Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More

I have periodically shared links to lessons on using art as a language-learning activity, and have published some of my own. I thought it would be useful to start compiling them here, and to invite readers to contribute what I hope are a whole lot more.

I’m excluding music lessons from this list since I have several separate ones for them:

The Best Music Websites For Learning English
The Best Online Sites For Creating Music
The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners
Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites
The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web
The Best Sites For Ideas On Making Simple Musical Instruments

You might also be interested in The Best Resources Discussing The Importance Of Art In Education — Help Me Find More.

Here is a beginning Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English:

Videos: Using Art As A Language-Learning Activity

Using art in the classroom is from ELT-Cation.

Five Reasons to Teach English Using Art

Art Least is “A site that explores art & creativity in ELT.”

Chain Drawings is a nice lesson from The British Council.

Create to Communicate: Art Activities for the EFL Classroom is from the United States Department of State.

From my NY Times posts for ELLs: Students separate run-on sentences in this interactive about International Dance Day, and use it as a model for creating their own.  In addition, they can view a variety of dance videos and write a compare/contrast essay.

Developing English Language Skills through Dance from ArtsConnection on Vimeo.

Teaching English Through Art:Reflection on a MOOC session is from Art Least. Thanks toMichelle Henry for the tip.

I’m looking forward to lots of new suggestions from readers!

May 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s A Successful Music Lesson We Did With Beginning ELLs (Hand-Outs & Student Examples Included)

Here’s a two-week-long music-related lesson that, thanks to my extraordinary colleague, Alma Avalos, was a very successful one that took about a week. It includes all the domains — listening, reading, writing and speaking.

First, students were introduced to the Black-Eyed Peas song, “Where is the love?” (lyrics video embedded below). The song is sung fairly fast but, just like the saying goes that the best book for a student is not one on their lexile level but, instead, one they want to read, the same hold true for a introducing a popular song.

Students were given copies of the lyrics, asked to highlight new words, which were reviewed in class. They also practiced the song in the wonderful Lyrics Training site.

Students also practiced reading the lyrics out loud. Once comprehension was solid, it was time for Step Two.

, they began completing this Where Is The Love? worksheet. It includes a number of questions and tasks, including picking ten of their favorite lines, translating them into their language, and explaining why they chose the lyrics and what feelings they generated.

Third, Students used the online tool Canva to create an online poster of those ten favorite lyrics, using images to help illustrate their meaning. You can see some of their creations here.

All of the previous tasks made up the first section of the unit lesson. Now it was time for students to apply what they learned to higher-order and more complex tasks.

First, students were asked to choose their favorite song that had classroom appropriate lyrics, and then to complete this form, which included choosing their favorite ten lines.

Secondly, they went back to Canva and created a similar slideshow to their first one — this time, though, using the lines from their song. You can see student examples here (the first one or two links might be for the Where is the Love? song, but the rest are for their favorite songs).

Thirdly, students presented their Canva slideshow, explained in what the lyrics meant, and showed a video of their song.

Students really enjoyed the unit and, as you can see, it was filled with high-interest language-development activities.

It was a great piece of work by Alma!

If we had more time, we would have had the students choose one of the favorite songs and practice singing a portion of it as a group. Then, as we’ve done before, they would have performed for our ELL Intermediates (see how that worked before at Singing, Recording & Authentic Audiences For English Language Learners).

But the school year is ending soon, and we couldn’t afford to use any more time on the unit.

Feel free to offer suggestions on how you think we could have made it better!

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Music Websites For Learning English

The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners
(because of our use of Canva)

May 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great Video: Hip Hop In Fourteen Languages To Benefit UNICEF

This is a great video that I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

Here’s how it’s described:

#HIPHOPISHIPHOP is a Hip Hop version of “We Are The World” charity single. 14 rappers from 14 different countries express their love for Hip Hop in their own languages and styles. All profits will be donated for children’s education through UNICEF.

You can learn more about it at The Week.

April 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Just Updated List Of Music Sites

Over the past year I’ve posted about several sites that allow you to search for songs and then lets you play them off the Web. Most also let you create playlists you can maintain.

I have had questions about copyright issues for at least some of them, and today one of these sites, Grooveshark was closed down because of those very issues.

I took the opportunity to go back to Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites (where I also describe how I use these sites) and revise it.

December 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Starts Showing Song Lyrics In Search Results – Not As Good As It Sounds

I was happy to see TechCrunch’s headline this morning: Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play.

Great, I thought, it would be nice to be able to avoid all those ad-ridden online lyric sites.

But the article underneath the headline pointed out a number of shortcomings to the service (you type in the name of the song plus the word “lyrics”), including the fact that many songs aren’t included (it didn’t show “The Bowling Song,” “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” or “We Shall Overcome” when I tried it, though it did come up with “Little Boxes.”

Nevertheless, I’ll add this info to The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web, which I probably have to update.