Bookmark & Share Subscribe to Feed

Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newQuote Of The Day: “The American Dream Is Leaving America”
    The American Dream Is Leaving America is the title of Nicholas Kristof’s new column in The New York Times. Though I don’t agree with him 100% on the role of education in upward mobility (see The Best Resources On Why … Continue reading →
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Oct 14, 5:33am -
  • new“Ambition” Is A Neat Video About The Rosetta Mission: “We fall, we pick ourselves up again, we adapt”
    Here’s a neat video made by the European Space Agency about the Rosetta Mission. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Rosetta Mission.
    - 4 hours ago, 26 Oct 14, 3:06am -
  • newThe Best Movie Scenes For Halloween
    I have lots of Halloween resources (see The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween) and lots of movie scenes useful for English language development (see The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development). With us focusing on Hallowee…
    - 7 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:40pm -
  • newOctober’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Four
    Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new … Continue r…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • new“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

    - 18 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:14pm -
  • newThis Week In Web 2.0
    In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications … Continue reading…
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 10:19am -
  • newVideo Of The Month (If Not The Year): “That Came Natural — I Had To Work To Read”
    Bill Ferriter, whose blog has been one of the few on my blog roll for many years (and it should be in your RSS Reader, too), recently shared this video. I suspect this video will be played far-and-wide among English … Continue reading →
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:50am -
  • newResources From All My Blogs
    In addition to this blog, I regularly post at several other sites: Engaging Parents In School: Weekly Posts At Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo: Monthly Posts At The New York Times Learning Network on Teaching English Language Learners: … Contin…
    - 24 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:29am -
  • “We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions”
    “Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines: As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions” is a very long headline for an interesting article in Salon. Her…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:49pm -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newThe Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where after a week of rain we now have a perfect autumn day. Before I hit the trail with my dogs, I have this week's week in review to share . This week I spent some time learning with Chris Brogan. I came away with…
    - 8 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:17pm -
  • newHow to Enable and Set Limits on Your Google Forms
    Earlier this week Google launched Add-ons for Google Forms. One of my favorite Add-ons is FormLimiter. FormLimiter allows you to set a time for a form to automatically stop accepting responses. You can also use FormLimiter to set a limit on number of…
    - 8 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:01pm -
  • newTurn Your Halloween Stories Into Halloween Cards on Storyboard That
    Earlier this week on the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page I shared a list of sites and apps that have a Halloween theme. This week Storyboard That released a Halloween resource too.On Storyboard That you can now turn your storyboards into Halloween ca…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 10:31pm -
  • newA Handy Sheet of Google Search Modifiers
    Back in August I shared an infographic featuring search strategies that every student can use. Yesterday, Vicki Davis posted a great companion to that infographic. Vicki shared this Google Search Modifiers Poster (link opens a PDF). Many of the modif…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:48pm -
  • Your Life On Earth - How the World Has Changed In Your Lifetime
    Your Life On Earth is a feature of the BBC's Earth website. Your Life On Earth shows you how the world has changed during your lifetime. Enter your birthdate and Your Life On Earth will show you things like how much the world's population has grown,…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:12am -
  • Explore the Planets and Their Moons in Google Earth
    Google Earth has included moon, mars, and sky imagery for quite a while. You can find that imagery by simply selecting it from the drop-down menu within the Google Earth toolbar. To explore imagery of other planets and their moons you have to find it…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:41am -
  • An Interactive Comic and Video Versions of The Pit and the Pendulum
    Halloween is just a week away and a lot of teachers may using this occasion to introduce their students to Edgar Allan Poe's classic The Pit and the Pendulum. Here are a couple of resources that can be used to introduce the story to your students.The…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:57am -
  • ReadWorks Offers Reading Comprehension Lessons Aligned to Popular Books
    ReadWorks is a helpful service that I have featured a handful of times since its launch. ReadWorks has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and nearly two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. The latest en…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 12:36am -
  • PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages
    A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that.This…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:12am -


  • newPresent Continuous for Action at the Moment
    Present Continuous tense chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the present continuous tense for action happening at the present moment in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newQuestions with Like Quiz
    This quiz focuses on using like.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newFuture Forms Quiz
    This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newBeginning English Grammar Quiz
    Take the beginning English grammar quiz to test your knowledge of English. Each question is followed by an answer, as well as information to study.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newEnglish as Second Language Grammar Help -...
    Guide to the use of adverbs of frequency for intermediate level ESL EFL students and classes.
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newTOEFL Grammar Quiz
    This TOEFL grammar quiz focuses on the type of English grammar at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newTry English Dialogues for Anyone Learning the...
    Dialogues are used in ESL classes as role plays to help students learn new forms, practice different situations and gain confidence.
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -
  • newIntermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
    Intermediate level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:15pm -

ESL Basics

  • The Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
    The Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation I recently was asked the question, “How do you deal with motivation problems when learning English?” (Thanks for asking, Ildar!) The first way I would approach this question is by asking a…
    - 65 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:07pm -
  • Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – English Lesson
    Taylor Swift’s New Song “Shake It Off” And What It Means for ESL Students I love Taylor Swift’s new song “Shake It Off”, especially when I think about ESL. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to dance, sing, and move on from the n…
    - 67 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:54am -
  • Two Ordinary English Greetings
    Ordinary English Greetings I love hearing from you! That’s why I recently sent an email out to all of my email subscribers (join here) and asked them what they wanted to learn. You guys flooded my inbox with amazing suggestions. Because I want to h…
    - 78 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 11:23pm -
  • What is a Dilemma?
    Today we are answering the question: What is a dilemma? To find the answer, let’s look at the possible definitions. defines a dilemma as a noun that means either… a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternati…
    - 4 Jul 14, 5:34am -
  • How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs
    How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs In today’s class (see VIDEO below), I’m talking about the four basic ways to form regular past tense verbs. In regular English verbs, they will always end in -ed. However, you may need to make a couple adjust…
    - 17 Jun 14, 12:49am -
  • Sneak Peek: Elite Classes – Listening Tip from Andrea
    Elite Member Class – Preview Video As you may know, we recently launched our Elite Member Classes for a low monthly cost of $29.99. This introductory rate is coming to a close tomorrow at MIDNIGHT. The price will increase to $59.99 per month and $4…
    - 30 Apr 14, 1:34am -
  • Video Playlists
    We have a few different video playlists that you may find helpful and I wanted to go ahead and put them all in one place. Tongue Twisters Phrasal Verbs US Citizenship Questions Advanced VocabularyVideo Playlists from Free English Lessons - The best…
    - 24 Apr 14, 3:23pm -
  • Classes with Andrea Coming Soon!
    Online Classes Start on Thursday! I am SO excited to announce that after months of hard work and preparation, we will be launching weekly classes, starting this Thursday! I will be teaching these high-quality, university-level classes that you can wa…
    - 22 Apr 14, 12:28am -
  • What does it mean to giggle? (Video)
    What does it mean to giggle? The dictionary defines the verb giggle as… laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner. In this video I use the word “cute” to describe my son giggling. No matter how you define the word, it is easier to s…
    - 12 Apr 14, 10:42am -

Teach English Online

Scott Thornbury Blog

  • A new beginning
    As promised, blogging resumes shortly… but in a new site and with a new format. You can find the new blog here: it’s called The (De-) Fossilization Diaries, and charts the attempts I’m making to improve my faltering Spanish. Hope to see you the…
    - 23 Aug 13, 5:31pm -
  • The End
    So this is it, folks: I’m closing down the blog for the summer… and for good. After 3 years, 150 posts, nearly 7000 comments, and innumerable hits, visits, views, however you want to describe and count them, plus one e-book spin-off (but no sign…
    - 9 Jun 13, 3:00pm -
  • V is for Vocabulary teaching
    A teacher educator in Norway reports on how she has used ideas from my book How to Teach Vocabulary (2002) on an in-service course for local primary and lower secondary school teachers. Mona Flognfeldt writes: ‘I have shared with my students a lot…
    - 2 Jun 13, 3:00pm -
  • G is for Gesture
    A couple of weeks ago the University of Barcelona hosted a week-long course on Gesture and SLA, run by Dr Marianne Gullberg, Professor of Psycholinguistics at Lund University in Sweden. Marianne has to be one of the leading experts on gesture and lan…
    - 26 May 13, 3:00pm -
  • R is for Repetition (again)
    I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendos, The blackbird whistling Or just after. Wallace Stevens, ‘Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird’. It’s spring and the male blackbirds are in full throat. I wa…
    - 19 May 13, 3:00pm -
  • C is for (COCA) Corpus
    A recent ELT Chat on using corpora suggested that what might be helpful for teachers coming to online corpora (such as COCA- the Corpus of Contemporary American English) for the first time would be some kind of screencast, demonstrating some of the m…
    - 12 May 13, 3:00pm -
  • T is for Teacher Knowledge
    What you do need to know in order to be able to teach? The question concerns not only teachers, but also teacher educators and methodology writers, since the way we answer it impacts on the design of training programs and their related materials. Do…
    - 5 May 13, 3:00pm -
  • T is for Turning point
    This was written by a young American woman, visiting Europe for the first time, and speaking the German she had learned at school. It describes an experience many second language speakers will attest to: the turning point – that moment when suddenl…
    - 28 Apr 13, 3:00pm -
  • W is for Wondering
    Three excellent presentations at IATEFL this year, each of which referenced Dogme, got me wondering. The first, Conversation-driven or dialogic methodology? ELT Classroom talk, was given by Dr Phil Chappell, from Macquarie University in NSW. Phil sta…
    - 21 Apr 13, 3:00pm -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween
    As Halloween is nearly upon us, Stacey Hughes, teacher trainer in the Professional Development team at OUP, has been busy creating a collection of ghostly classroom activities for you to use with your class.  It seems that everyone likes a scary…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:14pm -
  • What is the impact of English on your town or city?
    Nina Leeke, co-author of International Express, provides ideas for a lively lesson or homework activity around this topic. It’s also the subject of the International Express Digital Poster Competition, which challenges adult students to produce a…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:31pm -
  • The rewards and challenges of Content-Based Language Teaching
    Ahead of her webinar on Content-based Language Teaching, Patsy Lightbown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Applied Linguistics) and OUP author, shares her thoughts on its the role in the ESL and EFL classroom. “Content-based language teaching”…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:35pm -
  • A positive learning environment: the first 10 minutes (Part 2)

    - 5 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:32pm -
  • Top tips every EFL student should know when using an English learner’s dictionary
    Stacey Hughes, former teacher and current teacher trainer in the Professional Development team at Oxford University Press, shares some ideas to help students get more out of using a dictionary in the classroom. Has every pair got a copy of the … C…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 8:27pm -
  • Using First Language (L1) in the ELT Classroom
    Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP.  In this post he discusses the use of L1…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 7:13pm -

Heads Up English

  • Character Most Important in Politics
    When it comes to politics, it unfortunately seems as though voters care less about issues than they do about a candidate's character. The simple fact, long suspected by political junkies, has now been confirmed in a recent poll. 55% of the voters sur…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 11:39am -
  • Key #2: Lesson Structure
    Activities are the bread and butter of any lesson. Although methodology and teaching techniques are important, activities that don't resonate with the students reduce enjoyment, retention, and language acquisition.Of course, you also don't want to t…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:06am -
  • Key #3: Dialogues
    Over the years, I've come to realize the importance of dialogues. These activities connect to the second point for better language teaching: content. You see, dialogues provide a great opportunity for students to see the target language in use. After…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:31am -
  • Key #1: How to Set Up Activities
    The other day, I was observing the early stages of a lesson. The teacher had a great Warm Up that directed the students towards the topic. It got them thinking about habits, the focus of the lesson. Her presentation of the target language was clear a…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:39am -
  • Halloween: Holiday of the Dead
    Where does Halloween originate?When you think of the holiday, what images come to mind? Do you think of pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns? Do you picture costumed kids running from house to house yelling, "Trick or treat?" How about horror movies…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:43am -
  • Adverbs of Frequency
    What are adverbs of frequency?Sam always wakes up before the sun rises.What is the sentence structure?subject | adverb | main verb | object/complementShe | never | drinks | coffee with breakfast.|Read More...
    - 8 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 3:02pm -

  • NIH
    New Entry: 'NIH' has just been added to the Chatlish area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:09pm -
  • Talk a mile a minute
    New Entry: 'Talk a mile a minute' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:43pm -
  • Used to/Would Speaking Game [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Used to/Would Speaking Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:29pm -
  • Too clever by half
    New Entry: 'Too clever by half' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Present Simple Routines Information Gap [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present Simple Routines Information Gap' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:56pm -
  • Present SimpleThird Person Routines Pairwork Information Gap [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present SimpleThird Person Routines Pairwork Information Gap' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 5 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:22pm -

The Everyday Language Learner

  • Dive Into The Deep End
    I recently received an email from a friend who was describing his feelings for his language learning journey in terms of a language swimming pool. When you take that initial step into the pool you are met with the shock of cold water.  Slowly, one s…
    - 32 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 2:40am -
  • Foreign to Familiar – Learning About Culture So You Can Learn The Language
    I just finished a great book that anyone planning on moving cross culturally should pick up and read. The book, Foreign to Familiar, is short (127 pages), incredibly helpful, and fun to read. The basic premiss of Foreign to Familiar is one we all int…
    - 19 Jun 14, 11:00pm -
  • How Much Vocabulary Is Enough?
    Today’s guest post comes from Jeffery Nelson, the creator of a great new blog called Living Bilingual.  After you enjoy the article stop by and visit. ———- Language skills are hard to measure. There is an innate subjectivity in analyzing a l…
    - 13 Aug 13, 12:27pm -
  • The Number One Rule For Learning A Foreign Language
    Today I am excited to share another great guest post from a regular EDLL reader, Arabic expert and language lover Saqib Hussain.  You can find out more about Saqib and about Arabic at  Arabic Studio.  For now, enjoy the post! ————- OK, so…
    - 26 Jul 13, 5:06am -
  • The Everyday Language Learner Interview Series: Jana Fadness
    I have been an admirer of Jana Fadness for a number of years now and so was excited to be able to interview her a few weeks back.  Her blog, Adventures of the Directionally Challenged shares here experiences as a language learner, a traveler and a t…
    - 4 Jul 13, 5:11am -
  • How to Instantly Improve Your Vocabulary Recall in just 5 Minutes
    Perhaps you are familiar with Tim Ferris’ “4 Hour” series of books.  In today’s guest post, Allan Ngo of Money in Mandrin unpacks a few lessons he took away from The 4 Hour Chef.  Enjoy! RIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!!!! Your alarm clock blares! POW…
    - 24 Jun 13, 11:16pm -


  • Crowdsourcing Answers to: What Is Your Reason For Not Sharing As An Educator?
    From the moment in my first year of teaching, when a colleague told me that she thought I was bragging when I was sharing my work, I have been stumped...
    - 11 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Global Pedagogy in the World Language Classroom
    I am excited to be sharing global pedagogy in the world language classroom with educators from NJAIS (New Jersey Association of Independent Schools). How do we make world language teaching...
    - 17 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 9:29am -
  • 4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator
    The Connected Educator Month is around the corner. Norway, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have organized hundreds of events for educators to learn, connect and collaborate. As I am...
    - 27 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 8:30am -
  • Sketchnoting and Yet Another Dimension
    Experimenting with sketchnoting as note taking and as visual summaries and slide design has been an area of intense interest for me over the past six months. Completely inapt, as...
    - 31 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 11:33am -
  • The Connected Educator Month Coming Soon
    The Connected Educator Month is about to start in less than two week. Educators around the world are connecting to learn and grow together as professionals. The Connected Educator Month...
    - 37 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:51am -
  • Mirando alrededor: Aprendiendo en un Mundo Nuevo
    Otra presentación que compartí en la conferencia EVAC 2014 El mundo en que vivimos ha cambiado! Will Richardson, exclamó: “ Si ustedes no se sientan un poquito incómodo de ser...
    - 43 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:14am -

EFL Classroom 2.0

  • “Functional” Videos
    Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology. EnglishCentral…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 12:48am -
  • Teaching English Magazine
    For those who don’t know yet or haven’t stumbled upon it – I’ve been curating a cool magazine that is available free to all. I spend a lot of time reading and this magazine shares only the best articles about the teaching profession. It’s a…
    - 50 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 8:41am -
  • Teachers Pay Teachers Pay Teachers
    Every week or month brings another announcement within the educational tech space of a new player in the “Teacher marketplace” place. I remember back in the early years online, before all the social media, Web 2.0 craze. It was natural and easy f…
    - 69 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:36am -
  • Colorizing History. Technological Dilemmas.
    Technology is allowing teachers to not just tear down the walls that surround their classroom, it also is allowing improved ways to present content. For the language classroom, images are an essential tool to generate conversation, contextualize voca…
    - 11 Jun 14, 2:46am -
  • 50 Ways Lists
    The “50″ lists created over the last year have been a huge hit with teachers. So happy to know that these simple ideas are being used in classrooms everywhere. That’s what web 2.0 is all about. I thought it would be great to list them all in on…
    - 5 Jun 14, 7:42pm -
  • Educational Philosophy – a dialogue between Plato, Dewey and Marx
    {this is part of the “Captive Mind” series of blog posts – publishing online and decommercializing thought.] This piece of reflection was inspired by a former professor of mine – Dr. Gerald Gutek, professor of education, Loyola University and…
    - 4 Jun 14, 1:04am -

Language Log

  • newAquatory
    From Nicholas Hill: He writes that this photograph … was taken at a marina in the harbour of Kardla on the island of Hiiumaa, Estonia. I've no idea where they got aquatory from. There might be a clue in this discussion in the WordReference Forums:…
    - 12 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 6:45pm -
  • new"Cantonese" song
    This hauntingly beautiful song is the unofficial anthem of the Hong Kong democracy protest movement: The title of the song is "Boundless Oceans Vast Skies" (hoi2 fut3 tin1 hung1 海闊天空) (" as boundless as the sea and sky; unrestrained and far-r…
    - 22 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:16am -
  • Oh no!
    Well, damn. Forget Earth. All of time and space is screwed. #DoctorWho has the Ebola virus. And went bowling! — Chris C. (@CubedLink) October 24, 2014 [h/t Amy de Buitléir]
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:04am -
  • RIP Frank Mankiewicz, coiner of "retronym"
    From the New York Times obituary for Frank Mankiewicz (son of Herman, nephew of Joseph): Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern’s los…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:53am -
  • Zuckerberg's Mandarin
    The world is abuzz: "Zuckerberg Wows Beijing Audience With Fluent Mandarin", PCMag (10/22/14). Also on Facebook (of course), and many other sites, including this AP article that called Zuckerberg's pronunciation "far from fluent." See and hear for yo…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:25am -
  • No word for father
    Last week I read this article about the Mosuo people of southwest China:   "The Ethnic Group in China That Doesn’t Have a Word for Father" (10/13/14). The Mosuo are indeed famous for having a matrilineal society, and I had long been aware of thei…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:35am -

Jeremy Harmer

  • Method talk #1: how helpful is research?
    In these ‘method talk’ postings I am sharing paragraphs I have recently been writing about issues to do with methodology and teaching. They are attempts to ‘call things as they are’ and to reflect both a ‘con-sensus’ and ‘common sense…
    - 9 Jul 14, 5:42pm -
  • Angel or devil? The strange case of Sugata Mitra
    Last Saturday Sugata Mitra gave a plenary at an international teachers’ conference. When it was over a proportion of the audience gave him a standing ovation, but an equal number refused to get to their feet and a proportion of the ‘remaining sea…
    - 8 Apr 14, 12:50am -
  • What Sheryl Crow gave her attention to: a conundrum for language teachers
    I was reading the Guardian yesterday and came across a short interview with the singer Sheryl Crow during which she responded to the question ‘what have you sacrificed for your art?’ with the answer “my love life. I think whatever you give your…
    - 13 Feb 14, 3:31am -
  • Testophile or testophobe?
    I was very taken with Luke Meddings’ recent blogpost about the tensions between education and big business (amongst other things). He suggested that whereas we teach to reach students, to help students reach their potential, others see teaching as…
    - 17 Dec 13, 1:05am -
  • Shall we kill off the digital native?
    Someone (let’s call him Marc Prensky!) once came up with a rather neat description of the difference between some kids and some older people. The former, he suggested, were digital natives who grew up with technology all around them as a given –…
    - 23 Nov 13, 4:01am -
  • Does size matter? Or is it shape? Or room?
    As October faded into November I found myself giving talks at the fabulous TELLSI conference in Mashad, Iran, immediately followed by a stint at the IGA conference (Instituto Guatamalteco-Americano) in Guatemala City, and then MEXTESOL in Queretero,…
    - 19 Nov 13, 1:44am -

Tech Savvy Educator


  • Not a word was spoken (but many were learned)
    Video is often used in the EFL classroom for listening comprehension activities, facilitating discussions and, of course, language work. But how can you exploit silent films without any language in them? Since developing learners' linguistic resource…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:12am -
  • It doesn't matter
    Photo by Victoria Boobyer via eltpics Do your students often say "it's depend..." or things like "it's not cost much..."? Do you think they need more grammar review and practice? Hardly. Perhaps you should draw their attention to the most common ex…
    - 60 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:07am -
  • Love Actually: activities, ideas, vocabulary
    Image source:www.universalstudiosentertainment.comI use a lot of films in my teaching: not just occasional Youtube clips but full-length authentic feature films, and I’ve been wanting for a while to start a new section on this blog where I would up…
    - 60 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:40am -
  • Lexical Approach: a definitive reference list
    Not a proper blog post this time but just a list of references and useful links I have compiled for a series of workshops I have been giving this summer. Ninety minutes is not enough for even an Introduction to... kind of workshop so I thought I'd pu…
    - 68 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 5:31pm -
  • Experimental vocabulary practice
    Image by Peter Megyerion Flickr (CC BY 2.0)My interest in experimental practice was piqued at the TESOL France’s last annual colloquium where I attended interesting sessions on the topic by Mike Harrison, and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus and Jennie W…
    - 2 Jun 14, 4:17am -
  • Horizontal alternatives to vertical lists
    Photo by Tzvi MellerAs much as it seems counter-intuitive, teaching new vocabulary in semantic sets (e.g. jobs: doctor, teacher, lawyer etc. or colours: red, blue, yellow etc.) does not facilitate learning. As far back as in the 1990s, research show…
    - 10 May 14, 1:18am -


  • What we’re reading
    With all the extra time we’ve eked out of the day […]
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:05pm -
  • #elthack: 10 Microsoft Word hacks all ELT writers and editors need
    You need more time to commission or write the next ELT […]
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:59am -
  • English-Speaking Union Awards 2014
    A royal encrusted version of the ELTons, the English-Speaking Union has announced the 2014 shortlist for its President Award and English Language Book Award. Overalls winners in both categories will be announced in December.
    - 6 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:01pm -
  • What we’re reading
    A busy week of interviewing at ELTjam Towers, but we ma […]
    - 9 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 4:30pm -
  • Exploring the British Council MOOC
    ELTjam thought an ELT MOOC probably wouldn't work. The British Council made sure it did. Although, as we'll see, that does depend on your definition of work'.
    - 11 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • The ELT technology hype cycle
    You may have recently seen the Gartner hype cycle map f […]
    - 13 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:20pm -

Authentic Teaching Willy Cardoso

  • Open Space @ Braz-TESOL
    Last week I had the pleasure to facilitate another Open Space  event within a TESOL / ELT conference. This time in Joao ... Continue reading
    - 5 May 14, 11:51pm -
  • Box-ticking or mind-mapping?
    Originally posted on unwrapping the education box :This is a joint post between Willy Cardoso and Divya Madhavan on questions about ELT professionalism.…
    - 18 Apr 14, 7:30pm -
  • What’s your CPD level?
    In a recent interview, to be published soon at SEETA, I said: … how can you possibly measure and grade ... Continue reading
    - 20 Mar 14, 11:39pm -
  • Importing language teaching methodology
    To deny that there is a conflict in contemporary ELT, particularly but not exclusively in the ‘importing’ of new techniques associated ... Continue reading
    - 28 Feb 14, 8:00pm -
  • A lesson based on the teacher’s ignorance
      I was kindly invited to submit a lesson idea for the Disabled Access Friendly Campaign in April 2013. Many ... Continue reading
    - 14 Jan 14, 7:21pm -
  • 14 big questions
    1. Is it the role of language teachers to address social issues in the classroom? Why (not)? 2. If languages ... Continue reading
    - 9 Jan 14, 10:33pm -

Janet Abruzzo's Edublog

  • George Clooney Ties the Knot in Venice!
    The wedding of 2014 sees George Clooney wed Amal  Alammudin in the most romantic of locations - Venice.  I fell in love with Venice years ago and for me it is my favourite place in the entire world, second to Barcelona!Why the interest in George Cl…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 11:49pm -
  • E-Moderation Scholarship Opportunity via The Consultants-E!
    I am delighted to post the following announcement on behalf of the Consultants-E administration:The Consultants-E are pleased to announce their upcoming scholarship opportunity: A fully-funded scholarship on the next ‘E-Moderation’ online course…
    - 60 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:27pm -
  • ACIM 2014 Meeting
    ACIM 2014 - San MarinoThis post is a bit different from my usual ones on my blog and it focuses on a very special trip I made last week.K and I travelled to San Marino by motorbike to attend the 6th ACIM motorbike meeting.  ACIM stands for Aprilia…
    - 16 Jul 14, 1:03am -
  • The Future Beckons for Wearable Technology
    This post has been a long time coming....  I kind of lost track of time the past few months, and for some reason, I did not have much inspiration, pure and simple.  My days of being on a constant roll, of blog title headings popping up all over the…
    - 19 May 14, 9:50pm -
  • Spring Blog Festival
     I would like to highlight an upcoming online event next weekend which may be of interest to my readers, especially those of you who are bloggers, or are interested in becoming bloggers.  Below is an extract from the introduction to the session in…
    - 9 Mar 14, 2:47am -
  • Feedback on EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook 2014
    Sunday February16th marked the final day of the exciting five-week EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook session.  It has been a truly exhilarating and educational experience, connecting with over 500 teachers from around the globe.  I was helping the…
    - 22 Feb 14, 7:32pm -

Teacher Training Unplugged

  • taking a blogging busman’s holiday
    Instead of writing anything for my own blog this month, I’ve had the honour and the pleasure of writing a guest post as part of the ongoing “10 Books that Shaped my Teaching” series initited by TDSIG, the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Inte…
    - 26 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:19pm -
  • who are grades for?
    Grades have become so closely associated with education these days that is is quite easy to forget that they are – historically speaking – a relatively recent phenomenon.  They were unheard of in the days of Socrates, and would have seemed alien…
    - 71 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 12:15am -
  • 3 things beginning with E
    I spend almost all of my professional life doing one of two things: observing the work of trainee teachers on Celta initial teacher training courses, or observing the work of Celta tutors in my role as an appointed Assessor for the Celta award. Both…
    - 94 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Where are all the unplugged teacher trainers?
    Dogme ELT has been around (in the sense of having a name and a movement of people who recognize it as a legitimate and defined approach to teaching languages) for the best part of 15 years at this point of writing; what this means is there are a sign…
    - 19 Jan 14, 10:32pm -
  • Dogme is not “just good teaching”
    Usually when (it) is so simple we say, “Oh, I know that! It is quite simple. everyone knows that.”But if we do not find its value, it means nothing. It is the same as not knowing. - Shunryu Suzuki in “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” - I am not s…
    - 9 Oct 13, 6:22pm -