Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 24, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are My Favorite Fun Christmas Resources

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As regular readers know, I have an enormous The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa list.

I thought people might enjoy seeing a much shorter list of my favorite fun ones:

To start off with, here are some easy tools to send neat and unique holiday greetings through the Web:

Chatty Santa is one of my students’ favorite ways to use English and send holiday e-greetings.

It’s A Message lets you send a personal holiday message, along with images of snow falling on the address of your choices.

Create a personalized snowflake at SnowDays.

Create a Gingerbread Man at TheoWorlds.

Send a Merry Message at Better Homes and Gardens.

Compose a Christmas Carol at ZeFrank.

Write A Holiday “Mad-Lib”: You have a choice of various stories you can choose and turn them into a “Mad Lib.” You can send it via Facebook, or you can download it to your computer. Unfortunately, though, they don’t provide a url address to post.

Gatuno in Christmas is an online video game that offers the challenge of helping Gatuno find a gift for a child. Here’s the walkthrough.

8 Spectacular Christmas Light Shows on YouTube is a fun video collection.

Faces of Santa is a fun slideshow from MSNBC. It shows Santa’s doing strange things around the world.

The 5 Best Toys of All Time is a must-read article from Wired by Jonathan Liu. “Stick” is ranked as number one. I’d also suggest you read his follow-up piece, Get a Kid the 6th Best Toy of All Time.

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December 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important Post For Email Subscribers To This Blog

I really “went to town” yesterday and published many posts to get caught up on a backlog. Unfortunately, Feedblitz didn’t include all of them in the email they sent to subscribers.

So here are links to the posts they didn’t include:

More Good “Year In Review” Features

“Education Innovation Is Like A ‘Stradivarius Violin’” (this is my latest Education Week Teacher post)

Impressive BBC Infographic: “Absolute zero to ‘absolute hot’” & More!

The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use) (I don’t think you want to miss this one if you teach ELLs)

It Appears That GoEnglish.me May Rise Again — In Some Form

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June 28, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Final Reminder: Google Reader Shuts Down On Monday & You Can Subscribe To This Blog By Many Other Ways

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

After trying out fifteen or twenty alternatives out there, including the new Digg Reader, I have yet to find a service that I think is a great replacement.

However, there’s no value in letting the “perfect be the enemy of the good.”

I’ve finally determined that Feedly is my primary alternative — with a caveat.

I really like Mr. Reader, which is only an iPad app. However, it “syncs” with Feedly. So I’ll be using Feedly on my desktop and on my iPhone, but Mr. Reader on my iPad.

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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June 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: Google Reader Shuts Down Soon & You Can Subscribe To This Blog By Many Other Ways

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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June 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “So Many Ways to Die”

Here’s a great music video that not only has accessible lyrics for English Language Learners, but also very engaging images for them to describe. I’ve pasted the lyrics below the video.

So Many Ways To Die

so many ways to die
so many ways to stay alive
but if you wouldn’t mind to wait a while
you could give another day a try

you tell me all that you cherished is through
well that’s not true it isn’t true
it isn’t true
i read it in the news it is but really isn’t you
you are exactly who you choose
you’re only lying to you

so many ways to think
how differently we interpret the brink
between the side of life worth living
and the point at which you’re better off to sink

so many ways to laugh
chortle chuckle giggle cachinnate guffaw like william howard taft
science has proven it’s correlated
with the number of days your life will pass

so many ways to die
so many different ways to lie
should a community allow
or should society continue to deny

what could i say where do you go
what could i do what could i know

so many different lives
so many different ways to hide
but if you open your shutters
you might find the joy that only lives outside

so many ways to dance
so many different meanings for glance
but you only get a few if you keep staring at your shoes
you will miss every single chance

three thousand different ways
they could’ve rearranged your dna
but I believe just for today that
you can conquer your affliction of the brain

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June 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Few Nice Infographics

June 2, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: You Can Always Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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