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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


December 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Sharing Yourself (Online)

who_hub As a teacher trainer, one of the things I have students do many times, is to reflect on themselves and their accomplishments. Just this little bit of reflection sets a teacher on more solid ground from which to progress.

You can do this many ways. Many times, I get teachers to write out a mini educational philosophy (see mine in this post). It could be a series of reflections… Continue

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My Year in Review

Vision2010_Logo Yes, that time again. Time for all the "reviews" of what happened in 2010. Time for all the pundits to come out of the closet and do their thing.

I won't bore you by doing much the same. However, I do think that those new to this blog/site might do well to be reminded of all I've worked on this year and which might come handy in their classroom! I'm proud of my work ethic (non profit!) and 2010 was a dandy..... [not… Continue

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Vocaroo - the audio recording solution

This is an update on Vocaroo, a great audio service that I reviewed a year or more ago as it was going through "growing pains".


It now works great and allows teachers / students to record their voice in a simple fashion. Then download it in one fell swoop!  The quality could be a little better but for a free service, it rocks. Just what learning needs, this kind of simple functionality. Here, try it yourself! Enjoy…


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Animating Stories

I have been playing with story…


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Teach - Learn: A Student Created Content Coursebook

In the new year, I'll be offering for download/purchase my coursebook - Teach / Learn. It is the result of over 20 years of teaching and testing and based on a methodology that I'm convinced works. Works for teachers - they can focus on student's needs and not lesson prep. Works for students - they produce the coursebook content and are motivated through peer/self interest.

The methodology I've outlined…


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Listening for Gist - the 5 Ws

listening Listening is one of the most overlooked skills, especially in the initial stages / levels of language learning. (see my blog post here about this and download the activities ebook).

Using authentic listening materials combined with the 5 Ws, really makes a great multi level approach. Best used with news reports and I especially like the old "Newsround" of BBC. (…


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Abracadabra - Self Directed Learning

One thing that I'm very convinced of, is the notion that us teachers are "motivators". It is our job to motivate our students, to lead our students towards becoming self directed learners, learning for themselves, intrinsically.


Oh sure, we have to do all the regular classroom stuff but at the…


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Barriers to Language Learning and Acquisition

brick_wall11254935255 Learning a second language isn't easy. There is a lot that can get in the way. It isn't as automatic or sure as we'd suppose. Depending on the person, there can be some high barriers to learning another language.


I'm teaching a unit on this in a certificate course and thought I'd make my own list. (yes, could have flipped open my Gass and Selinker but then I wouldn't be learning anything, would I!?) I'd love it if you could read and add something I missed or tell us…


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The Five Enemies

Now back in Canada - I'm getting some time to just sit with a book and ponder. Mostly because it has now been one week of wicked weather - snowblinding and the banks are so high, you don't know where the yard ends and the house begins.


One benefit to this has been revisiting my "children", my books. Today, I picked up Thomas Merton's "The Way of…


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Who says who is a bad teacher?

profcornet I wanted to name this post - "We need bad teachers" but thought that would get me off on a tangent. So I decided to voice it about those who might think they have "the authority" to decide who is or isn't a bad teacher.

It's cold here in Canada. I'm snowed in. Seems like the world is going to end. The good thing is that I live right next to an amazing library. Also, have begun collecting all my own thousands of books in various homes and storage lockers. Further, got all…


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Classroom Management

Socrates said, "know thyself". Shakespeare, "to thine own self be true". I think both apply directly to any teacher that wants to be effective in their job and enjoy their work/self.

This is why I'm a big believer in reflective teaching practices. (see my own teaching philosophy HERE) But it is more than just thinking about what happened in the classroom - it is also about thinking about who you…


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22 Frames

22frames aggregates captioned videos from all over the web.

The web offers a world of quality videos for our enjoyment and enlightenment. Captioned and subtitled videos, in particular, can be especially helpful in different ways for a large population of Internet users.…


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Self Directed Learning - Part 1

illich If I could meet just one guy who I'd like to chat about the future and place of education in the world - it would be a toss up between Ivan Illich and John Taylor Gatto. Illich the intellectual, the piercing and challenging mind - Gatto, the more matter of fact, direct working guy. Today - I'd like to talk about Illich. I do believe that we are slowly, "deschooling". What we are doing online as bloggers, eteachers, sharers - is such. Illich in the sparkling podcasts below from…


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Top "Language" related blog posts

(from my public blog)

Last week I posted up my “Top Teacher Training related posts – titled, “On the shoulders of Regular Joe Teachers” and my…


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Know - Do / Learn - Acquire

teach me

As a teacher trainer, there is one "theoretical" thing I really want all new teachers to believe and understand. It is the difference between "knowing" a language and "doing" a language. Further, the implications that suggests for our classroom practices.

In general speak, we use the word "learn" quite liberally. It is a fuzzy word and covers a lot of territory. It can mean what is supposed to happen at school which might be just the act of sitting in a… Continue

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I recently began uploading into our shared mediafire account, lots of basic software teachers might use in their classrooms, for students. I'll be highlighting some here in the coming weeks/months. Lots of neat, helpful applications. Also see our Software page for… Continue

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Speech Accent Archive

The Speech Accent Archive is for all those linguistic enthusiasts out there. A well organized site full of audio of how speakers from all over the world speak English. Ever wonder how an Uzbeki would sound like? No problem, click on the map and compare with many other regional speakers. You might also try - Who In The World Is… Continue

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everything is ok! enjoy it!

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Do Teachers Kill Creativity

Do teachers kill creativity? What is the harm that a "teacher" does, just by being a teacher? Do we indeed stunt student achievement, growth and "thought" by our mere presence as a model and person to look up to and copy/become?

Like Ken Robinson's story in "Do School's Kill Creativity", where the… Continue

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