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So You Want To Be A Teacher?

I threw this together pretty quickly (will remake better when I get time) but was reminded about it when thinking about how important "all in" is when learning. How important it is to shut off our conscious mind and let things in. 

When learning, we learn more if we don't try, don't have our conscious mindkeeper on. (see this article).  Same goes for teaching, we are better teachers when we…

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The "Uncomfortable" Educator

I've always been one to caution teachers about bringing up / raising / planning for controversial issues in the language classroom. In most classrooms it just isn't our job or also worth the risk. We aren't trained counselors and we will never know when the opinions/ideas of these topics will cause harm to students. And a…

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July Mid-Month Updates

Here are a few updates about what's new or trending on the community this month. 

1. Host An ELT Blog Carnival. A call for all bloggers out there to host a blog carnival this year! Read how and find out about the next one scheduled …

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Host An ELT Blog Carnival!

The ELT Blog Carnival has been going strong for over 7 years!  Hosts get invaluable attention to their own blog and make an incredible contribution to helping foster / nurture a wider professional development community. See examples of past ELT Blog Carnivals at the carnival website - http://eltblogcarnival.com

We are now in need of hosts for future ELT Blog Carnivals. It is…

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Student Voices

Here is a student voice that we all should listen to. Advanced level students can follow along with the transcript or watch the Kinetic Typography version. 

I will not let…

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50 Ways To Use EnglishCentral

50 Ways To Use

EnglishCentral offers teachers and students so many opportunities to teach and learn.  We aren’t your standard ed tech “one trick pony” but built by teachers for teachers.  

Here are 50 ways to use EnglishCentral.  Dive in and try a few when…

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Ads and ELT

I've always had a big aversion to ads on any webpage. Don't know why but I guess it harkens back to my own early education as a teacher where commercialism was something to stay out of public education and professional development. You won't find ads on EFL Classroom 2.0,…

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June Mid Month Updates

Hello EFL Classroom 2.0 members,

Sending out a quick round of updates until the next newsletter. Lots of great stuff that will interest all teachers. 

1. Share A Shameless Plug

Visit our LinkedIn group and make a shameless plug for a website, tool, app or…

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Comparing Commercials

I really love teaching language by also teaching media literacy, getting students thinking about media and becoming critical consumers of media. 

One standard lesson has always been showing a series of commercials and students watching, filling out a commercial analysis form and then…

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The 7 Laws Of Teaching

Today marks the 130th anniversary of  John Milton Gregory's influential (at its time) statement about what teaching and learning fundamentally is - The 7 Laws Of Teaching.

Do you agree that they still apply to today's classroom and schooling?  Which are true and which have not stood the test of time?  H.D. Brown's more recent statement of the 10 Commandments of teachers and learners is also worth…

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Video Lessons

I recently attended a wonderful presentation by Jamie Keddie outlining his idea of "Video Telling".  It was very interesting to hear his description (and demonstration) of  how the teacher tells stories in a way that compliments the narrative of…

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June 01 Blog Carnival:

July 01, Lizzie Pinard will be hosting the 41st edition of the ELT Blog Carnival on her blog,  Reflections of an English Language Teacher.

It will be about "Helping Learners Become More Autonomous".  A great topic!    Share and…

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EFL 2.0 Gems - 24/7 chat partner

One of the nice things about a computer is that it never tires (also frustrating, always there tempting us .... ).

No greater example than our teacher bot on EFL Classroom 2.0. She's pretty, smart and also wants to talk about Brazil and the World Cup these days. She's a wonder and I'm glad I took the initiative to develop her for language learners all around the world.

Hours of fun. Post up your own…

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Live The Life - Vocab. Videos

These 4 videos about Los Angelas, Sydney, London and Vancouver are great for learning basic vocabulary. Use in conjunction with the flashcard sets we've created (students can also use the sets and play/learn/study/quiz the vocabulary…

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Lessons in a Can - Updated!

Lessons in a Can - the directory, ebook and catalog of 100s of lessons, all with resources, is now available to everyone. 

The lessons are fully described and with suggested level and language objectives. All contain multiple downloads both for the lesson itself and extending the lesson should teachers wish to do so. A one stop, lesson resource. 



I've worked hard and please find it in a handy pdf to…

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What is your teaching metaphor?

Metaphors are powerful things for teachers.  They are the very building blocks of thought and allow us to see what isn't there, to connect on a higher level to hidden realities.   Cynthia Ozick in her timeless essay, "Metaphor and Memory"  talks of metaphor as

"inhabiting language…
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No Ads In This Classroom

One of the most under noted things about our community EFL Classroom 2.0 is the fact it has no ads. I love this fact (and perhaps its why I now live in a city without advertisments!). Ads, you know, those subtle online videos/pictures, links that seem to be everywhere and which slyly ask us to click…

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April Mid Month Updates

Dear Teachers,

I hope everyone is having a great time teaching. It's never easy but I'm sure almost 100% of us despite the work and struggles, overall get so much in return for coming to class day in and day out.  Here are a few updates from this month on the community. 

1. Using Video…

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How is your general intelligence?

I made this simple quiz today to test students' knowledge of general things.  Nothing scientific about it just 10 simple questions I think everyone should generally know. A fun way to see how "on the ball" your students are (or you the teacher!). Challenge your students and see how they do. 

Good luck to you and your students. Feedback or additional…

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Blasts from the Pasts: Ken Lee

It's not really polite to laugh at someone who is honestly trying their best to sing a song in a second language. However, with this one "artist", you can't resist. A classic from the past. Enjoy! 

If interested in other "better" second language singers, try our Second Language Singer page. …

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