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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


November 2009 Blog Posts (24)

What's the #1 ....... (Resource all teachers need)

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

A Picture Library

If a teacher with a few years of experience doesn't have one - they won't get a job working with me. It is absolutely necessary, a small folder of pictures that the teacher has laminated and can use for all sorts of activities with…


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Assessment - maybe we have it all wrong?

I just spent an exhausting but stimulating weekend away from home attending a conference. Nice, engaging teachers and sessions. The last session was an open mic panel discussion and one of those on the panel Mike Misner, an extensive reading enthusiast, commented that "we should assess students by HOW MUCH they have read, not how well they can read".

On the way home, Devon Thargard (from Super Simple Songs - a… Continue

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Thanksgiving Day - Poetry

I don't share much of myself here. But I do believe I should and will try to open up more....I've no secrets :)

Today, while searching for some other poetry, I came across one of my own poems! Wow! Yeah, I wrote poetry for many years. Essays too. Published in small journals (big in Canada but small comparatively). I had a head on me as big as a moose and really thought that "I was it". Ah, the vagrancies and lightness of being - that is youth!

However, the poem is about… Continue

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Say hello in the EFL 2.0 Voicethread!

I'm constantly cheerleading Voicethread! (just type in "voicethread" here and you'll see what I mean!) Our voicethreads 4 learning are used by thousands! Still, I want more teachers to use voicethread with their students!

So in that same vein - I'd like to invite EFL Classroom 2.0 members / teachers, to try it out… Continue

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Welcome to Add your Language Ed Site to Virtual Language Education Encyclopedia! ( ) exists to improve language learning or teaching in English and all major languages (over 500 language pairs) by the use of modern technology. Use it to link to CALL Professional Organizations Worldwide; get rapid access to over 7,000 free Web Dictionaries and 4,000 Language Learning Links on a broad array of topics from A-Z. Do quick Link, Word, Collocation and Site Searches using our Links Index, Site Map and wide… Continue

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Scott Thornbury Interview from JALT

Scott Thornbury presented at the Japanese Assoc. of Language Teachers. This interview talks about sociolinguistics, Vygotsky, dogme, technology and… Continue

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The Dimensions of the Present Moment.

When I was a young(er) teacher, quite cut off and alone in a town in the Czech Rep. -- one of the books that were my best friends was "The Dimensions of the Present Moment" - a collection of essays by the Czech immunologist / poet , Miroslav Holub (more on him HERE). In one essay, he outlined how each breath / line of poetry is less than 3 seconds or 1 moment. He continued to outline how a moment…


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Teacher's Selling their "goods" - A Story

There is a discussion within the online teaching community world wide because of THIS recent N.Y. Times article about teachers selling their lesson plans/materials and making $$$. May the Best Teacher Win is a great response and correctly suggests we are asking the wrong questions. If interested… Continue

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Inspiration for other students


I read this report in today's newspaper. Although, I'm firmly against this kind of test taking / measurement hysteria (English ability should be judged functionally and not absolutely) - this story really hit the right tone. So I made a karaoke to share and allow teachers to share. Find the original article HERE. (click on the video to go to the full… Continue

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In Praise of Backpacking English Teachers

I think backpacking English teachers get a bad rap. Truly they do. And especially from the more "senior" and "accomplished/established" members of our profession - ELT (English Language Teaching). Why so? I have only praise for this unseasoned, fertile, fecund and procreant soil of our profession. So I sing their praises and I'll tell you why.

A few weeks ago, I attended a plenary given by David Nunan. Now, I have nothing but great respect for Dr. Nunan. His… Continue

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ELearning Site Partner Needed!


I am looking for someone to partner with me for an elearning site project. The site has been created already but needs some

improvements. The site promotes authentic English conversation by using video (recorded) chat. I need fresh ideas and

someone who well help to promote the site. This would be a volunteer position....all in the name of education, yay!!!!

Check out the site:… Continue

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Two Weeks Left To Contribute To ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival

The next edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival will be hosted by Alice Mercer. Any blog posts, including examples of student work, that are related to teaching or learning English are welcome. You can contribute a post by using this easy submission form. The deadline is November 30th.

ELL Classroom hosted the… Continue

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My Top Ten Tools for Language Learning/Teaching

Jane Hart, bless her heart, runs a nice collection of THE TOP 10 TOOLS LISTS OF LEARNING PROFESSIONS. Check them out and lots of diverse entries. Here's her own top 25.

I'm too late to participate but find my list for last year HERE. Here is… Continue

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My name is Laura Alvarez Benítez and I am an English teacher at a Spanish Secondary School. Teaching a language to teenagers is not an easy task to do although I think that multimedia activities are a good way of hooking them on. I send the url of my blog to know your comments.


Beauty Surrounds Us/ American Indian Art

Beauty Surrounds Us

Kwakwaka'wakw dancers in British Columbia wear special masks that demonstrate their ancestors' ability to transform from human form to animal spirit. Worn during potlatches, feasts, ceremonies, and social gatherings, transformation masks are elaborately created with hinges and strings that enable the masked dancer to emerge as one being and… Continue

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Adoptions and Koreans

As a child, Kim Eun Mi Young hated being different.

Growing up, she says, “at no time did I consider myself anything other than white.”

When her father brought home toys, a record and a picture book on South Korea, the country from which she was adopted in 1961, she ignored them.

Growing up in Georgia, Kansas and Hawaii, in a military family, she would date only white teenagers, even when Asian boys were around.

“At no time did I…

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Temperature + Weather

Whiteboard Soccer- weather.ppt



This week's story was about Wilson Bently, the Snowflake Man. It seemed as good an opportunity as any to talk about weather. I… Continue

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Top 5 Videos to Inspire Teachers

#1 - One Buttocks Teaching.

Although not directly about teaching, Benjamin Zander relates with humor and intelligence, many important messages about teaching and relating/inspiring others. This is definitely number one and of high note!

Continuing on from our other BEST Videos series (Funniest /…


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Using Voicethread with your textbook.

One of the hardest parts of being an EFL student is not getting enough opportunity to speak. In class, there are usually too few opportunities for really spontaneous and "real" production/output. Voicethread is a tool that offers this in abundance. Read all our blog posts about Voicethread HERE.

I've spent the last few hours on… Continue

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The Devil's in the Details: Small things teachers should do!

I just spent a day evaluating Korean teachers in their classrooms, as part of the TEE (Teaching English in English) program. I'm going to keep away from that topic - it's still too raw, so to speak. However, I did take lots of notes and some things kept repeating themselves. Mostly small things that teachers weren't doing. So I thought I'd itemize things , small things that I feel all teachers should do but most don't ...…


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