The resources on this list were not designed with education in mind, but which can easily be used for learning purposes — particularly, though not exclusively, for English language development. I only hope that creators of “educational” content can learn from the qualities that make these sites so engaging.
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Here are my choices for The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two):
These would be fun clips to to use in any of the video activities I describe in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL and in my article Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners.
Bill Ferriter posted a link to this “Trunk Monkey Compilation.” This hilarious video is perfect for ELL’s to watch and then describe what happened, and even do Venn Diagram to identify differences and similarities:
Have students watch this amazing illusion (you can find similar videos here):
Check out this amazing performance by French magician Yann Frisch:
ONLINE VIDEO GAMES:
I’ve previously written about how I use online video games as a language-development activity for my ELL students.
Silk can be used by students to create pretty magical-looking (and sounding) artwork online without registering. They can then share a link to their creation (and have students describe it verbally and in writing).
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