Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 17, 2014
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Videos: More Fun & Corny Grammar Videos

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

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July 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

Earlier today, I posted Weird Al Weird Al Yankovic’s new funny video teaching grammar (I’ve also posted it below). Then, Heather Wolpert-Gawron showed me another funny one, that’s also posted below. I figured there have got to be more out there, so I invite readers to contribute the ones you know about — I’ll post them here and, of course, give you full credit. These can certainly be useful in the classroom!

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to this list.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

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May 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Quill” Could Be A Very Useful Tool For Reinforcing Grammar Concepts

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Thanks to Richard Byrne, I recently learned about Quill.

It provides well-done interactive exercises to reinforce grammar exercises and the real advantage is that you can create virtual classrooms to track student progress.

And, it’s free.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice and to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Here’s a video about the site:

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November 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Use Mistakes When Teaching Writing

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This is sort of an odd “The Best…” list.

I’ve written a lot in this blog and in my books about using student mistakes as an opportunity and not as a problem, and have an extremely long The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures list.

This list, however, has a different take on the subject. I’ve only got three related resources now, but I’m hoping readers will contribute more.

You’ll see what I’m looking for after looking at these sites:

27 Reasons Why You Should Always Proofread is from BuzzFeed.

Wonderful Video: Brazilian Kids Learn English By Correcting Tweets From Celebrities

The Best Collections Of Funny Signs (For Use In English Classes)

In other words, I’m looking for more resources that, in a funny (though not cruel) way, highlight errors that have been made in language usage. Students can then identify the mistakes, fix them, and learn along the way — and, with a little luck, have fun doing it!

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July 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Grammar & Vocabulary Interactive Exercises

I’ve previously posted about the excellent British Council Learn English Teens website. Today, I’ll like to particularly highlight two of its features.

Grammar Snacks are a series of animations about…grammar, followed by interactive exercises. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

Vocabulary Exercises contains a lot of thematic interactives on….vocabulary. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

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May 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important Research On Grammar Instruction

Grammar Errors? The Brain Detects Them Even When You Are Unaware is a report from Science Daily on new research related to grammar.

I’ve got to admit I’m still not sure I understand the description of the researcher’s experiment, but I do like their conclusion:

It may be time to reconsider some teaching strategies, especially how adults are taught a second language, said Neville, a member of the UO’s Institute of Neuroscience and director of the UO’s Brain Development Lab.

Children, she noted, often pick up grammar rules implicitly through routine daily interactions with parents or peers, simply hearing and processing new words and their usage before any formal instruction. She likened such learning to “Jabberwocky,” the nonsense poem introduced by writer Lewis Carroll in 1871 in “Through the Looking Glass,” where Alice discovers a book in an unrecognizable language that turns out to be written inversely and readable in a mirror.

For a second language, she said, “Teach grammatical rules implicitly, without any semantics at all, like with jabberwocky. Get them to listen to jabberwocky, like a child does.”

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May 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning List Of The Best Sites For ELLs To Learn About The Pacific Region

March 22, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“No Red Ink” Is A New Grammar Site

As regular readers know, I don’t spend a whole lot of time on direct grammar instruction (you can read more at The Best Sites For Grammar Practice). Sometimes, though, it can be useful and/or students can want grammar reinforcement opportunities, which is why I created that “The Best…” list.

Noredink is a new site created by a teacher for students to practice grammar using interactive exercises. It’s a nicely designed site, and students can pick choose the topics that they are most interested in — the NFL, NBA, specific TV shows, etc.

I think there are plenty of other sites on “The Best…” list I mentioned earlier in this post that are more expansive and don’t require registration, so I’m not going to add Noredink to that list.

However, since teachers can create virtual classrooms of their students there, I will add it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Note that the site says that it’s free now. If and when they start charging, though, I’ll remove it from that list.

Thanks to Mashable for the tip.

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March 13, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“English Grammar Lessons”

English Grammar Lessons has tons of engaging activities. Click on the grammar lesson you want on the left side of the page and, then, when you get there, click on any of the exercises that will be on the right side.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice. Thanks to Teacher Training Videos for the tip.

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April 28, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Practice Parts Of Speech

The University of Nottingham has a nifty online tool where where students can practice multiple parts of speech (adverbs, articles, etc.) with any piece of 300 word text they, or their teacher, choose.

And it can be used with several languages, including English.

It’s just a matter of pasting the text in, clicking a button, and you’re presented with the exercise.

Thanks to mme_henderson for the tip.

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November 9, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Whack Attack

Whack Attack is a game from the BBC that tests knowledge on Math, English or Science. It’s probably accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners.

The questions are good, though the game is a little weird. You’re given three answer choices. Each answer is color-coded, and in order to choose an answer, you have to “whack” the correctly-colored figure that keeps popping up.

I’ve placed the link on my website under Word and Video Games.

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May 22, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Verb Project

The Verb Project was developed by students at the Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education Basic Skills class. They worked with their instructors, John Tashima, Danna Weber and Susan Gaer to develop activities for beginning ESL students.

The site has both online and printable activities about….verbs.

I’m adding the link to my website under Verbs.

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