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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Amazing Interactive Of Bosch’s “Garden Of Earthly Delights”


Every day I learn how little I know…

Yesterday, Katherine Schulten, the extraordinary editor of The New York Times Learning Network, sent out a tweet about an amazing interactive of the Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden Of Earthly Delights.”

It is indeed amazing, and provides audio support for the text, which makes it even more accessible to ELLs.

And, to my embarrassment, I had never heard of the artist or the painting, which is obviously very famous.

What will I learn, that I don’t know today, tomorrow?

October 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Jukedeck” Is A Super-Simple Way To Create Royalty-Free Music For Online Projects


Jukedeck lets you specify the kind of music you want and the length of track you need, and then it creates the music for you, which you can download for free. The entire process takes a minute or two.

You still have to request early access to be able to use the service, but I received mine pretty quickly.

I’ve embedded a short video about the service at the end of this post.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

October 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Using Examples Of The World’s Oldest Music In History Class


Earlier this month, I posted about the annual lesson I do in my English Language Learner World History class with the oldest written story ever found (see ELL World History Video Project: The Epic Of Gilgamesh).

Today, Open Culture shared a post with examples of the oldest surviving written music (see Hear the World’s Oldest Surviving Written Song (200 BC), Originally Composed by Euripides, the Ancient Greek Playwright).

It got me wondering if my students could do a project researching and sharing the oldest examples of their home culture’s music?

I did a quick online search, and there certainly are many examples. At the bottom of this post, I’ve embedded videos of ancient Mesoamerican and Arab music.

So, I’m thinking of asking students to research their culture’s music, make a short report on the instruments used and the role of music in their ancient culture, explain what it sounds like to them and what they visualize when they hear it, and then play it for the class.

What do you think? Do you have ideas on how I can make the lesson a better one for both learning about history and for language development?

August 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“I Could Do That” Is A Great Video For Anyone Interested In Close Reading (& For TOK Teachers)

John Spencer just shared this great video on Twitter.

It’s from PBS, and is a great one for IB Theory of Knowledge teachers when exploring the arts.

Even more interesting – to me, at least – is how it can applied to an understanding of “close reading.” I suspect David Coleman, the primary author of the Common Core Standards, would not necessarily agree with what the video says about the critical importance of context…

I’m adding this to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

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