Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Helpful Holiday Resources


Here are new additions to my already-huge list, The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa:

On Three Kings Day, New Yorkers Celebrate with Beloved Parade is from NBC News.

Becoming Santa is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Discovering the magic of Three Kings Day, from Puerto Rico to the US is from Quartz.

Simple & Fun Lesson For ELLs Of All Ages: Writing & Recording A Letter To Santa Claus

Christmas Gift-Bringers of Europe

Here’s a little something for you – a holiday season activity is a lesson from ELT Stories.

Chat with a SantaBot

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Contribute A Song For ELLs To The “TeachingEnglish Jukebox”


Ann Foreman at Teaching English British Council (one of the The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers) has just created a Padlet for teachers to share examples of songs to use with English Language Learners.

Here’s what she wrote:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a collection of songs and videos for teaching English all in one place?
Well, if you are willing to lend a hand, we can!
♫ Help us build the TeachingEnglish Jukebox! ♫
– Here’s how: add your favourite video of a song to and give a brief description of how we can use it to teach English.
Looking forward to see your contributions! Ann 🙂

This is a great idea, and I hope Ann creates these kinds of Padlets for lots of other kinds of teaching materials.

I’m adding this info to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Note To Those Who Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Feedblitz generally does an excellent job in emailing subscribers all of the blog posts I write each day.

Yesterday, however, I posted quite a few and, for some reason, the service missed several, including a post about my latest Ed Week column.

So, if you’re an email subscriber, please come to the blog directly and scroll through the posts from the past couple of days to check out the ones that Feedblitz didn’t send out over the weekend.

October 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: Ducklings Video Demonstrates Great “Differentiated Instruction”


Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

I originally published this post in 2012.  You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

In this video, some ducklings were able to get over the curb on their own. However, several found that it was just too high. Look at how someone provides assistance to those having trouble, and how he doesn’t tell them what to do. Instead, he offers it as an option, as a choice they can make. It’s an example of an old community organizing axiom, “If you don’t give people the opportunity to say no, you don’t give them the opportunity to say yes, either.”

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