Did you know, there are more ways to use books than just simply reading them? When I came across the BookBox website, I immediately knew that I wanted to fit it into my online classes. I teach ESL and Spanish online, and e-books are always popular with children’s classes — and even adult beginner classes! Books are … More Part 1: Four Tips for Teaching Languages Through AniBooks
You bought your child an iPad, or you’ve just received iPads for your classroom, and you and your child/students are ecstatic! What else is new? BookBox’s iPad app, Peter and The Greatest Treasure, with story-based spelling, matching, and vocabulary games! You may have seen The Greatest Treasure in English (US) on YouTube. Probably because it’s … More Teaching Through Adventures with Peter – an iPad App
Let’s face it – doesn’t matter how old your students are, for some reason past tenses make them either sick or scared. As much as there is no practical explanation for such a reaction (they are as much regular or irregular as the present ones), this mountain is easier to go around rather than to … More Too Much Noise About the Past – It’s Simple!
A French girl, let’s call her Ana, seven years old, doesn’t speak much English, a useful language to know despite living in Pondicherry, French India. Her parents want her to increase her English language skills, so they send her to Magic Stars, an education faculty to get extra help. Shilpa, the director, loves BookBox, … More Story Sequence with Bunty
Recently a demonstration of the Bookbox “Turtle’s Flute” AniBook was done in a government primary school in Pondicherry. There were about 100 students present along with three teachers. How did the interaction go? CLASSROOM TALK We asked the large gathering of students whether they liked listening to stories. Almost everyone said ‘yes’ except for a few shy … More Reading Comprehension from Turtle’s Flute
An important part of reading skills is the ability to identify the problem faced by the main character and the solution given in the story. Yes, many stories have a problem and solution by the end of the story. But teaching how to identify them becomes much more fun when we have a lovable character … More Identifying the Problem and Solution with Sringeri Sriniwas
No idea how to entertain your group of suits? I have something great for you: teamwork in theory and practice plus… a treasure hunt! All students love it. It’s more casual, something different than usual (unless it’s your regular practice, of course), not to mention it brings up loads of jokes – and I’m sure … More Teamwork Tricks for Your Adult Classroom
You’re going to teach a foreign language to a group of business people. You know they’re demanding and ‘fussy’ because they were shaped to go for quality and innovation. What materials would you consider engaging? A sophisticated article on the economy? But they’ve already skimmed one during their lunch, sighed a few times thinking where … More Get Unconventional in Your Adult Classroom
I must share this great idea for your Business English class; we had so many laugh-out-loud outbursts, and the conversational part was so engaging! I’m going to make it brief and clear since this is what your busy students love, plus unconventional and effective, of course. Bearing in mind those core business values, I highly … More Business Angels or Elves?
BookBox is a great way to expose children to different cultures, which creates a deeper sense of awareness, empathy, and tolerance for those who are different from us. Their stories with same language subtitles are a wonderful way to teach children about different cultures and simultaneously improve their reading level. Stories can be about anything. … More Teaching Different Cultures