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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

Tags: atutor, technology, online, ecourses, elearning


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


January 2010 Blog Posts (31)




I had wanted to create a lesson on Konglish for some time, but I kept putting it off. This was partly because I am still coming across new terms on a regular basis to add to my imaginary vocabulary (also I am lazy).

I recently put forth the effort, however, after… Continue

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Plagarism? Korean # 1 under scrutiny...

I'm a big fan of Korean pop/rap/music for teaching. Part of the game and teachers in Korea have to get familar with it and it is a way to "connect" and help students learn English starting from their world. (which is most necessary and of primacy).

However, this week, I was introduced to the new song by C.N. Blue - "I'm a loner" 외톨이야 ( I would have translated as "I"m a reject") . However, charges of plagarism have aired. I love this tune but this older song from which the charges… Continue

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EVO Video 2010 Progress Report

Hi Everybody,

There are 5 modertors taking care of all the different tasks for this year's extraordinary EVO Video session. Despite this fact, I have never been more deeply involved in EVO before. I feel like a Secretary in an organization ((as opposed to a lone video editor ;-) or a cameraman with a team :-)) spending LOTS of time on our EVO project.

It's the first time that the workshop is not about How To make videos for your students' needs, nor How To help your… Continue

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Site of the Day - BlinkX

I'll be reviewing a lot of our old Website of the day reviews (we are almost up to 400!) and continuing here in blog form. Easier to find and catalogue!

Blinkx is a video search engine. An excellent one at that and they advertise that there are 18 million videos available! But more than a search engine, it is a way of presenting those… Continue

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We are all Jews

Today is the UN "Holocaust Remembrance Day".

However much I disagree with making a "day" out of this, like all those others, "Don't buy something", "Be happy" , "fight cancer" days, it still gives me reason to point out to the few others who might read, its importance.

Nature is cruel. It has killed anonymously, randomly, millions. But far more brutal and cruel has been man, poor mortal man. Killing many more millions with drum beats and bravado. The Holocaust,… Continue

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January ELT blogosphere report

Here's a list of some of the great articles recently published by various Bloggers in ELT: some I wrote, most I read!


**What do Mirror Neurons have to do with Language Learning or Teaching? Anything?

Kalinago English

**Should L1 be banned from the classroom?…


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Never Work Harder Than Your Students

And Other Principles of Great Teaching is the title of the book I have uploaded here. The title itself seems so engaging that I thought it would be nice to share here.

An excerpt:

The master teacher mindset is really a disposition toward teaching. It is a

way of thinking about instruction, about students, about learning, and about

teaching in general that makes teaching fl uid, effi cient, and effective.

Many of us think that in order to be a good…

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The #1 ..... (website for language teachers)

Number One ** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.


The web is a box of chocolates, however without a doubt, Voicethread is the one place I think all language teachers should visit, use and send their students. It doesn't get the mention it used to - but it sits there like a collossus that can't be ignored.

Thousands use our EFL Classroom 2.0… Continue

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Escher and Tessellations

Dear Friends,

I confirmed something I suspected but hoped wasn't true... any file hosted on ning is blocked by Portland Public Schools. Images, videos, audio... even if I have put it in a separate object code, if the url of the file is hosted by ning, it's blocked.

This changes my work flow a bit. Instead of creating posts on ning and transferring the posts from here, I need to create posts on weebly, where I host my site for students (… Continue

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My apologies

I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings or beliefs, the content of the video may not be appropriate for some of you. If somebody complaints I will delete ir right away. Or better still, David, if you think it is improper please send me a mail or delete yourself. Thank you. I can get really emotional with music and act too impulsively.

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Caroline Loeb - C'est la ouate

Sorry, I couldn't help adding this French song, it's been stuck in my head for three days so I thought I had to share it with my dear friends here. It's oldie but it brings back nice memories from the past when I used to go dancing with my friends, that was almost a century ago.
Sorry again. Hope you like it.

Best wishes for all.

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The #1 .......(thing we know about learning languages)

Number One ** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

The more comprehensible input, the more learning

Today, I was going through my Gass and Selinker , Second Language Acquisition book. What astounded me was one word that kept appearing across all sections -- "hypothesis". Seems like every darn thing in our field is just an "hypothesis", just a grasping at… Continue

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Young at Heart Concert

Young at Heart Chorus, avg age 80 years. Enjoy : ))

Road to Nowhere

I Wanna Be Sedated…


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Tech Tools & Pedagogy I – ReadtheWords, Voki & xtranormal

Thie post I would like to share today is one which generated a lot of discussion, prior to being published, and I hope to continue this series as I learn more about the various Web 2.0 tools.


My first post in the series is about three applications

1/ ReadtheWords in which an avatar speaks out a text you have pasted into a… Continue

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Whale Songs - Wavelet Art


The songs used in the slide show are from the correct species of whale, but are not the exact recordings that were used to create the wavelets. This was the best I could do with the materials I could find! What is interesting to me is that every recording will produce a different picture... I wonder what a wavelet of my voice would look like?

Here are some more nice whale resources:

National… Continue

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A Journey in TEFL

Will 21st century be a better place to live?

Since I started blogging and using web2.0, I’ve been thinking about so many things.

One of them is becoming an individual. I think becoming an individual is so different than being a human being because an individual is a person who is well-aware of the world around her. For me an individual is the person who realises the pains of the others, who feels responsible for the changes in the world and of course becoming an individual… Continue

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

There is A LOT that makes a great teacher. I guess that's why this topic comes up over and over and over again. Hard to pin down and wrap it in some formulaic response. However, The Atlantic "What makes a Great Teacher", just tried to and though they hit a lot of nails, they didn't manage to really build a house.

They expound on the "Teach for America", "Race for the Top" and "New Teacher Project", all cash cows to… Continue

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EAP Grammar Course Designing Headaches

I've just finished my first semester as a teacher of writing for an English for Academic Purposes program in China. As part of a group of 5 teachers here, our goals are to prepare students in China for transitioning to an American university after one year of study. Like many ESL teachers, I experienced groups of students in my classes whose English abilities cover a wide range of levels. Knowing that they need so much improvement before the enter the U.S. university system this fall, I feel… Continue

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The #1 ..... (site for royalty free photos)

Number One ** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

Flickr CC - Storm

Nowadays, it is imperative that teachers provide rich content and context when giving lessons. Pictures are essential and beyond your own picture portfolio - you should have a digital portfolio. Flickr CC has amazing photos and instantly they can be searched (try "transportation" for example) and easily… Continue

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An AMAZING Teacher

 We have many, many videos of teachers teaching their students. It is so revealing and helpful for teachers to watch these, watch and see the little things. It really is in the little things that a good teacher becomes GREAT.

This teacher I'd hire in a heart beat. He's a genius. Really and… Continue

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