Recap of Resources and Interesting Blog Posts – 25 May 2013

SCELTResources, Seminar, Teacher Training

Compiled by Lynda Steyne

Teacher Development Opportunites

National (and international)

Summer CampSoul Camp

  • SOL Slovakia presents SO[U]L Camp with Kathy King and Mark Andrews!
    When: 16-24 July 2013
    Where: Cadca, Slovakia
    Hurry! Reserve your spot while there’s still room!


TODAY, 25 May 2013

TOMORROW, 26 May 2013


  • ISTEK schools in Turkey held their ELT conference a couple weeks ago – many of the sessions are available on YouTube. Free. (Scroll down past the interviews to get to the workshops.)
  • Business English teacher Mike Hogan will be hosting Macmillan’s Methodology Hangout on May 29th on Google+. In this video , Mike gives a preview of what he’ll be covering.
  • FREE IATEFL BESIG online conference 2013
    When: Saturday 15 June from 9am-6pm (CET)
    For business English and ESP teachers: Recordings will be made available to everyone until 22nd June and then archived in the members only area of

coffee for teachrs


September 2013

October 2013

  • IATEFL-H Annual Conference 2013
    Speakers: Henry Widdowson, Barbara Seidlhofer, Dörnyei Zoltán, Bethany Cagnol, and Gary Anderson, George Pickering
    When: 4-6 October 2013
    Where: Budapest

November 2013

  • Call for Papers: Deadline: June 30, 2013
    TESOL France Colloquium 2013
    When: November 22, 23 and 24, 2013
    Where: PARIS!
    Plenaries: Scott Thornbury and Sue Palmer

Don't allow the grey to overwhelm you today.

Activities and Lesson Plans

Videos for Class

  • We posted another lesson on the Dove ‘Real Beauty’ video here.
  • Some readers have CDs available for them. Now Macmillan has come up with storytelling in the form of YouTube videos. Great idea!
  • Kieran Donaghy’s Film English website was awarded the ELTon for Innovation in Teacher Resources in English language teaching on Wednesday evening. We think he deserved it.
    In this lesson ‘Mixtape’, the topic is music.
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Learner type: Teens and adults
    Time: 60 minutes
    Activity: Speaking, writing
  • THE EMERGENCE OF CITIES by Nick Michelioudakis
    How did we move from small settlements to large cities? How did specialization, division of labour and trade emerge? And more importantly, how did we come to have kings?!? The Chairman of an old stone-age town planning committee explains to the bemused members his idea for a new way of doing things… Of course, as the social structure becomes more complicated, it is only natural that someone should be in charge… A fantastic way to add a humorous note to any Business English lesson on Committee Meetings etc.
    Handout [+ the KEY]
    Target: adults (business)
    Level: C1 – C2
    Topic: Meetings / Architecture / Local Authorities. Taken from the BBC TV series ‘Horrible Histories’
  • Making sense of spelling – Gina Cooke: A great lesson on English spelling
    Age: teen and up
    Level: B1+
  • What do you teach TOTAL beginners? Here’s Dave’s lesson on video.
  • FilmClub is actually a site meant for UK kids (a network of film clubs at schools), but there’s material here that can be used for our students as well (like how to write a review).
    There are hundreds of reviews and activities arranged by topic and age. Registration is free and once you register you can download issues of their fantastic free film magazine.

Stuff to ponder

  • Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley:
    But Ken Robinson 'Escaping Education's Death Valley'teaching is a creative profession. Teaching, properly conceived, is not a delivery system. You know, you’re not there just to pass on received information. Great teachers do that, but what great teachers also do is mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage. You see, in the end, education is about learning. If there’s no learning going on, there’s no education going on. And people can spend an awful lot of time discussing education without ever discussing learning. The whole point of education is to get people to learn.’ 
  • Vicky Loras on how and why FB can be a great tool for professional development
  • The Benefits of Being Bilingual: a wonderful short video about why it’s great to be bilingual!
  • To be a teacher is already to be a hero…”:  On Monday, May 20th, as kids got ready to leave school, a tornado over 3 km wide touched down in the town of Moore, Oklahoma, USA. At Plaza Towers Elementary School, teacher Rhonda Crosswhite tried to protect her students – with her own body. All survived.
  • Non-native English teacher (and native, too), do you ever feel this way? “There’s no fiercer critic than the one residing within ourselves. Being a non-native speaker teacher of English offers ample opportunity to strongly feel doubt or the daunting idea of inadequacy.” Read on.
  • One older teacher’s words of wisdom for a young person who just graduated from university with a degree in education this year:

We don't need no education.

Helpful Tools for Teachers

Other Stuff

  • Have you got a great lesson that you’d like to share? International House is holding a competition in which the winner is published and wins an online teacher training course.real people
  • Macmillan Cultural Readers competition for YOUR CLASS!
    Write your own Cultural Reader with your class. What can you tell us about your town, city or country? You can write about many topics, like history, geography, nature, culture, people, food, or sport. You can include text and drawings.
    All entries must be received by midnight (GMT) on 30th June 2013 and winners will be notified by 31st July 2013.


IELTS in Kosice, Slovakia, 22 June 2013