It's conference season (today I'm heading to TESOL Panama - if any members are going, please say hello and lets get a coffee and talk shop) and I hope members will share their professional knowledge and tips and tricks they pick up,…Continue
We have a dynamic, busy and very professional discussion group on LinkedIn - ELT Professionals.
If you haven't joined, please consider doing so. Here you can get resources but on our…Continue
Here are a few updates and news on the community.
We have a new resources magazine and a…Continue
As a teacher, there is so much you have to get done, start thinking about right away. Even before you start teaching! The list can be daunting, so this …Continue
Here is a nice presentation outlining 5 of the most broad philosophies of education and some information about educational philosophies.…Continue
Following up on my recent post - 5 Favorite and Fab video based lessons, here is a megalist of just some of the video based lessons on EFL Classroom 2.0 that have downloadable materials (also download the video for offline teaching in many cases!)
They all make…Continue
A big thank you to all new members who subscribed as supporters. Every paid subscription helps us pay our bills and keep bringing low cost, high quality resources and professional development to teachers everywhere. Thank you all for sharing and letting others know about our fantastic…Continue
Member here will know how I adore gifs. Those short pictures/videos that highlight well and serve as great prompts and teaching materials.
Our long term member Ellen has let me know about a great site Giphy. It has loads of gifs tagged so teachers can easily make their own presentations using gifs. Right click and "save as" the gifs and then make a powerpoint to help teach the language of your lesson.
Here is one I made very…Continue
** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
I have thought about this long and hard. I'm not a big proponent of using "tech for tech's sake" or just because it is there and students like it. I sympathize with the argument that…
Recently, we've added many, many video based lessons to our community resources.
Many of them are "silent" containing no words or spoken dialog. But don't fear, they are excellent to use…Continue
As a language teacher, I love video! Students do too, so it's a happy class when a video is being used. I've pounded the pulpit before on the benefits for video in the language learning classroom. See my Using…Continue
I would like to share one of the ideas that most invigorates and informs me as a teacher. The idea of "Student Created Content" or SCC. I borrow the term from UGC or UCC, "user generated/created content" that is the motor of Web 2.0 and the internet.
What is SCC?
It is an approach that tries to simplify the teaching/learning process and equalize the power relationship that exists between…Continue
I hear often from teachers about how video is such a powerful media form to use in the English teaching classroom. But at the same time, I also hear how difficult it can be to actually design a full lesson based around a video(s). So it is a catch 22, it seems.
So should teachers resign…Continue
Earth. It is such an important concept and relationship for students. A must to use in our curriculum, I don't care what you teach. Take the opportunity to do something with your class this Earth Day, this spring! Revel in the gift that she gives, mother earth.
Here are some resources, videos, ideas you might use or that might spark a lesson.
My fav. videos.…
Find below some of the most recent resources available.
I've also been asked by a few members to host a webinar about how best to use the community, find things…Continue
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 popular ones Spring 2015. Get a full archive HERE.
1. How reliable…Continue
A bit of a reflective post today while I pack and go to TESOL Toronto. Looking forward to seeing many "teaching friends". it's put me in a contemplative mood, about my journey as an educator. About saying who we are as teachers and shining that light into the dark to lead others.
One of the invaluable things a teacher can do is pass on the torch, to help the next…Continue
Here is a brief summary of some of the most important. Make sure to read our weekly magazine with all the latest readings in our field. Enjoy and…Continue
I've long been a member of Cowbird and it's a sterling example of real, authentic listening/reading/watching for ELLs. Along with several other sites that are truly "authentic", it is ranked at the top of my list. Off the top of my head, for students, I'd recommend: Voicethread,…Continue