All Reference Material articles – Page 4

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    Raksha Bandhan

    This is a sentimental Hindu custom within the family marking the love and affection between brothers and sisters, celebrated mostly in India. It comes from an ancient story referring to a battle between the gods and the demons. The King of the Gods, Indra, was unhappy with the battles. His ...

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    Vaisakhi

    This is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar and celebrates the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa. The story of the Khalsa begins with Guru Teg Behadur who disagreed with many of the Hindu teachings and was publicly beheaded by the Mughal leaders. ...

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    Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent for western Christian churches. Traditionally, a mark on the forehead is made with the ashes from burned palms as a symbol of death, sorrow and sin. The marking also reminds churchgoers where the ashes come from. It is a reminder of baptism, ...

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    Assessment matters: Exams extra (upper-intermediate to proficiency)

    In this article, Adrian Tennant takes a look at some of the exams materials available on onestopenglish outside of the main 'Exams' section and suggests how they could be used in your teaching.

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    Assessment matters: Exams extra (elementary to intermediate)

    In this article, Adrian Tennant takes a look at some of the exams materials available on onestopenglish outside of the main 'Exams' section and suggests how they could be used in your teaching.

  • Photo of a CEFR table, to illustrate the concept of 'can do' statements. If too hard, photo of a person writing.
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    Assessment matters: Self-assessment and 'Can do' statements

    Adrian Tennant takes a look at self-assessment and, in particular, ‘Can do’ statements: a current buzzword and term employed by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

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    Editorial: Getting hands on!

    This month Keith explores the range of fabulous resources - new and old - that help learners learn by 'doing'. From practical experiments to presentations; whole class speaking activities to colouring and cuts outs - there's a lot to engage and excite your kinaesthetic learners.

  • Photo of a person sorting out files, to suggest the idea of a portfolio. If too hard, photo of folders and files, in a pile for example.
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    Assessment matters: Portfolios

    Adrian Tennant explains how student portfolios can be organized and maintained, and outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of using them for assessment.

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    TKT: Content-obligatory language

    In the first part of her series on language for CLIL, Kay Bentley explains what content-obligatory language is, how it affects CLIL teaching and what do you need to know about content-obligatory language for TKT: CLIL.

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    The language dimension of CLIL

    Keith Kelly argues that language, and an explicit focus on it, is at the heart of CLIL methodology.

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    Process skills and data-handling for CLIL

    Jean Brewster looks at how learners have to develop process skills to interact successfully with content. The benefits of using graphic organizers is explored with practical examples and accompanying worksheets to help you try out some of the techniques examined.

  • Photo of a classroom with students and a teacher. If too hard, photo of a notebook, pen, etc. to suggest assessment.
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    Assessment matters: Assessing tasks and lessons

    Adrian Tennant looks at ways in which teachers can assess lessons in order to judge the success of both their classroom delivery and students’ learning.

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    Training CLIL Teachers: The Zurich Approach

    A brief look at key skills for training CLIL subject and language teachers in the context of Zurich‘s University of Teacher Education

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    Thinking skills for CLIL

    In the first of a new series of study skills for CLIL, Jean Brewster takes the very topical subject of thinking skills and looks at how CLIL teaching embraces many of the thinking skills principles and how this benefits the learner.

  • Photo of a teacher and their students, e.g.: in a high school.
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    Assessment matters: Assessing young learners

    Adrian Tennant looks at how young learners feel about assessment; marks, grades and comments; ongoing assessment; self-assessment; and the general benefits of assessment for this age group.

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    Article: The need for a more inductive methodology for CLIL teachers

    Adrian Tennant sets out why he thinks the issue of methodology is as important and challenging as the issue of language proficiency.

  • Photo of either people taking an exam or of simply a room in a school set up for an exam.
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    Assessment matters: Preparing students for tests and exams

    Adrian Tennant looks at how most exams test a student’s ability to do tests and gives some practical tips aimed at helping you prepare your students.

  • Photo of a teacher marking papers.
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    Assessment matters: Assessing skills

    Adrian Tennant looks at how teachers test the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and the fairness of assessment techniques.

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    Assessment matters: Diagnostic tests

    Adrian Tennant considers 'diagnostic tests', comparing them to other forms of assessment as well as giving some practical suggestions.

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    Lesson Share: In closing ...

    In her eighth and final diary entry, Shiriin Barakzai signs off from the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan - she is off to explore new horizons. Her diary entries will be sorely missed here on onestopenglish, but she leaves us with some charming anecdotes to keep us going!