September 29, 2007
by Larry Ferlazzo
It’s time for the first “ELL, ESL, & EFL Carnival,” where teachers and others have submitted posts that they thought were particularly helpful and insightful in teaching English as a Second Language.
And a pretty impressive batch they were (and are).
I’d also like to propose that we do this Carnival bimonthly — more or less. Which means the deadline for the next one would be November 30th.
I’d be happy to host it again at that time, though it would also be great if someone else would like to do it. Just let me know. And it would also be fine with me if you wanted to host it sooner than that date. I’ll post additional reminders.
Here is the easy submission form for that Carnival.
And, now, for the posts….
Online Language Learning
Jose Luis Cabello shares a post analyzing the differences between online materials and online tools in using the Web to help teach English.
Claudia Ceraso shares her journey towards developing a “wikified” class.
Students using video-conferencing to develop collaborative projects is the subject of a post from Marian Thacher.
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith writes about using Teacher Tube as a teaching tool.
Speaking of “tubes,” Sue Swift posts about using YouTube to help English Language Learners develop their vocabulary.
Dave Deubel, the guiding light behind EFL Classroom 2.0, writes extensively about using the online application Voicethread and provides many examples people can see (and hear).
The Adventures In Daily Living blog writes about software used to help teach English to school-aged children who are adopted internationally. This is a topic that is also featured in the issue of “Essential Teacher” from TESOL, which just arrived in the mail yesterday.
In The Classroom
Jeremy Aldrich posts about how the effects of the digital divide can be clearly seen in his class of English Language Learners.
The Many Englishes blog writes about the effectiveness of what some might characterize as an old-fashioned way of learning and remembering vocabulary — index cards.
Sabrina de Vita is an English teacher in Argentina who is not afraid of challenges. She’s not only teaching her students English — she’s teaching them to text-message using English “slang”, too!
Alice Mercer writes about what she thinks English Language Learners need in the classroom, and also concludes that a scripted curriculum probably isn’t on the list.
Error feedback for English Language Learners in their writing is the subject of a post from Charles Nelson.
English Teaching Jobs
Joey’s ESL Room shares tips when being interviewed over the phone for an English teaching job.
Thanks again for all the submissions. It’s fun connecting with teachers from around the world!
Thirteen submissions is an impressive total for a first round. I suspect we’ll get even more in the next “go around.”