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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newStatistic Of The Day: Immigrant Schoolchildren in 2050
    Similar to my periodic Quote of The Day, I’m starting a new feature called “Statistic Of The Day.” This first one is from The Harvard Graduate School Of Education article, The Education of Immigrant Children:
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  • newClassroom Instruction Resources Of The Week
    Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Here are this week’s picks: How to Close Read the Language of Film is from Middleweb. I’m … Continue rea…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 5:45pm -
  • newSecond Great Video Of Football Star’s Love Of Reading
    There’s a great CBS News video of college football star Malcolm Mitchell’s love reading on The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – Part Two list (you can also find it at The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain … Continue reading →
    - 7 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 4:39pm -
  • newLots Of Useful Resources On New Year’s Resolutions
    In addition to The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations, I also have an extensive post titled The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed. Readers and students might find it useful.
    - 7 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 4:25pm -
  • newQuote Of The Day: “constructivist methods are intensely valuable”
    Raising Ambitions: The Challenge in Teaching at Community Colleges is an article from The New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: I’m adding it to The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior.”
    - 7 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 3:44pm -
  • newAdditional Resources On Deliberate Practice — Including Music & Videos!
    The idea of deliberate practice continues to be in the news, particularly as some researchers seek to criticize the “10,000 hour rule.” What is sometimes lost in the arcane disagreements between academicians about this topic is the key point that…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:56pm -
  • newAround The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

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  • newDecember’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Four
    There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.” You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by sea…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 3:52am -
  • newVideos Of The Week
    In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I recently began this feature to share useful videos. I’ll still periodically highlight certain ones on their own, but the rest will be found on this regular … Continue reading →
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 3:30am -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • new5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes
    Parts of this post originally appeared on one of my other blogs, iPadApps4School.comSometimes when students are taking notes, words don't do enough to fully capture an idea. In those cases, being able to quickly sketch an idea will enhance students'…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 11:50am -
  • The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Good morning from the world headquarters (otherwise known as my house) in Woodstock, Maine. I know that many of you started your winter vacation yesterday, enjoy it! For those who have a couple more days to go, you can do it!It'…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 11:03pm -
  • Three Tools for Creating Last-minute Holiday Cards
    In typical form I have done all of my Christmas shopping and card mailings in the last 24 hours. I know I am not the only one that waits until the last minute to get these things done. You may have students in the same boat. You may also find yoursel…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:43am -
  • How Do Trees Survive the Winter?
    It is winter in Maine and as I look through my living room windows I see a mix of leafless maple trees and green pine trees. What accounts for the differences in foliage on these trees? How do the maple, birch, and poplar trees in my yard survive the…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:21am -
  • Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs
    Bioman Biology is a nice resource that I learned about from David Andrade. On Bioman Biology you will find dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology. The games and virtual labs are or…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:25am -
  • What Was Your Favorite New App or Website in 2014? - A Survey
    Last week on School Library Journal I published a list of my favorite new and or significantly updated apps and websites of 2014. That list was based on my anecdotal evidence of judging reactions from people when I demonstrated those apps in workshop…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:27am -
  • 2014 International News Quiz for Students
    The last CNN Student News episode for 2014 takes a look back at ten big international news stories from the year. As always, CNN Student News published a set of questions to go along with the video. You can find those questions here (link opens a PDF…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:45pm -
  • Develop Great Interview Questions With the StoryCorps Question Generator
    Listening to StoryCorps broadcasts is one of my favorite things about National Public Radio. The StoryCorps website has a couple of good tools for aspiring journalists and anyone else who would like to interview others.The StoryCorps Great Questions…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:38pm -
  • Google Apps Launcher Will Soon Include Docs, Slides, and Sheets
    The Google Apps launcher for consumer accounts now includes a direct link to Google Docs. If you don't Docs as one of your first nine icons in the launcher, you can drag and drop it into position. In a couple of weeks Google Apps for Edu users will h…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:12pm -


  • Future Forms Quiz
    This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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  • A Lot, Lots Of, A Lot Of
    The word lot is used in a number of ways to refer to quantity. Use this guide to the use of these quantifiers that are sometimes used incorrectly by native and non-native speakers alike.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Beginning 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=
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • ESL: 8 Ways to Improve Your English Vocabulary
    A guide to a number of methods to help you improve your vocabulary.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Quiz Take Phrasal Verbs
    Quiz concerning phrasal verbs with take: phrasal verbs quiz feedback question button phrasal verb correct answer
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • TOEFL 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.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Daily English Lesson
    Free English lesson every day including listening, reading, idiomatic language, about your favorite stars and subjects.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Intermediate 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=
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:21pm -

BeeOasis -- Read Big!

  • True Riches
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. True Riches Adapted...The post True Riches appeared first on
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  • Winter Time
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. Winter Time By...The post Winter Time appeared first on
    - 11 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:41pm -
  • A Musical Money-Making Machine
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. BeeOasis Step 3...The post A Musical Money-Making Machine appeared first on
    - 11 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:30pm -
  • The Biggest Band (Step 2)
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. It was a...The post The Biggest Band (Step 2) appeared first on
    - 13 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 3:15pm -
  • Saved by a Dolphin (Part 1)
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. From Fifty Famous...The post Saved by a Dolphin (Part 1) appeared first on
    - 20 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 8:30am -
  • Lazy Jack
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. From English Fairy...The post Lazy Jack appeared first on
    - 21 days ago, 2 Dec 14, 7:05am -
  • She is Morning Sunrise
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. From West African...The post She is Morning Sunrise appeared first on
    - 24 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 10:18am -
  • Expressing Thanks
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. Dr. Randall Short...The post Expressing Thanks appeared first on
    - 26 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 9:51am -
  • Save the World from Bad Meetings
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. By David Grady...The post Save the World from Bad Meetings appeared first on
    - 27 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 10:05am -

Teach English Online

ESL Basics

  • new5 Tips for Speaking English With Confidence
    5 Tips for Speaking English with Confidence Make eye contact with the people listening to you. Nothing shows confidence more than eye contact. Most native English speakers come from cultures where eye contact is a sign of confidence. When you look s…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 6:49am -
  • Watching ‘Food Network Star’ Changed My Life
    Watching ‘Food Network Star’ Changed My Life Every online English teacher I know has a story of how they started teaching. For some, the decision to teach comes after having an international roommate. For others, it’s a trip abroad that opens t…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:28pm -
  • 3 Easy Ways to Sound Like an American
    Here are 3 ways to sound like an American Native-like American pronunciation is difficult to achieve for second language learners, but there are simple things you can do to sound more like an American. Here are my 3 tips to achieving native-like pron…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 11:42am -
  • Jumpstart Your English Skills by Taking Risks
    Take Risks. Think: Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th president, once said, “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” The only part of a tree worth eating is the fruit that it produces. However, to get the fruit from a tall tree, you would hav…
    - 35 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:54am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • The Cultures of EAP Online Conference
    David Read, the Academic Director for Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sheffield, introduces a brand new online conference for teachers of EAP. On the 15th and 16th January 2015, Oxford University Press and the English Language Teach…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 8:21pm -
  • Practical ideas for the Business English classroom: Part One – Developing critical thinking
    This is the first article of a three-part Business English series by ELT teacher, teacher trainer and course book author, John Hughes. Here, he looks at the core critical thinking skills required by business English students. Business English teacher…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 9:50pm -
  • Classroom resources for Christmas
    Christmas nearly upon us, so we thought we’d share some classroom resources to help you and your class get in the festive mood. Teacher trainers Stacey Hughes and Verissimo Toste from our Professional Development team have prepared some multi-leve…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:01pm -
  • Measuring Progress in Academic ESL Classes
    Lawrence J. Zwier, testing expert and series advisor for Q: Skills for Success, Second Edition, looks at some strategies for measuring student progress in language learning. Language teachers often discuss the difficulty of measuring how well their s…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • How to give an effective presentation: Part 3 – Deliver
    This is the third and final video tip from Ben Shearon, the Stretch Presenting Skills Consultant, as he shares his advice to help students enter The Stretch Presenting Skills Competition 2014-15 and become more comfortable and confident public speake…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 9:42pm -
  • Classroom Management and Using Smart Devices
    Can Smart Devices really be used for learning? Thomas Healy, co-author of Smart Choice Second Edition, shares his ideas ahead of his webinar on 9 and 11 December on the subject.  I’ve always been intrigued by the lines in the … Continue reading…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 9:06pm -

Heads Up English

  • Santa Claus
    Santa Claus has become the most popular and well-known image of Christmas around the world. During the holiday season in December, he appears on TV and in newspapers and magazines everywhere. His image is used to sell all kinds of merchandise. And in…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 7:06am -
  • The Ancient Olympis
    The ancient Olympic Games began in 776 BC. No one now knows the reasons for the first game. There are myths, though. One myth tells about a hero named Heracles. He won a race and then declared that the same race should take place every four years. An…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 12:39pm -
  • Travel Abroad
    Some people prefer home. They rarely leave the city or state where they were born and raised. They aren't very interested in exotic places or different cultures, so they travel abroad only once or twice in their lives. In fact, most US citizens don't…
    - 27 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 12:39pm -
  • Studying the Future
    Believe it or not, but there are people who study the future. They don't use magic. They don't have special abilities to see into the future. They don't just guess. These people look at the past and the present, then try to determine possible, probab…
    - 28 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:39pm -
  • Save the Planet
    More and more people all over the world realize that global warming is real and a serious problem. Almost everyone agrees that the Earth's climate has begun to change, as reported by scientists and experts in newspapers, TV programs, and magazines. T…
    - 31 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 12:39pm -
  • Negativity at Work
    What causes negativity at work? It's a serious problem that companies, managers, and staff need to watch. Negativity reduces performance. Negativity causes more people to quit, so more time and money are wasted always training new employees. And beca…
    - 33 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 6:15am -

  • GNOC
    New Entry: 'GNOC' has just been added to the Chatlish area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:13pm -
  • Ice rink
    New Entry: 'Ice rink' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:10pm -
  • Over
    New Entry: 'Over' has just been added to the Quizzes & Handouts area of
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 7:33pm -
  • Email- Closing Lines
    New Entry: 'Email- Closing Lines' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 7:26pm -
  • Yo-man
    New Entry: 'Yo-man' has just been added to the Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 10:59pm -
  • Hacker
    New Entry: 'Hacker' has just been added to the Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 10:58pm -

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…
    - 90 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 -


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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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

  • newMiracle
    This signpost is from a building near the subway station closest to Nathan Hopson's apartment in Nagoya: The bottom sign is for "Kitchen Miracle". I am impressed with the kanji chosen to be read mirakuru ミラクル: 味(mi み)楽(raku らく)留(r…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 12:33pm -
  • newThe moos you can moo
    Geoff Pullum, always forthright, looks at some typical journalistic anthropomorphisms about animal communication and calls them "lies" ("Now it's cows that use names (sigh)", LLOG 12/20/2014): The bottom line is that when it comes to language, jo…
    - 24 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 11:35pm -
  • Sony hacker language

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  • Kanji of the year 2014
    As chosen by ballots to the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Public Interest Foundation (Nihon Kanji Nōryoku Kentei Kyōkai 日本漢字能力検定協会, more commonly known as Kanken 漢検), the annual "Kanji of the Year" (kotoshi no kanji 今年の…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:11pm -
  • Chinese WOTY 2014
    Three years ago, Language Log covered what we referred to as the "Morpheme(s) of the Year" (12/17/11). Two years ago, we advanced to "Chinese character of the year: mèng 梦 ('dream')" (12/25/12). And last year, we looked at "'Words / Characters of…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 10:44am -
  • Now it's cows that use names (sigh)
    According to a sub-headline in Full-Time Whistle, new scientific research has shown that "Cows and their calves communicate using individualised calls equivalent to human names." How interesting. Cows have enough linguistic sophistication to employ t…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:26am -

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


  • On (and off) the wall vocabulary activities
    I often make students (and teachers I work with) get out of their seats. I think movement in the classroom is important whether you believe in the now hotly debated concept of learning styles or because cognition is embodied. Apart from onion ring…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:06am -
  • Closely connected
    Photo by Sudhamshu Hebbar on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]An article written by the British linguist Vyvyan Evans entitled “Language Instinct is a Myth” which I shared on Twitter the other day triggered a lively discussion with my colleagues. One of the que…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 10:59pm -
  • The blogger behind this blog
    In response to the blog tag challengeBy Masachi Mochida via Flickr[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]I’ve been tagged. Twice. In a blog challenge the idea of which is to post 11 random facts about oneself, answer 11 questions posted by the blogger who tagged you and…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:14am -
  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 4:03am -
  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 4:03am -
  • Learners' use of collocations: insights from the research 2
    "Perform surgery" or "carry out surgery"?Photo by Austin Samaritans via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.O]What kind of collocations are most mistake-prone:strong (e.g. honk the horn, shrug shoulders), medium-strong (e.g. wage a war, fail a test), medium-weak (…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Nov 14, 7:34pm -


  • What we’re reading
    Our last post before Christmas! It seems the pressures of online Christmas shopping are demanding as much project management as our regular workload!  We'll be back in a couple of weeks with a review of the year, but in the meantime we'd like to w…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:01pm -
  • MaWFest – MaWSIG’s first online festival
    Sunday saw a first for MaWSIG (IATEFL's materials writing special interest group) -- an online festival that could be attended by anyone, anywhere. Via three streams, participants were able to interact with editors and experts from Edtech as we…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 10:36pm -
  • ELT Entrepreneurs – Robert Hanley
    In the latest in our series spotlighting entrepreneurs from within the ELT community, we talk to Robert Hanley about English Bubble and his journey from teacher to businessman.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 9:38pm -
  • New rules on VAT threaten digital start-ups in UK and across EU
    Digital micro-businesses and start-ups have a difficult enough job as it is. At least they don’t have to worry about VAT. Or that was, they didn´t. but new EU rules are set to change things -- for the worse.
    - 10 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • What we’re reading
    Amid planning what Christmas jumper to wear to the office party (really - there's improv panto too), here's what we've been reading this week.
    - 10 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 7:27pm -
  • Will your app win the next YUDU award?
    There’s a steady stream of great new apps every week, so how do you decide whether an app is worth the space it takes up on a device? More importantly, how do students and teachers decide which apps should stay and which apps should go? Is there an…
    - 12 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 7:00pm -

Authentic Teaching Willy Cardoso

  • A language student again: group or 1to1
    Today I asked my Italian teacher to teach me something and she said it was at “the level” above mine. ... Continue reading
    - 7 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:16am -
  • 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 -

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…
    - 85 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…
    - 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…
    - 84 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…
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  • 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…
    - 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…
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