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  • newMy New BAM! Show: “How Can We Make Math More Engaging and Accessible to Students?”
    How Can We Make Math More Engaging and Accessible to Students? is the topic of my newest BAM! Radio Show. Dr. Anne M. Collins and Sue O’Connell are my guests in this ten minute conversation. You’ll be able to read … Continue reading →
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:30am -
  • newHow Can We Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’?
    This week’s question-of-the-week is: “What strategies help math facts stick besides the old “drill the skill” and, if someone is not proficient at addition facts, can learning multiplication help or confuse?” You can leave your responses th…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:17am -
  • newWhy A Teacher’s Willingness to Say “I’m Sorry” Matters….

    - 2 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:38am -
  • newMore Halloween Resources
    Here are new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween: Wait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween? is from The Atlantic. Colorado parents are freaking out about marijuana in Halloween candy is from Vox. Sweet Ideas for Halloween-I…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:55pm -
  • Some School Districts Resist Enrolling New Refugees From Central America
    The New York Times has published two articles this week about school districts in New York and elsewhere who have been resisting enrolling new refugees from Central America: Rules and Paperwork Keep Long Island’s Immigrant Children From Classroom S…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:48am -
  • Classroom 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: I’m adding this tweet to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & … Continue…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:00pm -
  • Great Infographic, “A Taxonomy of Halloween Monsters,” Provides Idea For Higher-Order Thinking Lesson
    I’ve written a lot about inductive learning, and this neat infographic provides an excellent idea for a higher-ordering thinking Halloween lesson. As my Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners study Halloween, they can start categorizi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:26pm -
  • What A Shock! Study Finds That Student Reflection Helps Learning
    I’ve written a lot about the importance of reflection in learning (see The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection). A new study reinforces that perspective. You can read about it at Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests.…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:44am -
  • More Useful Resources On Race and Racism
    Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism: When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3 is by Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times. Overthinking It: Using Food As A … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 9:07pm -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newPhotoMath Could Change the Way We Think About Teaching Math
    PhotoMath is a new iPhone and Windows phone app that will provide users with the solution to math problems. PhotoMath users can take a picture of a math problem in a book and have the problem completed for them. The "steps" button on the app will sho…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:50am -
  • newBy Request - 5 Resources for Teaching and Learning About Anatomy
    This afternoon I received an email from a teacher seeking resources that her middle school students could access as part of an anatomy lesson she is developing. Rather than sharing that list with just one person, I am posting it here too.eSkeletons …
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:04am -
  • newKnoema World Data Atlas - Reference Data Visualizations and More
    Knoema's World Data Atlas offers a huge collection of data sets, maps, and charts for almost every country in the world. There are dozens of data categories to pick from. Some of the data categories that you will find include GPD Per Capita, Governm…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:30am -
  • newHow to Search Twitter for Educational Content
    "Perform a Twitter search" is one of the suggestions that I often make to teachers who ask me how they can find more resources for the subjects that they teach. A Twitter search can often reveal resources and ideas that you might not find through you…
    - 12 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:48am -
  • Novels on Location - Read Your Way Around the World
    A couple of years ago I wrote a post about a neat use of Google Maps called Novels on Location. I revisited that site today and found that the list of novels is now up to 517. The idea behind Novels on Location is to help readers find novels accordi…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:28am -
  • Feeling Overwhelmed With New Information? Try the Newsletter
    The question that people at conferences ask me more than any other is, "how can I keep up with everything?" Along the same lines, the biggest reason that people state for unsubscribing from the daily emails is "too many updates.…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:12am -
  • Paper Doesn't Have a New Browser Window
    One of the things that I mention in my keynote Leading Students In a Hyper-connected World is the need for teaching students to have some time disconnected from the Internet and mobile networks. Today, I heard Chris Brogan sum this up nicely by sayi…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:26am -
  • An Often Untapped Source of Digital Devices for Classrooms
    Perhaps you've heard that Apple recently released a new iPhone (#sarcasm). This is a good time to remind you of an often untapped source of digital devices for your classroom. Ask your students' parents to donate their old phones to your classroom wh…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:51am -
  • Free Ebook - Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People
    Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People is a free ebook created by Toby Rush at the University of Dayton. The ebook covers everything from the basics of reading key signatures to advanced topics in composition.Music Theory for Musicians and Norm…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:18pm -


  • newTry English Dialogues for Anyone Learning the...
    Dialogues are used in ESL classes as role plays to help students learn new forms, practice different situations and gain confidence.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • newHow To Improve Your Pronunciation
    How to improve your English pronunciation. Whether you prefer US or British pronunciation, follow this guide to help you improve English pronunciation skills fast!
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • 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=
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • newESL: What You Need to Write a Letter of Inquiry
    A guide to the basics of writing an inquiry letter for business English learners including helpful phrases and examples.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • 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.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • newMaking Suggestions
    How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -
  • newReported speech Quiz
    Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:18pm -

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…
    - 62 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 76 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 11:23pm -
  • What is a Dilemma?
    Today we are answering the question: What is a dilemma? To find the answer, let’s look at the possible definitions. defines a dilemma as a noun that means either… a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternati…
    - 4 Jul 14, 5:34am -
  • How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs
    How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs In today’s class (see VIDEO below), I’m talking about the four basic ways to form regular past tense verbs. In regular English verbs, they will always end in -ed. However, you may need to make a couple adjust…
    - 17 Jun 14, 12:49am -
  • Sneak Peek: Elite Classes – Listening Tip from Andrea
    Elite Member Class – Preview Video As you may know, we recently launched our Elite Member Classes for a low monthly cost of $29.99. This introductory rate is coming to a close tomorrow at MIDNIGHT. The price will increase to $59.99 per month and $4…
    - 30 Apr 14, 1:34am -
  • Video Playlists
    We have a few different video playlists that you may find helpful and I wanted to go ahead and put them all in one place. Tongue Twisters Phrasal Verbs US Citizenship Questions Advanced VocabularyVideo Playlists from Free English Lessons - The best…
    - 24 Apr 14, 3:23pm -
  • Classes with Andrea Coming Soon!
    Online Classes Start on Thursday! I am SO excited to announce that after months of hard work and preparation, we will be launching weekly classes, starting this Thursday! I will be teaching these high-quality, university-level classes that you can wa…
    - 22 Apr 14, 12:28am -
  • What does it mean to giggle? (Video)
    What does it mean to giggle? The dictionary defines the verb giggle as… laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner. In this video I use the word “cute” to describe my son giggling. No matter how you define the word, it is easier to s…
    - 12 Apr 14, 10:42am -

Teach English Online

Scott Thornbury Blog

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

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

Heads Up English

  • newKey #2: Lesson Structure
    Activities are the bread and butter of any lesson. Although methodology and teaching techniques are important, activities that don't resonate with the students reduce enjoyment, retention, and language acquisition.Of course, you also don't want to t…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:06am -
  • newKey #3: Dialogues
    Over the years, I've come to realize the importance of dialogues. These activities connect to the second point for better language teaching: content. You see, dialogues provide a great opportunity for students to see the target language in use. After…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:31am -
  • Key #1: How to Set Up Activities
    The other day, I was observing the early stages of a lesson. The teacher had a great Warm Up that directed the students towards the topic. It got them thinking about habits, the focus of the lesson. Her presentation of the target language was clear a…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:39am -
  • Halloween: Holiday of the Dead
    Where does Halloween originate?When you think of the holiday, what images come to mind? Do you think of pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns? Do you picture costumed kids running from house to house yelling, "Trick or treat?" How about horror movies…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:43am -
  • Adverbs of Frequency
    What are adverbs of frequency?Sam always wakes up before the sun rises.What is the sentence structure?subject | adverb | main verb | object/complementShe | never | drinks | coffee with breakfast.|Read More...
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 3:02pm -
  • How to Strike a Balance Between Accuracy and Fluency
    It's important to balance accuracy and fluency among the various stages and activities in a lesson. Both refer to the productive skills of the students. Where one focuses on getting the language right, the other focuses on getting the language out s…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 9:55pm -

  • Too clever by half
    New Entry: 'Too clever by half' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Present Simple Routines Information Gap [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present Simple Routines Information Gap' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:56pm -
  • Present SimpleThird Person Routines Pairwork Information Gap [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present SimpleThird Person Routines Pairwork Information Gap' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • Dust off
    New Entry: 'Dust off' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:14pm -
  • Dust down
    New Entry: 'Dust down' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:12pm -
  • Present Simple- Third Person Guessing Game [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present Simple- Third Person Guessing Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:09pm -

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


  • Crowdsourcing Answers to: What Is Your Reason For Not Sharing As An Educator?
    From the moment in my first year of teaching, when a colleague told me that she thought I was bragging when I was sharing my work, I have been stumped...
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Global Pedagogy in the World Language Classroom
    I am excited to be sharing global pedagogy in the world language classroom with educators from NJAIS (New Jersey Association of Independent Schools). How do we make world language teaching...
    - 14 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 9:29am -
  • 4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator
    The Connected Educator Month is around the corner. Norway, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have organized hundreds of events for educators to learn, connect and collaborate. As I am...
    - 24 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...
    - 28 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...
    - 34 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...
    - 40 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:14am -

EFL Classroom 2.0

  • “Functional” Videos
    Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology. EnglishCentral…
    - 40 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…
    - 47 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…
    - 66 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

  • newNo word for father
    Last week I read this article about the Mosuo people of southwest China:   "The Ethnic Group in China That Doesn’t Have a Word for Father" (10/13/14). The Mosuo are indeed famous for having a matrilineal society, and I had long been aware of thei…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:35am -
  • new*BEEP* vegetables
    Chinglish makes an appearance in the "Translators" segment of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (10/19): For those who may have missed my old Language Log post, this classic Chinglishism was explained at great length and with many details in "…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:45pm -
  • newIn case you get bored watching the paint dry…
    R.B. writes: I'm sorry that I can't provide info on where it came from originally (and for all I know, it's an oldie-but-goodie).  I found it posted in a discussion group on Ravelry, which is a social networking site for knitters, spinners, weavers,…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:50pm -
  • Buzzfeed linguistics, presidential pronouns, and narcissism revisited
    John Templon, "No, Obama’s Pronouns Don’t Make Him A Narcissist", BuzzFeed News 10/19/2014: Conservative commentators are fond of pointing to Barack Obama’s excessive use of the word “I” as evidence of the president’s narcissism. (“For…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 4:08am -
  • Rule of / by law
    Because it has been very much in the news in recent days, the question of how to translate the Chinese term fǎzhì 法治 (lit., "law-rule / govern") has come up.  Should it be "rule of law" or "rule by law"? First of all, let's look at the numbers…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:02pm -
  • Embarrassing amnesia
    [This is a guest post by David Moser] Part I I was giving a talk the other day, in Chinese, to Chinese students, about English pedagogy (go figure).  I wanted to mention something about the difficulty of remembering how to write Chinese characters,…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 7:17am -

Jeremy Harmer

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

Tech Savvy Educator


  • Not a word was spoken (but many were learned)
    Video is often used in the EFL classroom for listening comprehension activities, facilitating discussions and, of course, language work. But how can you exploit silent films without any language in them? Since developing learners' linguistic resource…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:12am -
  • It doesn't matter
    Photo by Victoria Boobyer via eltpics Do your students often say "it's depend..." or things like "it's not cost much..."? Do you think they need more grammar review and practice? Hardly. Perhaps you should draw their attention to the most common ex…
    - 57 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 65 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 -


  • English-Speaking Union Awards 2014
    A royal encrusted version of the ELTons, the English-Speaking Union has announced the 2014 shortlist for its President Award and English Language Book Award. Overalls winners in both categories will be announced in December.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:01pm -
  • What we’re reading
    A busy week of interviewing at ELTjam Towers, but we ma […]
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 4:30pm -
  • Exploring the British Council MOOC
    ELTjam thought an ELT MOOC probably wouldn't work. The British Council made sure it did. Although, as we'll see, that does depend on your definition of work'.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • The ELT technology hype cycle
    You may have recently seen the Gartner hype cycle map f […]
    - 10 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:20pm -
  • What we’re reading
    Most of what we’ve been reading this week has bee […]
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 7:01pm -
  • Product Review – Macmillan IELTS Skills App
    IELTS Skills is the award winning app from Macmillan, h […]
    - 15 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 8:10pm -

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…
    - 25 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 99 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 69 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…
    - 91 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 -