Comic strips provide a unique and exciting way to engage learners in the world of English. Check out these eight tips for making and using them in your classroom. 1) Making comic strips as a group activity Creating a comic strip is a great group activity. Some learners can write the story, some can draw,…

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Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? – QUIZ

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? – QUIZ

Are you the kind of person who just can’t stop fiddling with your smartphone? Do you feel alone when your phone is in a different room? Do you get anxious when you have to do some kind of real-life activity – like having a bath or making a sandwich – and you can’t fondle your phone or give it your full attention?

If you answered ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’, and ‘YES!’ to these questions, you may be addicted to your smartphone! Take our fun quiz to find out whether you have nomophobia – the technical name for the fear of being disconnected from your smartphone.

Say whether you agree or disagree with the following statements, and keep a note of your answers – if you can manage that without being distracted by your messages…

  1. My smartphone is the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I look at before I go to sleep.
  2. I often bump into people when I’m walking down the street, because I’m looking at my smartphone.
  3. My smartphone goes everywhere with me.
  4. I have a pet name for my smartphone.
  5. Nobody is allowed to touch my smartphone except me.
  6. I need to be connected at all times, but I don’t know why.
  7. When I’m not using my smartphone, I’m usually thinking about using it.
  8. My phone is almost an extension of my hand.
  9. I would rather chat on my smartphone than talk to my friends in person.
  10. I can spend hours on my smartphone without noticing the time.
  11. I’m jealous because my friend has a newer smartphone.
  12. I’m never bored, thanks to my smartphone.
  13. I feel anxious when I’m not near my smartphone.
  14. I don’t think it’s rude to repeatedly use my smartphone during a romantic meal with my partner.
  15. It is rude of people to expect me to stop looking at my smartphone just because they’re talking to me.
  16. I don’t see any problem with children and young teens having their own smartphones.
  17. I can’t sit through a film at the cinema without checking my smartphone multiple times.
  18. I recently started wearing glasses – so I can see my smartphone screen better.
  19. People often tell me that I’m addicted to my smartphone.
  20. I love my smartphone.
Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Do you believe that you are never alone with a smartphone?

Results:

Mostly agree: You may be showing signs of smartphone addiction. Your phone is more than just a device to you – it’s your friend. Maybe even your best friend. Try spending time away from your smartphone. Go outside; speak to other people; write a letter to a friend and walk to the post office to mail it; spend time doing active hobbies which don’t require you to stare at a small screen for hours on end. Start off with short bursts of non-smartphone activity, then build up to longer, more sustained periods of normality, until – finally – you are ready to downgrade to a dumb phone.

Mostly disagree: You seem to have a more balanced approach to your smartphone. To you it is really just a tool – something that has many useful functions, but not something that you need to physically handle all the time. It’s useful to have it when you need to call someone or send the odd message or text – which is not very often, to be honest. Maybe you just don’t have enough friends to make a smartphone really essential. In any case, you are happy to leave your phone at home in the sock drawer – or even completely forget where you’ve put it, and you do not feel disturbed if you experience – from time to time – the strength-sapping feeling of boredom. For you, it’s normal, and nothing to fear. On the contrary, it is nice not to keep having to check constant updates.

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Do you feel that keeping your head down and your eyes focused on a tiny screen is a good look?


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Say it! app Digital resources are abundant these days, and their use in the classroom, and by students in their own time, is an increasing trend. But it can be difficult to know what to use, and how to use it. These apps and websites don’t tend to come with a well-researched Teachers’ Book to…

via Say it app: Using digital resources in the classroom — Oxford University Press

10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes English Learners Make

10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes English Learners Make

10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes English Learners Make

In this fab video from mmmEnglish we learn about the 10 most common grammar mistakes that English learners make. How many of them have you corrected?

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Using Time Words in English – Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Using Time Words in English – Paul’s Missionary Journeys

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Learn English through Bible study! Practice using time words in English – like before, after, earlier, and later – while researching Paul’s three missionary journeys, from Acts 13 onwards.

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Using Time Words in English – Paul’s Missionary Journeys

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In the UK it is National Storytelling week from 26th January to 2nd February. The week is a celebration of storytelling, which has been introduced to increase awareness of the ‘oldest art form’ in the world, an art form which is a part of our universal human history. The week aims to promote the practice of oral storytelling,……

via Once upon a time … – the magic of telling tales — World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press

by Kate Woodford We tell each other things all the time, whether it’s our news, some important information or just interesting facts. This week we’re focusing on the language that we use to describe giving information. Starting with a really useful phrasal verb, if you pass on a message or a piece of news that someone […]

via Divulging and disclosing (The language of giving information) — About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

What is the situation like in the Brazilian countryside? To understand the reality a little better and how it impacts teaching in the Brazilian classroom, we spoke with Rafael Fonseca who teaches English in a language school in a cooperative coffee cultivation in Paraguacu. His learners are the children of field workers. The Brazilian School……

via Teaching English in the Brazilian countryside — World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press