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Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

  • newNovember’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Three
    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…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • newAre You A Teacher With Experience Teaching Common Core Math To ELLs?
    If you are teaching math to English Language Learners and are successfully integrating the Common Core Standards, I’d love to interview you. Please leave a comment on this post with your contact information — all comments are moderated, and I ……
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 3:59pm -
  • newClassroom Instruction Resources Of The Week
    Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Here are this week’s picks: A New Era for Student Assessment is from Edutopia. I’m adding it … Continue…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:55pm -
  • newThis Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles About Ed Policy
    Here are some recent useful articles and posts about education policy issues: Poor youths found to get less learning time in school than rich is from The San Francisco Chronicle. Under half of students projected to test well is from … Continue read…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:11pm -
  • newVideos Of The Week
    In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I recently began this feature to share useful videos. I’ll still periodically highlight certain ones on their own, but the rest will be found on this regular … Continue reading →
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 12:59pm -
  • Even More Resources On President Obama’s Immigration Executive Order
    Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration: Barack Obama anuncia acción ejecutiva y ampara a 5 millones de indocumentados is from Univision. Obama’s Immigration Plan Mostly Covers Pare…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Nov 14, 9:28pm -
  • Here’s The Simple & Powerful Gratitude Lesson I’m Doing On Friday Before Thanksgiving Break
    I’ve previously posted this simple lesson that my colleague Katie Hull and I have done before Thanksgiving and, instead of just posting the link, I figured it would be easier for readers if I just reprinted this post here: I’ve … Continue readi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:14pm -
  • Food & “Flow” Is The Topic Of My Latest NY Times Post for English Language Learners
    Food is the topic of my latest New York Times Learning Network post for English Language Learners, and it’s chock full of some pretty unique lessons. In addition, it discusses how to apply Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “flow” to those…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 10:57am -
  • Lots Of Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration
    Here are many new additions to The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration: Transcript: Obama’s immigration speech appeared in The Washington Post. Barack Obama anuncia acción ejecutiva y ampara a 5 millones de indocum…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 10:34am -

Free Technology for Teachers

  • newA Round-up of Ten Thanksgiving Lesson Resources
    Over the last month I've published reviews of various Thanksgiving lesson resources. As Thanksgiving is now less than one week away, it's time to put all of those resources into one list. Here they are...When Is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America is an…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:30pm -
  • newShare Lists and Search Notes by Color in Google Keep
    Last month I wrote about using Google Keep to organize your thoughts. Google Keep is a digital sticky note service that is available as a website, as a Chrome app, and as an Android app. On Google Keep you can create sticky notes to use as simple…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 12:19pm -
  • newFree iBooks from the Library of Congress
    For years the Library of Congress has been a go-to resource for teachers of U.S. History. Thanks to Glenn Wiebe, I learned about another good offering from the Library of Congress. The LOC's Student Discovery Sets are iBooks arranged around six theme…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:42am -
  • newITN Source Presents a Timeline of Technology Over the Last 100+ Years
    ITN Source, a provider of archival video footage, has published an interesting timeline of the development of technology since 1900. The timeline is arranged by decade from 1900 through 2010. Each stop on the timeline features a short video about the…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:10am -
  • newTraditional Thanksgiving Dishes Arranged by State
    American Thanksgiving is less than one week away. You and your students may already be thinking about your favorite Thanksgiving dish (mine is cranberry sauce in a can). Favorite Thanksgiving dishes, like all favorite foods, vary from region to regio…
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:29am -
  • Handy New Features On Plickers
    Plickers is one of the most popular new tools that I have demonstrated in my workshops and presentations over the last five months. It has been a hit with teachers across all grade levels and subject areas. Plickers uses a teacher's iPad or Android t…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:06am -
  • Photos for Class - Quickly Find and Cite Creative Commons Images
    Photos for Class is a new service designed to help students and teachers find and cite Creative Commons-licensed images. The site utilizes Flickr's API to find images that match your search terms. When you find an image that you want to use, click th…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 7:10am -
  • ReadWorks Offers Thanksgiving-themed Articles and Questions for K-12 Classrooms
    ReadWorks is a non-profit service that offers hundreds of lesson plans and more than two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. For the (American) Thanksgiving season ReadWorks is offering a set of non-fic…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:46am -
  • Quickly Create a Thanksgiving Card on Storyboard That
    Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.comLast month Storyboard That featured an option for producing Halloween cards. This week Storyboard That made available an option for creating Thanksgiving cards. To create a card you…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:23am -


ESL Basics

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 93 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…
    - 95 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…
    - 8 Aug 14, 11:23pm -
  • What is a Dilemma?
    Today we are answering the question: What is a dilemma? To find the answer, let’s look at the possible definitions. defines a dilemma as a noun that means either… a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternati…
    - 4 Jul 14, 5:34am -
  • How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs
    How to Form Regular Past Tense Verbs In today’s class (see VIDEO below), I’m talking about the four basic ways to form regular past tense verbs. In regular English verbs, they will always end in -ed. However, you may need to make a couple adjust…
    - 17 Jun 14, 12:49am -
  • Sneak Peek: Elite Classes – Listening Tip from Andrea
    Elite Member Class – Preview Video As you may know, we recently launched our Elite Member Classes for a low monthly cost of $29.99. This introductory rate is coming to a close tomorrow at MIDNIGHT. The price will increase to $59.99 per month and $4…
    - 30 Apr 14, 1:34am -
  • Video Playlists
    We have a few different video playlists that you may find helpful and I wanted to go ahead and put them all in one place. Tongue Twisters Phrasal Verbs US Citizenship Questions Advanced VocabularyVideo Playlists from Free English Lessons - The best…
    - 24 Apr 14, 3:23pm -
  • Classes with Andrea Coming Soon!
    Online Classes Start on Thursday! I am SO excited to announce that after months of hard work and preparation, we will be launching weekly classes, starting this Thursday! I will be teaching these high-quality, university-level classes that you can wa…
    - 22 Apr 14, 12:28am -

Teach English Online

Scott Thornbury Blog

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

Oxford University Press (ELT Blog)

  • On a journey to think critically
    Colin Ward looks at how to support students to think critically in the language classroom. Colin is a Professor of ESOL at Lone Star College – North Harris in Houston, Texas. He is also a co-author of Q: Skills for … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:32pm -
  • Skills for effective communication at work
    Rachel Appleby, co-author of two levels of the new International Express, looks at ways to help your students to communicate more effectively at work, ahead of her webinar on this topic on 3rd December. The other day I had a meeting … Continue rea…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 8:02pm -
  • Moving into EAP: navigating the transition
    What exactly is EAP and how should it be taught? Edward de Chazal, a freelance consultant, author and presenter, discusses the challenges and opportunities for teachers moving in this area of English language teaching ahead of his webinar on the su…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 8:45pm -
  • How to give an effective presentation: Part 2 – Practice
    In this series of video tips Ben Shearon, the Stretch Presenting Skills Consultant, shares his advice to help students enter The Stretch Presenting Skills Competition 2014-15 and become more comfortable and confident public speakers. The more you pra…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 7:15pm -
  • The importance of content rich texts to learners and teachers
    Texts have always played an integral part in classroom learning, for skills development and as contexts for language study. It has long been acknowledged that choosing texts that are interesting and motivating is key, but we also need to ensure … C…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 8:52pm -
  • How to write your own EFL materials: Part Two – Thinking about context and flow
    John Hughes has co-authored a number of titles for OUP including three levels in the Business Result series, Successful Meetings, and Successful Presentations. He will be giving a practical workshop on how to write materials at the upcoming BESIG con…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 8:00pm -

Heads Up English

  • Save the Planet
    More and more people all over the world realize that global warming is real and a serious problem. Almost everyone agrees that the Earth's climate has begun to change, as reported by scientists and experts in newspapers, TV programs, and magazines. T…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 12:39pm -
  • Negativity at Work
    What causes negativity at work? It's a serious problem that companies, managers, and staff need to watch. Negativity reduces performance. Negativity causes more people to quit, so more time and money are wasted always training new employees. And beca…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 6:15am -
  • Depressed People Watch More TV
    Unhappy people watch 30% more TV than happy people. Specifically, people who are happy watch roughly nineteen hours of TV per week, while unhappy people watch twenty five hours per week. The conclusion crosses all demographic borders, including age,…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:39pm -
  • Feng Shui
    Feng shui is an ancient Chinese custom. It claims a connection between heaven and earth, both of which directly influence a person's positive energy. Masters of the feng shui believe that the energy affects prosperity, particularly health, wealth, an…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 10:52am -
  • Black Friday
    Black Friday refers to the day just after Thanksgiving in the US. Because so many companies have a four day weekend, many people begin their Christmas shopping on this day. (Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday in the US, and then people have Frid…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 12:39pm -
  • All Things Remembered
    Imagine you could remember every action and event in your life. For example, you could remember that on June 15th, 1992, you ate a hamburger with extra cheese and onions for dinner, and you also watched a rerun on TV. For Brad Williams, this is a fac…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 5:36pm -

The Everyday Language Learner

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


EFL Classroom 2.0

  • “Functional” Videos
    Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology. EnglishCentral…
    - 71 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 12:48am -
  • Teaching English Magazine
    For those who don’t know yet or haven’t stumbled upon it – I’ve been curating a cool magazine that is available free to all. I spend a lot of time reading and this magazine shares only the best articles about the teaching profession. It’s a…
    - 78 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 8:41am -
  • Teachers Pay Teachers Pay Teachers
    Every week or month brings another announcement within the educational tech space of a new player in the “Teacher marketplace” place. I remember back in the early years online, before all the social media, Web 2.0 craze. It was natural and easy f…
    - 97 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:36am -
  • Colorizing History. Technological Dilemmas.
    Technology is allowing teachers to not just tear down the walls that surround their classroom, it also is allowing improved ways to present content. For the language classroom, images are an essential tool to generate conversation, contextualize voca…
    - 11 Jun 14, 2:46am -
  • 50 Ways Lists
    The “50″ lists created over the last year have been a huge hit with teachers. So happy to know that these simple ideas are being used in classrooms everywhere. That’s what web 2.0 is all about. I thought it would be great to list them all in on…
    - 5 Jun 14, 7:42pm -
  • Educational Philosophy – a dialogue between Plato, Dewey and Marx
    {this is part of the “Captive Mind” series of blog posts – publishing online and decommercializing thought.] This piece of reflection was inspired by a former professor of mine – Dr. Gerald Gutek, professor of education, Loyola University and…
    - 4 Jun 14, 1:04am -

Language Log

  • newContext
    Frazz continues to explore vocabulary and its measurement:
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 10:37pm -
  • Miracles of Human Language
    Below is a guest post by Marc van Oostendorp, who will be teaching "Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics" on Coursera, 3/30/2015-5/10/2015. Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:48pm -
  • Lexical bling: Vocabulary display and social status
    A visitor from another galaxy, or perhaps just from another century, would notice that civilized people these days are obsessed with the rate of vocabulary display as a symbol of social status.  The latest symptom of this obsession is Matt Daniels,…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:27am -
  • Gotta catch 'em all
    Don Seiffert, "Is it a drug, or is it a Pokemon?", bioflash 11/18/2014: It was while trying to straighten up my 10-year-old son's room that I hit upon the answer to the age-old question of where do they come up with the names of new drugs. The answer…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:43am -
  • Don't even know the rules of their own language
    Bob Ladd points out that a commenter ("RobbieLePop") on a Guardian article about Prince Charles (the opinionated prince who is destined to inherit the throne under Britain's hereditary monarchical and theocratic system of government) said this: The m…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:21pm -
  • A tiny, delicate thesaurus
    The latest Frazz:
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:50am -

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


  • 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…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 8:39pm -
  • 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…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:38am -
  • 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…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:35am -
  • Not a word was spoken (but many were learned)
    Video is often used in the EFL classroom for listening comprehension activities, facilitating discussions and, of course, language work. But how can you exploit silent films without any language in them? Since developing learners' linguistic resource…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:34am -
  • Going experimental at TESOL France
    A summary of the TESOL France’s  32nd annual colloquium  which took place in Paris between 22 and 24 November 2013.ELT conferences often have a title or theme with various presentations loosely related to it. TESOL France’s annual colloquium he…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:09am -
  • It doesn't matter
    Photo by Victoria Boobyer via eltpics Do your students often say "it's depend..." or things like "it's not cost much..."? Do you think they need more grammar review and practice? Hardly. Perhaps you should draw their attention to the most common ex…
    - 88 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:07am -


  • Barriers to entry
    There are very low barriers to entry in teaching, and especially in the case of ELT. I'm sure many of us started out our lives as teachers with little more than a solid implicit grasp of the language we teach. Maybe, if we were lucky, we had a bit of…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 7:53pm -
  • Goodbye, Hristina!
    Hristina joined ELTjam as an intern, completely new to the world of ELT, and is just about to leave us to teach in Vietnam. Sad to see her go but excited for the adventures she's got coming, we say goodbye blog-style.
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 8:06pm -
  • Dear ELTjam …
    We were delighted with the response to the first Dear ELTjam post, and we're even happier to be able to help out readers with their queries. It's a huge industry with so much to know and, if we can help navigate it, we will. This week Nick, Tim and L…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 7:58pm -
  • What we’re reading
    A wintry week of reading for ELTjam. Here's what's been keeping our brains warm.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 6:06pm -
  • Intersubjectivity: Is there an app for that?
    If you reduce language learning to its bare bones, you can come up with a methodology that suits many of SLA theorists: intensive conversation with a willing partner, one-to-one, providing the language input you need to communicate your thoughts. Cou…
    - 12 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 6:30pm -
  • What we’re reading
    Another dual sensory look at what we've been absorbing from the world of ELT, edtech and tech with the articles and podcasts that we've been learning from this week.
    - 15 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 5:48pm -

Authentic Teaching Willy Cardoso

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

Janet Abruzzo's Edublog

  • George Clooney Ties the Knot in Venice!
    The wedding of 2014 sees George Clooney wed Amal  Alammudin in the most romantic of locations - Venice.  I fell in love with Venice years ago and for me it is my favourite place in the entire world, second to Barcelona!Why the interest in George Cl…
    - 55 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 11:49pm -
  • E-Moderation Scholarship Opportunity via The Consultants-E!
    I am delighted to post the following announcement on behalf of the Consultants-E administration:The Consultants-E are pleased to announce their upcoming scholarship opportunity: A fully-funded scholarship on the next ‘E-Moderation’ online course…
    - 88 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…
    - 16 Jul 14, 1:03am -
  • The Future Beckons for Wearable Technology
    This post has been a long time coming....  I kind of lost track of time the past few months, and for some reason, I did not have much inspiration, pure and simple.  My days of being on a constant roll, of blog title headings popping up all over the…
    - 19 May 14, 9:50pm -
  • Spring Blog Festival
     I would like to highlight an upcoming online event next weekend which may be of interest to my readers, especially those of you who are bloggers, or are interested in becoming bloggers.  Below is an extract from the introduction to the session in…
    - 9 Mar 14, 2:47am -
  • Feedback on EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook 2014
    Sunday February16th marked the final day of the exciting five-week EVO Crafting the ePerfect Textbook session.  It has been a truly exhilarating and educational experience, connecting with over 500 teachers from around the globe.  I was helping the…
    - 22 Feb 14, 7:32pm -

Teacher Training Unplugged

  • taking a blogging busman’s holiday
    Instead of writing anything for my own blog this month, I’ve had the honour and the pleasure of writing a guest post as part of the ongoing “10 Books that Shaped my Teaching” series initited by TDSIG, the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Inte…
    - 54 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:19pm -
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    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…
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    - 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…
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