Here is all the credit-bearing module news in one place.

Say hi to the summer school students!

Before the start of the summer school, we're going to be giving students access to a special website called Online Academic English, a place where students can access some practice materials, ask questions in a forum and introduce themselves. To help them introduce themselves, we've created a virtual noticeboard on which tutors and students can upload a picture of themselves and write a short profile. At the moment there are only tutors on the board as we haven't sent out details of the site to students, but will be doing so in the next few days. If you are teaching on the summer school, it would be great if you could add your picture and write a few sentences about yourself. All you need to do is go to the link below, double click on anywhere that isn't a profile and you'll be given the option to write something and add a picture. When you finish this will then be added to the page.  ...make a comment

Teaching 'with an attitude': critical discourse analysis in EFL

Recommended by Anastasios Asimakopoulos and - in his words - 'not as heavy as it appears', an excellent article exploring the role between language and social influence and what that might mean for our teaching. You can access it here, though you'll need to be signed into your Sheffield account to make sure you can open and view it....make a comment

Easter Training Day

Following the success of the Christmas vacation training day, we're going to repeat the formula on the final Friday of the Easter vacation and hopefully send you buzzing away into Term 3 with lots of coffee new ideas to try. If you're not still on holiday and are interested in attending, or even giving, some of the sessions, please click here and fill out the quick form. For the purposes of timetabling WAS etc, it would be really helpful if you could reply by the end of this week....make a comment

Use Text Analysis Tools to enhance your lessons

There are many excellent websites out there now that use corpora to help you and your students analyse texts and words and learn more about their usage, form and meaning. We have written a user-friendly guide to the four most helpful sites for doing this and you can read it here....make a comment

Comparison of the effectiveness of dictionaries versus online corpora

This article by Charles Mueller and Natalie Jacobson looks at whether students benefit more from using dictionaries or online corpora. Interesting read with some interesting conclusions, you can download it from here....make a comment

Grammar Flip

Grammar Flip is a website to help you 'flip' the classroom, by that we mean providing engaging and interactive content outside the classroom so you can focus more on helping the students inside. This website focusses specifically on grammar....make a comment

Create a YouTube playlist for your class

A simple and easy way to share video material with students in your class is by creating a YouTube playlist. This playlist can be shared by email or embedded in a VLE, and can be updated as and when you wish. Click here for our easy-to-follow guide....make a comment

Create lessons from TED

TED is a very popular site with teachers (and with good reason). But did you know there is a special site where you can create interactive lessons based on TED videos? It's called TED ED and we've written a lovely guide for you to read here....make a comment

Why not have a good read?

If you scroll down the page, you'll notice we've added a Good Reads section with a couple of shortish articles on EFL/EAP theory or practice. Some of these are blog posts, others more academic articles, we'll try to find decent stuff from around the web that you might have missed and post a couple of articles each week. If you want to recommend an article then just let us (David, Nick, Erin or Jo) know and we'll add it to our weekly posts. Also, remember to add comments to the post if there's any point you want to make about the article. To do that, click on the title of the article and then add your comment in the text box....make a comment

Vocabulary Size and Text Coverage by Paul Nation and Robert Waring

A more academic read this one looking at the issue of how many words students need to know to be able to understand a text (or at least a part of it). Huge implications for activities such as guessing in context. Not a long read so well worth a skim through, click here to read and remember to make a comment if you have something to say!...make a comment

Misapplied Linguistics by Leo Selivan

An excellent blog post by Leo Selivan, an EFL teacher working in Israel. Some fascinating insights into the mismatch of theory and practice in our discipline as well as some surprising research findings about lexical sets. Click here to read the article and remember to add a comment to this post if anything interested you....make a comment

Great video lessons with Zaption

Zaption is a wonderful web tool for creating lively video lessons, you can take web video from YouTube and elsewhere and easily add your own questions. We've written an extensive guide to help you get started, click here to read....make a comment

Oxford Words Blog

If you're looking for a site that provides students with quirky, interesting facts about English, try the Oxford Words Blog It's updated regularly and often reflects what's in the news. Recent posts have included words that come from people's surnames (e.g. Pilates) and a quiz on who's V whose. Good to share on Google Classroom or use as the basis for a lesson....make a comment

Flip your classroom with VideoAnt

VideoAnt is a web tool where you can take a YouTube video and then make as many questions or annotations on it as you like (bit like margin comments in a book). You can then share your creation with others so they can respond to your annotations or make their own. We've written up a guide to help you use it more effectively with your students and you can read it here....make a comment

Use Quizlet to develop student vocabulary

Quizlet is a wonderful website/mobile app for developing students vocabulary through word lists, flashcards and games. We've written up an extensive guide for it that you can find here....make a comment