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I hope these newsletters have been helpful to you in whatever situation you find yourself teaching in. Today I wanted to share another great resource I have found extremely helpful in my own teaching.

The Oxford Picture Dictionary

This is one of those books that every teacher should have in their library, and hopefully available in their classroom. It has amazing pictures and illustrations for hundreds of common words, and comes in bilingual and monolingual options in several languages. I bought one in Korean so I could improve my Korean vocabulary. The vocabulary is organized into sections, which make it really easy to teach from and I have built entire vocabulary courses around just the picture dictionary. It really is a great resource. You might even be able to use the pictures in the dictionary to make picture BINGO cards on eslactivities.com. (NOTE: I am not a copyright lawyer, so if you are concerned about copyright, please check before making picture BINGO cards with pictures from the dictionary. It is my understanding that if you are planning to use them only one time, and they are for educational purpose, and your students are not keeping the BINGO cards, i.e. you are not "distributing" the pictures from the dictionary to your students, then it qualifies under the TEACH Act and Fair Use to use the pictures from the dictionary to make BINGO cards. If you plan on using the pictures every time you teach the class, or you will be giving the students copies of the pictures in handouts or letting them keep the BINGO cards, that does NOT qualify under Fair Use and you should ask for permission first. Everyone's situation is different, so please check before using the images to make BINGO cards. eslactivities.com will not be held liable for copyright violations resulting from images you upload to the site while using the tools.)

Heirarchy of Needs for Successful Online Learning

While it is not directly related to the tools and activities on eslactivities.com, I wanted to share with you a recent blog post I posted on my other website, jshewell.com. This posts examines the needs of students learning online and compares them with Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Each need is explained in the post, so I won't go into too much detail here, but it looks at equipment needs, environment needs, community and interaction needs, self-reliance needs, and creativity needs. If you teach online in any capacity, hopefully this hierarchy will be useful to you and help you begin the conversations with those who can help you meet your students' needs. Check out the blog post at https://jshewell.com/articles/31.

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