5 ways to keep students’ attention in class

In one of our posts earlier in the year we suggested a few ways of getting students’ attention when the class is not listening. Ideas such as call and response, transitional chants or songs, and countdowns can work well when you need to get the attention of the whole class, although if used too often can lose their effectiveness.

Read: 8 Young learner first lesson problems and solutions. 

So what can we do to get, and more importantly, keep our students’ attention? Here are five top tips! 

How I discovered there are (at least) 14 different kinds of love by analysing the world’s languages

No emotion, surely, is as cherished and sought after as love. Yet on occasions such as Valentine’s day, we can often be misled into thinking that it consists solely in the swooning, star-crossed romance of falling deeply “in love”. But on reflection, love is far more complex. Indeed, arguably no word covers a wider range of feelings and experiences than love.

How people talk now holds clues about human migration centuries ago

Often, you can tell where someone grew up by the way they speak.

For example, if someone in the United States doesn’t pronounce the final “r” at the end of “car,” you might think they are from the Boston area, based on sometimes exaggerated stereotypes about American accents and dialects, such as “Pahk the cahr in Hahvahd Yahd.”

Hearing hate speech primes your brain for hateful actions

A mark on a page, an online meme, a fleeting sound. How can these seemingly insignificant stimuli lead to acts as momentous as participation in a racist rally or the massacre of innocent worshippers? Psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists and philosophers are developing a new theory of language understanding that’s starting to provide answers.

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Language Assessment Research

Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) award aims to recognize research that has been carried out by a graduate student in a master’s or doctoral program. For this award, students are encouraged to submit papers that investigate any area of language assessment that involve quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, such as data-driven empirical work or conceptual work (e.g., a literature review, meta analysis, etc.). Projects may address world languages, less-commonly-taught foreign languages, or English as a second or foreign language.

IATEFL/TESOL Joint Web Conference 2016

Come and join us for the IATEFL and TESOL International Association joint web conference. The conference will be held 17–19 November, 2016. We invite you to explore the following themes: Day 1 (17 November): World Englishes The varieties of English used by different groups and/or in different parts of the world (including varieties used among second language users), representing local varieties, such as Indian English or Singaporean English, many developed in geographies influenced by a former history of colonialism.

Call for Book Chapter Proposal on Theorizing and Analyzing Language Teacher Agency

Theorizing and Analyzing Language Teacher Agency (Tentative Title) Editors: Dr. Hayriye Kayi-Aydar (University of Arizona) Dr. Xuesong (Andy) Gao (University of Hong Kong) Dr. Elizabeth Miller (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) Dr. Manka Varghese (University of Washington) Dr. Gergana Vitanova (University of Central Florida) Teachers play a vital role in making decisions about instruction, curriculum changes, and, in some contexts, educational reforms and language policies. However, their decision-making does not simply happen.

Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

The TOEFL Program at ETS is pleased to announce it will now begin accepting applications for the 2016 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award. Purpose To recognize doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge about second or foreign language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing. Award Value $2,500 (U.S.

EALTA 2017 pre-conference workshops - Call for Proposals

Dear ELTacademia Members, we invite proposals to lead one of next year’s Pre-Conference Workshops preceding the 2017 EALTA conference at the CIEP (Sèvres, France). The workshops run from Monday 29th May, 2017 (2pm), Wednesday, 30th (all day) to Thursday 31st May, 2017 (noon). The conference itself starts with the opening reception on Wednesday evening and runs until Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (noon). We invite workshop leaders to submit proposals for the following four topics, based on feedback from EALTA members: 1.