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Teaching ELL’s The “Unplugged” Way


Jason Renshaw has been writing an excellent series of posts about teaching ESL/EFL/ELL students the “unplugged” way — without a formal textbook, with few materials, focusing on their lives and interests, and making it “conversation-driven.”

He’s now putting all of the posts in this series on one page, so I’d encourage you to explore The Road to Teaching Unplugged – Ongoing Archive.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thanks so much for the mention Larry. It’s an ongoing work, and I’ve made plans to include a lot more practical examples of both classroom-generated materials and actual videos of me teaching unplugged.

    Thanks for widening the potential audience for this – really appreciated!

  2. My name is Christie Odom and I am from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. This is a really interesting idea. I hope to stay updated to see how things work out for Mr. Renshaw and others who try to teach the “unplugged” way. I do believe that focusing on things that interest them is a great idea. Thanks for sharing this post.

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