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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10, 2017. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1




July 2010 Blog Posts (47)

Call to Action

Online education can present itself in many ways, and shouldn't necessarily be a virtual incarnation of the education…


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UN Lesson Plan Idea

I recently had a teacher ask me for ideas for a 2 hour oral class. I suggested he do a mock UN and lightly delve into politics. He liked the idea but decided against it as he couldn't figure out how to make it interesting. I was a little surprised as the speaking levels of the students involved are pretty strong. It seemed to me that he could have delved away from contemporary politics and invent a situation that demands the UN Delegates create a working…

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Hello Everyone..

Just being neigbhorly. I was woken up at 12 pm by a mother of a new teacher who is coming to my school. Arrrgh.. cut the apron strings already..


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The Speed Reader

This is a cool tool. Type/paste any text in and then press continue. Set the speed, set the chunk size and font size. . You can then read it at that speed (words/minute).
Get it in our Teacher's Tools or full screen HERE. Try it, you'll like it. Big hat tip to Jason at English Raven for the lead on this. …


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Woices - geography based audio recordings

Woices is Wonderful! It is a fairly new site which enables teachers or students to roam and listen to authentic audio about different places. Even download it for classroom use!

Basically, you browse a google map, find a region of the world you want to know about and then listen/search the audio that has been recorded there. If you sign up, you can even make your own recording and share your travels! Here's an example I made - also see below,… Continue

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Teaching is .....

This is an abridged version of my closing graduation speech I recently gave where I work. Words to those entering the teaching profession. Sorry for the bad audio but I did this in one take and without any notes.... just thoughts in my head.


Here are a few photos (I'm horrible about taking… Continue

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Welcome to England - sorry, no foreigners

Have just seen in EL Gazette that the UK Government is set to reverse a decision in the courts, which had prevented the implementation of a sorely flawed piece of legislation keeping beginner level students away from language schools - ie not giving them visaes to study in the UK unless they could prove their English skills were above a certain threshold.

The threshold has been set at…


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As English Spreads, Indonesians Fear for Their Language

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Paulina Sugiarto’s three children played together at a mall here the other day, chattering not in Indonesia’s national language, but English. Their fluency often draws admiring questions from other Indonesian parents Ms. Sugiarto encounters in this city’s upscale malls.…


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Aaron is back!

I forgot all about this site until I just saw it advertised on ESLcafe by Dave. I've been teaching here in China going on almost two years now. I'm getting ready to make the leap back to Korea and of course I'm a bit worried about my future prospects.

I've been given the impression public schools are much harder jobs to get into these days. I've also been given the impression hogwan jobs aren't nearly as cozy as they used to be. If anything they seem to be a real grind…

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How is your summer holiday going?

It is summer holiday for many of us teachers. I'd love to find out more about what other teachers are doing this summer holiday. Blog about it or throw up a few comments here! I was inspired to write this by Anton's amazing post and pictures about his summer rafting trip.

I only have time for a mini getaway (but will have time this fall for… Continue

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Blog update for Week #7-Make-up work

Hi students!

I've reviewed the homework assignments for the summer session. We covered chapters 2, 6, and 8, and worked through most of the assignments either in class or as homework, and I have given everyone credit for participating and contributing. Good work!

I assigned a weekly paragraph beginning week #4.

As a reminder, here are the instructions: *Homework: Every Monday, in addition to other homework, a paragraph will be due. Each paragraph will be worth… Continue

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The #1 ... (conversational game)

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

Pass the Paper

There are many conversational games but I have found none so popular and powerful as "Pass the Paper".

We have many pre made Pass the Paper games on EFL Classroom 2.0 (for supporters but also available on…

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Top Sites for Learning/Teaching English

I've been a cheerleader of Voicethread for years now (and that's a long time in internet speak!). A collaboration and learning tool that is revolutionary. In that vein, I've made my "Top Sites" presentation into a voicethread.

Share how you use each tool. Or just leave a question about it also. Let's help each other! It really isn't the tool itself that is "the thing" but… Continue

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Arirang - THE Korean Traditional Song

Download for offline viewing

Arirang is the most famous Korean traditional…


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Submit an entry in the next Blog Carnival!

We will host the 18th EFL / ESL / ELL Blog Carnival August 1st.

You can visit the last blog carnival HERE. Submit your entry in our handy Blog Carnival…

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Dozen language learning tips

It isn't easy learning a language. I've learned 3 of them and had success in 3 completely different ways! I'm going to work on a fourth and probably will stumble along with a 4th method.

What this means is "to each his own". We have to find what works for us. However, along the way, I've stumbled upon a few "key" ideas, almost secrets - so obvious as to be blind to many. Here they are in one nice presentation to motivate all you language learners!

Let me know what you… Continue

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The #1 .... (word in a classroom)

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


Surprised? Well, let me explain.

During my own growth as a teacher, through my own experimentation and observation during thousands of hours, I've come to the conclusion that one of the most important things we can do as a teacher is give more respect to the learners.

When students are shown respect, when they are allowed to… Continue

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The #1 .... (motivation of teachers)

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

A "Good" Pay Check

Once you wipe away your idealism or walk the talk as a teacher - you will conclude that there is no more powerful way to make a "great teacher" than a nice, solid, reliable pay check.

I remember my days in the Toronto District School Board. I taught in a few "working class" schools. Lots of…


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The "draw" of drawing

As a language teacher, I often use drawing as a way for students to "learn" language. Students love drawing and it is a very motivating tool that almost every student enjoys Even those students who have difficulty drawing can have fun given a teacher that shows their own inept drawing ability and keeps things "light".


I wrote "learn" because the real purpose of getting students drawing is not so they "learn" language but rather unconsciously acquire language.…

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