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January 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Four strategies for grammar instruction” Is My Latest British Council Post

Four strategies for grammar instruction is the title of my latest Teaching English British Council post.

Here’s how it begins:

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I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

You might also be interested in seeing all my previous British Council posts.

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November 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Here Is How I Used The Shadow Puppet App Today To Teach Verb Tenses

Yesterday, I posted about how excited I was by the iPhone Shadow Puppet app (see Wow! Shadow Puppet Is A Great iPhone & iPad App For English Language Learners).

Today, I used it with my Beginning English Language Learner students to help teach verb tenses.

Originally, I had intended to have use Instagram videos as I’ve used in previous classes (see The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram), but decided to try out Shadow Puppet instead.

It worked very well — easy and without the strict time limit present in Instagram.

Here’s an example of one, and you can see more at our class blog.

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October 31, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing is a very useful post from The Hechinger Report.

Here’s an excerpt:

Traditional-grammar

This reinforces my own experience and what I’ve regular written in this blog and in my books. Instead of traditional approaches, I’ve found the use of concept attainment to be exceptionally effective and engaging.

You can read about that strategy here.

For additional reinforcing activities, of course, there is always The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

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July 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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…

Reader Cindy Conser suggested this nice video collection from Shmoop would be a good addition to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar. Here’s one example:

This next video shows Sherlock teacher grammar to a murderer. It obviously doesn’t fit into the theme of humor, but I know my high school teenagers would nevertheless find it funny, so I’m adding it here.

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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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