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Learning English with Pleasure: Alternative Ways

Grammar books and multiple exercises are, without any doubt, a good old-fashioned way of studying English. At the same time, let’s face the truth: it’s nothing but a piece of hard work to you. However, learning languages doesn’t have to be just another complex task on your life path. You can enjoy the process while gaining necessary experience and knowledge. All you need is to know the interesting ways of learning English and there are many of them.

Movies and TV…

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Featured Resource: Pass The Paper Xmas Carols Version

I love this simple version of the Pass the paper game. After the music stops, the person with the paper has to sing and finish the Christmas Carol line. A lot of fun.   Download the PPT …

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Letters To Santa

This is a great activity for Christmas!  Why  not have your students write a letter to Santa! 

Here's a nice template.

Two options.

They can either write a…

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free games for esl

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I have been using Articulate Storyline to create game like quizzes for three years. However, there are so many games that I thought that it was a good idea to share them in a blog. So, I want to introduce you  Games4ESL . In this new blog, it…

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Mid November Updates

It's that time of the month - time for a few basic updates about our community. Dig in, some may help you out ..... 

1.  Our Basic TEFL Certificate Course now has a new home!  

A great new platform that improves the course. Patience.io.  It now also includes full access to…

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Recent ELT Professional LinkedIN Conversations

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 ones.  Get a full archive HERE

1. Mystery Quiz: 12 Statements about…

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Technology Trends Gradually Changing the System of Education

Few decades ago, it seemed as the educational system would remain stuck within the usual teaching and learning methods. When professors started using iPads in the classroom, many people were sceptical about the trend. Nevertheless, today’s reality is different: students are being continuously engaged in the learning process with the help of educational…

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Faking it

Today, my "much better half" insisted that our dog Chico could understand Korean. She showed me how he could understand Korean and sit and stay, even give paw. I had a good chuckle.


Not much different to many teachers who believe their students understand them in the classroom! Chico, like so many students, was great at "faking it". Doing the right thing for the wrong reason.…



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Teacher to Teacher Webinar

I've long had a workshop fantasy.  The fantasy goes like this ...

I'm sitting at the front of the group and everyone is prepared for the usual blablabla, teacher talk, present, maybe have time for questions thing.  However, I just sit there. I just sit there and begin with the words....  Tell me what you want to know. 

I've actually went so far as to…

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I'm a "Phonie", are you?

I recently had an experience that allowed me to peer deep into myself. Not often this happens to oneself, most often we assume we are "X" and seldom really have real, true information about our own selves. Much of who we are is built upon a fabrication, of who we think we are. Two totally different…

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*NEW Basic TESOL Certificate Course

I've recently overhauled and improved our **content removed**.  It is now on a whole new platform, much better presented and easy to use for all teachers - those looking for first certification or experienced teachers seeking to update/refresh their knowledge and skills. 

All those who enroll will be…

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Tips To Help Motivate Students From Your First Class

Your first class will be tough. It will be stressful and the same thing will be repeated every single time that you have a new class. Motivating students is really difficult and you need to take your time, practice and learn all that you can about how to do this properly. While classroom management is definitely something that is really complicated to understand, we do have some tips that will help you.

Always Praise Your Students

Class work has to be recognized. You do…

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Teacher Burnout / Stress

One of my goals this coming school year is to be more personal in my writing/blogging. I know I am guilty of sharing precious little about myself. I pontificate, philosophize, condemn, encourage but in that, I share little of "who I am". I don't want to be that kind of writer, blogger or secret sharer. So here…

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Mid Month Updates: Oct. 2014

October is going by in a flash!  Here are some updates of what's coming up or of recent note on the EFL 2.0 community. 

1. Materials Design Principles Webinar. Tues. Oct. 14. 8am EST.

Do you design your own materials, are you thinking about it? Well, you should and this webinar will discuss some basic considerations when designing print or online materials. Sign up…

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Recent LinkedIn Discussions

Here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out!  Lots of intelligent, insightful thoughts from educators around the world.  Get the full prior archive of discusssions here.

(not a member of the group? Please join, just takes a…

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10 Things Project

Getting students thinking and harnessing their own inner curiosity through question based instruction – is a great approach.  Or also Project Based Instruction.  The more we educators can harness the inner light and motivation of students, tap into their thirst to know - the more we'll succeed. 

Sometimes like …

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Teachers? Who needs them?

I've always, my whole life long, had the sneaking suspicion that adults really didn't know much and were just as scared as us kids and as frightfully "groping". My suspicions were confirmed as I reached adulthood and realized that adults don't "know it all", nor possess some magical "togetherness".

Same…

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Keys to be English teachers in the 21st century

What are the 21st century skills that English teachers should incorporate? What are the keys to being English teachers in this century? What is the value contribution of ‘Our World’, ‘Welcome to our World’ and ‘Explore Our World’ Series that National Geographic Learning offers to teachers and children at the primary level of education? Interview with Dr. Joan Kang Shin in occasion of her recent conference 'Are you a 21st century teacher?' realized in the city of Lima (Peru) on August 27th…

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September Mid-Month Updates

Not a lot "new" to relay this mid-month but find some things that you might of missed earlier this month!

1.  Inspiring Quotes.   A good quote can really "hit home".  Here are…

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