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  • newMore Resources On Accompanied Minors Coming To U.S. As Refugees
    Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: A day in S.F. court with undocumented kids flooding the system is from The San Francisco Chronicle. S.F. school for … Continue…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:07pm -
  • new“Look at Life Through Autistic Eyes”
    Two film-making students: created an animated simulation of life through the eyes of a non-verbal child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) “and her constant struggle to cope with the world around her,” as they write in their artist statement.…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 10:28pm -
  • newGov. Jerry Brown Appeals Awful Vergara Court Ruling
    California Governor Jerry Brown, with the encouragement of state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, has announced the State of California will appeal the awful Vergara court ruling, which blames teachers for all of education and society’s i…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 10:13pm -
  • new“Imagining Successful Schools”

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  • newVideo: Captain America & Thinking Outside The Box
    I’m adding this video to The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box”:
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:49am -
  • newFour New & Useful Links About Instruction
    Here are several new and useful links about classroom instruction: New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement. Want to Take Over My Class? Be … Continue reading →
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • newASCD’s Ed Leadership Is Online – Here Are My Recommendations
    The newest issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership publication is now online, and its theme is Motivation Matters. Here are three pieces that are not behind a paywall that I would highly recommend: Rick Wormeli has a typically great article that’s…
    - 19 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:29am -
  • newAround The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL
    I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: Here’s How Russian, French, Portuguese, And German Native Speakers ……
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 5:43am -
  • new9/11 Anniversary Is Coming Up – Here Are Related Resources
    The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is coming up soon. You might be interested in The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11.
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 4:58am -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newThe Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts of the Week
    Good morning from Maine where the cool air, sweaters on sale, and school buses rumbling down the road indicate that school is back in session in my county. If you started school this week, I hope that it was a great first week of the 2014-2015 school…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 10:45pm -
  • newA Cautionary Reminder About Backchannels
    I frequently write about and talk about the benefits of using backchannel tools like TodaysMeet in the classroom. Some of my favorite backchannel tools are featured in this guide. Here's a cautionary tale from my early days of using backchannels in m…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:40pm -
  • newTwo Google Apps Updates You Might Have Missed This Week
    This week Google released a couple of updates that many of us have been eagerly waiting on for months. The most significant of those updates is the release of the Google Slides iPad app. The app allows you to create and edit Google Slides presentatio…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:18pm -
  • newIXL Math Practice - A Free iPad App for Elementary School Students
    IXL Math Practice is a free iPad app from the popular online math practice service, IXL. IXL Math Practice offers hundreds of math practice problems for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. The practice problems are arranged according to gra…
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:50am -
  • newABCya's 100 Number Chart Offers a Fun Math Activity for Kids
    From time to time I like to feature offerings from the sponsors of Free Technology for Teachers. is the longest running sponsor of this blog.ABCya's 100 Number Chart offers a simple online activity for elementary school students. The chart…
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:25am -
  • StoryMap JS - Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive
    StoryMap JS is a nice tool for creating mapped stories. On StoryMap JS you create slides that are matched to locations on your map. Each slide in your story can include images or videos along with text. As you scroll through your story there are simp…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:13pm -
  • Students Can Create Study Planners on ExamTime
    ExamTime is a neat service that students can use to create flashcards, mind maps, and practice quizzes to help them study. In addition to creating review materials students can create schedules for studying on ExamTime.Through the ExamTime study pl…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:33pm -
  • Remind Launches Stamps and Voice Messages
    A couple of weeks ago I shared the news that Remind (formerly Remind 101) was planning to launch voice greetings and a feedback option. Those services are now available in the Remind mobile apps.You can now create short audio messages to send to stud…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:12pm -
  • Kaizena Adds Tags to Voice Comments for Google Documents
    Kaizena is a great add-on for Google Documents and Google Presentations. Kaizena allows you to add voice comments to Google Documents and Presentations that are shared with you. Earlier this month a notification feature was added to Kaizena. Today, K…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:42pm -


  • Getting Back at Someone
    To get back at someone means to get revenge. Here's an example:Let's get back at Tom tomorrow! We'll put vinegar in his drinking water.Well, that's not the most mature thing to do, but, let's face it, people like to take revenge or 'get back at'…
    - 7 May 14, 9:12pm -
  • A Few Business Idioms with Go
    You'll likely hear a number of idioms with the verb 'go' used in everyday speech when doing business. For example:easy come, easy go = Money is earned money is spent / Don't worry about the cost. It's easy come easy go around here.go like clockwo…
    - 2 May 14, 7:14pm -
  • Give these gap fills a try
    If you are an intermediate to advanced level learner, you'll find these two vocabulary gap fill quizzes challenging. The first focuses what goes into successful parenting. The next provides a short situation in which a squatter helps the police. Give…
    - 21 Apr 14, 8:04pm -
  • Speaking English with Your Doctor or Patient
    If you are in the medical profession, or if you live in an English speaking country, you'll need to communicate effectively and understand specific questions about your / your patient's health. These dialogues provide practice conversations and key v…
    - 19 Apr 14, 7:05pm -
  • Writing Your First Sentences
    This lesson will help you write your very first sentences. Follow each step reading the description and you will learn how to write three different types of sentences. For example:Mary is tall. Mary is a student. Mary is a tall student.This is…
    - 17 Apr 14, 10:11pm -
  • Teaching Beginners Parts of Speech
    Learning parts of speech can be a real challenge for beginners. However, learning to recognize just four - noun / verb / adjective / adverb - will greatly help them develop a feeling for the structure of English. Use this parts of speech lesson to as…
    - 14 Apr 14, 8:46pm -
  • Having the Final Word
    Sometimes you might have to insist on your point of view. Someone who has the final word ends the conversation forcefully:I said we're going to finish the project. That's my final word!Learn how to have the final word using phrases and structur…
    - 12 Apr 14, 8:26pm -
  • How to Guides on Teaching the Tenses
    One of the main tasks in any grammar class is teaching tenses. For many students, the tenses are especially challenging because their native language may lack a focus on the time aspect of tenses that is so prevalent in English. These guides have bee…
    - 9 Apr 14, 6:11pm -
  • Challenge Yourself with Gap Fills
    Here are two new gap fills that will challenge any upper level student. First, we have a story about a man who decides to buy a boat. It's packed full of unique vocabulary and sure to be a challenge. Next, learn 15 new phrasal verbs with this gap fil…
    - 4 Apr 14, 8:13pm -

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…
    - 9 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 75 days ago, 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…
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  • 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

  • Teaching Young Learners Online, Getting Students, and Lesson Planning: An Interview With James Heywood
    I connected with James and his business partner Kris around a year ago, and if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will remember that Kris wrote a guest post last year (click here to read it). I was excited to get one of the guys back to talk…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:03am -
  • Student Centered Learning, Social Learning, and Twitter: An Interview with Mark Barnes
    There was an article popping up in my various social media feeds the other day called, “Why Everyone Should Be On Twitter.” I then realized it was by Mark Barnes, another fellow presenter in the TTO MOOC. I then read some more of his stuff, aske…
    - 47 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 10:59pm -
  • Using Google Products and Apps to Teach Online: An Interview with Rich Kiker
    Rich Kiker was one of the presenters at the Teachers Teaching Online MOOC hosted over at WizIQ. I learned a lot watching his presentation, and as the number one voted Google Apps Trainer in the world, I was eager to interview him so he could share hi…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 9:43pm -
  • SEO for Teachers: How to Get Your Website Ranked Highly in the Search Engines
        Wednesday, 25th April was a strange day for me. And for countless other people too. When I checked my website analytics I thought there was a mistake. I was used to getting 500+ visits a day to my website, the vast majority of these coming thro…
    - 65 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 12:10am -
  • Three Ways to Use Hip Hop in Your Next English Lesson
    I love featuring teachers who are doing their own thing online, giving others an opportunity to share their story and and their ideas, inspiring us all as we strive to succeed. Today I bring you Stephen Mayeux from ESLhiphop. I’ve known Steve for…
    - 80 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 12:24am -
  • My 2014 Goal Update + 80/20, Batching, and Focus
    In January, I wrote a post looking back on 2013 and also talked about my English teaching goals for 2014. Writing down this helped me process what I wanted to achieve and created some accountability. I also hoped that it would inspire others to get…
    - 89 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 12:02am -
  • Want to Teach Online? Here Are Four Platforms that You Can Use
    In my last post, I talked about how to use Google Hangouts on Air to teach live language lessons to an unlimited amount of people. Since then, I have received a lot of questions from people in my community about what platform is best to use when tea…
    - 14 Apr 14, 11:53pm -
  • Using Google Hangouts on Air for Teaching English
    I had my first experience using Google Hangouts on Air this week. I’m happy to say that it was successful both in terms of the presentation I gave and the technical side of things. I did A LOT of research and testing to ensure that everything went…
    - 28 Mar 14, 11:26am -
  • Get Sold (Guest Post by Drew Badger from
    When talking with Drew Badger, it is soon obvious just how knowledgeable he is about marketing. He has built a successful online course that solves a big problem for English learners: becoming conversationally fluent. He also has a very successful Yo…
    - 30 Jan 14, 9:53pm -

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)

  • Feedback on academic writing – Part One
    This is the first article of a three-part series on giving EAP students effective feedback. Julie Moore, an ELT writer and researcher, shares her thoughts on how to give your students constructive feedback on their writing. Although I’ve been worki…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 8:25pm -
  • Using Social Media and Smart Devices Effectively in the Classroom
    How can you use digital technology to bring course material to life in the classroom? Thomas Healy, co-author of Smart Choice Second Edition, shares his ideas ahead of his webinar on 23 & 25 September on the subject. It’s an old … Continue readi…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:21pm -
  • Discover the NEW International Express Tests and Teacher’s Guides
    Bruce Wade, Managing Editor of International Express, introduces his upcoming webinar on 11th September about the new International Express Tests and Teacher’s Guides. The new International Express launched earlier this year, and now, plenty of ex…
    - 9 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 9:54pm -
  • How to survive in the freelance market – Part Six
    This is the last of a six-part series of articles from two ELT professionals who have successfully done just that: Mike Hogan and Bethany Cagnol. Here, they give advice on how to manage the ups and downs of running your own business. In the prev…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:30pm -
  • EAP in the classroom Part Three – Developing student independence
    In the last of a three-part series on teaching EAP, Edward de Chazal, a freelance consultant, author and presenter, looks at effective strategies to help students work more independently.  In English language teaching in general, and EAP in pa…
    - 16 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 8:47pm -
  • Help! My students think their course book is too easy
    What can you do if some of your students find the course book you are using too easy? Ken Wilson, the main author of Smart Choice Second Edition, shares his ideas. I recently got this message from a teacher: Hello … Continue reading →
    - 18 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 8:38pm -

Heads Up English

  • newThe History of Names
    For a long time, people didn't have family names. People had first names only. This custom slowly changed in many countries, though, and people eventually used last names. In England, last names become common in the 13th century. But in Japan, this h…
    - 9 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 4:36pm -
  • Chicago Pizza
    Chicago pizza is a unique and famous pizza from Chicago. But how is Chicago pizza different from the pizza served in New York, London, or Italy?First, the crust is about 2.5 inches deep, or about 6.35 cm. It is cooked like a pie in a deep, round pan…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:57am -
  • Vocabulary
    A beginning English student says, "Go Canada. Homestay. Next month." A foreign tourist in New York says, "Where. Subway. Close?" Someone will help him find the subway station. There isn't any grammar structure, but they will be understood. This is th…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 11:39am -
  • Music Makes Us Happy
    Music has been a part of human history and culture for a very long time. Perhaps it has always been a part of our history and culture. And scientists now know the reason. Music makes us feel good.It doesn't matter what kind of music people listen to…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:20am -
  • Moon History Erased!
    Is history important? Is Apollo 11, which landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969 significant? On that date, Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon and said, "This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."Someone at NASA didn't think the moment…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Aug 14, 5:07am -
  • Slow Travel
    Many people travel to foreign countries for vacation. They spend two weeks in Italy, France, or another place. They see many museums, festivals, and important places. The vacation is interesting but very tiring. In fact, people need a vacation when t…
    - 64 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 8:24am -

  • IELTS Speaking Part One- Board Game & Useful Language [PDF]
    New Entry: 'IELTS Speaking Part One- Board Game & Useful Language' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
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  • Hash out
    New Entry: 'Hash out' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 3 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:58pm -
  • Hash up
    New Entry: 'Hash up' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 3 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:49pm -
  • FCE (First Certificate in English)- 'Have Something Done' Speaking Practice [PDF]
    New Entry: 'FCE (First Certificate in English)- 'Have Something Done' Speaking Practice' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 5 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 9:01pm -
  • Box of toys
    New Entry: 'Box of toys' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 5 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:43pm -
  • WOTD
    New Entry: 'WOTD' has just been added to the Chatlish area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 5 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:36pm -

The Everyday Language Learner

  • 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…
    - 72 days ago, 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 -
  • The Most Important Day Of Your Language Learning Journey
    Today’s guest post is from Noel van Vliet, the writer behind  It was certainly a timely post for me as I’ve been struggling amidst part time jobs and being back in the states to stay connected with learning Turkish an…
    - 10 Jun 13, 8:20pm -


EFL Classroom 2.0

  • 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 81 days ago, 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…
    - 86 days ago, 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…
    - 88 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:04am -
  • Why Do I Blog?
    “I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.” ― George Orwell, Why I Write I’ve been…
    - 7 Mar 14, 7:16pm -
  • True False Cognates
    I’m presently enjoying life deep in the highlands of Guatemala. It’s why I haven’t been posting regularly and fanatically. All things at their own time and pace but I’ll be back in the new year – loud, clear, full of posts! I’m taking Spa…
    - 21 Dec 13, 7:33am -

Language Log

  • newToo close for comfort
    Today's Zits:
    - 54 mins ago, 31 Aug 14, 12:22am -
  • newAbduweli Ayup
    "Uyghur linguist sentenced to 18-month prison term in China", LSA News 8/28/2014: The LSA has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for th…
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 9:22pm -
  • newMusee & Peace
    This sign from a Nagoya subway is for waxing and other hair removal. Photograph courtesy of Nathan Hopson. The three big kanji read: natsukoi hada 夏恋 肌 ("summer love skin") But I'm more interested in the words written in Roman letters above the…
    - 19 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:22am -
  • newTechnology is probably isn't destroying our humanity
    The "technology is destroying our humanity" trope has been around for thousands of years, certainly since the invention of writing devalued textual memorization. I wouldn't be surprised if there were analogous complaints about the invention of the…
    - 23 hours ago, 30 Aug 14, 1:51am -
  • Needs more sexting
    Today's xkcd: I'm not sure what "another study" refers to in this case. The mouseover title suggests a future research program in computational humanistic educational psychology: I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Aug 14, 7:51pm -
  • Unbecoming
    Matt Murphy, "Is 'unbecoming' becoming a sexist word? Warren Tolman apologizes after calling opponent Maura Healey unbecoming during debate", State House News Service 8/27/2014: BOSTON — Democratic attorney general candidate Warren Tolman apologize…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Aug 14, 7:12pm -

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…
    - 52 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 90 days ago, 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 -


  • 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”).
    - 8 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…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:19pm -
  • Review: Writing For a Purpose
    Writing for a Purpose is a collaboration between the Br […]
    - 16 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 7:56pm -
  • I Talked Tech with my Students
    Today sees a guest post from David Harbinson. David has […]
    - 24 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 8:17pm -
  • Learnification
    We now have young learners and very young learners, lea […]
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • What we’re reading
    It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, wha […]
    - 36 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:00pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 46 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 -
  • CO14 - An Exciting Weekend of CPD!
    This weekend Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February promises to be an exciting couple of days for educators around the world.It is the Connecting Online's 2014 E-conference, which is free to attend. It is all hosted on the WizIq platform.  Speak…
    - 7 Feb 14, 12:58am -

Teacher Training Unplugged

  • 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 37 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 -
  • balance isn’t everything
    Movement is the destruction of balance. I don’t know who I originally heard this from, but it was in the context of running theory. The idea is that in order for a physical body to move in any direction, it cannot be in a position of balance. That…
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