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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newTwo Videos Showing People “In The Flow”
    Here are two videos that I think show people exhibiting “flow.” I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow.” Let me know if you have other suggestions.
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 10:48am -
  • newThree Good Slides On “Flow”
    I’ve been doing some research and writing on the concept of “flow” (and continue to interested in hearing suggestions of movie/TV scenes where the characters are exhibiting it). In re-looking at Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk (which I’v…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • newNice Interactive: “Good Country Index”
    The Good Country Index is an interactive map that ranks each country in a variety of areas, including culture, science, prosperity, etc. The rankings are based on data from the United Nations, and you can find more of an explanation … Continue read…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 4:49am -
  • newUseful Infographic On Immigration Reform
    Though I wish it didn’t use the term “illegal immigrant,” I’m still adding this infographic to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform: Courtesy of: Infographic World
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:09am -
  • newMore Resources On The Connection Between Exercising & Learning
    Here are new additions to The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning: Here’s How Kids Can Get Better Grades is from TIME. Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap? is from Pacific Standard. Study shows elementary and middle schools can … Con…
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 12:49am -
  • newJuly’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…
    - 24 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:48pm -
  • This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Education Policy
    Here are some recent good posts and articles on educational policy issues: “Stupid, absurd, non-defensible”: New NEA president Lily Eskelsen García on the problem with Arne Duncan, standardized tests and the war on teachers is from Salon. The Pr…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:36pm -
  • “Unite For Literacy” Is An Excellent Site For Beginning Readers
    Thanks to a tweet from Barbara Sakamoto, I learned about site called Unite For Literacy. It has over one-hundred simple books in English that the reader can choose to have narrated in English or their choice of many other languages. … Continue read…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • “‘Myths & Lies’ That Threaten Our Schools: An Interview With David Berliner & Gene Glass”

    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:49am -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newThe Most Popular Posts of the Month on Free Technology for Teachers
    Shells on a beach in Maine.It is the last day of July and I'm wondering where the summer has gone. I bet that some of you are wondering the same. And my friends in the southern hemisphere are probably ready for summer by now. As I do at the end of ev…
    - 12 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 2:29am -
  • newNPS Digital Image Archives - Find Public Domain Images and Videos of National Parks
    In a post earlier today I shared the news that Fotopedia is shutting down. Fotopedia was a good place to find great images of U.S. National Parks. The National Parks Service's Digital Image Archive is an alternative place to find images of U.S. Natio…
    - 13 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:39am -
  • newDesign and Development of Educational Technology - An edX Course
    Design and Development of Educational Technology is a new edX course starting this fall. The six week course is part of the EdTechX series from the MIT Education Arcade. The course is designed for people who are interested in learning about the histo…
    - 13 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:25am -
  • newFotopedia Is Shutting Down - A Few Alternatives
    Since its launch in 2009 Fotopedia has been one of my favorite places to see beautiful picture stories about national parks and natural wonders. Unfortunately, Fotopedia has just announced that it will shut down on August 10. The web service and all…
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 12:51am -
  • newOcenaudio - A Free Audio Editing Tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux
    Ocenaudio is a free audio editing tool available to use on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. The free software enables you to create audio recordings from scratch and or edit existing audio files.Once the Ocenaudio software is installed on your comp…
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Aug 14, 12:34am -
  • Sketch Notes and Slides from Ed Tech Teacher Summit
    Yesterday at the Ed Tech Teacher Summit in Chicago I gave an updated version of my popular presentation Discovery, Discussion, Demonstration. Douglas Kiang was kind enough to share his sketch notes of my presentation. A screenshot of Doug's notes is…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:51am -
  • Haiku Deck Now Offers Syncing of Edits
    Haiku Deck, the popular slideshow creation tool, has recently added a long-request feature. You can now sync edits to your slideshows between your iPad and the web version of Haiku Deck. In the updated version of the iPad app all of your presentation…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • Eject Guests from Google+ Hangouts
    Last week Google removed the need for a plugin to participate in Google+ Hangouts. This week another feature was added that makes Google+ Hangouts a little more school-friendly. Now you can eject guests from Google+ Hangouts. Participants who are in…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:55am -
  • Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free!
    Blendspace, formerly known as EdCanvas, is now a part of Wikispaces and TES. The Blendspace service will continue to run as a stand-alone service. The aspect of the merger that has the most immediate impact on teachers is that the premium features of…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:22am -


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

ESL Basics

  • 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…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 5:34am -
  • How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs
    How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs In today’s class (see VIDEO below), I’m talking about the four basic ways to form regular past tense verbs. In regular English verbs, they will always end in -ed. However, you may need to make a couple adjust…
    - 46 days ago, 17 Jun 14, 12:49am -
  • Sneak Peek: Elite Classes – Listening Tip from Andrea
    Elite Member Class – Preview Video As you may know, we recently launched our Elite Member Classes for a low monthly cost of $29.99. This introductory rate is coming to a close tomorrow at MIDNIGHT. The price will increase to $59.99 per month and $4…
    - 94 days ago, 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…
    - 99 days ago, 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 -
  • Who Knew Madonna Could Teach English?
    Today’s post joins English language learning with a passion for music. It’s written by our friend Alice Morell, creator of It’s titled “Who Knew Madonna Could Teach English?” because Alice uses 3 Madonna songs to make an Eng…
    - 10 Apr 14, 1:54am -
  • How to Write an Effective Topic Sentence
    How to Write an Effective Topic Sentence When you write an academic paragraph in English, you should probably start by writing the topic sentence. The topic sentence is essentially a 1-sentence summary of the paragraph. It clearly outlines the main i…
    - 8 Apr 14, 2:06am -
  • English Texting Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Is texting ruining your English? According to a poll taken by Kaplan International, 63% of English language learners don’t think so. The good news is that world-renowned linguist David Crystal doesn’t think it’s had a negative effect on languag…
    - 2 Apr 14, 4:03am -

Teach English Online

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

Scott Thornbury Blog

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

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • The value of continuous assessment
    How do you check your students’ comprehension of a concept or skill? Stacey Hughes, former teacher and current teacher trainer in the Professional Development team at Oxford University Press, shares some ideas for checking students are on the rig…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:46pm -
  • Animal Talk: Animal-related adjectives in the English language
    Ian Brookes is a freelance writer and editor based in Scotland. He has edited a number of dictionaries and has written books about spelling, writing, and punctuation. In this post, he looks at the origins and use of animal-related adjectives … Cont…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:39pm -
  • How to survive in the freelance market – Part 4
    This is the fourth of a six part series of articles from two ELT professionals who have successfully done just that: Mike Hogan and Bethany Cagnol. Here, they share advice on how to handle the tricky subject of pricing your services and billing c…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • How to bluff your way through the changes affecting English language teaching!
    Andrew Dilger and Sophie Rogers, former English language teachers, are part of the Professional Development team at Oxford University Press. In this tongue-in-cheek post, they consider some of the issues that any self-respecting ‘bluffer’ should…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:56pm -
  • EAP in the classroom Part Two – Focus on listening
    In the second of a three-part series on teaching EAP, Edward de Chazal, a freelance consultant, author and presenter, looks at effective listening strategies and appropriate materials to support students in their chosen disciplines. Listening i…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 7:08pm -
  • Easy CLIL ideas for the young learner classroom
    Teacher trainer, Freia Layfield, offers some practical ideas to bring CLIL into the young learner classroom. Categorisation tasks (science) Bring a selection of flashcards to class. Draw two large circles on the board. Label them with two different…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 5:48pm -

Heads Up English

  • Slow Travel
    Many people travel to foreign countries for vacation. They spend two weeks in Italy, France, or another place. They see many museums, festivals, and important places. The vacation is interesting but very tiring. In fact, people need a vacation when t…
    - 34 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 8:24am -
  • Compulsive Internet Disorder
    The Internet has become an important part of most people's lives because it's used for communication, information, and entertainment. Billions of people around the world send e-mails, chat online, read the news, and even play games. However, some peo…
    - 37 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 9:17am -
  • The Future of the Human Race
    Oliver Curry studies evolution and the future, and he has an interesting idea about the future of the human race. He suggests that in 100,000 years, humankind will split into two species. In addition, one group will be the haves, and the other group…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 11:57am -
  • Ruin Hunters
    Archaeologists study ancient ruins around the world. They go to Egypt, China, Mexico, and many other places to study the history of people a long time ago. But ruin hunters don't need to travel far, because these people explore modern, abandoned buil…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 8:32am -
  • Seven Summits
    Do you like challenges? Do you like extreme sports? How about mountain climbing? Maybe the Seven Summits Challenge is for you.The Seven Summits refer to the seven highest mountains on each continent. Climbing all seven is the challenge. The seven mo…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 8:31am -
  • Facebook
    Everyone knows Facebook. You can write updates about your life, post pictures, share information and music, and more. It has a huge impact on everyday life for millions of people.There are many people who dislike Facebook, though. Facebook collects…
    - 46 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 7:44am -

  • Present Perfect Practice Game- Meetings [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Present Perfect Practice Game- Meetings' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 2 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:26am -
  • Much of the data that we need are corrupted.
    New Entry: 'Much of the data that we need are corrupted.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:21pm -
  • Pop down to
    New Entry: 'Pop down to' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:03pm -
  • Pop down
    New Entry: 'Pop down' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 10:56pm -
  • Pop off
    New Entry: 'Pop off' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 10:55pm -
  • Looks like a goat exploded
    New Entry: 'Looks like a goat exploded' has just been added to the Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 12:48am -

The Everyday Language Learner

  • Foreign to Familiar – Learning About Culture So You Can Learn The Language
    I just finished a great book that anyone planning on moving cross culturally should pick up and read. The book, Foreign to Familiar, is short (127 pages), incredibly helpful, and fun to read. The basic premiss of Foreign to Familiar is one we all int…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 11:00pm -
  • How Much Vocabulary Is Enough?
    Today’s guest post comes from Jeffery Nelson, the creator of a great new blog called Living Bilingual.  After you enjoy the article stop by and visit. ———- Language skills are hard to measure. There is an innate subjectivity in analyzing a l…
    - 13 Aug 13, 12:27pm -
  • The Number One Rule For Learning A Foreign Language
    Today I am excited to share another great guest post from a regular EDLL reader, Arabic expert and language lover Saqib Hussain.  You can find out more about Saqib and about Arabic at  Arabic Studio.  For now, enjoy the post! ————- OK, so…
    - 26 Jul 13, 5:06am -
  • The Everyday Language Learner Interview Series: Jana Fadness
    I have been an admirer of Jana Fadness for a number of years now and so was excited to be able to interview her a few weeks back.  Her blog, Adventures of the Directionally Challenged shares here experiences as a language learner, a traveler and a t…
    - 4 Jul 13, 5:11am -
  • How to Instantly Improve Your Vocabulary Recall in just 5 Minutes
    Perhaps you are familiar with Tim Ferris’ “4 Hour” series of books.  In today’s guest post, Allan Ngo of Money in Mandrin unpacks a few lessons he took away from The 4 Hour Chef.  Enjoy! RIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!!!! Your alarm clock blares! POW…
    - 24 Jun 13, 11:16pm -
  • The Most Important Day Of Your Language Learning Journey
    Today’s guest post is from Noel van Vliet, the writer behind  It was certainly a timely post for me as I’ve been struggling amidst part time jobs and being back in the states to stay connected with learning Turkish an…
    - 10 Jun 13, 8:20pm -


  • Teachers Matter Conference in Sydney, AU and Rotorua, NZ, January 2015
    I am honored to be one of the keynote speakers at the Teachers Matter Conferences 2015 in Sydney, Australia and Rotorua, NZ.Although still a few months away, this is a...
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 9:58am -
  • #BLC14 Building Learning Communities: Sharing My Notes
    Alan November‘s Building Learning Communities in Boston is one of my favorite conference. The sheer stimulation to my thinking and creativity, the networking with so many brilliant minds, the sharing...
    - 12 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 10:41pm -
  • The Brainwaves Channel with Bob Greenberg
    I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Greenberg, the mind behind The Brainwaves Channel at BLC14 in Boston. Bob has been traveling the US and the world to film and...
    - 12 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 3:15am -
  • BLC 2014- Global Pedagogy, Not Just a Project
    I presented Global Pedagogy, Not Just a Project at BLC 2014- Building Learning Communities in Boston, MA. It’s time to move beyond the “wow” factor of a global project designed...
    - 14 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 10:27pm -
  • Building Good C.U.L.T.U.R.E.
    A couple of days, Dan McCabe mentioned me in a Tweet… I took a look at the conversation preceding the “challenge” to “sketch it”.   Below  is the result and...
    - 22 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 9:25pm -
  • Documenting FOR Learning
    I am a documenter, I have always been… maybe it is in my blood… …from keeping diaries from an early age on, being the family letter writer, to taking pictures...
    - 31 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 9:46pm -

EFL Classroom 2.0

  • 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…
    - 51 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 2:46am -
  • 50 Ways Lists
    The “50″ lists created over the last year have been a huge hit with teachers. So happy to know that these simple ideas are being used in classrooms everywhere. That’s what web 2.0 is all about. I thought it would be great to list them all in on…
    - 57 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 7:42pm -
  • Educational Philosophy – a dialogue between Plato, Dewey and Marx
    {this is part of the “Captive Mind” series of blog posts – publishing online and decommercializing thought.] This piece of reflection was inspired by a former professor of mine – Dr. Gerald Gutek, professor of education, Loyola University and…
    - 59 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:04am -
  • Why Do I Blog?
    “I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.” ― George Orwell, Why I Write I’ve been…
    - 7 Mar 14, 7:16pm -
  • True False Cognates
    I’m presently enjoying life deep in the highlands of Guatemala. It’s why I haven’t been posting regularly and fanatically. All things at their own time and pace but I’ll be back in the new year – loud, clear, full of posts! I’m taking Spa…
    - 21 Dec 13, 7:33am -
  • A hard day at the office ….
    I had a hard day at the office. Teachers usually do. So wrote this poem and will share.
    - 12 Oct 13, 9:50am -

Language Log

  • newHomophonia
    Paul Rolly, "Blogger fired from language school over 'homophonia'", The Salt Lake Tribune, 7:29/2014: Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 7:25pm -
  • newThe state of the machine translation art
    I don't know any Hebrew. So when I recently saw a comment in Hebrew on a Google Plus page of discussion about Gaza tunnel-building that I was looking at, I clicked (with some forebodings) on the "Translate" link to see what it meant. What I got was t…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 7:17pm -
  • Transliteration follies
    From Arun Tharuvai, via his Twitter account, we find that Intersecting Bubbles has this brief but fascinating post on a multilingual notice:  "Shell Petroleum thinks that Hindi is English written in the Devanagari Script ". It describes a routine no…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:30am -
  • Fillers: Autism, gender, and age
    K. Gorman et al., "Children's Use of Disfluencies Distinguish ASD and Language Impairment", IMFAR 2014 (emphasis added): This study compares the relative frequencies of "uh" and "um" in the spontaneous speech of children with ASD (with or without co…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:24pm -
  • Foul Meat-gate
    In "Dead and alive: metaphors for (dis)obeying the law " (7/27/14), we discussed the food scandal that has rocked China in recent days.  Abe Sauer had earlier made this post to the brandchannel:  "China's Latest Meat Scandal Could Deal a Death Blow…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:28am -
  • Philological teaser
    From George Walkden on Facebook: "Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic: Cinematic Teaser". Post by George Walkden. We don't normally promote books, but that promotional video is special. Like the trailer, OUP promises the book for August, but…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:10am -

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

Tech Savvy Educator


  • 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…
    - 60 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 4:17am -
  • Horizontal alternatives to vertical lists
    Photo by Tzvi MellerAs much as it seems counter-intuitive, teaching new vocabulary in semantic sets (e.g. jobs: doctor, teacher, lawyer etc. or colours: red, blue, yellow etc.) does not facilitate learning. As far back as in the 1990s, research show…
    - 84 days ago, 10 May 14, 1:18am -
  • SLA research: still in the shackles of traditional grammar?
    Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research also needs a lexical revolution to free itself from the shackles of grammar tyranny. Rant alert!Photo by richardoyork on Flickr[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]I was recently asked to give a talk at a conference on the top…
    - 19 Apr 14, 7:49am -
  • To confer or to concur?
    Image by @sandymillinvia eltpics on FlickrFor the first time since it was last held in Harrogate (2010), I didn’t go to the annual IATEFL conference this year and - like thousands of other English teachers who couldn’t afford to go to the largest…
    - 13 Apr 14, 10:25pm -
  • What corpora HAVE done for us
    Sinclair's seminal work - the bible of corpus linguisticsIn this post I would like to defend linguistic corpora and their relevance to the ELT field which Hugh Dellar raises doubts about.Years ago before I became familiar with corpus tools (corpus as…
    - 15 Mar 14, 4:00am -
  • Binomials
    Photo by @aclil2climb via eltpicsBinomials are two word expressions (strong collocations) such as "dead or alive", "give and take", "law and order". In this activity inspired by a short film activity on FilmEnglish, students become more aware of bin…
    - 7 Mar 14, 6:37pm -


  • Learnification
    We now have young learners and very young learners, lea […]
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • What we’re reading
    It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, wha […]
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Why it’s OK for Facebook to manipulate us (but not for EdTech companies?)
    Is adaptive learning ethical? Is it OK to experiment on one set of learners to improve results for another? Do EdTech companies have a higher duty of care to their users than regular businesses?
    - 14 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 9:19pm -
  • Product Review: Lexicum
    Lexicum  is an app designed to help “the 1.5 billion le […]
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 8:08pm -
  • Our Journey to the App Store
    At ELTjam, we’re always interested to hear from people who are developing ELT products outside of the traditional publishing framework. For this post, we’re delighted to welcome Curt Ford to the blog to discuss his app American Voices. Over to C…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 8:31pm -
  • Guest eBook Review: Managing Education in the Digital Age
    Managing Education in the Digital Age  Choosing, settin […]
    - 18 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 5:35pm -

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
    - 88 days ago, 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

  • 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 74 days ago, 19 May 14, 9:50pm -
  • Spring Blog Festival
     I would like to highlight an upcoming online event next weekend which may be of interest to my readers, especially those of you who are bloggers, or are interested in becoming bloggers.  Below is an extract from the introduction to the session in…
    - 9 Mar 14, 2:47am -
  • Feedback on EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook 2014
    Sunday February16th marked the final day of the exciting five-week EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook session.  It has been a truly exhilarating and educational experience, connecting with over 500 teachers from around the globe.  I was helping the…
    - 22 Feb 14, 7:32pm -
  • CO14 - An Exciting Weekend of CPD!
    This weekend Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February promises to be an exciting couple of days for educators around the world.It is the Connecting Online's 2014 E-conference, which is free to attend. It is all hosted on the WizIq platform.  Speak…
    - 7 Feb 14, 12:58am -
  • EVO 2014 Sessions - Fab CPD Opportunity!!
    You can now register for free to participate in this year's Electronic Village Online sessions! The registration period is from January 6th - 12th. Week one kicks off on Monday January 13th.  Each session lasts 5 weeks until February 16th. This will…
    - 10 Jan 14, 9:36pm -

Teacher Training Unplugged

  • 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…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Where are all the unplugged teacher trainers?
    Dogme ELT has been around (in the sense of having a name and a movement of people who recognize it as a legitimate and defined approach to teaching languages) for the best part of 15 years at this point of writing; what this means is there are a sign…
    - 19 Jan 14, 10:32pm -
  • Dogme is not “just good teaching”
    Usually when (it) is so simple we say, “Oh, I know that! It is quite simple. everyone knows that.”But if we do not find its value, it means nothing. It is the same as not knowing. - Shunryu Suzuki in “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” - I am not s…
    - 9 Oct 13, 6:22pm -
  • balance isn’t everything
    Movement is the destruction of balance. I don’t know who I originally heard this from, but it was in the context of running theory. The idea is that in order for a physical body to move in any direction, it cannot be in a position of balance. That…
    - 22 Jul 13, 2:34am -
  • dogs, disasters and dodgy grammar rules – teaching the passive
    A 20-minute exploration of how conventional treatment of the”rules” for using the passive voice (as, for example, presented in coursebooks or standard student grammar books) misses the chance to introduce learners to a simpler, more elegant and m…
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