English Banana.com ESL Blog

The latest free material and news from English Banana.com


This is a recording from a free live teacher training session on YouTube last night: Teaching Spelling and Sounds to ESL Students

You are welcome to join me for my next free live lesson on YouTube!

Click here to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECj82eoY_ZU


Looking for Specialised Targeted English Instruction?

Try Dr. Ray’s English Clinic!

Dr Ray's English Clinic

Dr Ray’s English Clinic

More about this service:

“Our study philosophy at Dr .Ray’s English clinic caters specifically to the student who is busy, and focused on RESULTS.

“We deliver targeted instruction aimed directly at what you need, and never waste your time on exercises or instruction designed to use up time for which you pay.

“STRAIGHT TO THE POINT – NO WASTED TIME – DIRECTED SELF-STUDY FOLLOWS EVERY LESSON.”

Why not find out more today, either via Facebook or through the dedicated website?

http://drraysenglishclinic.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drraysenglish/498216636920718


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!


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


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


Please Join My Next Free Class: Practise Connected Speech in English – Final Consonant Linking

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/971566-practise-connected-speech-in-english-final-consonant-linking

About the Class

We’re going to spend a whole lesson looking at final consonant linking in cv connections in English speech. For example, in the sentence “I like English” there is one example of final consonant linking: “like English” becomes Lai King glish

If you are interested in this kind of thing, you will be sure to enjoy this lesson! Make sure you have your microphone plugged in, so that you can speak during the class.

This class will be relaxed and fun, so please come and join us if you would like to improve your speaking and listening skills in a friendly class.

See you there! 😉


A New Series of Self-Study Worksheets – Stress, Reduce, Merge

Introducing new material from English Banana.com that will give you some practice in using connected speech and stress in English. You can download the free .pdf worksheet pack here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/105327558/A-New-Series-of-Self-Study-Worksheets-Stress-Reduce-Merge

Any feedback would be most welcome! Thanks. 😉


1,800+ English Banana.com Worksheets Added to TES.co.uk Resource Website!

TES.co.uk

TES.co.uk

We’re thankful to the team at TES.co.uk – a site billed as “the largest network of teachers in the world” – who have recently added 1,873 English Banana worksheets to their massive free database of resources for teachers.

It’s great news for English Banana.com, because it means that our resources can now be shared with a much wider audience! The TES website has over 2 million registered users worldwide. Our resources were added about a month ago, and they have already generated an incredible 25,000+ page views!

You can find the English Banana resources page on tes.co.uk here:

http://www.tes.co.uk/MyPublicProfile.aspx?uc=2319730&event=21

You can also find many other great teacher resources on their site – all free to access and download!

Aimée Fagan from tes.co.uk said: “We’re delighted to have the materials on TES! We have also shared them in our new US website www.sharemylesson.com as there is a huge demand for ELL (English Language Learner) material like this in the US too.”

You can find the English Banana page on their US website here:

http://www.sharemylesson.com/MyPublicProfile.aspx?uc=2319730&event=21

It was made possible thanks to our Free Copying Licence, which allows anybody to share and use English Banana.com material – including uploading and adding it to another website. You can find out more about our free licences here:

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


Download the MP3 Recording of our Latest Class

You can now download the MP3 recording of our latest class.

Left-click to open in your browser and right-click to download to your computer:

Planning an English Class without a Course Book to Hold your Hand

by Matt Purland (4th June 2012)


Free Talk a Lot Elementary Course Now on YouTube!

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.


 
Class 2: Food and Drink

Class 3: Shopping

Class 4: Health

Class 5: Family

 

 


Free Teacher Training Class for ESL Teachers #1

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:

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/830928-free-teacher-training-class-for-esl-teachers-1


People are Using English Banana.com Free Licences – 3 Great Examples!

English Banana.com features a wealth of free worksheets and resources for teaching and learning English, and everything is covered by our free licences! Click here for full details. People are free to do what they want to with the materials, and they are doing just that, if the recent examples listed in this post are anything to go by!

Example 1 – Material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1 has been used to make online quizzes:

http://www.allthink.com/v/taletown/
http://www.allthink.com/v/talefooddrink/
http://www.allthink.com/v/shopping/
http://www.allthink.com/v/healthyhealth/
http://www.allthink.com/v/taletransport/

Example 2 – Material from various English Banana.com workbooks has been used to make online quizzes for this Polish website:

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-cwiczenia_gramatyczne-114.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-pisownia_i_ortografia-118.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-rozumienie_czytanego_tekstu-121.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-slownictwo_angielskie-113.html

http://www.maximus.pl/dl-wiedza_ogolna-119.html

Example 3 – A teacher from Jakarta, Indonesia has built a web page using material from Talk a Lot Elementary Book 1:

http://mr-bejo.com/page/44540/unit-2.html

We’re loving the way that you are being creative and using English Banana.com materials online (as well as in your classes offline!)… It is fantastic that people feel able to use the materials in this way. They are there to be used, so… go on! The world is your lobster! 🙂


Learn English Vocabulary and Feel Good about It with FreeRice.com!

This great website has been around for a while, but it’s a fantastic way to test your knowledge of English vocabulary (and other subjects, including Science, Geography, and Humanities).  We spent around 10 minutes playing and earned 630 grains of rice, which doesn’t sound that much, but if 30 other people also did the same, we’d have enough grains of rice to feed one person for one day. Why not give it a try? 🙂

http://www.freerice.com

FreeRice.com


Two Free English Lessons this week on WizIQ.com!

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)

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/778438-how-to-teach-english-without-an-expensive-course-book

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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)

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/779030-english-banana-trust-free-summer-school-q-a-session-1