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Activities

Giving Advice

Students practise giving advice using should/shouldn’t.

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Teaching Teaching Teenagers

3 Ways to Get Your Students to Use Their Smartphones More

In Defence of Smartphones

Let’s face it, things change.

Even as a (relatively) young teacher I often find myself feeling out of touch with how fast things have moved on since I was a teenager. Just the other week, I presented a computer keyboard to one of my younger students in order to type her name and she explained that she didn’t really know how to use one. She’d only ever used tablets and phones.

Jesus, I felt old.

Yet when it comes to smartphones I’m not intimidated by them. For many teachers they are a scourge amongst teenage classes. They’re an obsession and a distraction, and they have no place in the classroom.

I disagree. Not only should you allow mobile phones in class, but you should integrate them into your activities from time to time.

Hear me out!

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DimmiDeck News

Live on Kickstarter – We need your support!

We’ve launched on Kickstarter!

We are now live on Kickstarter!

‘Early Birds’ get a 15% discount on the DimmiDeck – limited to the first 150 backers! We are also offering discounts on double decks, limited edition ‘large’ decks and bulk orders as well as Kickstarter Exclusive Cards (scroll down to see!)

One year in the making

For the past year we have been testing, tweaking and improving the DimmiDeck to reduce preparation time and make our language lessons more engaging and more fun.

We’re so happy with the 50 characters that made it into the final deck. 100s of activities, dozens of games and tonnes of vocabulary. Total engagement with minimal preparation. If you’re a language teacher, you’re going to love this deck of cards!

Not your average flashcard!

Each of the 50 DimmiDeck characters has 9 different vocabulary sets (plus some surprises…) built into each card. The same card can be used for teaching a dozen different words.

Don’t have any time to prepare? No problem, any card you choose will show one of the desired vocab topics. Got a little more time? Check out our ‘quick reference’ guide to varied vocabulary sets (plus a sneak peak at all the cards!)

We need your support!

Kickstarter is ‘all or nothing’. We either reach our goal and print a large run of DimmiDecks for language teachers all over the world, or we don’t.

Support us today and as well as being the first to get your DimmiDeck, you can look forward to free activities and lesson plans, future products that expand on new ideas and vocabulary topics, a community of language teachers sharing activities and advice for free and support from us here at DimmiDeck.

What are you waiting for? Check out our Kickstarter campaign, watch our video, try our free activity ideas, see our productions stills and, most importantly, order your DimmiDeck before the discount expires!

Thank you for your support!

Anthony and Alessandra

Support DimmiDeck – Click Here!

 

 

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Games

A-Z Snap

Snap with a twist! Players practise thinking quickly in their second language

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Games

Gimme Five!

DimmiDeck’s version of 20 questions!

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DimmiDeck News

Kickstarter Campaign Countdown…

We officially launch the DimmiDeck on Kickstarter on Monday 23rd of January! We can’t wait to show you through the cards, explain how they work and offer them to you for preorder. If you haven’t yet checked out our DimmiDeck Infographic then what are you waiting for? DimmiDeck is the the ultimate flexible resource for teaching second languages!

We can’t tell you much now, only that you should check our website, Facebook, Twitter and newsletter for how you can get your hands on a copy. Here’s a tip – the early bird gets the worm, as they say, and the earliest birds will be those on our mailing list.

Also, keep your eyes open for some new content in the coming days.

We can’t wait!

Anthony and Alessandra

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Quizzes

The 12 most misused words in English – can you beat our quiz?

There’s much more to teaching than vocabulary and grammar. But secretly, we all like to think we know it all, don’t we? Most English speakers use these words incorrectly on a daily basis.

English teachers we challenge you – how many do you know? Post your scores below!

 

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DimmiDeck News

And the Winner of our 1-Year Subscription to English Teaching Professional Magazine is…

Patrice Palmer!

Thanks to the hundreds of you that entered the giveaway.

“Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., TESL has 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Curriculum Writer in Canada including 7 years in Hong Kong. Patrice has taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada.  Patrice now works as a teacherpreneur (www.teacherpreneur.ca) ​doing the things that she loves such as writing courses, sharing teaching materials, instructional coaching and travelling at any time of the year to conduct short-term training around the world.  Please visit (www.patricepalmer.ca)​  for free ​ESL ​teaching resources.”

Congratulations Patrice! We hope you enjoy the subscription.

Everyone else, stay tuned for future competitions and teaching-related giveaways!

Have a great week!

Anthony

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for students

Can you beat our phrasal verbs quiz? Learn with DimmiDeck!

Practise your phrasal verbs with DimmiDeck!

Need help? Leave a comment below and we will help.

If you enjoy the quiz don’t forget to challenge your friends!

 

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Quizzes

10 Grammar Questions Most Teachers Can’t Answer…

How much do you actually know about grammar? This is probably the most infuriating quiz we’ve ever created, but we hope you have fun with it! Do you disagree with any of the answers? Post your scores in the comments!

 

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