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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue


I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.

Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it in the classroom?

Also see all the Alphabet related books, all levels, on Gif Lingua Books. 


Alphabet Videos and our Alphabet Resource search

Students can study and learn the alphabet on Gif Lingua

This is my favorite Alphabet video.... I also used those phonics things/videos on the practice page in phonics. They are cool.

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what a great voicethread! Now that I think of it, there are so many ways to use the alphabet in class - not just for beginners either!

Try these attached Alphabet Organizers and get your students to brainstorm vocab for any kind of category (animals / jobs / personal adjectives / countries etc...). Then share them, make posters, play categories or guess it games....

If you do countries - you can use this crazy video to prompt the students!

You'll LOVE this guys Alphabet video, he has it all. So interesting.
David, you should like it- you helped me make it extra cute! And you have heard Gabby, you can testify that she is indeed a little dog with a big bark! (Ouch, she's doing it again!)

I also had to add this wonderfully creative alphabet video from our own archive....gotta love this one, always makes me hungry.

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0
Here is a fascinating presentation of all the letters of the alphabet in butterfly wings!

Kjell B. Sandved wrote The Butterfly Alphabet. It all started when he saw the letter F clearly in wing of a butterfly. It took him more than 25 years, with visits to more than 30 countries, to discover and photograph all the letters of the alphabet in butterfly wings.

View HERE.

I wrote in Lessons in a Can, how to use this presentation I made, to teach both the alphabet and the ASL signs. A great TPR style of learning! These make great pictures for the classroom or flashcards (File - Print Preview - Select # of slides on each page - Print).

Sush a nice activity, Nelson! I am wondering what the symbols mean before the letters (in your directions):

/eI/  AJK
/aI/  IY
/e/  FSXLMN
/ju:/  QUW
Misc:  HROZ

Also, is there a reason behind the color groupings?

Do you know that using sandpaper letters is a common technique in special ed instruction here? Get that tactile sense in. Interesting how many crossovers there are, as David as noted and researched.

I wish I had my own classroom of young learners! I know that I cursed things many days but also miss it deeply. Such a real connection and it allowed me to really "do" education as I believe and as you are suggesting -- in a way that children/students learn in an "affective" / "effective" manner. Personally, beyond all the theory and long words - language teaching methodology can be divided by those that believe we "mostly" learn unconsciously and by participating in meaning filled action and those that believe we consciously learn rules, connections, responses. I by far, lean on the left - if I may say it that way......

Here is my favorite ABC presentation. Kids Love Bembo! Amazing!

On our Elementary Page, there is also an alphabet category chalk full of great presentations for the ABCs....
Something Rawya wrote me I think says it best... we do our best to teach with love. David, I think that is it! That is what I do. When the children are very little, they do not hide their need to learn in a loving environment. When we get older, we make a defense against showing our vulnerability, but it is still there, we still have the same needs.

Yes, I think it is possible, obviously, to learn in an environment that is not loving, but what a stark difference. Whether it's language acquisition, or organic chemistry. We can learn in joy, and have it be a kind of healing experience from all the other things that are bound to happen in our lives, have it strengthen us and give us confidence and a sense of our value in the world, a sense that, if we get it long enough, almost can't be taken away... or we can struggle to learn in some degree of pain.

I think what I mean to say is, when I teach through love, it has never been the wrong thing to do. Whatever else the circumstances.

The symbols are phonetic markers for how we typically pronounce the ABCs (I'm not sure if IPA or not, but out of a Cambridge book I found in China), not for teaching through phonics. It's the same with the colors: they coordinate with the similar sounds: A, J, K. Also, it's the same with the grit of the sandpaper: 2000 grit was B, C, D, E, G, and so on.

Again, both you and David are so in tune with "it". I love the theory, for it has helped me develop so much, but as you both mention, it's the meaning. For me it comes down to community and connection; I think much the same as what Ellen calls teaching with love. For all the professionalism and books and hoops we create, it really comes down to the simple human connections: you really can't go wrong if you have those values (love and the importance of community) as your central tenants, nor will your students be let down. It's just so interesting that through all the information/theory I've processed, I've been brought to THE simplistic answer: community and connection. People may have different ways of finding "it" or may have different names for "it," but essentially the same ground is covered.
Daivd, or anyone else : ), do you know why, when I try to go full screen, it says Fullscreen is not enabled on this web site? It is just a ning slideshow... I made it from jpegs....

Also, is there a way to prevent it from automatically playing?
Yum, Yum.... :)

Ellen, you have to change the settings on your own site so this will play in full screen.That's my first thought but maybe Ning just makes it so ALL embed videos won't play full screen???? That could be the case and one more thing I don't like -- like the recent addition of the ability to email all your friends in one fell swoop. Sounds good on the surface but will just lead to a lot of "friend predation". I'll be warning members about this.... Sorry it won't full screen, that stinks for us in education . I'll look into how we might be able to do a hack to work around this...

I think I'm going to put the images into powerpoint, then use ISpring... so I can add sounds and links : )

The funny thing is, I can view fullscreen from the ALBUM page, when I click view slideshow. I just noticed that the youtube videos aren't going full screen either... ? And with Grave of the Fireflies, it plays fine full screen on my computer... but when I embeded it on EFL, no full screen! But if I play it from the actual video page (the page ning creates when you upload a video) it plays full screen. Maybe the problem is just when we embed these things in text boxes?
Getting back on topic. Here is the neat "Sign the Alphabet" that I designed. A great way to teach vocabulary and the alphabet - through TPR and ASL (American Sign Language). Read my write up for a lesson based on this in Lessons in a Can. These are also good pictures for making an "over the blackboard" alphabet banner. To print a powerpoint just click [ File - Print Preview - select X slides / page - Print] Then laminate and make your alphabet banner! Another beautiful way to make an alphabet banner is by going to Jan Brett's site. Just the most wonderful alphabet cards! Print and post! Thanks Jan, I've used these numerous times!

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