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
As always, I'm enjoying reading your Websites of the Day!
Still amazing, but a little less realistic in real life : )
At 11:31pm on September 12, 2009, Ellen Pham said…
Hey Larry, I tried to leave this comment on your blog, but the anti-spam picture did not show! I had the foresight to copy my comment (about the family literacy project results) in case there was a problem (I am getting so savy :D) Here it is:
I love this part of your work, Larry. It was the first thing I remember learning about you, and it's what made me pay attention to the rest of your efforts. Such a smart, smart program you started there!
Hey, has your book come out yet? I just (yesterday) was able to access your site again- I guess enough people complained to our internet provider (Clear) about not being able to access any edublog sites to make them finally address it.
I'm still crossing my fingers... and congratulations on the wonderful results : ))))!!!
I have just posted about the Carnival. Here and at my edublogs public blog. I've been super busy and my extra time has been setting up an elearning Scribblar platform. Free for members. Something I've made a new year's resolution on. I really don't like all the profit models, sucking the blood out of teacher's / students. Especially when technology costs pennies.....the future should be on a non-payment model so all can have access online to English language. education and practice.
Hope all is well. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Cheers,
Just a follow up (I know your busy!). The bot is now fully functional, much better. I'll be changing the content once I think it through and will then promote. I'll also make a pronunciation bot with the same selection type menu - the selections will focus on one phonetic element...
I also have to thank you -- took a lot of your comments about good lang. games and made a nice arcade for role playing games. Check them out under PLAY when you have the time, I know you'll be interested. Your walkthroughs are great and I;ll find a way to direct there...
I'm asking a favor when you get a moment (I know you are busy!). I've made a little "bot" page. Where users instead of typing can enter a sentence/question. Still very much under development.
I'd love to get your feelings about this and how it might become more user friendly and better designed. I have my own thoughts but I'll await some objective data. Oh yeah, for the moment it only is working in Firefox.....thanks a million....hope all is well.
Larry, I just wandered into your EFL resources site from your blog and I am... be dazzled!! Sooo many resources, how do you do it?
I began my teaching career teaching Hmong teenagers circa 1978, in Portland Public Schools (the majority of Hmong moved to California a few years later...) I learned more about community from Hmong in one year... but that was a long time ago, I am sure things have changed. Anyway, hi, and thank you for ALL those wonderful resources! It will take me weeks at least just to go through them : )
I'll ask a couple of high school teachers here who I suspect might be up to the challenge. Also will post up on several other places I visit from time to time here and see if someone bites. Any really "specific" criteria other than web savvyness?
I'm busy trying to find us a file sharing solution. I have thousands of resources to share but really having trouble coming up with the really low tech solution that won't entail endless hours of work by myself.....I'm sure I'll come up with something!
Been meaning to let you know we got a direct button to your blog - to help teachers find your helpful advice.
Also, have you been watching the Al Jazeera series on the Hmong? If you can't get Al Jazeera, try the new Microsoft Livestation. Free beta testing version -- though don't know about the limitations for the U.S. (bloody censorship). I think the url is www.livestation.org
Finally got time to reply! Got your email about kidzclub. I visited and it is back up. I've never used it much (given my penchant for audio with the reading text) but they do have lots of great printables for teachers....
I hope to contribute to the blog and blog more. Right now, lots of projects on the go and exploring some really amazing collaborations and ways to hopefully help language learning globally. Just got to find the right combination of glitz but still have pedagogy....if you know what I mean.
I'll be contributing this time (to the carnival) -- full monty and batteries recharged. I really want to tackle and address a lot of the unanimated teaching that takes places in EFL and my post will be thus addressed. But also will be posting more in a reflective vein with a blog for my own leadership course.
I hope you noted that I'm going to convert all the thousands of produced karaokes; stories, songs, interviews, reports, news etc.... into flash video. First on youtube and then afterwards into a player/page here. Great self learning tool and maybe this way more teachers will walk across the bridge into making their own karaokes using karafun ???? I'm trying .
Just want to mention my "Not like the other" game. See it for download in the Canned lessons thread.
Mentioning it because I think it will interest you. Can be used for multiple levels and really fosters a lot of creative, higher level thinking....I'm mulling over how to make it into an interactive "game". I'll be sending a blog post shortly now that I'm finally on holiday! Heading back for some x-country skiing in Canada.
I really didn't forget! I've just been swamped from all directions ....... I did write a super blog entry about "Know less to understand more" - quite philosophical and about the fact that facts are outdated.....
Anyways, I'd really like to submit something on Fling the Teacher. Do you know this marvellous teaching tool by Andrew Field? I think it is a great game/assessment tool.
Can I submit something either later today or tomorrow on that. Short but something very useful for teachers.
Finally getting around to blogging and submitting one for your carnival. I wanted to do something on multi media games - given my own background making them, but this will have to wait. I haven't had time to fully give a complete set of examples on my game exclusive blog. This will be forthcoming and should be an excellent rundown on not just types of games but what makes a game "educational".
So I did a blog on voicethread, an application I admire and really want to promote more for teachers.
Hope all is well and thanks for the recent note in your blog. I'm really trying slowly and surely to create a great site for EFL teachers - especially for those coming and going in our so "gypsy" like profession.
PS,. Also glad you noticed Susan's excellent work. She is outstanding in both her support and knowledge of technology and education. She's helped here innumerable times....
Thanks, I let members know about your carnival and rest assured I'll submit a bang up/on blog posting.
See the ppt below. I think you'd like this about games. I enjoyed your recent article though I found many of the examples too "non language oriented, even if interactive. Click doesn't always mean learn. But all were worth investigating for sure...
On our site of the day, I listed the 50 sites for digital storytelling. Wow!
Take a look. also this australian site of language game officionados... http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/
Just letting you know that I've finally got our EFL CLassroom buzka up and running. You can see how it works and looks and the categories I've decided upon at
I'm going to only keep sites on that list that I think are very very useful to a majority of teachers. Hope others will add to our buzka and I'll be sending out info. to members on how to do that.
Thanks for helping me sort out the categories. Still not probably right but I think these work for the moment. Though I will probably also add a 5 star category.