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50 Ways To Use EFL Classroom 2.0

EFL Classroom 2.0 has gone through so many changes over the last 7 years of its existence. But there have been some constants. Always updated. A deep quantity of resources. A personal touch. Inspiration. Unparalleled curation. Sharing.

Yet with such a wide and deep social network, the question constantly arises “where to begin”? So here are 50 of the best ways to use the community and get what you, the working Joe / Julie teacher needs. Doing this has always been our greatest constant.

View all the other "50 lists" HERE.

 50 Ways to use this community. 

1.   Customize your ME page.  Every member gets a personal page that they can beautify and arrange to their own pleasure / taste.  Set who sees it and share as you see fit. The perfect "teaching home".  Just click ME at the top of each page, to go to your own page and select on the left "Customize My Page".     Here's my own basic page example.  

 

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2.   View the lastest activity feed.  Daily, new items are posted on the community. Follow our Leaderboards of top content. You can catch up on what you missed by viewing the latest activity feed.      Get Updates ...

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3.   Join or start a classroom.   Classrooms are groups based on a specific topic. We have many classrooms (including “country groups”) and when you start one, you get a full mini social network!  Make pages, post events, unlimited media storage etc … Even keep it private for just you and your colleagues / students. Join A Classroom

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4.  Invite your students. We have loads of online content that your students will enjoy.  All our content here is “student proof”.  Even better, just make one account and have all your students use the same id/password to use us.  Our language lab, stories, games and reader can all be used directly by students.    Learn More here…

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5.   Search!.  There are so many ways to search and find content on our community.  Main page search (at top), Google search (main page), Search bars in every part/forum, Pages search, tag search (hit the tags included with all content), tag search engine, tag clouds – we have it all covered.   Learn More here….       ……………………………………….

 

6.  Become A Supporter.  One lifetime payment gets you access to hundreds of thousands of resources and the acclaimed Lessons In A Can lesson series.

Learn more here ….

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7.   Talk To Alice.    She really popular and your students will love her. She never tires and keeps talking and talking. Handy question selections so no typing necessary!       Check Her Out.

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8.   Make a doodle video.  It’s easy to do and read about it here.  Students each make a picture for one line of a song. Put them together and then make a movie. Inspiring for all students and great for team building.   View A Popular Example.

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9.   Subscribe to the Teaching English Magazine.  Part of my job is keeping on top of the pulse of my profession – TESOL.  So my work is your benefit.  The magazine includes all the best articles on the web related to teaching English.  Tablet/mobile friendly.    Get Reading

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10.  Follow us on Facebook.  Our Facebook page gets updated daily. Get inspirational advice, see new resources available and so much more …..   Follow Us

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11.  Browse Our Pages.   We have hundreds of “pages”, separate content from our forums, resources, classrooms.  Get familiar with what is there and even search through them using the search bar provided.   Learn More Here….

 

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12Upload Teaching Photos.  Need a place for your teaching photos?  Safe and secure, unlimited storage!  Present them on your own home page or blog in the handy slideshow that is available.       View An Example

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13.   Join In The Discussion.  ELT Professionals on LinkedIN is a hugely busy place where our teachers share their own wealth of knowledge.  A great way to get advice and connect with fellow serious ELT professionals.    View The Discussions

 

 

 

 

14.  View Top ELT Videos.   It isn’t easy to find quality videos to use in class and build a lesson around. We make it easy!    Watch the Top 100 Videos in ELT

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15.  Flashcards.   We offer instant access to flashcards for almost all language topics and functions.  Students can also play the games on Quizlet after you study / use them in class!   Browse the flashcard sets …..

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16.  Vocabulary building .  Tired of youtube with all its ads and distractions for student viewing?  We have a great player, searchable and education friendly, just for your classroom and viewing use.    Search for youtube videos…..

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17.  Teacher Training.   We have so many teacher training presentations on so many subjects!  View and use in your own workshops or just for self reference.   

View The Presentations ….

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18.  Put Yourself On The Map .  We have a nice map of members. Find members in your area and also do so with Adv. Member search.      Add Me To The Map.

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19.  Testimonials.  We haven’t asked members for testimonials for awhile but you can read what others have to say and also add your own!    View The Testimonials ….  

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20.  Play, play, play.  We have curated the best available games for language learning on the web.  Also have a full page of “arcade style’ games. A whole lot of fun. Use for teaching or just your students playing them.   Play some games ….

 

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21.  Linguistics.  Interested in this fascinating topic?  Listen to these great 5 min lectures on a whole slew of topics related to language.     Listen In .....

 

 

22.  Ted Talks.   TED – technology, education and design – is a great series of lectures that teachers find so inspiring, engaging, stimulating. We make it easy to view them in our handy Random TED player!    Check It Out

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23.  Teaching Recipes.  This simple site was created by our community and find many teachers sharing simple recipes that will help you in your classroom. A classic!

Get Cooking …..

 

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24.  Attend A Carnival.     Our community has hosted and participated in the ELT Blog Carnival for years!  Now in its 35th edition which we hosted.  Every month teachers share great ideas/blog posts about a selected topic.    View it.  

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25.  Video Email.  We offer teachers and students an easy way to record and send a video email. So simple and easy! An excellent way for you to give your students a speaking task! .  Send A Video Email…..

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26.   Language Knowledge.  We have some nice quizzes to test student’s (and your own) knowledge of language.  Also test your own knowledge of grammar

View The Quizzes….

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27.   Discussion Videos.  Use these videos with students that include conversation questions for pre and post video.  A great collection to get your students speaking and thinking.      Discuss It.....

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28.   Learn about us.  Our community has a lot to offer.  You can learn more with our FAQs. Also, if you didn't when you first joined, view our Welcome message.

 View the FAQs.  

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29.  Join  Project Peace.  Project Peace has brought together EFL / ESL teachers from around the world, sharing a message of peace. Classes make videos about peace using the peace packs provided.   Join in ....

 

 

30.    Random ELT Blog.   It is sometimes hard to start, hard to find out there in the WWW, great blogs about teaching English.  Use our random blog generator to do so, it puts some fun and serendipity into the process.   View a random ELT blog.

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31.   Get Inspired.   More than anything, EFL Classroom 2.0 is about inspiring teachers to be the best they can be. We do so by modeling great lessons and materials, providing training and advice but also just through daily quotes to inspire.  Find them in our photos, videos and all over the community. Keep energized!  View this example......

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32.   Open up Lessons In A Can.   Sterling collection of hundreds of lessons with downloadable materials.  Never be at a loss in the classroom.  Get some free examples there but become a supporter for access to the group where they reside.  Start Eating .....

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33.   Educational Leaders.     There are so many great ideas out there to inform our teaching.  Find out about all the best educational thinkers in our comprehensive directory.  View It.

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34.   Get our "Techbook"   Teach Learn is a coursebook I designed using the Student Created Content approach.  Very friendly for all levels, it is materials light and meant to get students producing language not leaning on the book.  Browse The Book .....

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35.   Get A Lesson A Day.  This handy "idea" guide instantly gives a classroom teacher a lesson idea. Perfect, powerful, possible stuff.....      View It.

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36. Read our monthly newsletter.   Every month, we offer our members a comprehensive newsletter, "chalk full" of great stuff for teachers.

 View the latest newsletter....   

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37.   #1 In ELT advice.   I've created a list of great advice for English language teachers based on my own 25 years in the classroom.  Browse the category and find some sound advice for you and your colleagues.   View The List.....

 

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38.   Follow Us On Twitter.  Twitter informs teachers of all our new resources, posts and sharing.  Stay in touch with what's going on.    Follow Us On Twitter ….

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39.  Get Powerpoint Games.  We've been a leader in creating new powerpoint games, sharing games and making them available to teachers out there.  Browse our handy "Top 5"  lists of different games.  -    Go There.  

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40.  Get Nosy.  See the red tab on the side of every page? It shows how many people are around but if you click it, you can also see what they are reading/viewing!  A nice way to find stuff on the community.    View what's happening NOW....

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41.  Go Zen.  Keeping a teaching journal or reflecting on one's classroom comings and goings is a key  part of improving as a teacher.  Become a reflective practitioner by using our Zen and the Act of Teaching reflective journal.    View The Journal …

 

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42.   Tell A Story.   Never be at a loss for a story to tell students or build a lesson around. Thousands available in our story directory and other pages.  Also, just good for students to extensive read online.  Get A Story ….

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43.  Go Video.  Video is the new book.  Get all the best videos for your teaching situation through our video directory or pages of video players. Also, view the recorded webinar about using video in the ELT classroom!     View Video +

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44.  Learn more about technology.  We have a wiki dedicated to tutorials and descriptions of many important tech tools that can help teachers use technology effectively in their classroom.       Go to ELT & Tech.....

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45.   Get in touch.    One of the best things about our community is that we keep things personal.  I respond quickly to all teachers, however much time that takes me. My oath to myself.   For general contact, use THIS and to report a bug/issue go HERE.   Find these and many more valuable community links in our footer.

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46.    Software   – Need some basic software to keep your machine running smoothly? We offer a whole page of valuable, basic stuff to keep your computers fine tuned.

View them.

  

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47.   Become a Karaoke King.   Our community really rocks when it comes to Karaoke. Download the player and thousands of files to play offline. Not poor quality stuff either! You'll have instantly, hours of offline content for your class.     Learn more here....

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48.   Learn About your personal settings.   Probably the most asked question we get is "How do I get my password"  or "How can I change the emails I receive?"  Your profile settings page has all the answers and customize to suit your own experience of EFL Classsroom 2.0  View It.   

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49.   Use our Teacher's Toolbox.  Here, every teacher will find handy helpers to make your teaching life so much easier!    Probably our most popular page on the community.    View It.

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50.   Browse the “50” lists.   Last but not least!  There are many of these lists, highly popular with teachers and which will provide you with instant teaching recipes.

Browse them all ......

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