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Free Technology for Teachers

  • newGoogle Earth Pro is Now Free for Everyone
    Google Earth Pro has been available for free to teachers with GAFE email accounts for quite a while. Now it is available for free to anyone who wants to upgrade to Google Earth Pro. Google announced this yesterday on the Google Lat Long blog. To get…
    - 52 mins ago, 31 Jan 15, 10:44pm -
  • newThe Week in Review - A Blizzard of Popular Posts
    Good morning from snowy Woodstock, Maine where we've had two snow storms in the last five days and school was closed was for three days. My dogs and I love to play in the snow so we're happy whenever it snows. In fact, as soon as this post is finishe…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Jan 15, 10:22pm -
  • newI'm All About the Snow
    If you live in the U.S. unless you've ignored the national news entirely, you're probably tired of hearing about the big snow storms that have hit New England this week. As as much as I dislike the hyped-up news reports about it, I love snow. Whether…
    - 23 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 12:48am -
  • newHow to Find Other Educators on Google+
    A couple of days ago I received an email from someone who was looking for help finding other teachers to connect with around the topic of leading a STEM or engineering club at his school. My suggestion was to take a look at some of the Google+ commun…
    - 23 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 12:19am -
  • newDesign and Launch Virtual Rockets in Your Web Browser
    Ten days ago I published a post about NASA's Rocket Science 101 iPad app. What I didn't realize at the time was that the app is also available in an Android version an in an online version. Thanks to email from David Beaver I now know better.All thre…
    - 24 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 11:51pm -
  • newA Free Course on Developing iOS 8 Apps
    In the past Stanford has offered free online courses on developing iPhone and iPad apps. Their latest offering is a free iTunes U course on developing iOS 8 apps.Before you get too excited about the course, note that it is not for people who don't ha…
    - 24 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 11:41pm -
  • - Create Short Audio Recordings Online, on iOS, or Android
    Earlier this week Larry Ferlazzo wrote a good post about how he is using to have his ELL students create and share short audio recordings. His post even includes an example from a student. I had not heard of prior to reading Larry's p…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 11:25pm -
  • PBS Learning Media Storyboards Offer a Good Way to Create Short Lessons for Students
    PBS Learning Media offers a lot of useful tools for teachers and students. Two of their tools that I discovered today are their Storyboard and Lesson Builder tools.PBS Learning Media's Storyboard tool allows you to create a collection of videos, text…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 6:21am -
  • PBS Kids Writers Contest for K-3 Students
    PBS Kids recently announced the launch of a creative writing contest for students in Kindergarten through third grade. The contest asks students to create short fiction stories (50-200 words for K-1 students, 100-350 words for 2nd and 3rd grade stude…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 5:10am -


  • newWord Form Quiz - Economic Situation in the US
    This word form quiz concentrates on the noun, verb, adjective and adverb forms of content words in English with corrected answers.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • newUses of 'Like'
    30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on problems with 'like' and is followed by a short quiz to test your understanding of these basic English concepts. Page 4.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • newBusiness English Level Test - Take this Test to...
    English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • newESL: How to Keep Improving Your English
    This guide on how to improve your English provides specific suggestions to making a plan for improving your English with specific goals in mind.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • newHow to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
    Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • newHow To Tell Time in English
    Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 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=
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00pm -

BeeOasis -- Read Big!

  • Bill Gates: A Model for Business?
    By Tek Smith BeeOasis Step 2 As a young man, Bill Gates had the idea...The post Bill Gates: A Model for Business? appeared first on
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:44am -
  • Learn English with Pleasure!
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. There are many...The post Learn English with Pleasure! appeared first on
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:35am -
  • The Story of Aspirin
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. The Story of...The post The Story of Aspirin appeared first on
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 5:34pm -
  • He’s Got the Blues (Step 2)
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. BeeOasis Step 2...The post He’s Got the Blues (Step 2) appeared first on
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 12:09pm -
  • The Pig and the Sheep
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. Adapted from Aesop...The post The Pig and the Sheep appeared first on
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 11:09am -
  • The Fearful Rabbits
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. The Fearful Rabbits...The post The Fearful Rabbits appeared first on
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 8:03am -
  • MIT Cheetah Robot
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. Scientists have been...The post MIT Cheetah Robot appeared first on
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 3:39pm -
  • The Bell and the Cat
    Adapted from Aesop BeeOasis Step 3 A big, white house stood in the middle of a...The post The Bell and the Cat appeared first on
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 10:47am -
  • The Dog, Rooster, and Fox
    Click to Start TimerClick “I read this story!” to stop the timer. By Aesop Retold...The post The Dog, Rooster, and Fox appeared first on
    - 12 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 7:38am -

Teach English Online

ESL Basics

  • What I Regret About Learning a Second Language
    What I Regret About Learning a Second Language Do you ever regret anything? I mean, do you ever wish that you would have acted a certain way at a certain time or made more out of an opportunity? I do. While I don’t think it’s healthy to worry abo…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 7:18pm -
  • Scrabble Vowel Words
    Scrabble Vowel Words Have you ever played Scrabble, Bananagrams, UpWords, or Words with Friends? These word games are all based on your ability to form words with the letter tiles that are given to you. I have heard stories before of people who u…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 4:02am -
  • 5 Tips for Speaking English With Confidence
    5 Tips for Speaking English with Confidence Make eye contact with the people listening to you. Nothing shows confidence more than eye contact. Most native English speakers come from cultures where eye contact is a sign of confidence. When you look s…
    - 41 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 6:49am -
  • Watching ‘Food Network Star’ Changed My Life
    Watching ‘Food Network Star’ Changed My Life Every online English teacher I know has a story of how they started teaching. For some, the decision to teach comes after having an international roommate. For others, it’s a trip abroad that opens t…
    - 50 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:28pm -
  • 3 Easy Ways to Sound Like an American
    Here are 3 ways to sound like an American Native-like American pronunciation is difficult to achieve for second language learners, but there are simple things you can do to sound more like an American. Here are my 3 tips to achieving native-like pron…
    - 57 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 11:42am -
  • Jumpstart Your English Skills by Taking Risks
    Take Risks. Think: Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th president, once said, “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” The only part of a tree worth eating is the fruit that it produces. However, to get the fruit from a tall tree, you would hav…
    - 75 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:54am -
  • The Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
    The Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation I recently was asked the question, “How do you deal with motivation problems when learning English?” (Thanks for asking, Ildar!) The first way I would approach this question is by asking a…
    - 22 Aug 14, 1:07pm -
  • Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – English Lesson
    Taylor Swift’s New Song “Shake It Off” And What It Means for ESL Students I love Taylor Swift’s new song “Shake It Off”, especially when I think about ESL. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to dance, sing, and move on from the n…
    - 20 Aug 14, 3:54am -
  • Two Ordinary English Greetings
    Ordinary English Greetings I love hearing from you! That’s why I recently sent an email out to all of my email subscribers (join here) and asked them what they wanted to learn. You guys flooded my inbox with amazing suggestions. Because I want to h…
    - 8 Aug 14, 11:23pm -

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • Getting English language students to practice outside of class
    For many teachers the extension of language learning outside the classroom can really benefit their students, but how can you be sure they’re using the right materials to further their practice? Freelance teacher trainer, Zarina Subhan-Brewer, loo…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:22pm -
  • The power of pronunciation in Business English
    ELT teacher, teacher trainer and course book author, John Hughes, shares some classroom ideas for teaching pronunciation in your business English classes ahead of his webinar on 19th February. Register now. Is there any essential difference between t…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 8:06pm -
  • insight Top 10 Tips: Reading
    Students often find it difficult to engage with reading and writing instruction and practice, particularly when large, intimidating texts are involved. This is the first in our series of insight blog posts, aimed at helping teachers to overcome this…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • Coming of Age as a Teacher
    Anna Parisi is course tutor and materials designer for teacher development courses at ACCESS, in Greece. Anna has extensive experience in syllabus design and producing supplementary materials for private language institutions in Greece. Ahead of her…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • What are the building blocks of skills teaching?
    What are the building blocks of skills teaching and how can these help your learners listen and read for tomorrow? Take a look at this infographic to find out more. Navigate is a brand new General English course that takes … Continue reading →
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:41pm -
  • The Many Challenges of Academic Writing for ESL
    Dr. Ann Snow, writing consultant for Q: Skills for Success, Second Edition, discusses the particular challenges of writing in an academic context. This month I will be teaching a new academic writing course for second language students at my universi…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 7:41pm -

Heads Up English

  • Dishonest People
    How honest are you? Although you may think that you are an honest person, you're likely less trustworthy than you think!Recent research discovered that light levels can affect a person's honesty. If the light is dim, then people tend to be less hone…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 11:39am -
  • Top Tools That I Use to Get You Started
    Helping students reach their goals and providing value: These are two key areas I regularly consider in order to provide a successful lesson and course. Let me quickly define the two ideas:Goals: Wherever the students want to go, I want to help the…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 12:46pm -
  • The Reasons for Bullying
    Bullying in schools is a serious problem. Children who get bullied have problems later in life. They might have lower graders, drop out of school, or even develop drug problems.New research gives clues about bullying. Children who are picked on ofte…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 11:39am -
  • The Ancient Olympics
    The ancient Olympic Games began in 776 BC. No one now knows the reasons for the first game. There are myths, though. One myth tells about a hero named Heracles. He won a race and then declared that the same race should take place every four years. An…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 7:58am -
  • Learning Languages
    Why do children learn languages so quickly and easily? Unlike adults, kids don't usually need so much formal study to learn a language.A person's native language gets in the way of learning another language. Babies usually hear their parents use onl…
    - 25 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 6:58am -
  • Are You Happy?
    Although you may not be able to measure your happiness levels, you can still take some advice to increase the positive emotions in your life.It's difficult for experts to understand happiness. However, according to experts, married people are genera…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 11:39am -

  • newDo over
    New Entry: 'Do over' has just been added to the Phrasal Verbs area of
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  • Common Mistakes in Emails Pairwork- Speaking Error Correction Game
    New Entry: 'Common Mistakes in Emails Pairwork- Speaking Error Correction Game' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 10:36pm -
  • Making Arrangements- Cultural Differences Modal Practice
    New Entry: 'Making Arrangements- Cultural Differences Modal Practice' has just been added to the Lesson Plans area of
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 5:01pm -
  • The lamp is ____ the corner of the room.
    New Entry: 'The lamp is ____ the corner of the room.' has just been added to the Language Polls area of
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • From the cradle to the grave
    New Entry: 'From the cradle to the grave' has just been added to the Idioms area of
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:13pm -
  • Donkey Kong
    New Entry: 'Donkey Kong' has just been added to the Cockney Rhyming Slang area of This entry is only available in our members' area.
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:10pm -

The Everyday Language Learner

  • Maintaining the Language from Afar
    Television and language learning, language learning, immersion, language learning activity
    - 22 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 4:46am -
  • 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…
    - 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 -


  • From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines
    I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging...
    - 20 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 8:23am -
  • Sketchnoting: Combining Typography and Vocabulary Practice
    Next month, at the beginning of the school year in South America, I will be starting a year long blended coaching relationship with the Asocación Escolar Goethe, The German School...
    - 23 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 1:32am -
  • Truly Global?
    Living in the USA (in certain regions), it is sometimes easy to forget that NOT EVERYONE speaks English, or is comfortable with English as a foreign language.Even hanging out on...
    - 25 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 1:03am -
  • The Global Search for Education: Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs
    C.M. Rubin from the The Huffington Post just published  The Global Search for Education: Our Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs. It’s a New Year Teachers! Are you ready to start...
    - 29 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 4:45am -
  • Interested in Working and Learning with Langwitches in 2015?
    Readers of the Langwitches blog know the passion I have for sharing my work and own learning path around of 21st century, modern, contemporary, the “now” literacies with educators and...
    - 29 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 4:32am -
  • Literacy: Language Competence Beyond Our Comfort Zone
    Someone monolingual is one who speaks one language. Someone bilingual is fluent in two languages, trilingual is fluent in three languages and someone multilingual is fluent in multiple languages. Speaking...
    - 36 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 12:42pm -

EFL Classroom 2.0

  • 50 Ways To Use Music & Song
    I’m presently working hard on a number of forthcoming 50 lists. I intend to publish a new one each month this year and then end the year combining them all in one publication. Some of the lists forthcoming are; * 50 ways to teach writing * 50 ways…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:47am -
  • At The Airport
    Probably one of the most common places a student will need to use English is at the airport. It’s an essential communication skill and one every English teacher will have to teach at one time or another. This video is a nice review of the standard…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:37pm -
  • Living The Languages
    I highly recommend these series of videos. Not just as an anthropologist and a teacher interested in language but as a human being who understands the importance of preserving cultural/ethnic diversity, our cultural genome. I presently live in Guatem…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 10:43pm -
  • January 2015 Mid Month Updates
    It’s that time of the month – time for a few basic updates about our community. I’ll be using these updates to provide members with information about some of the many fantastic resources available on the community. 1.  New Resources! * Get ou…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 7:32am -
  • 96 hour giveaway: Zen and the Act of Teaching ebook
    I’ve been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal. It has been mentioned and highlighted in several publications this last year as well as the hard cover book being used in several training programs. Download the PDF ebook for…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 12:50am -
  • Top 20 EFL Classroom 2.0 Resources
    We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members. Now that we are a paid community (very low cost), here is a little to encourage others to join or to help our thousands of current…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 9:39am -

Language Log

  • newmark.liberman.121 is not me
    Earlier today, someone set up a Facebook account, with a version of my FB profile picture, and began communicating with people as if they were me. My actual FB page is…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 1:29pm -
  • newAttachment ambiguity of the day
    Prepositional phrase attachment is one of the hardest things for English parsers to get right: if I hit a man with a bag of groceries, was that bag of groceries the instrument of my action, or was it just something the guy was carrying when I atta…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 6:21am -
  • The manuscript they would have written
    Here's a very nice case of modern sex-neutral pronoun-choice style, with the unusual feature that the antecedent for the two occurrences of singular they (which prescriptivsts hate so much) is not only a definite noun phrase, but a definite noun phra…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 6:17am -
  • John McWhorter responds
    Some clarifications about my Wall Street Journal article, which seems to have led to some misunderstandings among Language Log’s readers (as well as over at Languagehat). Since the readers here are the most well-informed audience that piece will ev…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:48am -
  • Everywhere, anywhere
    From Duncan Smith, by way of William Gibson on Twitter (ultimately from Lee Unkrich): Don't laugh at the English.  Except for the use of the word "poo", it's not bad, though I must admit that the notion of pooing and peeing everywhere is a bit odd.…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:30am -
  • If Scotland win
    Outside a pub near my office in Edinburgh on the day of an important soccer fixture between Germany and Scotland there was a sign saying: "Free pint if Scotland win!" Those with an eye for syntax will focus like a laser beam on the last letter of the…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 5:58am -

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


  • News quiz 2014 - Follow up
    Activities for reviewing language (vocabulary and some grammar) from News Quiz 2014Image by DLR  via Wikimedia Commons[CC BY 3.0 de]As a follow-up to last week's news quiz, here are seven pages' worth of vocabulary practice and review activities (in…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 6:19pm -
  • News quiz 2014

    - 27 days ago, 5 Jan 15, 2:37am -
  • News Quiz 2013 - Vocabulary
    Images by Tim Evanson,  Gene Hunt& Alex Alishevskikh via FlickrAs usual, as a follow up to the traditional end-of-year news quiz, here are language-focused activities aimed at reviewing and consolidating lexis from quiz. If you haven't seen the n…
    - 35 days ago, 28 Dec 14, 7:40am -
  • On (and off) the wall vocabulary activities
    I often make students (and teachers I work with) get out of their seats. I think movement in the classroom is important whether you believe in the now hotly debated concept of learning styles or because cognition is embodied. Apart from onion ring…
    - 42 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:06am -
  • Closely connected
    Photo by Sudhamshu Hebbar on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]An article written by the British linguist Vyvyan Evans entitled “Language Instinct is a Myth” which I shared on Twitter the other day triggered a lively discussion with my colleagues. One of the que…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 10:59pm -
  • The blogger behind this blog
    In response to the blog tag challengeBy Masachi Mochida via Flickr[CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]I’ve been tagged. Twice. In a blog challenge the idea of which is to post 11 random facts about oneself, answer 11 questions posted by the blogger who tagged you and…
    - 47 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:14am -


  • What is it you do again? Four new jobs in ELT
    As ELT goes digital and expands into multi-faceted, multi-platform products (but with books not set to disappear anytime soon) and publishers restructuring all over the place, you might find yourself, as an author or editor, dealing with people with…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 11:02pm -
  • To app or not to app?
    You've got an idea but what is the first step of building an app? Is it sharing a great idea with someone you think has the expertise or resources to make it happen? What’s going to get them on board if it is? Or is it working on the app idea yours…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • What we’re reading
    We’ve all been backwards and forwards between Lon […]
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 7:42pm -
  • EBPAI – The blog that became a school
    Blogging is a great way to access a personal Learning Network, reach out to the ELT community across the world, keep up-to-date with  developments in the field or just vent about things on your mind and there are fantastic ELT examples all over the…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 9:02pm -
  • What we’re reading
    This week the entire world has been reading about ELT w […]
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 7:21pm -
  • FluentU: A review by Philip Kerr
    Philip Kerr takes a look at the video-based language learning platform, FluentU.
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 7:12pm -

Authentic Teaching Willy Cardoso

  • A language student again: group or 1to1
    Today I asked my Italian teacher to teach me something and she said it was at “the level” above mine. ... Continue reading
    - 47 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:16am -
  • Open Space @ Braz-TESOL
    Last week I had the pleasure to facilitate another Open Space  event within a TESOL / ELT conference. This time in Joao ... Continue reading
    - 5 May 14, 11:51pm -
  • Box-ticking or mind-mapping?
    Originally posted on unwrapping the education box :This is a joint post between Willy Cardoso and Divya Madhavan on questions about ELT professionalism.…
    - 18 Apr 14, 7:30pm -
  • What’s your CPD level?
    In a recent interview, to be published soon at SEETA, I said: … how can you possibly measure and grade ... Continue reading
    - 20 Mar 14, 11:39pm -
  • Importing language teaching methodology
    To deny that there is a conflict in contemporary ELT, particularly but not exclusively in the ‘importing’ of new techniques associated ... Continue reading
    - 28 Feb 14, 8:00pm -
  • A lesson based on the teacher’s ignorance
      I was kindly invited to submit a lesson idea for the Disabled Access Friendly Campaign in April 2013. Many ... Continue reading
    - 14 Jan 14, 7:21pm -

Janet Abruzzo's Edublog

  • CO15 MOOC - February 6-8, An Excellent CPD Opportunity for Educators!
    I am thrilled and proud to be one of the 35 presenters at the upcoming 6th annual 3-day MOOC, Connecting Online 2015, hosted and organized by the incredible Dr Nellie Deutsch. I have been presenting at this exciting free annual event since 2011 and t…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:50pm -
  • The EVOlution of Jan!
    The EVOlution of Jan! from Janet Bianchini I am honoured and delighted to be invited by Dr Nellie Deutsch to present at the Bi-monthly webinar WiZiq sessions held by IATEFL YLT Sig.  I have created a brand new session for this meeting and will…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 2:46am -
  • Using Smore as a Flyer for EVO Crafting the ePerfect eTextbook Session

    - 14 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 1:15am -
  • EVO Crafting the ePerfect Session - Week One Introduction - Tips and Digital Literacy
    I am delighted to be one of the moderators of the 'Crafting eTextbooks' Electronic Village Online 2015 sessions.   I have the great pleasure of helping to moderate Week One together with my fellow team members Shelly Terrell, (Creator), Ozge Karaogl…
    - 20 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 8:12am -
  • 3-2-1 Animoto Introduction for EVO 2015
    The excitement is beginning to mount in the pre-registration week for EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook session. Many teachers from around the world are registering, ahead of the start on Monday January 12th.  I have just met one participant who li…
    - 23 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 2:58am -
  • Registration for Electronic Village Online 2015 Sessions Now Open!!
    I would like to share the message I received today, and to spread the word, as requested by Nina Liakos, from the EVO team.  I can honestly recommend that you join at least one of the 13 free sessions!I have attended an EVO session every year since…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Jan 15, 6:36pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 9 Oct 13, 6:22pm -