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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


March 2010 Blog Posts (30)

Google Sets - Perfect for vocabulary

google sets

Google sets has a lot of possibility. Simple tool for a teacher to make a vocabulary set.

Just put in a few items (in the example on the right - I put in French / English / German) and Google sets will predict and expand your list/set.

You could play an awesome game with this in class. A variation of scattegories.

1. State 3 vocabulary items.

2. Students brainstorm the rest for that list/set. Give a… Continue

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Magnetic Poetry - Words Galore!

Magnetic Poetry is a wonderful resource for teachers.

You have 3 categories to choose from: Genius / Office / Romance and

the Poet.

Once you… Continue

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May I ask a question?

How am I supposed to read acronyms? As an indepent word altogether or as separate letters. I know most of them are pronounceable but what about this particular one?

I'm still studying the Phonetic topics for the public examinations and facing the IPA. How do native English speakers pronounce IPA? /'aipə/? or is it "i-p-a"?

Thanks in advance.

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Classroom Design and Decoration

Every teacher sooner or later, will have to decorate their classroom. It may seem daunting but it can be really fun IF you make the students part of this. Get them making the decorations and being an active part of the process.

Here are a few fundamentals I've picked up over the years. I've outlined…


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Teaching Tenses to EFL learners

I'd rather use EFL than ESL, though that's the term used in this presentation. However, for my students and for me as well, English is a foreign language, never a second one.

Let's talk grammar!

Here you can see a very neat and clean presentation on tenses. I hope you find it of some interest for your classes anyway.

Besides, you can also read free articles at…


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That is the name of a website I have visited today for the first time, it's got a lot of resources, mainly visuals, comics and images. There are tons of worksheets for self access, very interesting teaching materials in general.

The link here

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Bend it like Beckham. - Hit it like Hiddink!

I'm not much of a soccer player anymore, had my day and that's that. However, I've always admired the success and uniqueness of Guus Hiddink - the coach who propelled Korea to the World Cup semi finals. He coaches like we should teach (and I submit, an English language teacher is more a coach - getting his players to play well than "instruct" preaching at his players. (** he also is a "where I lay my hat is my home" kind of guy - much like many a language teacher)

He is… Continue

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Blabberize = new, innovative cool tool.

Students will luv Blabberize! Also, they won't hesitate to speak some English while making/sharing one!

What is it? Well, see mine below. It is easy as pie to make one. Just upload a photo, cut in a mouth, speak into your microphone and you are ready to go. Even export to video! They make it all so easy and thumbs up to the design and innovation from these educators from Ann Arbor Michigan.

They tell… Continue

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Learning Languages

According to a Spanish teacher of English, this is a "fantastic site where you can read and listen to real English. It's called LingQ. Registering is free, so once you register you can jump right in and start lessons. Lessons are short little dialogues, or sometimes short descriptions that link every word to a dictionary, so you can build vocabulary and pick up grammar on your own. You can also write things and…


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What I'm Amazed by....

Today, kind of out of the blue, someone asked me what I was amazed by..... For whatever reason, I blurted out, "That we can communicate with each other - language".

And it is a miracle. Here we are, using something so well, everyday YET we know so little about it. We know so little about this product of thought, product of electric impulses. That to me makes it…


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Do you know this site?

While studying the English consonants (again) I came across this site. Hope you might find it helpful, I think it can be useful for teaching pronunciation.

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Translation - Man vs Machine

Interesting article about language and the difficulties of translation....

EVERYBODY has his own tale of terrible translation to tell — an incomprehensible restaurant menu in Croatia, a comically illiterate warning sign on a French beach. “Human-engineered” translation is just

as inadequate in more important domains. In our courts…


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Go Sing - traditional karaoke for the classroom

I'm really proud of the karaoke on EFL Classroom! We have so many options for teachers - see this post for how to get these and set up the player and make your own karaoke.

However, often not mentioned, is a cool alternative, Go Sing.

Go Sing is a traditional karaoke player that is in the public realm. You can't edit and it just has a standard…


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Cut, Snip, Paste -- Nobody Owns Reality!!!!

[ read many more posts on copyright and education]

This weekend, I set eyes upon some glorious writing - Texts without Contexts by Michiko Kakutani. Thank god for fearless and perfecting critics such as her! Few really like her but I think she is brilliant with a capital B and in this latest piece, she reviews so much about…


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The #1 ..... (activity for Young Learners).

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

Show 'N Tell

Yes, this is not just a stand by but a great activity for bringing the REAL and real communication into the classroom. It works in an L1 classroom and even works better in an L2 classroom!



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Spoken Verse

Perhaps you might know that I have a little connection with poetry -- you can see that at my "A Poem A Day" blog. So I really, really think poetry can be great, especially for teachers!

So it was with wonder and huzza that I first clasped eyes on "Spoken Verse" , a gigantic youtube collection of spoken poetry in video. It has gems galore. For the classroom or just for teachers. You… Continue

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The #1 ..... way to randomly choose a student in class.

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

Mickey Mouse built a house!

Anyone who has been in my class or maybe even attended a workshop, knows I use this standard to randomly choose a student. It is simple and effective and helps eliminate the feeling that the student was "picked on" by the teacher. Of course - in your class when choosing students, you should always have the rule that a… Continue

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Teaching in Ancient Rome

This weeks History of Rome Podcast tells us a little bit about what it might have been like teaching or studying in Ancient. And I thought the Korean education system was rough on its students...

I also bought this hilarious poster about the proper way to to use a semicolon for my office; I got it from… Continue

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Vocabulary - A few thoughts - Does size matter?

We live in and by and through words. Baudelaire famously said, "Life is a forest of symbols", meaning, we walk through life as we would walk through words.

Yet, though on one hand "words are mightier than the sword". On the other hand, "Actions speak louder than words". Which is it?

As a teacher, we face a similar dilemma in our classrooms. Do we teach students "words" or do we teach them "how to use words". Which is more important? How to find the right balance? Ah, the… Continue

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