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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?

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

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Learning Designs

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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

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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About Me

I've been teaching English for over 8 years - 5 in Taiwan, 2.5 in Hawaii and 1 in China. I've got a website (ESL etc.) which includes materials I've made, a "weekly" podcast and links to a bunch of other resources. I'm especially interested in bringing global issues and activism into the language classroom. Oh, and I've got an MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii.

I am currently the technology coordinator for the English Language Institute at the University of South Florida.

ESL etc. - Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Including Solutions to Climate Change

I recently attended a webinar by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The webinar introduced some new teaching materials aimed at helping students understand how they could take productive actions related to climate change. I like this approach, as I’ve found in my own teaching that simply teaching about problems can […]

Reacting to the Past

I just read this account of an English teachers experience participating in a conference session using Reacting to the Past. Reacting to the Past is an approach to teaching history and critical thinking skills using historical roleplays. From their pedagogical introduction: Reacting games last from four to fourteen class sessions, although most games are in […]

Quick Activity About Privilege

This is a great (and quick) activity to highlight how privilege works, and how it can be largely invisible to those who enjoy it. The short version: Students are instructed to ball up a sheet of paper. Next, the teacher puts the recycling bin in the front of the classroom, and tells them that, in […]

Black Friday, Consumption, and Buy Nothing Day 2014

As Black Friday approaches, I thought I’d share this collection of activities that Krista presented last year at a BART event. For those looking for still more ideas, here is a post from 2012 on teaching about Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day, and here is one from 2007. Target audience: EAP students, high intermediate […]

Sorry… It’s Global Justice Again

This is a guest post written by Linda Ruas from the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki. If you have materials or ideas you’d like to share, please email me. I have often felt I need to apologize in some way for my wiki. Reading about breast-ironing in Cameroon, slavery in Mauritania, the feral rich in […]

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki – Update

I first posted about the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki about a year and a half ago. Since then, they’ve added a lot of great materials to their site. The New Internationalist is a magazine focused on promoting global justice and, through their easier English wiki, they make articles more accessible to English language learners […]

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as […]

The #GlobalPOV Project

The #GlobalPOV Project is an initiative by the Blum Center at the University of California, Berkeley that addresses poverty and inequality through innovative digital media. Their videos are extremely visual, and are thus a good way to communicate complex ideas to English language learners. As an example, “Can Experts Solve Poverty?” would be a great […]

TESOL 2014 – Resources from the LGBTF Forum Roundtable

Here is a list of resources discussed at the LGBTF Forum roundtable at TESOL 2014. Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit Gay Straight Alliance Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Council of Teachers of English National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Peace Learner Safe Schools Coalition Seattle and King County Dept. […]

TESOL 2014 – Part of the Solution: Making Language Programs More Environmentally Sustainable

This roundtable discussion was the second of two sessions presented this year by the TESOL Environmental Responsibility Forum. In this discussion, participants looked at ways an English language program could improve their overall environmental responsibility. I started the session by briefly describing my experience in attempting to green two different English language programs. The project […]

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TESOL Electronic Village 2008

Posted on December 3, 2007 at 2:37am 1 Comment

I just posted about this on my blog,

From January 14 to February 24, TESOL is offering a free, online conference. In addition to being free, the session are open to non-TESOL members. The Electronic Village Online is run by TESOL’s computer assisted language…



Posted on October 9, 2007 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Globalization101 offers information and interdisciplinary activities based on the complexities of globalization. Their goal is to get students to think about the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

On the teacher’s page, they offer a variety of lesson plans that…


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Posted on October 4, 2007 at 12:36pm 0 Comments

I've been blogging at my website ( Recently, in addition to my podcasts, I've been looking at some global issues-themed videogames in terms of how they might be used with language learners.

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At 2:53pm on January 1, 2008,
Happy New Year!! :)
At 5:20pm on November 9, 2007,
Till now I have never played video games..:( Will try when my next vacation.. thanks, Dave!
At 12:11pm on November 9, 2007,

I'm asking a couple members for some advice about podcasting. I'd like to do it well enough but also will just dive in. I've set up an account for us at

eflclassroom for both ID and PW.

I will make a post and schedule and episode shortly, after I do a few dry runs.

but any tips as to time of day, organization, topics are appreciated and once I schedule the first program I'll be asking all members for advice. For the moment I'm thinking of twice monthly podcasts....

If you have any tips/advice, much appreciated. Cheers,

At 1:19pm on October 4, 2007,
Please add them as you go (podcasts). I am making it a point to check out the podcast possibilites -- like everything it seems to be a bit like CSI to figure out what works and what doesn't.

I think it great for other teachers to be exposed to what other teachers are doing, thinking. The most valuable time we can spend to help our classrooms. Your podcasts make that happen.

I also will put up a thread about all the members blogs. There are many great ones and I might even just make a new page listing all of them. (one more job to do!). When I post, please let others know about your blog.

More later,

At 11:17am on October 4, 2007,

I just want to take a few moments and compliment you on your site/blog. Very well designed and not too "stuffed". Great look and content and I'm slowly working into your podcasts. I liked the Disaster game!

Your interest in global initiatives is commendable and I know there are a few more members who are into a lot of stuff globally, especially with Africa. Probably deserves a call to arms! This blog post will interest you. I drop in on Dave a lot (so many of us!) and we follow the same threads on classroom 2.0 . You might also find the ning there on Global Challenges. This is Dave's post about a global portal of "experts" to help teachers.

I will also be having some podcasts hosted for members here. Do you have the expertise to host one for us? There are several members who podcast and I've decided it better to just piggy back on the expertise of others rather than make a seperate podcast for us here.......

Hope all is well, you should also see Andrew Finch's book on Tourism for Korea, Visit Korea. A great ESP book and could be adapted for China. It's uploaded into our media fire account under ESL Books.


At 12:26am on September 26, 2007,

So glad you found us. Welcome to EFL Classroom 2.0 ! I hope you'll find a great "home" for learning and teaching. I look forward to your own contribution here and you sharing your experiences with us. Great to have some more members working in China and we need that perspective. Your years of experience and knowledge of materials design will be a big help.

When you have a moment, personalize your homepage, click around and see a lot of great videos, presentations, links to resources and pics, music. Share in the forums and put up or link to your own blog. Check out our great Buzka library of links and form or join a group. You have unlimited photo storage and can make your own albums and slideshows. Even chat to my double, Dave the "bot". Look forward to many new NING developments including interactive friend online chat coming soon. Make some great teaching friends here, just click and invite.

Make sure you introduce yourself in our "introduce yourself" forum! And if you want, show others where you are from on the Frappr map.

If you haven't sent me an email address, please do so and I'll send you an invite to additional resources. Your email address in your profile is always secure and only known by admin (me).

Most of all, keep sharing and discussing. It makes all our jobs easier.

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