Friday, July 11, 2014

Victor Fernandes, a student of Mario Llorente and Steve McCrea, gave his first class as an English Teacher

On 10 July 2014 Victor led a class with a grammar exercise.

"Find the errors in these sentences.  Come to the computer and make the corrections."

This lesson took place in Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A Focus on Listening: Mario Llorente describes the "Visual and Active Audio Library"

part 1

The Internet holds millions of documents, photos, pdfs, audio files and videos and many of them are available for public use.  The problems:
a) where are these files?                                                                  part 2
b) how long will it take to download and store these items?
c) how could these items be organized?

Mario Llorente has been part of efforts to bring materials gto teachers.

Some teachers don't have the skills of "finding and downloading useful items"
Teachers are good at presenting information to their classes.

part 4

part 5

Part 6

Mario makes it possible through the Visual and Active Audio Library to share collections of files in the public domain.  Yes, many teachers can find time to search the archives of the Library of Congress and other places where free ebooks are stored for public use.  Many of us don't have time or the experience to know where to look.

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

The following materials are available for downloading   a collection of links to free ebooks   Collections for parents and students

Many teachers who are unfamiliar with the resources on the Internet face three obstacles:
a) How do we find these files?
b) How do we download these files?
c)  How do we organize these files?
d) How do we distribute these files?

There is a principle of "help your students focus."  Giving a folder with 200 files in it does not provide enough guidance to many students.   Teachers often need to give students a choice of three or four files, perhaps per week, and ask students to select one or two of the four files to report on.

See also:   How to become a better Teacher of English

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Playlist on FreeEnglishLessons: Music, techniques and passion (by Mario Llorente)

This playlist of 25 videos is what a new teacher might need 

Video zero:  How Mario became interested in learning English

Part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4  Note:  Mario Llorente presented a series of short lectures about how to become a better teacher of English Language, sometimes called ESOL teacher

The presentation was given on 8 July 2014, Tuesday, by Mario to Victor Fernandes, a teacher in training from Florianopolis, Brazil.

Topics in this series includes

how to maintain the passion for learning

how passion for learning supports the Englsh Language teacher

how to bring in technology

how to work with other teachers

the use of lyrics in education

Please send comments to Steve at   954 646 8246
Camera work by Steve McCrea

Mario Llorente How to become a better English Language Teacher with Music

part 5

part 6

part 7

Part 16
Mario demonstrates physically the importance of playing "the authority" by standing and delivering a short lecture.

This list of 25 videos comes from a seminar given on 8 July 2014


Mario recommends Mary Finocchiaro's book about English as a Second Language: From Theory to Practice

Here is one of the best books for introducing to new teachers tips about how to teach English...

Go ahead, recommend this video

Here is part 2 of the list of 12 items to remember.

Mario talks about the importance of waking up early.