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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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Little Known (but superb) videos about the Future of Education

Over the years, we've curated and kept for good, all the best videos to inform, inspire and guide teachers given the changing world of education. Education / …

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Sugata Mitra: The Ignorant School Teacher?

There has been a lot of debate about the  ideas of Sugata Mitra after his recent plenary at IATEFL. Find a nice summary of these posts / discussions through this post.

I'm kind of confused by all the…

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Blasts from the Pasts: Commercials

Throughout the years, high quality commercials for teaching English have been a central focus on the community. We've curated and found/share only the best ones for use in the English language classroom. 

Here are a few old references to help you find great quality commercials for use in your teaching. …

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Blasts from the Pasts: The School Of TEFL

I started the community School Of TEFL around the same time I started EFL Classroom 2.0, over 7 years ago.  It was a place to enact my philosophy of "open teaching, open classrooms" and share what I was doing in my teacher training, directly with other teachers. 

It is not used much but full, full, full of free materials. A great option for those…

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Blasts from the Pasts: The Elephant Song

This delightful children's song has been an eternal hit with teachers in this community. 

Great for young learners but will work with any age group and I've seen adults just beam while watching this. A must when doing any lesson about animals! 

Here are…

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Blasts from the Pasts: Alice

This blog post tells you about something I built long ago - a chat bot that allows students by just selecting sentences and responses, to have a never ending conversation online.

Never an excuse to not have fun studying…

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Blasts from the Pasts: Voicethread

EFL Classroom was one of the first heavy users of Voicethread, when it first came out around 2006-07. It still remains the top quality place for students to get authentic input and practice their speaking. 

Teachers post a prompt, an image and then ask students…

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Blasts From The Pasts: Amazing Penguins

This has been a classic for many years - watch these penguins and be amazed. Your students will be mind boggled! 

 

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Blasts from the Pasts: TED Talks player

Years ago, I built a player that collects ALL the TED Talks in one handy place. HD. Also, the player is designed to promote serendipity, browsing, stumbling upon ..... so little does this happen in this day and age where…

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Blasts from the Pasts: Free Hugs

This video was super big, mega large in 2008.  A classic and inspired so many students in so many classrooms. Free Hugs. 

It would be great to challenge students to do the same but with English. Free English. Speak and greet people in English for practice..... 

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Blasts From The Pasts:

Justinnoxxiis a blogger that in our early days ruled the roost here.  I was even able to meet him at a few conferences and he was in person, just as you could imagine him as a blogger - happy, irreverent, curious....  Been years since…

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Blasts From The Pasts: Top 5 sites of all time

I made this post years ago and now re-visiting it, miraculously it has stood the test of time. The sites listed are still the top for English language teachers and offer a wealth of content for teaching. 

Such a surprise but also not a surprise.  Things change so fast and websites become outdated but if the site/tool is based around core needs for language learners or teachers, it…

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Blasts From The Pasts

Over this weekend, was thinking of "depth" and that in contrast to many social networks, this community since it is focused on knowledge and content, is deep.  So much is temporary on today's internet, so much just gets buried "alive" and then it is on to the next big thing. It's a big problem. Good curation helps but…

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40th ELT Blog Carnival

April 01, Sylvia Guinan will be hosting the 40th edition of the ELT Blog Carnival.  It will be about "Ideas For Teaching With Technology".  A great topic!    Share and post any and all entries HERE

Check out all prior Blog Carnival entries, now nicely archived on…

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Stealing Dreams: free ebook

When I first heard that Seth Godin was venturing into the realm of education with a book on schools - I cringed.  He isn't a teacher, has no experience in this field and often is just "sensationalistic". He paints issues with sharp metaphors and turns of phrases but at the end after reading him - I'm often left with, "and so ...."

However, we all have an interest in education, Seth Godin…

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50 "Best Practices" for language teachers

                     50 “Best Practices” For Language Teachers                    

“It’s a funny thing. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

                             - Arnold Palmer

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Change the lyrics ideas...

I'm a big fan of always exciting students with "possibility".  By that I mean, designing a lesson so that they can change and interact with the content in creative, personal ways. They can be touched by possibility - much like we are when online and using Web 2.0 tools.



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