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  • newMany More Resources On Race & Racism
    Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More: Florida Man Is Convicted of Murdering Teenager in Dispute Over Loud Music is from The New York Times. … Continue reading →
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:12pm -
  • newUpdates On The Colorado Student & Teacher Protests
    Here are new additions to The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado: Jeffco’s Latino students: U.S. history debate could cost them a chance to get ahead is from Chalkbeat. Q&A: What are students in … Continue reading…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 1:35pm -
  • newJoin Me At A #PTchat Next Wednesday On “Engaging ESL Families”
    I’ll be a guest next Wednesday at 6:00 Pacific Time on Twitter’s #PTchat to discuss Engaging ESL Families. You can learn more about #PTchat here, and learn how to participate in a Twitter chat here. I look forward to connecting … Continue readi…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 1:21pm -
  • newMore Excellent Resources On The Hong Kong Protests
    Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Hong Kong Protests: Hong Kong Overview is an interactive from the Associated Press. Hong Kong pro-democracy protests: Occupy Central and pro-democracy movement – interactive timeli…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 1:10pm -
  • newA Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners
    My colleague and co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski (with whom I’m writing a sequel to our surprisingly popular book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide) are teaching a lesson on climate change to our Intermediate and Advanced English Language Lear…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 11:33am -
  • “What Is Your Advice For Student Teachers & Their Supervisors?”
    What Is Your Advice For Student Teachers & Their Supervisors? is the latest “question-of-the-week” at my Education Week Teacher column. Feel free to leave your responses there or in the comments section of this post…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Oct 14, 9:05pm -
  • Diwali Is In Late October — Here Are Related Resources
    October 23-27 is Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Oct 14, 8:29pm -
  • The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado
    You may have heard about the protests in Colorado in the Jefferson County School District. The School Board wants to change the Advanced Placement history curriculum to make it more “patriotic.” And that’s just one of a number of ridiculous ……
    - 1 day ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:04pm -
  • Ebola Resource Update
    With the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States today, I thought I’d update the already extensive The Best Resources For Learning About The Ebola Virus list: Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas is an … Continue…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Oct 14, 1:16pm -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newHow to Use to Create a Fake Text Message Exchange
    Russel Tarr, owner of, has developed and published a bunch of great tools over the years. One of my favorite of those is the Fake SMS Generator. The Classtools Fake SMS Generator is free to use and does not require students to register…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 12:54am -
  • newClassCharts Helps You Formulate Seating Plans Based on Behavior Data
    Disclosure: ClassCharts is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.comClassCharts is an excellent tool for creating online seating charts, behavior charts, and behavior reports. One of the best features of ClassCharts is the option to create seating chart…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • newNeed More Storage Space? Google Drive for Education Has You Covered
    I have created nearly all of my documents and many of my presentations in the same Google Drive account for the last six or seven years and I have yet to run out of storage space. But if you store a lot of large multimedia files in your Google Drive…
    - 24 hours ago, 1 Oct 14, 11:44pm -
  • Easily Add Charts to Infographics With Easelly is an online tool for creating infographics. I've reviewed a couple of times in the past on this blog. The latest update to Easelly introduced a tool for creating charts to incorporate into your infographics. The chart creation tool is a dra…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Oct 14, 10:40pm -
  • The Most Popular Posts of September
    It's the last day of the month and as I do every month I've compiled a list of the most popular posts of the month. This month received more than 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time. That is amazing! Thank you to all of you w…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:18am -
  • Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Great Educational Videos
    I became a big fan of Planet Nutshell the first time that I saw their series of videos on Internet Safety. They've also produced great videos on Financial Aid, Climate Science, Health, Mathematics, and Physics. This morning I was exploring the Pla…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:47pm -
  • ClipPod - Shared Notes and Attachments for Google Calendars
    ClipPod is a neat Google Calendar add-on that allows you to share notes and attachments through Google Calendar events. By adding ClipPod to your Google Calendar you can have conversations with your collaborators about your calendar events. While Goo…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:33pm -
  • How to Format Block Quotes in Google Documents
    A couple of days ago a reader emailed me to ask for directions on formatting block quotes in Google Documents. This morning I created a video to answer that question. In the video below I explain and demonstrate how to format block quotes in Google D…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:37pm -
  • My Google Tools Tutorial Videos in One Playlist
    Over the last year I've created a bunch of how-to videos to answer common questions about Google Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Chrome, Maps, and Earth. This evening I finally put all of those videos into one playlist. That playlist is embedded be…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:58am -


  • newVocabulary about Family and Relationships
    Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Family and Relationships
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newESL: Essential Phrases You Need to Run a...
    Phrase Reference Sheet for Participating in a Meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newAdvanced English Grammar Review Quiz
    Advanced level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newIn / On / To / At
    30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on prepositions of place and is followed by a short quiz to test your understanding. Page 2.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • 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.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newHow To Write a Business Letter
    A simple how to on writing basic English business letters for English learners which will ensure good structure and understanding.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • 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=
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newAdverbs of Frequency - Rules for Use
    Essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on adverbs of frequency and includes a short quiz to test your understanding. Page 18.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • 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=
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 9:01pm -

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…
    - 41 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…
    - 44 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…
    - 55 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…
    - 91 days ago, 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)

  • newA positive learning environment: the first 10 minutes (Part 1)
    Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, looks at some different ways to establish a positive learning environment in the classroom. Behind every activity in the classroom is the question of behaviour. If you’re lucky, you don’t have to think…
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 7:57pm -
  • The Vocabulary – Grammar Continuum: A third approach to activity design
    Alice Savage and Colin Ward are professors of ESOL at Lone Star College – North Harris in Houston, USA.  This article is adapted from their presentation ‘Beginning Writing Students and the Vocabulary-Grammar Continuum’ at the 2014 Internationa…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 7:11pm -
  • Vocabulary in your students’ writing: the Bottom Line
    Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman is the series director of Inside Writing and vocabulary consultant for Q: Skills for Success. In this article, she takes a look at vocabulary development in the classroom. Isn’t it obvious?  In order to write well, we … Con…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf
    Shaun Wilden, a freelance teacher trainer and expert in online tutoring, shares his advice for teachers new to using digital coursebooks in the classroom and offers practical guidance for getting the most from the Oxford Learners’ Bookshelf. Part 1…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 7:14pm -
  • Feedback on academic writing – Part Two
    This is the second article of a three-part series on giving EAP students effective feedback. Julie Moore, an ELT writer and researcher, shares her thoughts on how teachers can encourage students to act on feedback. In my last article, I wrote … Co…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 8:31pm -
  • 10 Ways to Ensure That Your Quiet Students Never Speak Out in Class
    Angela Buckingham, language teacher, writer and teacher trainer, introduces her upcoming webinar on 24th & 26th September entitled: “Oral Error Correction in the English Language Classroom.” As part of my role as a teacher trainer, I have obser…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:28pm -

Heads Up English

  • newSeven Homework Ideas to Interest and Engage
    Homework from workbooks or grammar worksheets serve as good resources to review the contents of the day's lesson. Typically consisting of fill-in-the-blanks or matching exercises, these controlled, right-or-wrong exercises try to get students to rem…
    - 18 mins ago, 2 Oct 14, 11:11pm -
  • The Marrying Age
    In 1950s America, women usually got married at about twenty years old. Men got married a little older, which was at about twenty-two years old. However, the marrying age has changed a lot since the 1950s. Women now get married when they are about twe…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 5:46pm -
  • Praise and Criticism
    Praise and criticism serve as invaluable tools in any classroom. Both direct students to their goals, as well as to the teacher's expectations. For example, praise tells students what was done right, which means it may be repeated. Criticism tells st…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 6:50am -
  • Mars One
    Mars One is an exciting chance to go to the red planet. This isn't a trip for tourists. This trip will take a lot more than three or four years. The people who go to Mars will never come back to Earth!More than 2500 people filled out an application…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 10:34pm -
  • How to Keep a Vocabulary Notebook
    Students may need to encounter new vocabulary as often as twenty times before it enters long-term memory, and so simply using a new word a few times in a lesson proves insufficient. Of course it helps when students review the textbook and in-class pr…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:23pm -
  • School and Education
    Discuss or debate the questions below. Remember to support your answers!Do you have any regrets about your education? Why/not?Would you ever consider returning to school someday and get another degree?Should there be stricter requirements to enter…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:54am -

  • Fight fire with fire
    New Entry: 'Fight fire with fire' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 6 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 10:19pm -
  • Business English- Different Stress and Intonation in Negotiations [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Business English- Different Stress and Intonation in Negotiations' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 6 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 10:13pm -
  • Drop behind
    New Entry: 'Drop behind' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 10 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 12:55am -
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Writing Part Two Review Tasks [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Writing Part Two Review Tasks' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 10 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 12:42am -
  • Ham and cheesy
    New Entry: 'Ham and cheesy' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 12 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:20pm -
  • Email- Paragraphing Mistakes [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Email- Paragraphing Mistakes' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 12 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:19pm -

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…
    - 9 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 -


  • 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...
    - 4 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...
    - 7 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...
    - 14 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...
    - 20 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:14am -
  • The Now Literacies Through the Lens of Sharing
    I am excited to share ( ) the keynote I am presenting at EVAC2014 in Maturin, Venezuela. Looking at the “Now” literacies, , including digital, media and global literacy, we...
    - 20 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 2:02am -
  • How To Get Started: Collaborating Among Schools
    I will be traveling to Venezuela this week to share and learn with educators at EVAC2014  in Maturin, Venezuela. The talk about modern literacies… about becoming a globally connected educator…...
    - 25 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:05am -

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…
    - 20 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 46 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

  • newMust-read for Wednesday afternoon
    Josef Fruehwald, "America's Ugliest Accent: Something's ugly alright", Val Systems 10/1/2014.  
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Oct 14, 5:23am -
  • Failure not to make payment
    From Dick Margulis, for the misnegation files: The source is a Facebook post, which you may or may not be able to read. Another picture of a similar sign is here or here — slightly different wording and line-division, same extra "not".
    - 2 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 4:36am -
  • Heart-mind
    This is another one of those posts that I wanted to write long ago (actually almost a year ago), but it got lost in the shuffle until now, when I found it going through my old drafts. It was prompted by an article that Christine Gross-Loh wrote for T…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:33am -
  • UM / UH in German
    We've previously observed a surprisingly consistent pattern of age and gender effects on the relative frequency of filled pauses (or "hesitation sounds") with and without final nasals — what we usually write as "um" and "uh" in American English, or…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 9:41pm -
  • Behekitninerpillar
    Left-handed toons from 8/13/2010, "Jasper got a dog", starts like this: And ends like this: Luckily for all of us, language doesn't work that way, except to some extent in NPR word puzzles. [h/t to Anders Horn]  
    - 3 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 6:32pm -
  • Evaluating terminological oppositions
    In "Biomedical nerdview", I noted that the terms "sensitivity" and "specificity" seem to be hard even for biomedical researchers to remember, and also denote concepts that are deeply misleading from the perspective of patients and their physicians. I…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 6:46am -

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…
    - 85 days ago, 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


  • 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 44 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 -
  • SLA research: still in the shackles of traditional grammar?
    Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research also needs a lexical revolution to free itself from the shackles of grammar tyranny. Rant alert!Photo by richardoyork on Flickr[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]I was recently asked to give a talk at a conference on the top…
    - 19 Apr 14, 7:49am -


  • Language Testing and Second Language Acquisition Research: Worlds Apart
    I started asking around and realized I was not the only language-learning advocate surrounded by test developers and assessment gurus who seemed to be “speaking another language.”
    - 23 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 7:05pm -
  • Why don’t teachers use eBooks for professional development?
    Why does there seem to be so little demand for digital versions of ELT professional development materials? 
    - 29 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:14pm -
  • Learning on Rails
    It’s possible that we’ll discover that providing the student with highly relevant, engaging content will be more effective than crafting learning experiences on rails (à la our current, item-response-theory-influenced “adaptive learning”).
    - 41 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 5:12pm -
  • Equal rights for nNESTs?
    In this guest post Marek Kiczkowiak from the blog TEFL Reflections and the TEFL Equity Advocates campaign explores the issue of prejudice against non-native English speaker teachers and issues a plea for a more egalitarian approach to hiring te…
    - 44 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:19pm -
  • Review: Writing For a Purpose
    Writing for a Purpose is a collaboration between the Br […]
    - 49 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 7:56pm -
  • I Talked Tech with my Students
    Today sees a guest post from David Harbinson. David has […]
    - 57 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 8:17pm -

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…
    - 4 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 79 days ago, 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 70 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 -