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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

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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

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The Top 5 things I hate about some blogs

Magritte-The_False_MirrorI usually stay FAR away from blogging about blogging. Not that I don't find this kind of introspection fun or revealing/engaging. Far from it. I just don't feel comfortable doing it and if there is one BIG rule when it comes to blogging, it is, blog about what you are comfortable with.

There you go, I've started blogging about blogging. LOL.

I decided to share my own "hates" and what I find distasteful on some blogs because I've noticed there seems to be a lot of interest in these kind of blogging about blogging posts. Also, a little bit of venting will do any man or woman some good. So in that vein, here it goes. The top 5 turn offs for me when first arriving on a blog. (and I've found my share through the Random ELT Blog Generator ). Oh yeah, my apologizes in advance to the examples I've noted for each. Not that you aren't probably good blokes and teachers - and I also might be wrong. But this is how I feel.

1. Selling. Big, bold, buy this pitches that confront your sensibility and make you think you'd best start browsing Amazon. (and this goes too with those blogs selling Amazon stuff). HERE"S AN EXAMPLE.

2. Selling us short. You know, those blog posts that just have a photo and say, "I just got back from the mall and wanted to let you know." or they just have a link.... In case one, use twitter. In case two, use twitter. HERE"S AN EXAMPLE.

3. Youtube videos galore. Like, I want to know what YOU think, not what Youtube thinks. It's a blog, not the cinema. Great, you know how to embed stuff, but again, what do YOU think? HERE"S AN EXAMPLE.

4. Tiny print black and white and no pictures! Especially with 3 columns. Yes, I'm getting old and yes, I need (deserve) a little color. If I wanted to read the newspaper, I'd of bought one. HERE'S AN EXAMPLE.

5. Lists. The Top "this" and The Best "that". Why do we need lists? Can't we just follow your train of thought? What ever happened to WRITING, it's a blog isn't it, not the David Letterman show! HERE"S AN EXAMPLE.

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Comment by Tommy Mc on September 27, 2010 at 6:19am
When it comes to lists, it's hard to beat Larry's blog. Great stuff on there (and here actually) but the lists seem endless. It's like information overload.

Comment by ddeubel on September 27, 2010 at 6:51am

Exactly! It really tires me. I tried to start the #1 series as a kind of antidote to that fatigue but it even turned into a list itself! Must be a natural thing or some law governing human behavior.

Totally agree about Larry and why I keep his rss feed here on our main page.

Comment by Ellen Pham on September 27, 2010 at 8:08am
Cute twist on #5 :D The rest are truly annoying, I'm with you on those!

Tommy, the nice part about Larry's information overload is I don't feel bad when I haven't been by in a few weeks... there is always more where that came from! I admire how he just keeps going at it, so dutifully. I would really miss him if he decided to pack it in!

BTW, I also admire your tenacity, David. You never give up! (Different from changing directions when it is prudent : ) Of course you do that, that's just smart.)

Comment by ddeubel on September 27, 2010 at 8:30am
Yeah well Ellen, all along I've been telling everyone I'm a hedgehog. This proves it.

I hope you'll drop into the conference rooms and test out. I've been spending all day today interviewing people, canvassing and emailing to see if I can somehow get the room to use the architecture of skype. The audio is okay but I want "premium" and why do the work if skype has perfected it? so that's what I'm doing these days.

Sorry I had to pick on blog posts for this post but really had to throw some examples up - or else it is much ado about nothing....

Larry is a hedgehog too I believe, not a fox.

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