Following up on yesterday's Top 5 online games for learning - today I offer my Top 5 that are more "traditional".
By that I mean they are more controlled and less authentic. Quizzes, Q and A trivia, mix and match, multiple choice - you get the idea. Still, if done well, they can be really effective learning tools or even assessment tools. They are meant to be used by students at…
I've written a lot about Krashen's ideas on this blog. Fundamentally because they focus so well on what is "essential" in language learning.
He doesn't suffer fools gladly and I'm glad about that.
I was going over his online articles and especially his seminal work - Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning. I kept coming back to the feeling I had as a teacher -…
I can see many familiar names amongst fellow members but I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet more fellow EFL enthusiasts/
I teach and produce learning resources which you can find here: http://eslreading.org/. My starting point was writing readers - details of my background here: http://eslreading.org/about/about/editor.html
I also blog regularly for…Continue
Barbara Sakamoto(our last member of the month) just gave a delightful presentation for teachers of Young Learners. I thought it is essential "eating" for those teaching Young Learners - so sharing it here. Lots of ideas.
Get more ideas in the Young Learner's group, where I've listed…Continue
** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
There are many great teachers in Canada. Are and have been. However, despite my love of…Continue
"Where is the life we have lost in living?" - T.S. Eliot
I have had the honor and pleasure to interact with a lot of new teachers over the last 6-7 years. Energizing and invigorating.…Continue
This short animation video from Pixar is adorable. I haven't actually used it in my classes yet, but I plan to next week...so I thought I would share.
My blog is something I put a lot of myself into. A way I have a conversation with myself as much as with you the reader. It is organic and natural.
As I look over the last year and 250 + posts, I see one very important theme emerging like a crooked stem off the trunk. That theme is student autonomy. Giving…
A friend of mine has just sent me this link.
Drag the cursor over each picture from right to left to see before and after images. You'll see an amazing sequence of pictures, very meticulously arranged.…Continue
This is from a New York Times article about a school in America where the kids were given full rule over the curriculum.
The link to the article is here:
The rest of this blog is a quote from the article:
“A Pale Blue Dot" _written by Carl Sagan_is one the best books I’ve ever read in my life. It's not just a report about the earth or space, it’s not just a kind of so technical explanations about the universe, but it’s a poetic writing about ’ , about’ our life’ and…Continue
One of the nice things about the small city I moved to recently, is that it has a wonderful theater downtown, minutes from my house. Every Sunday, they have a $5 showing and tonight they showed "The King's Speech". Great movie, highly recommend it despite my aversion to "period pieces", especially British ones! Go see it and if you are in the mood, think about the lessons that it might have for us teachers.…Continue
Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa (pronounced Asha) was born in Paris, to Nigerian parents in 1982. Aṣa grew up in Lagos in the south-western part of Nigeria.
According to the Telegraph this small, bespectacled and softly-spoken, is an unlikely pop star.…Continue