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Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

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Member's Blog Roll / Webpages / Homepages /


WE have so many great members, established bloggers and webophiles (is that a word?). Each member offers a wealth of knowledge and I urge you to explore these pages below. Make friends with those on the same "webpage" as yourself and share anything great that you find! Find the latest member's blogs on our main page (on the right) or directly HERE.A wonderful way to make connections with teachers and classrooms around the world!
If you are a member and not listed, please comment below and it'll be added.

Jess has a blog called TechnoLOTE. Lote stands for Languages other than English (not living on the edge!). She teaches Chinese in Australia but has many great technology ideas and a brilliant voice / manner for podcasting. Lots to learn and be inspired by!
DaveESL has a blog called ESL etc.His byline is "Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching. A great blog about issues for concerned, global educators. Dave teaches at a college in Australia and his blog also has a podcast which lets you know what he is doing in his classroom and what he is planning on doing. Insightful, so insightful for us teachers! Get nosy!
Larry Ferlazzo has a BIG blog "Websites of the Day" that focuses on new technology and links in the EFL world. His blog is the main course for many teachers!<</td>
David Truss has a blog called Pair of Dimes for your ThoughtsHe teaches in British Columbia, Canada and his blog really is articulate, creative and "deep" but not in any professorial way. Just outside the box and thoughtful. An excellent read.
Alicia Rey and her English Studio blog, shows the best of what a dedicated teacher can do, especially using new technology. Alicia teaches in Argentina and you'll be astounded by all the great ideas she has. The Edison of the EFL world
Susan a technology teacher in Israel has a numerous blogs and just seems to be a wonderful sparkplug of ideas/web design/sites/creativity. She has helped a lot on this site and http://efl20.blogspot.com">her blogs highlight all the best and newest in the EFL world.
Claudia Cesaro has a blog called THE FCE BLOG.A teacher in Buenos Aries. Her blog is really "language" focused and there is also a growing directory of blogs available
Graham Stanley has a blog, BLOG-EFLthat is specifically about Web 2.0 applications. Lots of interesting stuff about Second Life and teaching EFL. He also highlights some great presentation about Web 2.0 applications.
Daniel Craig has a great site and blogabout all things EFL. He is teaching medical professionals and pursuing his Phd. in Language Education. He has some great material to help all teachers.
Lynn is a teacher in Alberta, Canada and has a great podcast titled, "Cultural Soup".It is about EFL and differing cultural aspects around the world. Usually podcasted Tues. and Thurs.
Michael Stout teaches at a university in Japan and has a very complete blog/webpagewith lots of links and practical ideas for EFL teachers. He also highlights his student's work.
James has a blog whimsically titled "After After M*A*S*H"It is a regular EFL teacher, working Joe's look at life and teaching.
Steve Hargadon is the creator of our sister Ning, Classroom 2.0. A great community and Steve is the spearhead, promoting the use of social networking in education. Check out his blog
Sean has a long running and very informative blog on the EFL world. Very respected. EFL Geek blogalways has some great insight into the EFL world. A staple.
Jani has a website "Janette's English Classroom" highlighting her own work in Chile. Very clean and accessible. Lots of links
Frank is the sparkplug of ideas and technical knowledge behind the Ning for EFL teachers in MexicoI hope we form more "bonds" with all EFL / ESL sites and keep the spark and sharing alive. Check out this ning for lots of neat extras and insight into that part of the world.
Anne Baird is a teacher trainer and educational technology specialist downunder in Charlton, Victoria, Australia. She is passionate about technology in the classroom and this is reflected in her very substantial blog about the how technology is transforming learning and classrooms. Please check out her wiki for both her students and teachers! So much there. You'll also be enlivened by the bright colors.
Graham Mulligan is living in Vancouver but has traveled extensively in China. His blog documents his BIG interest in China and would be very helpful to any teacher hoping to teach there in the future.
Rich White has a website about using interactive whiteboards or smartboards by Edusim. As the website states - Edusim is a free opensource 3D virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard! Edusim is an extremely powerful way to engage your students. Take a look at this dynamic tool.
Snea Thinsan Education for World Peace is an AMAZING blog. Lots of info. on CALL but also just lots of info. on how teachers can help the world. Snea's attitude can be summed up by what he writes here; "I was an adventurous boy roaming the rice fields in Northern Thailand. I hope I won't become a tamed academic after these PhD years in the U.S."
Peter Thwaites has a very personal blog, P's ELT Blog full of insights into practical EFL teaching and is very student oriented. Delightful writing style and very accessible reading.....
Ms Greenspan a student teacher in Australia has a new and cool looking blog called Grow Your Brain. blog
Antonio J. Delgado lives in Spain and teaches at a high school. He has lots of stuff on both his wiki and blog about technology and just plain English language teaching. A very nice layout too....
M2CM / Margaret is an ICT teacher in the Netherlands and her blog is in Dutch. Lots there for you Dutch speakers! blog
Dennis Bayeng is in the Phillipines and has a real cool, video full blog called DennisB's Blog. If you like video/visuals, you'll love his blog.
John Warnken is a tutor and has a tutoring site called I Tutor for You. If you want to learn about how to become a tutor or using skype to teach online, contact John! Info. on his page...
Vik has a googlepage with a wealth of links to all sorts of diverse topics. Nice layout and very user friendly. An excellent example of how easily you could set up your own google page! A treasure trove.
Jello Mando has an excellent blog full of insightful writing about teaching in Korea. Also many great lesson plans collected! Lots of variety here and please say hello to Jello. blog
Amanda Hefner is involved with Texas Games. A moodle full of materials, tools, resources, links for teaching using games. If you are interested in games in the classroom, you'll have to visit here! Just a short sign up and then you have lots of great material for gaming.
Ton Koenraad is an educator in Holland with a lot of academic credentials. His info. page links to many great sites/articles and his Webquest page offers great info. on using language quests and the Language Quest network. Real sterling stuff!
Anna Filatova teaches American Lit. at Moscow State Univ. Her blog is very informative and she is interested in the role of social networks in education/learning.
Yvonne Capels is a teacher in Las Vegas. Her class site is really well designed, user friendly and a great example for other teachers. Check it out and see for yourself! She also boxes!
Connie Weber teaches in Ann Arbour, Michigan. She is a sparkplug of thought and insight and an educational leader. Her blog at Classroom 2.0 is just full of insight and you also have to check out her friends.....a regular MIT of teaching.
Janet Hunt is a public school teacher and she has a wiki devoted to technology in the classroom.
Diane Stonebrink teaches at a community college in Arizona. Her personal page is full of links/information about games and making games for ESL. Many of them free! Also templates of her own games. A must if you have any interest in using games in your classroom!
Kevin has a MUST visit blog, ART SNACKS. This is the best laid out blog/page I've come across and has so much for teachers. Lots of info. / links to other great educators and their pages, interviews, podcasts, a newsletter, presentations, much more..... Thank you Kevin and please visit and say thank you for all his efforts on behalf of education.
Skip Zilla is a thinker and passionate advocate of making this world a better place. He comes from a business/technology background but understands how vital education is. Lots of great links on his blog but check out Classroom 2.0 for his thoughts. He's more like me - a forum person. I"ve been a big fan of his thoughts for awhile and your mind will be stirred any time you read what he voices....
Amaldino is an English teacher in Italy. His wiki is a superb example of using technology to help students learn English. A wealth of real activities for students and really effective applications. PLEASE explore this "dolce" site!
Janos is an amazing Hungarian educator and administrator. His homepage has a wealth of links and really shows an individual committed to principles of pluralism and world understanding. A must is to check out his "fun" interview.....so cool.
Sharon Betts is a perfect example of an exemplary teacher who shares and gives. With technological know how to! She is the creator of Professional Development 2.0 and has a plethora of sites to explore and find them all linked on her blog, Sharon's Share.If you are interested in collaboration, students and teachers should visit her Taking Learning Global. Thx Sharon!
Oreen Scott is a student ESL teacher, taking her teaching certificate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She writes about her life, in her "Diary of a Third Age Woman" , from her own perspective and world and we look forward to hearing about her practice teaching challenges/joys.
Jeff Lebow is everywhere! He has a splendid blog and site which leads you into so many EFL things. He teaches Educational technology and is well versed in all things CALL. Further, he is active in developing Worldbridges and runs podcasts there, one especially for EFL. I hope he'll help us have a few shows! He participates with EDTech also. PLEASE check him out!
Jose Mota is one catalyst of C.R.I.A. OnlineTake a look, lots of links, resources and especially student blogs about learning English. I'm going have to look into this more also!
Malcolm is a teacher at Daeguk Elementary school in Korea. He has an amazing school blog that is a great example that really shows how a teacher can motivate students through technology and just online presence. Even on a basic level such as his, it makes a big difference.
Vivian is an ESL and English Lit. teacher from Chicago. She has a great blog full of information about where to find resources in the ESL / EFL world.
Brendan Mackie is a new elementary teacher in Busan who likes peaches :) He has some insightful comments on his blog about his experiences teaching in Korea.
Steven Nishida has a great blog called the English Master's Blog (EMB). He is a teacher in Japan, a real sparkplug of energy! Lots of links and info. about multimedia stuff. to be found.
Agnieszka is an enthusiastic EFL teacher from Poland who writes about the trials and tribulations of her classes on EFL Classroom 2.0
Jen is a an American teacher in Korea. Her blog is about everyday life and general commentary and it isn't dull! A great job and perspective, even if I don't agree with everything!
Anamaria has a great blog, "Life is a Feast" She is a teacher from Brazil and offers an excellent example of a teacher using technology in the classroom. Check out her own "introduction" on her blog and there is lots about the environment. A MUST!
Robert Burden has a blog, Read Write Scene. He is a community college ESL instructor and offers some good sites and tips about technology and language learning.
Taryn is preparing to move to Korea from the States, to teach. She has a cool looking blog, called pre'Seouled. It is well written and designed. Lots of great thoughts, especially for new teachers preparing to journey off to a foreign land and teach.
Hoye is an enthusiastic teacher of young learners in Spain. She has a very professional looking/feeling site - young-learners esl, sharing lessons for young learners. A great example of another sharing teacher.
Mathew Needleman has a blog called, "Creating Life Long Learners" You will find lots of original ideas here and much in the way of his specialty, Digital Storytelling. A must for any new age storyteller!
Craig Kasemodel Mr. K has Titanium Team, his class site full of links and inspiration. Not just EFL / ESL but lots of other stuff. Really cool this is. Visit his site and visit Alaska. A great teacher's site, gold star!
Lisa Burden rules at her own Wiki. Full of Spanish inspiration, it is a lot of everything and I love the music!
john has a webpage full of his teaching life and travels. He is presently teaching in Zhaoqing China.
Sean Griffin is in Ireland and works both as a tutor helping young people with their literacy and as a manager for Alison, an online learning site. Very well put together and loads of great stuff for learners, especially in the area of IT. Take a look, cutting edge elearning!
Kevin is an energetic middle school science teacher in the Phillipines. His blog, Siyensya | (She-ent-sha), Cebuano for Scienceis full of great "teacher" observations and thoughts. Really personal and interesting.
Norman can be found at The English Reading Club. He has a very Christian blog where he inspires others through the gospel.
Howard Vickers is a guy I'd like to meet. He is teaching in La Paz, Bolivia and is passionate about "avatars" those funny screen characters. Through his blog Avatar Languages, you can learn how to hook up with a qualified teacher on Second Life, the 3d virtual world. Lots of info. for any ICT teacher on this site.
Or-tal is an Israeli consultant / businesswoman who is interested in the start up side of language learning. Her blog simply titled, "writings" has ideas about her own consulting and language interests.
Stephen Roney is a Catholic with "true grit", a teacher, writer in an "undisclosed" location in the middle east. Hmmmm. Anyways, his Od's Blog is full of fascinating commentary, a lot of it on news that I know everyone will find interesting.
Jose Duran is a teacher in Spain with an AMAZING blog. Lots of info, clear and easy to get around in. Please take a look and say hello to Jose!
Juan Ignacio Castro is an English teacher in Spain. Learning English In Brunete has lots of links to other blogs and info. about teaching English in Spain.
Howard Vickers is an authority on Avatars (those computer figures/people) in La Paz, Bolivia. His page Avatar Languages has lots of info. about avatars.
C.Long is a technology specialist and works to educate teachers in Texas. Her blog has lots of technology advice for teachers.
Stephen Thergensen has an amazing Blog called Inverse PolarityHe teaches adults in Denver and has so much to share!
Felipe is an enthusiastic educator in Brazil. His blog, Felipe's Classroom, has lots of practical advice and materials for ELLs
Tim has a blog called Red Pants in Korea. Lots of news about Korea.
Linda Yechiel a teacher in Israel, has a page in Hebrew and English called, English with Linda.
Kelly is a very creative teacher in Brazil. Check out her English at CILC is Great! Lots of interesting things about teaching in Brazil and her students.
Ana Lopez Pozo's Alpozo Phonetic Blog is just super for those interested in phonetics! Well done!
Leyla Shaughnessy is from Orlando, Florida. Her informative blog, Fruitcake tells of her teaching in High School and the IB program


Comment by Eric18 on December 22, 2009 at 8:52am
Semester breaks seem like the best opportunities to update and upgrade my limited understanding of educational materials here. I'm consistently impressed and constantly learning. Thank you.

My teacher's blog, still rather primitive, focuses on teaching oral skills to high intermediate and advanced students. But sometimes I stray into other ESL and EFL topics.


Like some other blogs, it's a simple wordpress blog that is still evolving.
Comment by claris on December 22, 2009 at 8:44pm
Hi! I have two blogs. My blog for ESL and EFL teachers is http://www.talktotheclouds.com/
My blog for ESL and EFL learners (intermediate and up) is http://www.readableblog.com/ --it's updated less often, but I'm trying to start a schedule so that I can update it more frequently. :)

Comment by ddeubel on December 22, 2009 at 10:02pm
Blogs added! Thanks for letting me know and Jan. 1st I'll have a better way to promote the fine blogs of members - part of a new design.

claris - love your blog roll! Henrich - spent the morning with coffee and your nice thoughts on assessment in ELT..thx.

Comment by Eric18 on December 23, 2009 at 6:13pm
David - Thank you for creating and maintaining this very 21st century educational tool!

As ever, I just keep learning more with each visit.
Comment by Stephan Hughes on January 10, 2010 at 1:40am
Hey all,

This is just Dablog: www.dablog-dablog.blogspot.com.

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 10, 2010 at 1:49am
Added to our blog roll, Stephan! It should show on the main page blog roll shortly.
Comment by Phil Bird on February 14, 2010 at 10:43pm
Hi, I've got a blog, that I'd love to be added to the list, you can find it at http://classroom201x.wordpress.com looking at e-learning and ESOL in the UK.
Comment by Beatriz Lupiano on March 10, 2010 at 4:16pm

This is such a great place -I don't get lost and yet I never cease to find new features and spaces!! I have three blogs -none of them are specifically about teaching but I'm a teacher so they're all somehow related to aspects of teaching and learning. Feeling Learning and Reading is my main blog and the posts are usually reflections on what I'm reading or learning; Journey Journal was originally intended to use with students but the timing wasn't right and I ended up adopting it for myself. I think it's finally found a direction -storytelling in installments. The third one is Musings and I've been referring to it as the most "fringe" one of the three. It's still finding its direction (it seems to be leaning towards the "taking a stance" sort of blog/scrapbook with rebloggings and comments on them. I hope you enjoy one, two or the three of them!

Comment by Poornima on March 10, 2010 at 6:48pm
Hi! I'm Poornima D'Souza and I am a member. I work as a School Home Liaison with the Sioux Falls School District. My blogs, Nings and Wikispaces are

Comment by ddeubel on March 10, 2010 at 11:26pm
Beatriz and Poorima

Blogs put up in our directory and on the main page! Feel free to let us know through the forum or a classified, about your writings/pages there. Wonderful stuff too! Poorima - I love the colors and layout of your blog. Wow!
Beatriz - I'll be sure to read your comments about Lessig's video/thoughts this afternoon. Have you read his wonderful (and totally free), Free Culture?
Comment by Beatriz Lupiano on March 11, 2010 at 7:21pm
Thanks, David! I hope you find the post about Lessig's video interesting. I haven't read Free Culture -but I will. It looks good. Thank you for the link
Comment by kim jong chul on April 3, 2010 at 2:59am
Hi there, everybody! I am from Pohang, Repulic of Korea. I am really trying to teach English well for my students. Can you send me some good lesson plans or information? My hobby is travelling during the vacation. I want your help to travel your country, too. Please give me good hands.
Comment by Carrie on April 9, 2010 at 4:06pm

My name is Carrie. I'm teaching students from Korea online through Skype from my home base in Toronto. I've started a blog for online teachers tutoring students. It includes lesson ideas and suggestions.


I also have a twitter account where I add any useful links I find for online esl teaching in addition to links to my most current blog post.

Comment by Stephan Hughes on April 9, 2010 at 4:45pm
Hi everyone! Sorry I took so long to get in and introduce myself, shame on me! I have been into this thing of teaching people other languages for almost 15 years now (feels much shorter I assure you, and it's not because I don't want to get old:)] I'm based here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and am currently collaborating with some students on a blog just called: Da blog!


You can catch me tweeting away at twitter.com/defstef98.

Hope to run into a lot of you around in the virtual world!


Comment by Ellen Pham on April 9, 2010 at 5:32pm
Both of you, Carrie and Stephen, have GREAT blogs!!
Comment by Carrie on April 9, 2010 at 5:50pm
Thanks! ^ ^
Comment by Jim George on July 15, 2010 at 7:27am
Hello there, from rainy Japan.

Would you add my school's blog http://lunainternational.blogspot.com/ please.

Twitting as twitter.com/oyajimbo

Comment by mc on August 10, 2010 at 11:38am
I´m Mari Carmen
and I have just registered in this interesnting page.
Would you add my English blog http://englishcanbefun.wordpress.com/? Thanks

Comment by ddeubel on August 11, 2010 at 12:28am
Mari and Jim,

Both of you added. I'll also add you to the Random Blog Generator when I get a moment. I had fun exploring the links on both blogs!

ConchiFM, welcome aboard. Same thing and hope you find lots here to help you and your students....
Comment by Heidi Grosch on August 17, 2010 at 7:49am
I am an American immigrant to Norway now active in the Norwegian schools. Every Monday (or so) I write about my experiences in the classroom, with immigrants and am eager to include your thoughts on English as a second language wherever you are in the world. Heidi
www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/blog/wontok (this site is also a great resource for the latest and greatest in the world of Children's literature including new publications, newsletters, author pages and more...)

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