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32 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Technology Tips life situations. As I mentioned, from the point of view of a teacher the fact that Shana uses names of parts of speech, such as: a noun, a verb, an adverb, a pronoun, a definite article, etc. is particularly valuable. I introduce those terms to my students at a very early stage (certainly never prior to the moment they are introduced to those terms in their mother tongue). I believe being familiar with those names makes it far easier to understand the structure of a sentence and later on, in the next stages of acquiring a foreign language - the structure of a paragraph and the whole text. It is equally at hand while preparing for Matura exam - word building part, as well as countless other in-class activities. The main part of an episode is a story on a variety of subjects, e.g. elections and voting in the USA, Mount Rushmore Memorial, the Amish community, driving in the USA just to name a few. There are also plenty of pronunciation exercises, practical tips, episodes devoted to specific vocabulary, fun facts, etc. All in all, with my personal interest in American language and culture, with my experience in teaching and learning the language I find this podcast exceptionally useful and informative so I decided to incorporate its content into the lessons with my students. That is not to say it is supposed to be used exclusively by American culture enthusiasts. The podcast can be utilized in a variety of ways during an EFL lesson. Here are some ideas how I use Shana’s podcast. I beganwith listening tomost of single episodes myself as I find it absolutely essential for the teacher to know the material in-depth prior to presenting it to the students. By the way, I did it during my cycling, hiking and jogging time which proves that preparing for the classes does not have to mean spending hours in front of a computer screen:). Sometimes we can do certain parts of work combining the practical with the pleasurable. Next, I listed the phrases, added explanations of their meaning in English (mostly using Shana’s ideas). Having the list ready, I can use it in a variety of ways, e.g. filling the gaps, guessing the meaning, finishing words with the given letters, storytelling, context building, pronunciation exercises and countless more - the sky is the limit or I should say: the teacher’s creativity is the limit. Since, as it is seen below, the list is rather extensive, I divide it into two, three or even ❯❯❯

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