Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Quill” Could Be A Very Useful Tool For Reinforcing Grammar Concepts


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:

November 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Use Mistakes When Teaching Writing


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!

July 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

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.

May 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

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.”

May 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Beginning List Of The Best Sites For ELLs To Learn About The Pacific Region

This is the latest post I’m adding to The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners, this time focusing on The Pacific Region. I’ll be adding a lot more to this list over the coming weeks:

Australia & Oceania Puzzle Map

Clue Maps

Label Maps

Oceania Map Games

Oceania Geography Games

The Best Sites To Learn About Australia

Samoa Conversations

Talking About Australia
More Talking About Australia
Even More Talking About Australia
Growing Up In Australia
Animals in Australia
Cities in Australia
Food in Australia
More Australian Cities
Sydney, Australia
Even More Australian Cities
Queensland, Australia

Barnaby Bear in Australia

Food In New Zealand
Food In New Zealand Quiz
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Quiz
Travel In New Zealand
Travel in New Zealand Quiz

Aukland, New Zealand
Rugby in New Zealand
Kiwis in New Zealand

Dust Echoes
Maori Story of Creation

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Australia: Tourist Attractions (Part 1)

Australia: Tourist Attractions (Part 2)

Australia: Tourist Attractions (Part 3)

Here are lots of video about Australia.

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