can download here.

You can join our free teacher training course here. There are already 126 course learners. We would be delighted if you wanted to get involved!


We’re giving away 20 FREE hard-copy books: Big Grammar Book & Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1!

Free Hard-Copy English Banana Books!

Free Hard-Copy English Banana Books!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED. THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO EMAILED US!

We’ve got 20 FREE English Banana.com books to give away – with FREE postage and package – courtesy of the good people at English Banana Trust! Glyn Purland, who is Chair of English Banana Trust, writes:

“To mark the end of the 10th year online of English Banana.com, the English Banana Trust is offering a number of the two most popular English Banana books, one per person, free of charge including postage and package. We hope that this will help you in your teaching and learning of the English language.”

There are 10 free copies of Big Grammar Book and 10 free copies of Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1. These books are real, not digital – you can flick through them! You can put them in your bag or on your bookshelf at home! You can photocopy them!

All you have to do to get your FREE book is to send us a message with:

* Your full name

* Your mailing address

* WHICH book you would prefer to receive

* A few words to say WHY you would like to receive a free English Banana.com book

This offer is open to teachers and students of English, and is available on a first come, first served basis – one free book per person. If you are not lucky enough to receive a free hard-copy book, please remember that you can still download both books (and many more!) free from English Banana.com.


New FREE Online Course for English Teachers – Starting Next Monday!

Free Teacher Training Course - Now Enrolling!

From next Monday 4th November 2013 Matt Purland will be running a free on-going teacher training course for teachers of English and ESL. Enrolment is now open so you can sign up from today! You can get all of the details here:

http://www.wiziq.com/course/36615-free-teacher-training-course-for-english-teachers

Title: Free Teacher Training Course for English Teachers

Goal: Learn how to teach English without a course book

Live classes: Mondays at 8.15pm CET & Thursdays at 10am CET

Main Benefits:

* FREE live classes twice a week

* Learn with an experienced English teacher and teacher trainer

* Professional development certificate when you attend 10 live classes

* Learn techniques that will help your students be more productive

* FREE access to recordings and group material (pdf, ppt, doc)

This is a course for English teachers; if you are studying to become a teacher, you are also welcome. This course is for teachers who want to learn and discuss ways of teaching English without formal material, e.g. a course book or handouts.

This course is on-going. You don’t need to attend every class – attend when you can; if you attend 10 live classes you will receive a FREE professional development certificate.

This course is based on You Are The Course Book Method. You can find out more about it and download the FREE material here: http://englishbanana.com/resources/free-books/teacher-training/

Hope to see you there!


News from More People Using English Banana Free Material

We often get emails from teachers and other individuals who want to use our free material either commercially or on a wider scale than just printing out a few worksheets. You don’t need to contact us to take advantage of our free licences, but if you do it is always lovely to hear from you! It’s great to know that you are able to use our free material. Here is some recent news from people who are using this material for various purposes. If you feel inspired to use English Banana material after reading this news, please go ahead! 🙂

 

Using the material as content for another publication:

Antananarivo, Madagascar

“I am an English teacher in Madagascar and I’m planning to write a book because of the lack of teaching materials in my country.”

Sapporo Gakuin University, Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan

“Thank you very much for offering the free license to your materials. A group of teachers here at Sapporo Gakuin University are making our own textbook for our students and will offer it free like your materials, including free Moodle quizzes and activities. Your model is an inspiration. We may also use some of your materials in it, so thank you again.”

 

Using the material to teach others for free, or as paid courses:

London, UK

“Firstly I’d like to thank you for the amazing material which is really helping  me on planning my lessons.

“I live in London, I’m Brazilian and I run a free English course on Mondays and Fridays 3 hours course each day, on a Brazilian Catholic Church to help people from my country it the basics so they can start communicating and finding a job. Thank you very much!”

Banten, Indonesia

“Finally I have a courage to open English course and use your EB materials. Actually not my own place, but [a local] kindergarten school.

“I ask her permit to allow me open an English course as beginning for a primary kids. I ask her permit again to use my own name ORANGE & BANANA. Orange represent me and Banana represent your EB. I thought it will be easy to set up my own materials, but still your EB materials really really help out. Wishing for your big support to encourage me start this new experience and still freaking me out. Hehehehe.”

Stepping Stone English – Bangkok, Thailand

“I am a native English man working in Thailand for a language school. I see the language schools as over priced compared to the local economic market as they are aimed are the high society of Thailand leaving the poorer public behind. Asean is coming in 2015 and I feel I want to help the less fortunate. If they don’t have the opportunity to learn English now then I’m afraid when Asean starts they are going to be in a devastating state. I think your material is wonderful and it is perfect for the students I am aiming to help. I would like a Certificate of Authorisation to progress my plans to help the community.

“I greatly appreciate the efforts you are doing and I would greatly appreciate your support in getting my project up and running. I’m starting out on a small scale due to funding. But with your material and support I can see great things for the future and hopefully for the public of Thailand. Thank you very much for your efforts in helping the world of education.”

Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

“I am not teaching at a school as such, but rather in my home to students and local people in my community as I live in rural Vietnam so I don’t have a school name. As I stated I will use your resources to teach local children, and some adults, they are just very average poor working people, some in this country can afford paid education, most can’t. It’s these people that I will target and try to assist them to improve their lives through the English language.”

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

“I live in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  I run Bridges of Hope for Children and currently care for 12 children.  I run a Preschool from home and am busy registering an Independent School.  There is a desperate need for English classes for people from our neighbouring Township.  I’m hoping to be able to generate an income from these classes.”

Slovakia

“My main idea is to develop an English language course, based entirely on your materials; however, selecting them and compiling them together, which would entirely target speaking and general understanding.”

 

Using the material as content for an app or website:

Saudi Arabia

“I want to use your resources. Hi and thanks for this site. Now I’m doing programming Android app (free, without ads) for learning English language. Can I use your resources in my app?” [We replied: yes, of course you can!]

New York, USA

“Hey, you have a great website! I am working on making a website for people who want to learn another language. I was looking for free resources for my website and I found you! This will really help me a lot – thanks. I’ll be sure to add your website on mine. Thank you!”


Matt Purland will be speaking at Language Show LIVE – 20th October 2013

Language Show LIVE 2013

Language Show LIVE 2013

I will be speaking on the subject of  How to Teach English without a Course Book at Language Show LIVE at Olympia, London on Sunday 20th October 2013 at 1pm.

You can read about my seminar here:

http://www.languageshowconnect.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Visitor/VisitorID=69698

And register for your FREE tickets here:

http://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=LanA3Visitor

Language Show LIVE is “the event for people passionate about languages. Free to attend, it’s your chance to join over 10,000 language learners, teachers, translators, linguists, jobseekers and language professionals for three incredible days.”

At my seminar we will discuss:

“…how you can teach English without a course book in any environment – school, workplace, home, or online. Forget photocopying handouts and cast aside your course books! I will demonstrate You Are The Course Book Method, where your students become the main resource, going from passive consumers to active producers of content.”

Hope to see you there in October!

Matt


English Banana free material has been read over 4 million times on Scribd.com!

We just thought we’d share this latest milestone with you… 🙂

Scribd.com is a great place to find the documents you need – including all English Banana.com free worksheets and books. If you have documents to share, you can make money by selling them in the Scribd Store. Or simply let people download them for free – as we prefer to do.

English Banana documents are on Scribd

English Banana documents are on Scribd


Get Free English Learning at English Clip.com!

We’re always happy to find websites that offer “FREE ENGLISH LEARNING” – and here’s a great one:

EnglishClip.com

www.englishclip.com

English Clip.com features lots of fun activities and ideas for improving your English, including 40 free podcast lessons, English through songs, and vocabulary building games, to mention just a few.

Site creator Justin Time (do you get the pun?) told us:

“There are so many different kinds of people in this world and many different ways to learn. Keep trying different things and find a good way for you! Our site offers free English learning online for ESL and EFL students. Improve your listening with Justin Time’s funny podcast and songs. Play online vocabulary building games and puzzles. Boost your writing skill with a step-by-step guide. Justin Time says: “It’s got to be fun!” 

“Stop by and have a laugh with Justin and get some lovely new words!”


Try Mega Mega English.com – an interactive new approach to listening practice!

There are lots of websites that have interactive quizzes for testing your English, but Mega Mega English is the first I have seen where you get to join in a conversation with an online character via listening. It’s ideal for practicing your listening and reading skills!

Webmaster Matthew Baxter told us:

“Mega Mega English is a great way to learn real English conversations skills.  Players interact with a variety of characters in places such as hotels, restaurants and shops. They must answer and ask questions.  The virtual characters then give unique responses.  Some choices are correct, some are wrong, and some will make you laugh!”

Why not check it out and let us know what you think?

http://www.megamegaenglish.com/

Screenshots from Mega Mega English.com:

Mega Mega English.com

Mega Mega English.com


English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian this week!

English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian

English Banana free resources featured in The Guardian

English Banana free resources are featured in The Guardian newspaper this week, as part of a special article for teachers entitled: “How to teach… English as a foreign language”. Emily Drabble reviews a range of English Banana books, including Big Grammar Book, the Talk a Lot series of books, and the new release You Are The Course Book 2. You can read the article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/teacher-blog/2013/jun/18/teaching-resources-english-as-foreign-language


Teacher Training with Russian Teachers in Poland!

We were lucky enough to host a fantastic group of teachers from Saratov University recently at our school – Study English in Ostroda. They joined us for five nights for one of our language holidays.

The visit was a great success with all of the teachers saying that they enjoyed it and learned many new techniques that they could take back to their university – and private – students in Russia.

The group leader Tatiana M. commented:

“The course provided the opportunity for the students to be active and creative at the classes, work together with other students and speak English while performing the tasks. The course integrated all of the aspects of language learning (speaking, reading, pronunciation, grammar, writing and listening) and actively involved students into the learning process. The organisation of the course (flexible schedule, the timing, course materials and accommodation) were arranged and provided on a high level. New things I learned:

  • organising the learning process without a textbook
  • a new approach to teaching phonetics 
  • reiterating the most important language points at every lesson
  • a captivating and enjoyable way of working with newspaper articles”

Here is a picture of the group hard at work:

Teachers from Saratov University, Russia

…and at play, enjoying a barbecue with some of our local students:

Polish hospitality - a good old fashioned grill!

We even got an article in the local paper!

Article in Nasz Glos newspaper in Ostroda

If you would like to join us for a language holiday – to improve your English language skills, or to brush up on your teaching practice – you are more than welcome to join us! Please click here to find out more about our offer.


FREE English Banana Resource App is now available from Amazon Appstore!

You can now get our fantastic FREE English Banana Resource App from Amazon Appstore! Click the link below to go there now:

http://www.amazon.com/English-Banana-Resource-App/dp/B00CAX9ZDS

Get it now for your Amazon device!

Get it now from Amazon!

 


English Banana.com Teachers Map has been Updated!

What do Peru, Bangladesh, Russia, Mexico, Kashmir, and Hartlepool have in common? They are all places where English teachers are busily working on projects using English Banana.com material, having first applied for a free certificate of authorisation.

On the map below each pin represents a place where such a project is taking place:

English Banana.com Teachers Map

English Banana.com Teachers Map

 

You can find out more about each one on our amazing interactive map! Please click below to go there now:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa=0&ie=UTF8&msid=107553550370586956076.00046980ea6188984f567&ll=43.068888,74.53125&spn=179.132375,360&z=0&source=embed

And click here to find out more about our free licences:

http://englishbanana.com/copying-licence.html

 


NEW FREE BOOK! You Are The Course Book 2 – In Practice (480 pages)


Matt Purland is teaching a new FREE 8-week course with Myschoolo.com

Last Friday saw the first class in a new free 8-week English course taught by Matt Purland in conjunction with Myschoolo.com. You can find out more details and sign up for this free course here:

http://myschoolo.com/elearning/matt-purland-1/

In the meantime, why not enjoy the video recording of the first class, which was on the topic of The Environment (Studying Language):


FREE English Class on the topic of “Clothes”! (VIDEO)

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


More Press Coverage of English Banana Trust – and a Video from the Summer School

Here is a roundup of recent stories about English Banana Trust from the newspapers:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/holt_based_charity_english_banana_trust_celebrates_the_success_of_its_first_summer_school_1_1495988

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/holt_based_charity_english_banana_trust_celebrates_the_success_of_its_first_summer_school_1_1495988

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/jazz_concert_at_the_auden_theatre_in_holt_to_raise_money_for_the_charity_english_banana_trust_1_1498223

And here’s a short video taken by one of the participants in the recent summer school. It shows us letting our hair down at a social evening at the end of the course. We had a lot of fun! In this activity different teams had been challenged to write lyrics about the summer school to the tune of ‘Let it Be’ by The Beatles. This team didn’t win, but they still really enjoyed performing for us!

 


English Banana Worksheets Now Read More Than 3 Million Times on Scribd.com!

Yesterday we reached a new milestone with the number of times people have read our worksheets on Scribd.com:

We’re so pleased that hundreds of thousands of students and teachers have benefited from using our free material! The most popular worksheet of all is our List of Common Abstract Nouns, followed by our List of 100 Irregular Plural Nouns in English. The most read book is Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1, which has been read an amazing 136,612 times!

You can check out our page on Scribd.com here: http://www.scribd.com/englishbanana

We hope that you will find something interesting there that you can use, whether you are learning or teaching English. 🙂

Please do let us know if you have any feedback about our material.


Where is English Banana.com on The Internet Map?

…We’re south-east of Google.com in the Download.com constellation! You can find our precise location on the fully-interactive map here.

From The Internet Map website: “The Internet map [by Ruslan Enikeev] is an attempt to look into the hidden structure of the network, fathom its colossal scale, and examine that which is impossible to understand from the bare figures of statistics… Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle.”

Follow the amazing pictures below to locate englishbanana.com among the 350,000 most popular websites on the internet today:

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Listen to my Recent Interview with Nate Hill from Tweet Speak English!

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:

http://tweetspeakenglish.com/how-to-improve-spoken-english/english-speaking-tips-not-in-coursebooks/