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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Flawed TED-Ed Video & Lesson On Social Change, But Still Potentially Useful

“How to turn protest into powerful change” is a new TED-Ed lesson and video with Eric Liu that, like earlier ones (see Video: Potentially Useful TED Talk – “Why ordinary people need to understand power” and Good, But Not Great, Ted-ED Video & Lesson On Power & Change), misses several important points (including talking and listening to others, developing leadership, negotiating compromises), but does make some good points (like pushing for early easy wins).

But it is a well-done video, and could be useful to initiate a discussion about what’s in it and what’s not included.

If you are going to use it, I’d suggest you also incorporate other resources found at The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change and The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

July 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Transcript: President Obama At Dallas Memorial Service

President Obama gave what will surely be one of his most enduring speeches today at the Dallas Memorial Service for the five slain police officers.

You can read the entire transcript of his speech here.

Here are two excerpts that especially struck me:

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I hope that second one is remembered by those proponents of a misguided perception of grit that says it means just to work harder.

Here’s the video of his address:

July 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Guess What!” Is A Great “New” Game – Plus, ELLs Can Create A Video For An Authentic Audience

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Guess What! is the name of a “new” game from Cambridge University Press.

I have “new” in parenthesis because it’s a version of a game used with English Language Learners for decades – Taboo – where players have to describe a word without using the word, and others have to guess what is being described.

The great twist in “Guess What!” is that students can create videos of them describing a word, upload it, and then have other classes use them as part of their own game (they provide simple instructions).

Plenty of research shows that students are much more engaged in a learning activity when they have an authentic audience, and “Guess What!” certainly fills the bill.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram just because that’s where I have other examples of ELLs using short videos.

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Strange Video From The BBC Can Help ELLs Learn About Animals AND Olympic Events

Teachers can show this strange video trailer from the BBC about the Rio Olympics and use it to help English Language Learners reinforce vocabulary about animal words PLUS identify the names for Olympic events.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics.

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important New TED-Ed Video & Lesson: “Rosalind Franklin: DNA’s unsung hero”

TED-Ed has just published a new lesson and video titled “Rosalind Franklin: DNA’s unsung hero.”

It looks like they did a far better job here than on their last video and lesson about an important woman in science: Disappointing New TED-Ed Video & Lesson On Henrietta Lacks.

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