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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

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

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

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

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


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Narrow Reading 2.0 at TESOL Greece

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

Last month I presented at TESOL Greece. Below is my handout from the presentation. I'd love your feedback. What do you think of Narrow Reading? Do you have any ideas about how you could do it in your classes? Click the link below to view my handout.



The Best Example of Digital Story-telling I've ever seen: Perci the Persimmon read by 100 people

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 2:00am 2 Comments

I can't believe that it's taken me over 3 years to find this excellent example of digital storytelling. The video was made by Sarah, the creator of The Daily English Show, and an EFL Classroom 2.0 member. I discovered this at an opportune time because I'm going to start a kamishibai-like project with one of my classes next week. This proves that you can really do a lot with just a little. The entire script consists of just… Continue

Teachers Helping Teachers in Bangladesh

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 11:34pm 5 Comments

roll up yer sleeves an' git ta work!

Last week I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the BELTA/AIUB/THT 2009 Seminars. I went with an organisation called Teachers Helping Teachers (THT). This was my third trip with THT. Previously I participated in THT seminars in Laos and the Philippines.

The BELTA/AIUB/THT Seminars 2009 were jointly organised by the Bangladesh English… Continue

Text to speech using Ultranormal: some examples from a writing class in Japan

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

This semester I have been teaching a writing class. One of the tasks was a movie review. Many of the reviews were excellent. Some were reviews of Japanese movies that I've not seen, but want to see now. I wanted to post some on my blog, along with some other examples of the excellent writing students in this class have been doing. Through… Continue

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At 4:27am on August 31, 2018,
Ahuva Baginski

Hello dear, friend, Compliments of the day,Happy to get together with you, My name is Ahuva Baginski, I'm a Soldier from Israel. Please let not my profession, race or nationality inch your mind, I came across your profile and became interested in you, also having something very important to tell you,its not what we can discus here on Site; Please write me on my private email.

At 1:36am on November 15, 2009,
Matthew Rooks
Thanks for posting this on facebook. I haven't had the chance to look at everything yet, but it looks like there are lots of great things here!
At 8:08pm on May 18, 2009,
Thanks for the invite, Mike.

It's good to be here. As usual, I'm trying to be everywhere...

Cheers from Brazil!

At 10:01pm on April 19, 2009,
Wow!! What an amazing site you've built here, it's impressive, very stylish, really!

The pics are also impressive! Are they taken in Japan? I guess they are not.

Best regards.

At 2:18am on June 27, 2008,
I understand about the depression while working at Wal-mart. I worked at one while in University. I continue to call that period "The Dark Times".

But it taught me about how people will exploit others and probably set on the course that led me here.

Thanks for share your story.
At 11:53am on April 20, 2008,

Unfortunate about the calendar but I tested with a few of the "fake" accounts I have (and computers) to check on userability and it should work.

To start an event , go to the Event Page (click the EVENT tab) and then add event in the top right. Fill out everything (and unfortunately a pic has to be uploaded...I've screamed for a default library or change to this!) then post. After that, it should be on the main page. Also, after you post an event, the calendar will be on your MY Page also. On the right, just set it for the calendar and for notification specifications. also, you have the ability on your My Page settings -- to adjust if everyone in the network/friends/invitees get to see your event.

Hope it works, try again. Here is the Ning creator link where you can watch a screencast and get info . on this.

As I said, I will be making a post tonight about this and also sending a message to members. I hope everyone will chip in and we can produce a dandy calendar of what's up in the Tefl / tesol / tesl


At 12:40pm on January 25, 2008,
Hi Michael

Thanks for inviting me to this site. Now all I have to do is find the time to explore it!
At 2:29am on January 19, 2008,
Hey Michael,

We've been around the same places. My kids foundation was in Oakville on Kerr st. I'm also headed tomorrow to my sis in Mississauga, Streetsville. Then up to N. Ont where the family farm is. But I've spent most of my Toronto time living in Riverdale. Greektown. I worked across the bridge teaching in St. Jamestown, immigrants and also in a middle school up Bayview in N.York. You are right,the right place downtown in Toronto can be very "liveable".

I put your blog up for highlighting on the main page for this week. You always have some great stuff. In Feb. I'm going to have a month of open house and make it every Feb. - so teachers can invite students to use the site and others can see what's here....


At 4:25pm on November 29, 2007,
Hi Micheal,

Thanks for the comment and also for the welcome. Well basically my university screwed up my name (not the first time and probably not the last time) and I didn't want to say, "Correct it!", cause we got to look after the resources we got left, right?

My name is very important to me because it relates to my identity and who I am. "Te Mana" means the power in Maori. And my middle name is " O Te Rangi" which means "of the sky" so my name means in English: The Power of the Sky. "Mana" as you may know is actually a very old word from the British Islands which means, "gift from heaven". I have heard from other people various interpretations of "Mana" or "Manna". But they usually have the same general gist of the meaning "power from above". My father gave me my name.

When I was a kid growing up in Australia, I hated my name because the kids would call me " tomato" out of ignorance. But now I am older and a little wiser, I really like it.

Another thing kind of related is the use of avatar names and nick names and when it especially comes to the internet I have no idea what to call myself. I wonder if I am the only person with this problem?

So how important is a "name" attached to a user of a blog, an internet community or a social community? Some people as we know value anonymity over the Net.

For me, I have many names, and it is up to the people who chose to communicate with me which one they want to use because it will be a proxy measure of how close they are to me.
At 4:22am on August 15, 2007,
Michael, Welcome!

Glad you found us and hope you help us make a great EFL community. From your blog I know you are doing so much already to share resources and make our teaching lives that much easier.

I have to get to Tokyo! Know so many people there through the running club I started here in Seoul. Great list of resources and info. on your blog, I'll have to spend some more time looking....I liked the post about the Japanese soaking in their ramen!

When you get a chance, browse the videos, photos, forums, blogs and links. Lots here. Make friends and share. Sept. lots will be happening, lots of new promotion and we'll be a sponsored site.

Please send me an email address and I'll send you the invite to all my powerpoint resources. Lots there, just finished a Toys R Us - Price is Right last night (sleepless as I was). Either PM me by clicking on my pic or use the mail server here by clicking the letter icon at the top. I'm at



PS> whereabouts you from in Canada?

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