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Flipped Instruction: Tone vs. Mood

Two of the most frequently confused words in the academic English classroom are tone and mood. For fifteen years, I have been been explaining this difference to my students. Now with the flipped instruction model, I can refer them to this video for homework, and in class we can work on identifying the difference in various passages.


  1. Yeah! I plan to use this with my students. I'm actually going through this year and trying to create initial passes at screencasts for ideas I want to capture on video and this one came up. I tried to put something together. Yours will work much better!

    There's a tone vs. mood paragraph on the first page of The Great Gatsby that I always discuss and I think this would put the students in a position to command that conversation instead of me.

    Thanks for posting this. I'll let you know how my students take to it.

  2. Awesome. I love how you have your conversation more student focused. I wish I got to teach Gatsby. That's for my students next year. At least I get Macbeth and Candide!

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  5. I refer to the article below. If you are teaching English in an introductory level language class, I highly recommend that you use this as a model for your own classroom instruction. Hope Valliant Department of Communications University of Texas at Dallas.(Edited from RCT TIP by South Carolina EFL Teacher Connie Koehler) HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS): Click here to view this image on Flickr through a new window.

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