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SOHO Exchange





Sozo Exchange is a new video site for language learning. I am impressed by how clear the audio is and how well produced. Aimed at adult learners, the episodes focus on interviews and real language. Get a transcript to follow along. Unfortunately, they can't be embeded but you can download them thought they are quite large files. See the latest episode here or I've also… Continue

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Go 2 Web - reference of sites



GO2WEB20 is a cool way to search and find web 2.0 tools and applications. Many that can be used in the classroom and / or are educational. They are displayed by logo and also there is a search function. Even better,hit "tag search" and you can then select a tag and find the web pages that are best suitable for yourself (say, bookmarking or photos or powerpoint).

Take a moment and browse around when you have the time. Really addictive so… Continue

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2 essential video professional development sites



Edutopia is an excellent, teacher friendly place. A kind of "grab all" site with lots of resources for teachers but more importantly, great prof. development examples. I especially like the collection of videos showing what actual teachers are doing in their classrooms. Great articles accompany and explain each video. There is a great one about Project based learning and students studying volcanoes. See the one in our player, I just loaded - an… Continue

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SPRK - Many resources

SPRK is a great site with some "flashy" content. It is available in several languages (the original is Danish?) and has some applications/games you can enjoy right away.



The best by far is Help Roger Decorate His Room. Your students will love helping Roger and it has lots of audio and is very easy to use. Help… Continue

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Teaching Recipes - lots of ideas

I was going through our "sites" of the day and really kind of taking joy at this list of resources. Solid sites that help educators. But I noticed one glaring hole -- Teaching Recipes.



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Lyrics Training

Anyone who has read a few of my postings knows without a doubt, that I'm a karaoke/music enthusiast! I find it a very motivating way to teach and learn English. It isn't the whole cure but it sure dulls the pain of learning English. See my full listing on our karaoke resources (especially this post) as proof of my commitment to… Continue

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Posterous - simple place to park lessons/docs

Posterous is the easiest way imaginable to get your content online and accessible by students/colleagues - whoever!



Simply email post@posterous.com , attach anything, a video, a document (pdf/word, txt), an mp3 or ppt and poof! It will be posted in an attractive fashion. You're also signed up! They'll reply with the link and share everywhere!



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Edu 2.0

Edu 2.0 is the place I'm now recommending teacher's start their own classroom LMS (learning management system). I've waited awhile on this call - for a lot of new sites to consolidate and be built. IMO - Edu 2.0 wins for both SIMPLICITY OF USE, FUNCTIONALITY AND POSSIBILITY. Also, remember our own LMS (learning management system) eFront.… Continue

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Dropbox

DropBox is a great idea. See the video below which explains the general principles by which it works. The basic idea is that it gives you a "virtual pocket" where you can find all the documents/resources/videos/items that are on your computers.

So for teachers it is a godsend! If you have a computer at school and also at home and then another 2 laptops, like I do -- it sometimes becomes very, very… Continue

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Poem Hunter - Lyrical inspiration

Poem Hunter is a site I chanced upon. It offers a really deep array/list of songs based on a "subject" or "theme". Here's the one for "FUTURE". Click the topics on the left for others.



It gives a great list for each topic. A perfect teacher helper - in finding a song to compliment a lesson. I know how difficult this can be! Music is… Continue

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SEN Teacher Printables





Sen Teacher is the bomb! The last few years I've been acquainting myself with special education and also finding that so many special ed. techniques/tools/methods really work well with language learning. Same with websites, they offer a plethora of resources for use in our classroom. Sen Teacher does too!


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Cultural Crossing

As an EFL teacher, many us are nomadic and spending time in many different cultures/countries - either teaching or traveling. Culture Crossing is the perfect site to get info. on the cultural differences of your next home or destination! It is really accessible with nice easy map navigation. You can find our how to greet locals, about eye contact, personal space, gender, laws , communication, gift giving and… Continue

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Nat. Film Board of Canada - a treasure trove of authentic video material

We now have all the best NFB Video shorts!



I love the National Film Board of Canada and I've previously highlighted their fine videos and especially animations - for use in the classroom (or just enjoyment!).



So I'm tooting our own horn here -- I've made a page of what I… Continue

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Wordia - words brought to life

I'm not a big fan of focusing on words. I'm more a "big picture guy" or for that matter a, "top down person".... However, Wordia, has some great UCC (user created content), videos about many words. You can find a word and listen to someone talk about it. (and this is probably where students will learn the most English!). It is great content for authentic English and I was impressed by the majority of the videos.



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Great Sites - a list.

This article I stumbled across (while looking for flash video recorders). It is a plethora of great sites! Wow! A treasure trove , a treasure chest. Eureka. I'll let you stumble through it! [use the full screen for better viewing]…



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Kindersay - Young Learner Vocabulary





Kindersay is a nicely styled package of vocabulary with audio. It got my #1 young learner vocabulary site nomination.



All the basic vocabulary is there for students and I really like how you can see visually, the person pronounce the words. This is so important for learning language, online or off. Just seeing the face and how the face/mouth acts. Language is not only sound and fury!



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TAG CLOUDS



Find a website - TAG CLOUDS



We've taken a lot of time to cull and to trim and to search and find all the BEST websites for many categories for teaching EFL / ESL.


Now it gets better! Just go to the category you wish and sink your teeth into it! All the best websites for many categories like; assessment, resources, web 2.0, special ed. ,…
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Watch - Learn : Great videos

I'm a big fan of video for engaging our learners, especially because so many are "imaginators" or visual learners.


Watch/Know is a wonderful new video site for teachers. Simple and it shares my own philosophy with its "Let's Make Great Teaching Free for All" motto.



There, you can browse a large directory of mostly youtube videos, organized by subject. The ESL part is pretty skimpy but there rest of the language…
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Kizclub - a great site for materials

Kizclub (don't get it confused with "Kids Club" like I do!) is a Korean site that my students - both graduate and certificate went gaga over.


I really like it too. It offers basic materials that are infinitely adaptable for teachers - on a wide variety of vocabulary selections. Most of the materials target young learners. All or most in nice pdf (printables) that you can cut/paste and use to supplement lessons. Perfect for teacher…
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Learn Free - a great resource

Learn Free is a great site for your students to visit and get "practical" lessons focused on the language they will use in daily life. It is very attractively designed and has a series of modules with audio and interactive (flash) exercises. Extremely easy to use, userfriendly. The site will keep track of the lessons you've completed and the use of audio is a great feature.



You have to register but it takes… Continue

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