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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newThe New York Times Learning Network Begins Another Year!
    The New York Times Learning Network, one of the best resources out there for teachers (I said that before I began writing for it, and I’ll continue to say it), just published a useful post describing its upcoming activities for … Continue reading…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:04pm -
  • newOnline Presentation-Creator Powtoon Giving Away 50,000 Classroom Accounts
    I just learned through Richard Byrne’s must-read blog that Powtoon, a unique online tool for creating presentations that is on a number of “Best” lists (including The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows), is giving away 50,000 classroom accou…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:44pm -
  • newSchool Starts Tomorrow!
    The first day of our new school year is tomorrow! It should be a great year! I suspect that there might be fewer posts on this blog than usual over the next few days — I’m usually pretty exhausted at … Continue reading →
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:55am -
  • “‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein”
    ‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein is my latest post at Education Week Teacher. I interview journalist Dana Goldstein about her book, “The Teacher Wars.” Here are some excerpts:
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:27am -
  • More Theory Of Knowledge Changes From IB
    Over the past year, the International Baccalaureate program has been making lots of changes to the Theory of Knowledge course, and I’ve posted about them all. The changes continue… IB just sent out a document to all IB Coordinators sharing … Co…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:35am -
  • Two Valuable Labor Day Resources
    Here are two important additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Labor Day: US unions are shrinking. These 7 charts show what that means. is from Vox. The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:40am -
  • Just Published! 42nd ELT Blog Carnival: Back To School!

    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:22pm -
  • New Theory Of Knowledge Resources: 2015 Essay Titles & A Cool Diagram
    As regular readers know, I have been teaching International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge classes at our school for years, along with many other courses. This year, for the first time, I’m excited to be teaching two TOK classes that also … Co…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:20pm -
  • In 24 Hours, Look For A Lengthy Interview With Dana Goldstein In My Ed Week Column
    A lengthy and fascinating interview with Dana Goldstein about her new book, “The Teacher Wars,” will appear in my Ed Week Teacher column late on Monday night. Here’s how a recent NY Times review of her book concluded:
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 8:30am -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newNow You Can Customize Background Images and Themes in Google Forms - Here's How
    Google Forms is great tool for creating and distributing all kinds of surveys and quizzes. Now you can customize the look of your Google Forms beyond the default theme choices that Google has offered for years. You can now use your images as backgrou…
    - 5 hours ago, 3 Sep 14, 3:18am -
  • newTenMarks Adds New Free Features for Teachers
    TenMarks is a service that offers an online mathematics program designed to supplement your in-classroom mathematics instruction. The service allows you to choose from a selection of more than 20,000 practice problems to assign to your students throu…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 11:04pm -
  • newThe Physics of Cycling, Running, and Swimming
    One of the things that I did this summer to improve myself was commit to getting on my bike more often and for longer distances. While I was on one of my rides last week I was reminded of a the Open University's series The Science Behind the Bike. As…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:33pm -
  • newWhat Gives a Dollar Its Value? - Lessons on Currency
    What Gives a Dollar Bill Its Value? is a nice TED-Ed lesson on the influence of the United States Federal Reserve banks on the value of currency. The lesson includes a short piece about the correlation between inflation and the overall health of the…
    - 11 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • newWhy Are Your Eyes That Color? Two Short Lessons
    Why Are Your Eyes That Color? is a new video from Brain Stuff. The video isn't an explanation of genetic traits (that is mentioned briefly) as it is an explanation of what actually gives your eyes a particular pigment. The following TED-Ed lesson pro…
    - 11 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:10pm -
  • newPowtoon Is Giving Away Free Accounts to Teachers - Create Animated Videos Online
    PowToon is a great tool for creating animated videos online. The standard free version of PowToon is fairly limited (videos are limited to 45 seconds). Currently, PowToon is giving away 50,000 classroom accounts for free. The classroom accounts inclu…
    - 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 11:32am -
  • newTwo Free Android Apps for Creating Flipped Lesson Videos
    While there are plenty of iPad apps and web apps for creating flipped lesson videos, it is difficult to find good Android apps for the same purpose. If you're an Android user, take a look at this pair of apps.Clarisketch is a free Android app that ha…
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:54am -
  • newCreate Digital Portfolios with WeLearnedIt for iPad
    Cross-post from my other blog, iPadApps4School.com.WeLearnedIt is the latest offering from Adam Bellow and eduClipper. WeLearnedIt offers many of the great features of eduClipper that you currently enjoy along with additional digital portfolio eleme…
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:29am -
  • newTwo Short Lessons on the History of Labor Day
    Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in North America. Schools that started in August had a long weekend and the rest will start this week. If you're looking for a short explanation of Labor Day to share with students, take a look at the two…
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:15am -

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…
    - 12 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 25 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. Dictionary.com defines a dilemma as a noun that means either… a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternati…
    - 61 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 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 -
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Teach English Online

  • Teaching Young Learners Online, Getting Students, and Lesson Planning: An Interview With James Heywood
    I connected with James and his business partner Kris around a year ago, and if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will remember that Kris wrote a guest post last year (click here to read it). I was excited to get one of the guys back to talk…
    - 33 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:03am -
  • Student Centered Learning, Social Learning, and Twitter: An Interview with Mark Barnes
    There was an article popping up in my various social media feeds the other day called, “Why Everyone Should Be On Twitter.” I then realized it was by Mark Barnes, another fellow presenter in the TTO MOOC. I then read some more of his stuff, aske…
    - 50 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 83 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…
    - 92 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 EnglishAnyone.com)
    When talking with Drew Badger, it is soon obvious just how knowledgeable he is about marketing. He has built a successful online course that solves a big problem for English learners: becoming conversationally fluent. He also has a very successful Yo…
    - 30 Jan 14, 9:53pm -

Scott Thornbury Blog

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

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

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

Heads Up English

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

UsingEnglish.com

  • newYAF
    New Entry: 'YAF' has just been added to the Chatlish area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:05pm -
  • newJoe
    New Entry: 'Joe' has just been added to the Slang area of UsingEnglish.com. This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:03pm -
  • newEmail formal and informal functional language review [PDF]
    New Entry: 'Email formal and informal functional language review' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:02pm -
  • newTurn someone's crank
    New Entry: 'Turn someone's crank' has just been added to the Idioms area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:56pm -
  • IELTS Speaking Part One- Board Game & Useful Language [PDF]
    New Entry: 'IELTS Speaking Part One- Board Game & Useful Language' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:25am -
  • Hash out
    New Entry: 'Hash out' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of UsingEnglish.com.
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:58pm -

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…
    - 75 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 SmartLanguageLearner.com.  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 -

Langwitches

EFL Classroom 2.0

  • Teachers Pay Teachers Pay Teachers
    Every week or month brings another announcement within the educational tech space of a new player in the “Teacher marketplace” place. I remember back in the early years online, before all the social media, Web 2.0 craze. It was natural and easy f…
    - 16 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 90 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…
    - 91 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:04am -
  • Why Do I Blog?
    “I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.” ― George Orwell, Why I Write I’ve been…
    - 7 Mar 14, 7:16pm -
  • True False Cognates
    I’m presently enjoying life deep in the highlands of Guatemala. It’s why I haven’t been posting regularly and fanatically. All things at their own time and pace but I’ll be back in the new year – loud, clear, full of posts! I’m taking Spa…
    - 21 Dec 13, 7:33am -

Language Log

  • newText analytics applied to applications of things like text analytics
    South by Southwest (SXSW) uses a web-based voting method to choose panels, and so Jason Baldridge took a look at the titles submitted for Phil Resnik's "Putting a Real-Time Face on Polling" session,  to … see whether some straight-forward Unix c…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Sep 14, 6:22am -
  • newCan you spell "bus"?
    I have commented before on the psycholinguistics of signs painted on roads: in the USA it is apparently assumed that drivers will read the words in the order in which their front wheels reach them, so that what appears to be a display with "ONLY" abo…
    - 4 hours ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:38am -
  • newSomebody
    Yesterday I was skimming the digital New York Times and clicked on the second-from-the-right item in the panel below, without noticing the "paid post" superscript: This took me to an article about a new smartphone app called Somebody: Here’s how So…
    - 11 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:28pm -
  • newMore on tonal variation in Sinitic
    In a number of posts, we have discussed departure from stipulated tonal configurations in speech, e.g.: "Dissimilation, stress, sandhi, and other tonal variations in Mandarin " "When intonation overrides tone" "Where did Chinese tones come from and w…
    - 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 11:18am -
  • Nth Xest
    In the course of writing about the "fourth highest of five levels", I looked around at how the pattern "Nth Xest" is used in general. I found that uses of such expressions overwhelmingly count from the "top" where X names a top-oriented scale (high…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:03am -
  • Poetic contrastive focus reduplication
    From Nancy Friedman — Billy Collins, "After the Funeral", in Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, 2013: For those who can't access the Google Books version, the same poem can be found as the second item in this page at Boulevard magazine. Previous…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 8:03pm -

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…
    - 56 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

Leoxicon

  • 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 93 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 4:17am -
  • Horizontal alternatives to vertical lists
    Photo by Tzvi MellerAs much as it seems counter-intuitive, teaching new vocabulary in semantic sets (e.g. jobs: doctor, teacher, lawyer etc. or colours: red, blue, yellow etc.) does not facilitate learning. As far back as in the 1990s, research show…
    - 10 May 14, 1:18am -
  • SLA research: still in the shackles of traditional grammar?
    Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research also needs a lexical revolution to free itself from the shackles of grammar tyranny. Rant alert!Photo by richardoyork on Flickr[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]I was recently asked to give a talk at a conference on the top…
    - 19 Apr 14, 7:49am -

eltjam

  • Learning on Rails
    It’s possible that we’ll discover that providing the student with highly relevant, engaging content will be more effective than crafting learning experiences on rails (à la our current, item-response-theory-influenced “adaptive learning”).
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 5:12pm -
  • Equal rights for nNESTs?
    In this guest post Marek Kiczkowiak from the blog TEFL Reflections and the TEFL Equity Advocates campaign explores the issue of prejudice against non-native English speaker teachers and issues a plea for a more egalitarian approach to hiring te…
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:19pm -
  • Review: Writing For a Purpose
    Writing for a Purpose is a collaboration between the Br […]
    - 20 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 7:56pm -
  • I Talked Tech with my Students
    Today sees a guest post from David Harbinson. David has […]
    - 28 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 8:17pm -
  • Learnification
    We now have young learners and very young learners, lea […]
    - 35 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • What we’re reading
    It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, wha […]
    - 40 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:00pm -

Authentic Teaching Willy Cardoso

  • Open Space @ Braz-TESOL
    Last week I had the pleasure to facilitate another Open Space  event within a TESOL / ELT conference. This time in Joao ... Continue reading
    - 5 May 14, 11:51pm -
  • Box-ticking or mind-mapping?
    Originally posted on unwrapping the education box :This is a joint post between Willy Cardoso and Divya Madhavan on questions about ELT professionalism.…
    - 18 Apr 14, 7:30pm -
  • What’s your CPD level?
    In a recent interview, to be published soon at SEETA, I said: … how can you possibly measure and grade ... Continue reading
    - 20 Mar 14, 11:39pm -
  • Importing language teaching methodology
    To deny that there is a conflict in contemporary ELT, particularly but not exclusively in the ‘importing’ of new techniques associated ... Continue reading
    - 28 Feb 14, 8:00pm -
  • A lesson based on the teacher’s ignorance
      I was kindly invited to submit a lesson idea for the Disabled Access Friendly Campaign in April 2013. Many ... Continue reading
    - 14 Jan 14, 7:21pm -
  • 14 big questions
    1. Is it the role of language teachers to address social issues in the classroom? Why (not)? 2. If languages ... Continue reading
    - 9 Jan 14, 10:33pm -

Janet Abruzzo's Edublog

  • E-Moderation Scholarship Opportunity via The Consultants-E!
    I am delighted to post the following announcement on behalf of the Consultants-E administration:The Consultants-E are pleased to announce their upcoming scholarship opportunity: A fully-funded scholarship on the next ‘E-Moderation’ online course…
    - 7 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…
    - 49 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:03am -
  • The Future Beckons for Wearable Technology
    This post has been a long time coming....  I kind of lost track of time the past few months, and for some reason, I did not have much inspiration, pure and simple.  My days of being on a constant roll, of blog title headings popping up all over the…
    - 19 May 14, 9:50pm -
  • Spring Blog Festival
     I would like to highlight an upcoming online event next weekend which may be of interest to my readers, especially those of you who are bloggers, or are interested in becoming bloggers.  Below is an extract from the introduction to the session in…
    - 9 Mar 14, 2:47am -
  • Feedback on EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook 2014
    Sunday February16th marked the final day of the exciting five-week EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook session.  It has been a truly exhilarating and educational experience, connecting with over 500 teachers from around the globe.  I was helping the…
    - 22 Feb 14, 7:32pm -
  • CO14 - An Exciting Weekend of CPD!
    This weekend Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February promises to be an exciting couple of days for educators around the world.It is the Connecting Online's 2014 E-conference, which is free to attend. It is all hosted on the WizIq platform.  Speak…
    - 7 Feb 14, 12:58am -

Teacher Training Unplugged

  • who are grades for?
    Grades have become so closely associated with education these days that is is quite easy to forget that they are – historically speaking – a relatively recent phenomenon.  They were unheard of in the days of Socrates, and would have seemed alien…
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  • 3 things beginning with E
    I spend almost all of my professional life doing one of two things: observing the work of trainee teachers on Celta initial teacher training courses, or observing the work of Celta tutors in my role as an appointed Assessor for the Celta award. Both…
    - 41 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 -

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