Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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.

November 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Incredibox” Gets Even Better!


Incredibox, the incredibly easy music-creating site that’s been on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music list for years, has just announced its annual update.

Version Four has even more sounds to mix, and will only make it more fun for students to use. I have my English Language Learners create their tracks and then describe — verbally and in writing — why they made their particular composition and what they want people to visualize when they listen to it.

November 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Fun Playing For Change Version Of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Many teachers of English Language Learners use the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” when they’re teaching Beginners the theme of “feelings.”

Playing For Change just came out with the most fun video version of it that you’re going to see, and I’ve embedded it below.

In addition, I’ve embedded a more tradition version showing the lyrics.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites To Learn “Feelings” Words.

June 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Music Videos Of “What A Wonderful World”

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“What A Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong is a super-popular song, and well-used by teachers of English Language Learners throughout the world.

This evening, Wendi Pillars shared a spoken version by David Attenborough that I hadn’t seen before, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to share the versions I’ve used with my students. I hope readers will share ones they like, too.

Here’s the version I use with my students:

Here’s the one Wendi shared:

Here’s a very unusual one I’ve share on my blog previously. It’s called “An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres”:

Here’s Armstrong himself:

And here are a few others I’ve seen:

allatc offers an ELL lesson plan for the Wonderful World song.

Wonderful World is a lesson plan from All at C, that also includes a video not on this list.

May 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videos: Using Art As A Language-Learning Activity

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Creating art can be a great language-learning activity for English Language Learners!

We’re lucky to have an extraordinarily talented and caring art teacher — Mr. Johnny Doolittle — at our school. Every year he gives up his free period for many days to lead our English Language Learners in many different activities, including origami when we are studying Japan in Geography class; drawing when we are learning art vocabulary; and replicating a Depression-era mural we’re going to see at Coit Tower in San Francisco on our annual field trip.

Often, we combine these lessons with days when his mainstream art students help teach our newcomers — a neat opportunity for practicing speaking skills. Our class also talks, writes and reads about all the activities we do with Mr. Doolittle and his students. And since many of our ELL students don’t have much time in their schedule for electives like art, our time with his classes provides a little taste of that activity.

Here’s a video of our most recent week-long art project — replicating a mural that we’re going to see tomorrow on our field to San Francisco. Believe me, students will be looking very, very intently at the artwork when we get there and talking about it with their classmates — in English!

You can see videos of all our previous art projects at our class blog.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources Discussing The Importance Of Art In Education.

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