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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newQuote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”
    Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing is a very useful post from The Hechinger Report. Here’s an excerpt: This reinforces my own experience and what I’ve regular written in this blog and in my books. Instead … Continue reading…
    - 47 mins ago, 1 Nov 14, 10:38am -
  • newOctober’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Five
    Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new … Continue r…
    - 1 hour ago, 1 Nov 14, 10:15am -
  • newResources On Daylight Savings Time
    Those of us on this side of the Atlantic will be ending Daylight Savings Times this weekend. You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Daylight Savings Time.
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 4:42am -
  • newVideo: “What Is History For?”
    Here’s a video that could be very useful in social studies classes and in IB Theory of Knowledge classes (it has a British focus, but can easily be used in the U.S., too): You might also be interested in a … Continue reading →
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:02pm -
  • newA Few More Halloween Resources
    Here are a few more additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween: Festivals of the Dead Around the World is from Smithsonian Magazine. Mischief Night: New Jersey’s special pre-Halloween holiday celebrating vandalism is from Vox. Test…
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • World Toilet Day Is In Less Than Three Weeks
    World Toilet Day is on November 19th. You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About World Toilet Day & The Issue Of Public Sanitation In The Third World.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:12am -
  • Video: “Where Is My Brother?” Is Sad, Moving Music Video About Missing Mexican Student Teachers
    You’re probably familiar with the story of the 43 protesting student teachers in Mexico who were kidnapped by police and members of a drug cartel (see Such A Sad & Tragic Story: Student Teachers Murdered In Mexico). They’re still missing, … Con…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:04am -
  • New Daniel Pink TV Show – Here Are Some Video Clips From It
    Daniel Pink, whom I’ve written about a lot, is hosting a television series that begins in late November on the National Geographic Channel. It’s called “Crowd Control.” Here’s how he describes it in his newsletter (which you can subscribe t…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • “Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”
    I write about positive classroom management strategies a lot (see The Best Posts On Classroom Management) and I’m always learning through everyday challenges. One student this year is a great kid who is very energetic and can get distracted and ……
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:04pm -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newThe Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    Happy Halloween! If you celebrate the occasion, I hope you have fun this evening. It's the end of the month and as I do every month I have put together a list of the most popular posts of the month.Here are the most popular posts from October, 2014:1…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 5:00am -
  • newHow to Invite Guests to Google Calendar Events
    Google Calendar offers some nifty little features that can bring quite a bit of organization to our busy lives. One of those features is the option to invite people to meetings and events via email sent from your Google Calendar. The screenshots belo…
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:12am -
  • newShort Explanations of Daylight Saving Time
    Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. If your state or province practices Daylight Saving Time, you'll be rolling back your clocks before bed and gaining back that hour of sleep you lost in the spring. Students may be wondering about the reasons fo…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:32am -
  • newGetting Ready for GAFE - A Practical Ed Tech Webinar Series With Graduate Credit
    This month I ran a webinar series titled Getting Ready for GAFE. The webinar sold out and some people who wanted to join, couldn't. So I've partnered with The Midwest Teachers Institute to offer the course again. This partnership allows me to offer t…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:21am -
  • new5 Tools to Combine With ThingLink for Creating Multimedia Collages
    As I have written many times in the past, ThingLink is one of my favorite tools for playing with media. Last week I published a video about using ThingLink in conjunction with PicMonkey to create interactive multimedia collages. PicMonkey isn't the o…
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:52pm -
  • A Last-minute Round-up of Educational Halloween Activities
    Halloween is less than 24 hours away. If you're in need of some educational activities with a Halloween-theme, take a look at the resources summarized below. All of these resources have appeared in individual posts in the past.On Storyboard That yo…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:43am -
  • Youngzine Offers a Safe Online Place for Students to Discuss Current Events
    A few years ago I featured Youngzine as a source of news, sports, and entertainment stories for elementary school students. This week I took another look at the service and saw that they now offer a classroom blogs feature. Youngzine classroom blogs…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:23am -
  • How to Quickly Create a Video on Magisto
    Earlier this week I published a post about three good video creation tools. Magisto was one of the tools that I included in that post. The other two tools were WeVideo and Wideo. Of the three Magisto is the only one for which I haven't published a tu…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:15pm -
  • Lesson Plans for Elements 4D and Other Augmented Reality Apps
    Last February Samantha Morra wrote a detailed guest post about using the augmented reality app Elements 4D in chemistry lessons. This week Terri Eiccholz shared the news that Elements 4D now offers a collection of lesson plans that utilize the augmen…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:12pm -


  • newFree TOEFL Study on the Internet
    A step by step tour of free TOEFL resources on the Net
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newBasic English Modals Quiz
    This quiz focuses on basic modals used in English.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • 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=
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newHomophone Quiz
    Homophone quiz focusing on some of the most commonly confused homophones such as i, eye, and aye in English including corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newFormal Letter Structure
    A guide to formal letter structure especially written for English learners in ESL or EFL classes. This guide also provides standards formulas for common requests, offers of help and inquiring for information.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newMaking Suggestions
    How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • newIntermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
    Intermediate level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:14pm -

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…
    - 71 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…
    - 73 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…
    - 85 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)

  • Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf (Part 2)
    Shaun Wilden, a freelance teacher trainer and expert in teaching with tablets, shares his advice for teachers on making the most of the interactivity of digital coursebooks from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf.  Part 2 – How interactivity in e-books…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 8:22pm -
  • A positive learning environment: establishing expectations (Part 3)
    This is the third of a four-part series of articles from Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, about establishing a positive learning environment in the classroom. Here he shares some exercises to help establish expectations of general b…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 9:03pm -
  • EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween
    As Halloween is nearly upon us, Stacey Hughes, teacher trainer in the Professional Development team at OUP, has been busy creating a collection of ghostly classroom activities for you to use with your class.  It seems that everyone likes a scary…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:14pm -
  • What is the impact of English on your town or city?
    Nina Leeke, co-author of International Express, provides ideas for a lively lesson or homework activity around this topic. It’s also the subject of the International Express Digital Poster Competition, which challenges adult students to produce a…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:31pm -
  • The rewards and challenges of Content-Based Language Teaching
    Ahead of her webinar on Content-based Language Teaching, Patsy Lightbown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Applied Linguistics) and OUP author, shares her thoughts on its the role in the ESL and EFL classroom. “Content-based language teaching”…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:35pm -
  • A positive learning environment: the first 10 minutes (Part 2)

    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:32pm -

Heads Up English

  • newThe End of Newspapers
    Journalists and experts in the news industry wonder if print journalism will survive. More people go to the Internet for news because of accessibility. Readers can browse through additional articles across several newspapers, read blogs, listen to au…
    - 24 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:39am -
  • The Business of ESL Teaching (Part II)
    In a previous article, I wrote about how the language industry has been changing for the better. Specifically, because students have become more demanding in the progress they make, we need to provide not only better lessons, but better service too.…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 9:29pm -
  • Gobal Zero
    Although difficult to imagine, "global zero" proposes a future free of nuclear weapons. Of course, not everyone believes this is possible. After all, even small nations have worked towards building nuclear weapons in the past. Some experts even belie…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:48am -
  • Character Most Important in Politics
    When it comes to politics, it unfortunately seems as though voters care less about issues than they do about a candidate's character. The simple fact, long suspected by political junkies, has now been confirmed in a recent poll. 55% of the voters sur…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:36am -
  • Key #4: Increase Student Talk Time
    Talk time refers to the amount of speaking done in the classroom. Some classes may have a lot of talk time, such as in a conversation-based lesson. Other classes may have significantly less talk time, such as in an academic writing course. However, t…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 8:28am -
  • Key #5: Mistakes
    I hope the various tips in the email have been useful and immediately applicable to your lessons. These are all ideas covered in much greater detail, along with accompanying activities, in my ebook, Better Language Teaching.Today, let's look at mist…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 8:28am -

  • Making Arrangements- Phone Calls Game [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Making Arrangements- Phone Calls Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 9:11pm -
  • IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks- Analysis [PDF]
    New Entry: 'IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks- Analysis' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 7:37pm -
  • It's unlikely to happen.
    New Entry: 'It's unlikely to happen.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • NIH
    New Entry: 'NIH' has just been added to the Chatlish area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:09pm -
  • Talk a mile a minute
    New Entry: 'Talk a mile a minute' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:43pm -
  • Used to/Would Speaking Game [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Used to/Would Speaking Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:29pm -

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…
    - 38 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 -


  • Covering and Documenting a Conference via Social Media
    Transforming traditional conference experiences?… learning collaboratively in physical spaces…socially… synchronously… face to face… experiences that spill over into asynchronous learning over geographic distances, time zones and time perio…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:06pm -
  • 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...
    - 18 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...
    - 23 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...
    - 33 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...
    - 37 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...
    - 43 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:51am -

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…
    - 49 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 75 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

  • newAcademic punctuation
    Today's PhD Comics:
    - 2 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 9:17am -
  • newTim Cook, Bent Man
    Last week, China was gaga over Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg for gamely, if somewhat lamely, speaking Mandarin before an audience of Tsinghua University students: "Zuckerberg's Mandarin" (10/23/14) In the days following his sensational performanc…
    - 9 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:23am -
  • WT[bleep]?
    Those LLog readers who aren't already Radiolab listeners should give their latest episode on translation a listen. There are 8 stories packed into this one episode, a few about language and a few not-so-much, but all of them well-worth the price of a…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:11pm -
  • They haven't proven they're not afraid of anyone not named Bumgarner. Or have they?
    Bob Nightengale, "Forget 1985, these Royals on verge of their own history", USA Today 10/29/2014: It's been a wild ride for these two teams. They had to win an elimination game as a wild-card entrant just to get into this dance. Now, one will be hois…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:54am -
  • Ben Zimmer: Linguistics Journalism Award
    My first thought upon reading the following announcement is that my colleagues and I here at Language Log headquarters hasten to claim Ben as one of ours (he doesn't just belong to the WSJ!): "WSJ's Ben Zimmer receives first LSA Linguistics Journalis…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:16am -
  • Chow Yun-fat
    Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-fat has fallen afoul of the authorities on mainland China for supporting the Occupy Center democracy protesters. It's interesting to see how the media report what he said about having his films banned on the Mainland. "'…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 5:05am -

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


  • newExperimental 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:38am -
  • newLexical 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:35am -
  • newNot 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:34am -
  • newOn (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…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:34am -
  • newGoing experimental at TESOL France
    A summary of the TESOL France’s  32nd annual colloquium  which took place in Paris between 22 and 24 November 2013.ELT conferences often have a title or theme with various presentations loosely related to it. TESOL France’s annual colloquium he…
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:09am -
  • 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…
    - 66 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:07am -


  • newWhat we’re reading
    Here's a selection of what's been gracing our screens (and our ears) this week.
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:02pm -
  • Brainly: Can ELT learn from social learning?
    Brainly is a social learning platform that uses crowdsourcing to help teenagers with homework - a kind of Reddit for 13-16 years olds. Users pose a question and other students answer it - fast. Brainly claims 70% of queries have an answer in ten minu…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:53am -
  • Dear ELTjam …
    The ELT world is changing rapidly for everyone in it. For publishers, authors, materials developers, sales people, teachers and, eventually, for learners.  New roles are springing up for developers, UX designers and product managers. Wherever you ar…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 6:24pm -
  • What we’re reading
    With all the extra time we’ve eked out of the day […]
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:05pm -
  • #elthack: 10 Microsoft Word hacks all ELT writers and editors need
    You need more time to commission or write the next ELT […]
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:59am -
  • English-Speaking Union Awards 2014
    A royal encrusted version of the ELTons, the English-Speaking Union has announced the 2014 shortlist for its President Award and English Language Book Award. Overalls winners in both categories will be announced in December.
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:01pm -

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…
    - 33 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…
    - 67 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…
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  • 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 77 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…
    - 100 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 -