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Inspirations

While browsing the Internet for materials for my summer courses, I’ve come across some very interesting sites full of teacher’s resources, stunning ideas, activities and handouts. I've found them worth recommending.

First of all, I haven’t realised there are so many good teachers’ blogs. Many of them can be found through the British Council site. But one of my favourites is Just a Word. This page is rich in topics connected with teaching techniques, teacher's development and approach to teaching as such. Moreover, there are links to other websites and blogs which you may find of use.

When you look for downloadable resources, I would recommend  http://en.islcollective.com/. This site is created by teachers from all over the world who make their materials available to others. You can also leave your resources there and feel free to download. I’ve used some of the worksheets from there.

The page which I've discovered quite recently is Storybird. You can create your own account  there and produce lovely stories with your students or let your students make up stories themselves.  There are hundreds of pictures stirring your imagination that only wait to be used in a little book of yours. You arrange the pictures yourself, you invent a book cover and decide where to put the text. It is lovely. You can also read books created by others.  I think that writing a story can be a very motivating and rewarding activity for both children and teenagers. And using a computer for that purpose is very attractive. Maybe even adults could  benefit from this site.

The last site I would like to recommend today is Music English, which I love because it combines my two passions: music and English language. This is something I've always wanted to do and eventually I've found the means to do it. Richard Gresswell, the author of the site, prepares and presents video clips with subtitles. Some videos are accompanied by  a worksheet or an idea, how to use a song, and all of them have lyrics available in Word format.  If you cannot find a song you’re interested in, you can ask the author to subtitle it for you. This is a wonderful way to learn new vocabulary or grammar structures. Songs stay in your head for longer, so you remember better.

It’s wonderful you do not have to rely solely on your own resourcefulness and creativity but you can benefit from experience and good will of others.