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Using Silent Video In The Classroom

Recently, we've added many, many video based lessons to our community resources. 

Many of them are "silent" containing no words or spoken dialog.  But don't fear, they are excellent to use…

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5 Fabulous & Favorite Video Based Lessons

As a language teacher, I love video!  Students do too, so it's a happy class when a video is being used. I've pounded the pulpit before on the benefits for video in the language learning classroom.  See my Using…

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Back to Work in Taiwan

Hi everyone. I know it's been a long time since I posted, so my apologies for that. Since 2012, I moved back home for a while, worked for James Cook University in Singapore, worked briefly for the British Council in an amazing project in remote Myanmar, and now I'm working at a small junior high school in Taiwan, one of my favourite countries.
With some luck, I'll post again and contribute some more resources soon.

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It's About The Learning NOT the Teaching

I would like to share one of the ideas that most invigorates and informs me as a teacher. The idea of "Student Created Content" or SCC. I borrow the term from UGC or UCC, "user generated/created content" that is the motor of Web 2.0 and the internet.


What is SCC?

It is an approach that tries to simplify the teaching/learning process and equalize the power relationship that exists between…

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My 5 Fav Ways To Design A Video Based Lesson

I hear often from teachers about how video is such a powerful media form to use in the English teaching classroom. But at the same time, I also hear how difficult it can be to actually design a full lesson based around a video(s). So it is a catch 22, it seems. 

So should teachers resign…

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Earth Day - April 22

earth_day Earth. It is such an important concept and relationship for students. A must to use in our curriculum, I don't care what you teach. Take the opportunity to do something with your class this Earth Day, this spring! Revel in the gift that she gives, mother earth.



Here are some resources, videos, ideas you might use or that might spark a lesson.



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Mid-April Updates

They say April is the cruelest month. Not here on our community, it's been a great "spring" flourish of resources to help teachers.

Find below some of the most recent resources available. 

I've also been asked  by a few members to host a webinar about how best to use the community, find things…

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PODCASTS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Smartphones? They are great! Tablets? They are great, too! But, for what?

It is said that we can reach information with these tools faster. But, which information?

Do you just use them to find out the name of the film or the song which you can’t recall? Or to learn what your friends have eaten for dinner? Or to improve yourself in different areas?

Don’t worry, I am not going to grumble about how technology changed our communication or how asocial we are now. These are not…

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Recent ELT Professionals LinkedIn Discussions

We have a great group of teachers sharing professional know how and knowledge on our ELT Professionals LinkedIn Group.

Join in the conversation. Here are some of the most recent popular ones Spring 2015.  Get a full archive HERE

1.  How reliable…

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Your Teaching Journey

A bit of a reflective post today while I pack and go to TESOL Toronto. Looking forward to seeing many "teaching friends". it's put me in a contemplative mood, about my journey as an educator. About saying who we are as teachers and shining that light into the dark to lead others.

One of the invaluable things a teacher can do is pass on the torch, to help the next…

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Mid March Updates

So many new things on the community the last few weeks.

Here is a brief summary of some of the most important. Make sure to read our weekly magazine with all the latest readings in our field.   Enjoy and…

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A Cowbell Lesson Example

I've long been a member of Cowbird and it's a sterling example of real, authentic listening/reading/watching for ELLs. Along with several other sites that are truly "authentic", it is ranked at the top of my list.  Off the top of my head, for students, I'd recommend:   Voicethread,…

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A Great Youtube Channel

dictionaryofobscuresorrows--0001--teaser--large.thumb There is a lot of great video content out there for teaching. I try my best to stay on top of it all, despite the 1,000s of hours of video uploaded to the internet each minute.  Video is the future.

Today, feeling a little introspective, I went to my private bookmarks of video content/channels/sites that I use to find video content. Visited one that really…

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What If Teachers Were Doctors?

The other night I watched an interesting news program profiling a doctor who writes out prescriptions for exercise to many of his patients. He writes out what they should do every day and like medicine, expects it to be done and…

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School's Out Forever .....

I'm still plugging away on my book, tentatively titled "School's Out Forever" - a play on the famous cry of the immortal Alice Cooper, "School's Out For Summer".  

My idea is to think fresh, think anew and have a grasp that…

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Top advice to teachers about using technology when teaching

Using Technology - it's not that hard!
Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0



I've spent thousands of hours giving workshops on using technology to teach. Exhausting but always practical and focused on allowing technology to be helpful and in the background as teachers teach and help…

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Great Expectations

This post is really about two things. ONE - to thank Karennee whose post brief post about the video below got my brain flooded with a thousand volts. TWO - to briefly and strongly, suggest an important point about instructing and teaching.



First the video. (because who wants second hand news?).



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Mid February Updates

There has been a lot of new things posted for members this month so far. Here are just a few of them.

If you missed the February newsletter, find it here.  Also the recent edition of our…

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Literal Versions - Journey

Very creative "literal version" where the audio / lyrics are exactly describing what is happening in the video. Students will love it.  Get more of the best literal videos available online, on this page

I also highly recommend the video documentary: Remix Manifesto. Highly though provoking and it clearly outlines how the…

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Do you believe in a "standard" English?

Throughout the years, one thing above all continually astounds me about my fellow English Language teachers, researchers, writers, administrators and even students. What is it? Well, it is how conservative they are about language and how they fervently believe and attach themselves to a "standard" English that…

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