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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

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


The PRESENT is your present

presentWishing everyone a great holiday season with loved ones.

I'll be spending a beautiful warm Xmas this year in my new adopted home Guatemala. It's been a long time since I had a warm Christmas but brings back memories of my last one. 

I had the luck to spend a lot of time in Corsica, France while teaching in Europe and Canada. Months every year, with books, with sun, with friends and conversation. One Christmas there was very special.

I'd arrived from Canada and had gifts for everyone. Got up all excited and we exchanged gifts. However, only the children got gifts, not the adults. I felt like an idiot, having bought gifts for the adults too. Further, it was the first Christmas morning I hadn't got even ONE gift. Later that day, I went out to my "office" - a pagoda that sat high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Ajaccio. I wrote this poem.

It remains special to me. As a teacher - it tells me to enjoy the moment of teaching. Just "being there", like Peter Sellers in that amazing film of the same name.


Everyday I say thank you for
the new morning.
But should the morning
not be given,
Ah! how I'd wake up
and embrace the newer night!

It's like the first Christmas
you finally don't
get anything.
Ah! How then
the bells ring in
the present!

If you enjoyed this - you might enjoy Stories to Inspire and Teach on EFL Classroom 2.0 or this post - The Dimensions of the Present

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Comment by Álvaro on December 25, 2010 at 4:07pm
Thanks for this present! Merry Christmas!

Comment by ddeubel on December 27, 2010 at 2:44pm



You are very welcome and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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