Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning About Japan

'Map of Japan' photo (c) 2011, Playing Futures:  Applied Nomadology - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

We’re going to be studying Japan next week in my Geography class for English Language Learners.  One of our art teachers is going to come in and show students how to use origami as part of our unit, so it should be an engaging few days.

I’ll be adding this to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Japan (additional suggestions are welcome):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, Part Two

The Best Resources On The One Year Anniversary Of Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami

National Geographic Kids – Japan

What Is Origami?

How Japanese Paper Cranes Become Popular Around The World

TIME for Kids — Japan

A Kid’s Life In Japan

Japanese Food

Tokyo, Japan

Talking About Japan

More Talking About Japan

Fact Monster — Japan

Watch this video about origami.

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March 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning About India

'Image taken from page 17 of 'A E I. Arabia, Egypt, India. A narrative of travel. With fifteen illustrations and two maps'' photo (c) 2013, The British Library - license: http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/

We’re going to be studying India next week in my Geography class for English Language Learners.

I’ll be adding this to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About India (additional suggestions are welcome):

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hindu Festival Of Holi

National Geographic For Kids: India

TIME For Kids: India

Snaith Primary School: India

Mr. Donn’s India

Woodlands India

Primary Homework Help India

Fact Monster India

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March 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our Latest Response From A Sister Class — This Time From South Africa!

'south africa flag' photo (c) 2011, Matthias Mueller - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I’ve been sharing about an ongoing project my ELL Geography class has been doing — studying different countries, developing questions about them, and then recording videos of themselves asking those questions that we’d send to an English class in that country.

It’s been a great experience for everyone involved, and I’ve previously shared some of those videos:

Terrific New Videos: Using English “Sister Classes” From Throughout The World In Our ELL Geography Class (from Brazil)

Great Video Response From English Class In Italy To Our Questions

More Video Responses From Sister Classes — This Time From Latvia!

The Latest Videos From Our Sister Class Geography Project — This Time, From Spain!

The latest response is from our sister class in South Africa.

You can see our videotaped questions at our class blog here.

I’ve embedded the great response from our sister class in South Africa below. Here’s a description of that class and its teacher, Sven Glietenberg:

I’m a second-year teacher of Grade 10 English (First Additional Language) at Ntswane Secondary School in Hammanskraal near Pretoria, South Africa.

We’re a semi-rural government school – learners only pay $10 a year to attend. Most learners speak Setswana as a home language but every class contains home-language speakers of all 11 South African official languages.

The learners are very enthusiastic to learn and we make the most of things and try to be creative and active as much as possible, even though we lack some facilities (no electricity in classes/computers/proper sanitation etc.)

A lot of great things can and do happen despite the challenges, mostly all you need is enthusiastic teachers and learners, and a bit of creativity and patience.

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March 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wash. Post Does It Again With “25 maps and charts that explain America today”

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The Washington Post keeps on coming up with excellent collections of maps and charts.

Last year they published 40 maps that explain the world. It linked to another site called 40 Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School that also has a number of other good maps. However, that second site also includes a few maps with topics and language that wouldn’t be appropriate for the classroom.

Then, The Post published a sequel: 40 more maps that explain the world.

I added both to The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography.

The Post hasn’t stopped there. They’ve also published 40 charts that explain the world, which I added to The Best Multimedia Resources For Introducing Students To The Advantages Of Charts, Graphs & Infographics.

And, today, they just published yet another exceptional collection titled 25 maps and charts that explain America today.

Of course, I’m adding this one the Best Geography list….

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January 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Latest Videos From Our Sister Class Geography Project — This Time, From Spain!

I’ve been posting about the short-and-sweet video exchanges my English Language Learner Geography classes have been doing with English classes from around the world — we videotape questions about their countries and they respond.

Here are a few of my past posts on the project:

More Video Responses From Sister Classes — Time From Latvia!

Terrific New Videos: Using English “Sister Classes” From Throughout The World In Our ELL Geography Class (from Brazil)

Great Video Response From English Class In Italy To Our Questions

We’ve connected with other countries, too, though they have asked to keep their videos private.

The latest response we’ve received has been from the English class taught by Mireia Xorto Prados in Catalonia. I’ve embedded one of their great videos below, and you can see the rest of them at their class blog.

You can see the video questions at our class blog.

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