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September 19, 2008

Tips and Tricks - Photocopiables

Hello readers,

For many EL teachers, having photocopiable resources readily available to them would be considered a treat. Having original photocopiable resources might then be considered unthinkable.

If you've ever had to make a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy ...

... you may understand why this may be the case. So what can you do to avoid photocopying a tenth generation copy?

1. Print off a fresh copy of the resources.
2. Place the copies in separate plastic folders.
3. Write ORIGINAL COPY- DO NOT USE with a highlighter pen on the copies. (Photocopiers shouldn't pick up the highlighted text.)
4. Photocopy ten of the original copies and place on top of the original in the folder.
5. Write LAST COPY - PHOTOCOPY MORE on a post-it and place on the last copy.
6. Make sure that everyone else in the teacher's room understands and follows the system.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*For more ESL Tips & Tricks from ESL-Lesson-Plan, please click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at September 19, 2008 03:24 PM

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Good advice Carol. I've found myself in such photocopying "jams" many times before. This is useful.


Posted by: Lee at October 2, 2008 11:43 PM

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