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Greetings from eslactivities.com!

I am so excited to send out the first edition of our newsletter! I hope the tips and messages here are useful to you. If you have suggestions for our newsletter content, please let me know at justin@eslactivities.com.

Teaching Tip

For our very first teaching tip, I have chosen an activity from one of my recent books, just published last April, "100 Ways to Teach Language Online: Powerful Tools for the Online and Flipped Classroom Teacher". This book is full of activity ideas just like this one and is a great resource for both new and experienced teachers alike.

Rebus Strips

A rebus strip replaces words with clip art, giving students a chance to practice vocabuly by reading aloud the word every time they see the image. For example, instead of the word "chicken", replace the word with a small image of a chicken Image of a chicken and ask students to say aloud the word when they encounter the image. A rebus strip can be read in pairs or as a group with you. Students can also practice reading them to family members, friends, or anyone in their ecosystem. Or, they can record themselves reading it in a video and upload it to the course platform. Another great activity is to have students create their own rebus strips and share them with their classmates. You might want to have a rebus strip "competition", where students vote for the ones they like most.

I like this activity also because I use the picture BINGO Card Maker at eslactivities.com to practice using the pictures with the students. I put all the pictures I plan to use on my rebus strips into a BINGO set and we play the game to help them learn the words that go with the pictures.

Language Ecosystems

Want to learn more about the language "ecosystems" mentioned in the teaching tip above? Check the popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Learning How to Learn a Language" on Udemy! This course is great for both language learners and language teachers because it explains how to build a language ecosystem and learner autonomy. You'll learn about key language-learning personalities that are essential to successful language learning like the "explorer", the "scientist" and the "sensei", and you learn how to use language ecosystems to improve your language practice. Combine the course with the "Langage Learner Guidebook" and the "Language Map", for even better results.

That's all for this first edition, but expect more useful tips and suggestions in our next edition coming soon! Have a great day!

Justin from eslactivities.com

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