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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


June 2011 Blog Posts (23)

Shopping Glog Poster

This is my first try at using Glogster.

I've made one for my adult English students who are learning shopping vocabulary. They can view the images, listen to audio, watch a short video and click on the link to go to a Voxopop discussion group where they can record an audio message in answer to my questions.

Glogs can also be used as class projects and to encourage collaboration. I hope this one will stimulate you to try it also.



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Why did you leave home to teach?



This morning during my usual coffee and book - came across the above quote. It really got me thinking about the reasons many EFL teachers (or others), pack their bags and leave home behind.

It is relatively easier to "take off" these days. Not so much isolation, faster travel, the world is getting smaller. Still, it is a big decision to leave the comfort of your own culture,…


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This website is "Write" on.

Sign Generator | Mad Libs | Postcards ____________________________________…


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Poetry in the EFL Classroom


I've written a lot about using poetry in the classroom. However, came across my old audio page collection and noted Billy Collins great audio recordings (see below) - couldn't help sharing. Decided to collect his wonderful "visual" poems in a nice player. Find them, along with more resources and other great poems for use in the EFL Classroom…


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Supporting "Teacher Publishers"

anaprofile I've been shining my light into the future and acting on my beliefs regarding teachers writing and publishing their own books - both ebooks and POD "real" books. I think it is the future and a much better model - giving more voice to our profession from actual practitioners on the ground and not the crowned prince "experts".

Today, I'd like to highlight a trailblazer, Ana Maria Menezes. See her… Continue

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Apple or Google?

experts Which side do you generally side with when making decisions? Do you make decisions based on your expert knowledge and experience or do you lean towards the data and numbers?

I'm asking because I've had some interesting conversations in this regard, with a colleague. How some companies (or people) make decisions based on their own sniffer. How others are very rational and go where the numbers and… Continue

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A present from my students

My students have bought me a present and I'm happy to share the pics here.

It is special to me because this school year has been a really tough one, new curriculum and legislation, in charge of the selection of the Erasmus students, head of the department and a fresh start with post secondary levels.I've been rewarded with much more than this beautiful plant.…


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Using Video - The Coming Revolution

voicerecognition My work over the years has brought me into thinking heavily about the role of video in language instruction. Even more so now with my work with EnglishCentral. I'm a big fan and have been from the get go. I saw its power as a university T.A. - tramping around the campus showing heavy "reels" of film to mesmerized… Continue

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Random Image Generator

I was playing around today and came across a nice random image generator.

This is stellar for open ended, conversational, contextual lessons. Very unplugged and great language practice opportunity.

Click on the image below and get asking/answer questions and seeing where the image leads you! Just refresh your page for a new image from the FrigTool.…


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The Idiot's Dictionary

The Idiot's Dictionary I haven't posted in awhile. Been traveling and life happens.  This summer, I'll be focusing on 3 things here:

1. Broad issues in education

2. Highlighting older posts that are well written, "deep" and still relevant. {I've spent a lot of time on this blog and lots of love - seethis guys post for… Continue

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ELT and the Science of Happiness

Marc Helgesen's website for teachers who want to incorporate positive psychology into their teaching :-)


I have just learnt that this blogging feature is now working so I'd like to share here this amazing and cheerful EFL free website. It's got nice stuff at no cost, ready to use.…


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Should Culture be included when teaching EFL

Definitely yes, language is linked to culture; therefore, one cannot be taught without having to mention the other. Moreover, including culture  provides teachers a tool to attract students. Fine arts, music, design and films  have always kept students entertained and engaged.  check my blog at   and

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ebook to real book

I recently made all my books into "real books". Today, my 3 favorites came in the mail.  Get them all here - I'll soon add links to the real, POD versions. 


books It's great to be an author but even greater to be free to do as you please, create and make. Not to be at any whim…


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Project Peace now a classroom here!

Project Peace I started Project Peace 2 years ago. I've been amazed by the response and how other teachers have motivated their students and brought "peace" into their curriculum through song (and taught a lot of English!).

I will be doing more with the project this year and especially so now that we finally have "a home". We've moved from our original Ning page to… Continue

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5Ws in our lessons

Using the journalistic technique of the 5W questions is really effective for any listening / reading activity. Students can read or listen to  the news item or story and then write out the 5 questions that would cover the story. They can then quiz each other for comprehension instead of the teacher asking the questions.

Here is a clip from newsround (below). I give students the task of writing the 5 questions for one news item. So students only have to listen in detail to a… Continue

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Language and Memory - an experiment.

BRAIN_2 I've always been fascinated by the role memory plays in language acquisition. It isn't a straight forward relationship (better memory = better fluency) however, looking at student "2nd language memory" does allow us teachers in a very crude way, to gather knowledge about student fluency.

There is a lot of research on the subject, no better place to start than… Continue

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Student Summit

Join Pat D'Arcy and his students at the International School of Dusseldorf (ISD), Germany for a Student Summit at 9:00AM Berlin time. To find out the time in your location go to ->…


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Using the Proust Questionnaire in the EFL Classroom

Proust Last week, I made a simple flash presentation for teachers that list all the questions used in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire. Also, listed the resources I've made for pairs to…


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Teach | Learn textbook updated

The Teach| Learn: Student Created Content coursebook has been updated.  I'll be sending a download link shortly, to those who've previously purchased.

I took a few days and changed some layouts. Most importantly, went through all the hundreds of multi media links and made sure all were working and pointing to the right material/activity.

Get the book and view samples through… Continue

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Keeping Up

TreadmillDeskPhaseIIb Just a short post. I've not been posting much lately, for a few reasons:

A) been hard at work on several web projects and a redesign on EFL Classroom 2.0

B) Reading and looking at years worth of my old writings

C) Building this - a Treadmill Desk.

Now you probably already, for numerous reasons think I'm wacko. Fine. So I have… Continue

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