Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 1, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Try, try again? Study says no: Trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language, neuroscientists find is the headline of a Science Daily article about a study that has just been published.

Two Way “Tech” Tasks is by David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities.

From the stranger than fiction Department: A person was fired from a Utah English-language school because he wrote an online lesson about “homophones.” The school’s owner said “Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.”

Feds back English learner lawsuit against state of California is from Ed Source.

Bilingual education could make a comeback in CA is also from Ed Source.

Doodling for Complex Sentences is by Carissa Peck.

I’ve previously posted about great games that Jimmy Fallon uses on his show that are easily adaptable to the ESL classroom. Here’s another one he calls “Unqualified Advice.” I know that many of us teachers sometimes do this already — have students answer invented “advice questions” about personal issues. Now here are some models to use. I’m posting one below, but I don’t think it’s that funny. Here’s a link to a much better one. The only reason I’m not posting it on this blog, though, is because near the end it has some inappropriate language that’s “beeped.” I’d still use that one as a model in class:

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July 26, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY includes many videos of ELL teachers at work. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.

7 Language-Learning Myths That Are Holding Us Back is from Forbes.

Katherine Bilsborough – Taking the stress out of homework: 5 tips and 5 tasks is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Games To Learn English is a nice collection of online games. I’m adding it to
The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games.

Group Collaboration- Crossword Puzzles is from Carissa Peck.

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July 20, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds is an article from PsyBlog. Learn Dutch In Your Sleep is another report on the same study.

Inventive, Cheaper Tools for Learning a Language is from The New York Times.

What makes a language attractive – its sound, national identity or familiarity?
is from The Guardian.

Adam Simpson – Homework: Should we give it or not? is a useful post at the British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Mathematics in English is an interactive from Engames. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes.

allatc offers an ELL lesson plan for the Wonderful World song. I’m adding it to The Best Music Videos Of “What A Wonderful World.”

Adapting materials for mixed ability classes is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

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July 13, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Ala. Puts Stop to Enrollment Policies That Discriminate Against Immigrants is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools).

Guezzit looks like an intriguing game that can be played as a mobile app or as a Facebook application. I haven’t had time to try it out, but one of its features is a picture quiz for players to identify the correct descriptive words. Trying it is on my “to do” list, but if you get a chance to experiment with it, let me know if I’m right in my hunch that it could have potential for English Language Learners.

I’m a fan of having ELLS use online video games as a language learning activity. Escape From The Room With Framed Pictures is the latest game I’d have students use for this goal, and you can find its walkthrough here. Be sure to click on “English” for language.

4 fun and motivating grammar activities for beginner classes is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

The British Council shares a number of good listening activities to do in class. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

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July 7, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

The Disabled Access Friendly Site is for teachers of English Language Learners and “provides teachers with free teaching material that can be used in class, for projects or examination practice, but at the same time stimulates students to put themselves in the shoes of someone with a mobility disability, for a better understanding of their needs and feelings.”

Wanting it enough: why motivation is the key to language learning is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

Games To Learn English has a good variety of…English learning games.

Easily Make Reviews into Gameshows! is by Carissa Peck. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

The British Council has a number of lessons related to World War I that are specifically for English Language Learners. I’m adding the link to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

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June 30, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

US Immigration: Why did they move to America? is a nice lesson for English Language Learners. It’s from Absolute English. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

How to Teach Old Ears New Tricks: Learn a new language more quickly by focusing on pronunciation first is from Scientific American.

My ELT Rambles shares a number of good classroom games. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Using 80s gameshows to teach languages is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to the same list.

I previously posted about Lingual.ly when it was only an app for a mobile device. They’ve now made it usable on the web, too. It could be a useful too, though my students didn’t find it particularly interesting.

The British Council offers suggestions on activities ESL/EFL teachers can do with zero prep and zero materials.

U.S. Schools Gear Up for Surge of Young Immigrants is from Ed Week.

Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges is from NPR, and provides another perspective on the child migration tragedy.

Here’s a fun “infographic” on grammer from Wrong Hands:

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June 22, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Welcome.us invites people to share their immigration stories and to celebrate June as Immigrant Heritage Month:

I’m adding the link and video to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

David Petrie: A house of mystery and secrets and Katherine Bilsborough: What? Who? When? – Using a photo to practise question forms are both from The British Council. I’m adding them to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Common mistakes in English is a nice interactive from Engames.

Here’s an interesting map showing where Europeans speak English:

ELLs Grow in Number in England’s Schools, Outperform Native Speakers is from Education Week.

Summer Slide, ELLs, and the Common Core is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”


Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Presents Education Challenges
is from Education Week. You might also be interested in 13 facts that help explain America’s child-migrant crisis from Vox.

20 More Ways To Be A Better English Language Teacher (Part 2) is from ELT Experiences.

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June 14, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:


English-Speaking Abilities of Immigrants: A Snapshot From the U.S. Census Bureau
is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

Editorial Is bilingual education worth bringing back? is from the LA Times.

Learning a second language in adulthood can slow brain ageing is from The Telegraph. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Translating The Web With Millions: Luis Von Ahn Answers Your Questions is from NPR. It’s an interview with the founder of Duolingo.

Describing photos (comparing, contrasting and speculating) is from EFL Smart Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Artistically Challenged Pictionary is from Carissa Peck. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Whiteboard Soccer is from David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to the same list.

WebQuests – the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving? is from Teaching English With Technology. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests.

Dictations are fun! is from TEFL Reflections. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners.

Helping language learners visualise their linguistic development: growing learning is by Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Metacognition.

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June 8, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

ELLs Test-Drive New English-Language Proficiency Assessments is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Multilingual or not, infants learn words best when it sounds like home is a report on a somewhat interesting study.

5 Things You Might Not Know About ELLs is a good post from Scientific Learning.

New York State Sets Focus on English-Learners is from Ed Week.

New Ideas on Feedback from IATEFL 2014 is an interesting post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

The role of metacognition in language learning is by Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Metacognition.

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June 1, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Common-Core Test Experts Explain ELL and Special Education Supports is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests.

Proposal to Restore Bilingual Education in California Advances is also from Ed Week.

Florida Could Shift Alliances for English-Language-Proficiency Standards, Tests is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

11 places to visit on a tour of the English language is from The Week. It doesn’t quite fit, but I’m adding it to The Best Videos Documenting The History Of The English Language.

Flashcards in the Classroom: Ten Lesson Ideas is from ELT Experiences. I’m adding it to The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards.

13 Experts Share ESL Learning Advice (Plus Over 70 Online Resources) is from The Spanish Place.

Check out this interesting chart from The Washington Post:

Asking Questions is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

A low-prep, low-tech, effective game for revision is from A Hive of Activities. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

My top ten learner autonomy and metacognition resources is from Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Metacognition.

Fed up with end-of-year tests? A Digital Scavenger Hunt is the solution! is from Larissa’s Languages. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

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May 21, 2014
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL — Gold Mine Included!

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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

I’m starting off with a goldmine. Check out this tweet and go the link — you won’t regret it:

Poplingual has an attractive listing of popular ESL/EFL blogs and their recent posts. I learned about it from Eric Roth. I’m going to add it to The Best ESL/EFL Blogs, but be aware that I’ve got to do some serious updating of that list.

I’m adding this infographic to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual:


How well do you know your friend? (Adapting the newlywed game for WL class)
is a fun idea for a speaking activity. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Researcher Argues NCLB, Common Core Emphasize English-only Approach is an important post at Education Week.

English Fluency Standards Ought to Be Uniform in Calif. Districts, Analysts Say is another useful Ed Week piece.

Teaching tips: How students can use their mobile phones to learn English is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners.

Seven Word Biographies is a nice activity to help students to get to know each other at the beginning of the year. It’s from James Taylor.

Teaching English to learners with Special Educational Needs (SENs) – Myths and realities is from The British Council.

Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers is a research report that should be read by all English teachers. Thanks to Eric Roth for the tip.

Teaching languages with technology: tools that help students become fluent is by Joe Dale and appeared in The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners.

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May 8, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

ELLs and Their Peers: What They Teach Each Other in the Classroom is an Ed Week post about an interesting upcoming research study.

Study calls for standardizing English fluency definition is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Districts Told Not to Deny Students Over Immigration is from The New York Times. NPR also has a report on the announcement. If you want to know one reason they made this warning, check out The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools). Ed Week also wrote about it, as did Vox.

The Image Bank is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

10 Ways To Use Songs In The EFL Classroom is from Lyrical English. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Embracing opportunities in easy-access professional teacher development is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks and to The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development.

Six Cool Tropes in ELT EdTech is by Lindsay Clandfield. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners to provide a slightly different perspective.

Homophones dictation is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners.

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May 4, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:


Good language teachers, as seen through the eyes of teachers and learners
is by Adam Simpson. There’s a lot of substance there, and I would label it as a “must-read.”

Are School Turnaround Efforts Overlooking English-Learners? is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Four School Improvement Grant Models.

ELTjam meets Sugata Mitra is by Nick Robinson. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Videos About Sugata Mitra & His Education Ideas.

Be flexible! is by TEFL Reflections.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

12 things I’ve learnt about language learning by being a language learner! is by Lizzie Pinard.

Drawing Dictations is by Sandy Millin. I’ve started adding all dictation resources to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners.

Dictation is from TEFL.net. I’m adding it to the same list.

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April 27, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Lizzie Pinard recounts a question/answer session with Sugatra Mitra at a recent language conference in this post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Videos About Sugata Mitra & His Education Ideas.

Teaching mixed ability – some tips is from TEFL Reflections. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

Experimenting with English (Part 2) – Activities for learners to do outside the classroom [26 and counting!] is another excellent post by Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Getting Started on Twitter (for English Language Teachers) is from “AnthonyTeacher.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

The British Council has a Part One and Part Two on “Reluctant Talkers.” I’m adding both to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

More On Assessment is from the iTDi blog. I don’t really have a specific list for ELL assessment — yet. For now, I’ll add it to A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment.

Duolingo Moves Into Language Proficiency Exams is a very interesting article in Slate. I’ll add it to the same list, for now.

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April 19, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

ELL Students Neglected in School Turnaround Efforts is from The Journal.

New School Standards Present Challenge for Refugee Students is from New America Media.

McGraw Hill has a ton of online videos showing ELL teachers in action. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom. Thanks to Judie Haynes for the tip.

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase EL Student Achievement is from Colorin Colorado.

Want to Teach Online? Here Are Four Platforms that You Can Use is from Teaching ESL Online.

#ELTchat summary on Sugata Mitra and 25 Questions He Needs To Answer is from The Teacher James. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Videos About Sugata Mitra & His Education Ideas.

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April 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Innovation in education: looking for learning is by Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners.

“Red Light! Green Light!” Teaching Students How to Give Peer-Feedback During Speaking Activities is from Evan Simpson.

Play It Again And Again, Sam is from NPR and, I think, may help explain why jazz chants are effective in language instruction. I’m adding it to The Best Sites (& Videos) For Learning About Jazz Chants.

Aeon Magazine has a similar piece on that research. I’m adding it to the same list.

American English from the U.S. Department of State seems like a good resource of materials for teachers of English Language Learners.

The Future of ELT is by Gaven Dudeney.

10 Dictation Activites for EFL classes is from Online TEFL Training. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners.

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April 12, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention: ESL Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep, Paper Argues is from Education Week.

Here is a more in depth discussion of the same paper from Colorin Colorado. Marisa Constantinides has collected a number of posts about Sugata Mitra’s recent address to ESL teachers.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Videos About Sugata Mitra & His Education Ideas. IATEFL 2014 – Graham Hall: How to get published in an academic journal like ELTJ is from Lizzie Pinard. Picturing U.S. History is a good resource for using photos in lessons.

Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons. TESOL 2014 HIGHLIGHTS: Vocabulary Learning and Instruction is from English With Jennifer.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary. My 10 favourite TEFL.net websites of the month is by Adam Simpson. Comparatives and superlatives in English is from Engames. 33 ways to speak better English – without taking classes is from British English Coach.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. Life Beyond Gap-fill? is from Richmond Share.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills). Correcting writing: 8 practical ideas is from TEFL Reflections. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction. How ICT Can Connect Children Around The World is from The British Council.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects.

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April 6, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

100 most common words in English is an online game that Digital Play describes, and it could be useful in class.

And, speaking of online activities for building vocabulary, the Food Porn Index could be a helpful site for…food words.

Taco Spillet is another online game suitable for learning food-related vocabulary.

The Rolling Question Game is from The EFL Smart Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Here are helpful ideas from The British Council on class activities to do that require Zero Materials.

Four Sure-Fire Math Strategies for ELLs is from ASCD.

Here’s an interview with Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock, the key people behind the extraordinarily popular and helpful Learning English British Council Facebook page for teachers.

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March 30, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

What kind of teacher are you? is a fun little Facebook quiz that the British Council has developed for ESL/EFL Teachers.

TEFL Reflections has a nice post listing different ways teachers can check for student understanding.

Action Movie Kid: DreamWorks dad Daniel Hashimoto turns toddler son into lightsaber-wielding CGI superhero is from The Independent, and shares several very short videos that would be good to show English Language Learners and then have them describe what they saw. Here’s an example:

I’m adding it to The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development.

Gaming Glossary: Game-based Learning v. Gamification is from ELT Sandbox. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On “Gamification” In Education.

Reach ELLs: Nine Best Practices That Really Work is from ASCD.

Jaq’s ESL Lessons, Jobs & Travels looks like a new source of good classroom lessons.

Here’s a great new infographic I’m adding to The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language:



Head in English teaching storm says pupils will be taught differently is from The Guardian: “With 300 pupils speaking 50 languages at City of Leeds school, Georgiana Sale says teaching English as a foreign language is simply a pragmatic solution.”

Are ‘grammar Nazis’ ruining the English language? is from The Telegraph.

Using Google Hangouts on Air for Teaching English is from Teaching ESL Online. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About.

Supporting ELLs Through Project-Based Learning is a video from The Teaching Channel:

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what English Profile is because it looks potentially useful. Here’s how it describes itself:

English Profile is a collaborative programme endorsed by the Council of Europe, designed to create a ‘profile’ or set of Reference Level Descriptions for English. These will provide detailed information about what learners ‘can do’ in English at each of the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), offering a clear benchmark for progress for English language learners.

Teaching a language is teaching someone how to fish! is a lesson on proverbs from Lawrence Hilton.

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March 21, 2014
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I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

Lost in translation? Do foreign jokes work in English? – video is from The Guardian. You might also be interested in my New York Times post on using jokes as an English language-learning activity.

Language learning: what motivates us? is a very interesting article in The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Kyle Mawer – Innovation in education is a good article on using online video games for language-learning. I’m adding it to The Best “Fun” Online Video Games For English Language Development.

I’m a big fan of using Lateral Thinking in the classroom, and here’s a post from The British Council sharing a way to use it as a language-learning activity. You can find more lateral thinking ideas here (scroll down a bit).

Katie Lapham, a teacher in New York City, shares some of the challenges facing English Language Learners in Common Core standardized tests. You might also be interested in The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests.

10 nagging EFL questions is from TEFL Reflections.

10 ways to use course books and encourage learner autonomy is from Online TEFL Training. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death.

If you’ve ever thought about getting an English-teaching job in another country, then this post from TEFL Reflections is a must-read.

It’s a little late, but these next two posts will be good for next year. I’m adding them to The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (& April Fools Day):

Lessons for St. Patrick’s Day is from Sylvia’s English Online.

The History of St. Patrick’s Day is from ESOL Courses.

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