This publication offers a range of practical tips and advice for remote teaching in all contexts.
Technology has already transformed our century. Smartphones, cloud computing, social media and videoconferencing are only a few of the major innovations that have exploded onto the scene. They have changed our lives and completely changed the ways in which we communicate and access information and learning.
Yet in 2020 teachers have also had to face another unexpected challenge – the Covid-19 pandemic. We know many children have missed learning during school closures and too many lack the conditions for remote learning. But the more that teachers can provide remote teaching the better.
These tips provide new ideas for teachers less familiar with remote teaching and provide fresh insights for teachers who already teach remotely. See the list of tips and guidance below:
Getting started with online teaching
Keeping your learners safe online
Lesson planning for teaching live online
A menu of ideas for online lessons
Supporting neurodiversity in online teaching
Inclusion in remote teaching contexts
Helping parents and caregivers to support remote learning
Supporting your child to learn remotely at home
Maximising speaking opportunities in online lessons
Maintaining student motivation while teaching remotely
Using Facebook to teach English remotely
Using mobile messenger apps to teach English remotely
In Describe Image items, you are likely to be presented with a graph. In these cases, it is important that you show appropriate relationships by comparing and contrasting the information contained in the graphs. Let’s see how you can use language of comparison and contrast.
Comparative adjectives: Use these when comparing two nouns and can be formed as follows:
Adjectives with one syllable: add ‘-r/-er’ (e.g. higher, larger, bigger).
Adjectives with two syllables ending in ‘-y’: change the ‘y’ and add ‘-ier’ (e.g. happier, prettier).
Adjectives ending in ‘-ed’ or ‘-ing’ and most adjectives with two syllables: add ‘more’ before the adjective (e.g. more boring, more crowded, more common, more peaceful).
Adjectives with three or more syllables: use ‘more’ before the adjective (e.g. more attractive, more successful).
Include ‘than’ as part of your sentence (e.g. It is more expensive to live in a city than in a small town).
Superlative adjectives: Use these when describing a noun that is at the highest or lowest limit of a group. They can be formed as follows:
Adjectives with one syllable: add ‘-st/-est’ (e.g. highest, largest, biggest).
Adjectives with two syllables ending in ‘-y’: change the ‘y’ and add ‘-iest’ (e.g. happiest, prettiest).
Adjectives ending in ‘-ed’ or ‘-ing’ and most adjectives with two syllables: add ‘the most’ before the adjective (e.g. the most boring, the most crowded, the most common, the most peaceful).
Adjectives with three or more syllables: use ‘the most’ before the adjective (e.g. the most attractive, the most successful).
Remember to include ‘the’ before the adjective or most (e.g. This was the cheapest car I could find.).
Comparative/superlative adverbs: The rules above apply when the comparison requires the use of an adverb. Examples:
I usually speak more quickly than my friends.
The students often work harder towards the end of the semester.
You can contact me the easiest by text.
The team played the best they could, but they didn’t win the match.
as … as: Use this structure when the two nouns being compared are equal in some form. The adjective does not change. Examples:
Divorce rates are twice as high as they were last year.
This room is as big as the one next door.
This structure can also be used with adverbs to compare two actions:
We didn’t finish as quickly as we’d hoped.
The presenter spoke as enthusiastically as he possibly could.
Comparison and contrast language is especially useful for Describe Image tasks. Look at some example sentences from student responses to this item type:
The land allocated for the public park is significantly smaller than the land allocated for the school.
The roads are much busier during June than they are in December.
The most important export for this country is oil.
Focus on the content words (usually nouns, verbs, adjectives)
It is easy to read this by focusing on the content words in bold.
Read in groups of two or more words (read phrases not words) eg subject + verb + object
At the age of 16 / most students take exams / in about ten different subjects
At the age of 16 / most students take exams / in about ten different subjects
In complex sentences, identify and focus on the main clause
Vary your reading rate
Decrease speed when you find the following:
An unfamiliar word not made clear by the sentence: Try to understand it from the way it’s used; then read on and return to it later.
Long and uninvolved sentence and paragraph structure: Slow down enough to enable you to untangle them and get an accurate idea of what the passage says.
Unfamiliar or abstract ideas: Look for applications or examples which will give them meaning. Demand that an idea “make sense.” Never give up until you understand, because it will be that much easier the next time.
Detailed, technical material: This includes complicated directions, abstract principles, materials on which you have little background.
Increase speed when you find the following:
Simple material with few ideas new to you:Move rapidly over the familiar.
Unnecessary examples and illustrations:These are included to clarify ideas. If not needed, move over them quickly.
Detailed explanation: Elaboration which you do not need can be scanned quickly.
Broad, generalised ideas: These can be rapidly grasped, even with scan techniques.
The following outlines the three stages and steps for summarising.
Quickly scan the passage to identify the topic and purpose.
Read the passage carefully to understand the content. Try to infer the meaning of any unknown words and phrases.
Re-read the passage and note down the topic sentences and key words on your erasable noteboard.
Stick to the topic and purpose of the text. Keep the meaning and degree of certainty the same as the original writing.
Focus on the key words and the main ideas only. Key points in the text will usually be repeated, developed and highlighted; include these in your writing.
Write your summary without referring to the original, making sure to include all the main points. Do not include examples or supporting evidence in your summary.
Use vocabulary that is relevant to the passage and appropriate for an academic environment. The best test responses use words from the passage appropriately and use synonyms effectively to show variety and range in language use.
Do not add anything to the summary that was not present in the original and you should not include your opinion.
Check the content of your summary to make sure it conveys the main ideas in the passage.
Check that the basic structure of the sentence is correct. The best test responses are usually complex sentences that consist of a main clause and subordinate clause.
Check punctuation and spelling. Make sure your sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.
Check the length of your summary. Make sure you write only one sentence that is no more than 75 words long. Check your word count after you have typed your response.
Play is fun, all children love playing, and children learn so much through play without even realising it. So we need to give children time to play, not just ten minutes when they finish their ‘work’.
When children play, they are experimenting with ideas, testing hypotheses, mastering skills, using their imaginations and representing their world. If you cut out play when teaching English you are removing a vital step in childhood development.
Here are a few examples of the different types of things children are learning and developing as they play.
When playing with plasticine children develop their fine motor skills. Children are working on hand-eye coordination and building up the muscles in their hands and fingers when modelling plasticine. These are valuable pre-writing skills, as good muscle strength and hand-eye coordination will help children hold and use writing tools properly later on. By playing with plasticine, children are also experimenting with things like colour, shape and texture.
When playing with dolls and a tub of waterthey are learning about the concepts of wet and dry, floating and sinking, clean and dirty. They are also engaging in sensory play, and experimenting with the way water feels.
When playing with musical instrumentschildren are developing sound recognition (the sounds that different instruments make and an understanding of how sounds can change (e.g. high, low, soft, loud, fast slow) and an appreciation of music. These valuable listening skills are transferable to the area of language and communication.
When playing with transport toys, children are experimenting with friction and motion, up and down, forwards and backwards, fast and slow.
When children are playing with blocks, they are learning about colour, shape and patterns, as well as the concepts of weight, size, height, length, vertical and horizontal.
In dramatic play and small world play(acting out scenes from real life, stories and/or imagination created with small figures and objects) children are representing ideas that help them make sense of the world around them. They can also experiment with playing different roles and inventing different scenarios, taking them beyond the real world and developing their imagination.
What do you think?
How important do you think it is to give children time to play?
How do you think play can help a child’s language development?
O termo “sexta-feira negra” foi realmente associado à crise financeira, não às compras de vendas.
Dois financistas de Wall Street, Jim Fisk e Jay Gould, compraram juntos uma quantidade significativa de ouro dos EUA na esperança de que o preço global subisse e, por sua vez, pudessem vendê-lo com lucros enormes.
Na sexta-feira, 24 de setembro de 1869, no que foi chamado de “Black Friday”, o mercado de ouro dos EUA entrou em colapso e as ações de Fisk e Gould deixaram os barões de Wall Street em falência.
Não foi até anos posteriores que o período pós-Ação de Graças se associou ao nome.
Nos últimos anos, circulou um boato impreciso, sugerindo que os proprietários de plantações do sul poderiam comprar escravos a um preço com desconto após o Dia de Ação de Graças, no século XIX.