Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Here’s A New Video On The Civil War That’s Going To Be Shown In A LOT Of U.S. History Classes

The recent public attention to the Confederate flag has prompted some people, to the amazement of many of us, to claim the Civil War was not caused by slavery.

This new video (which I learned about through Vox) features the head of the History Department at West Point and, for any reasonable person, will be the last word on this subject. You can access the written transcript here.

Interestingly, Prager Univeristy, which puts out this video and others, appears to be an extraordinarily conservative ((based on their other videos) group.

I’m adding the video to The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War.

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August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Jimmy Fallon Plays A NEW Game Applicable To The ELL Classroom

I’ve shared a number of games that Jimmy Fallon has played on The Tonight Show that I’ve adapted for my ELL Classroom (you can read about, and see, them at The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom).

Earlier this week, he played a new one (or, at least, it was new to me). He calls it “Word Blurt” and you can see a video of him playing it below.

Truth be told, I don’t think it’s as entertaining to watch, nor as useful in the classroom, as his previous ones. But I think it’s still a good one.

His version has some cards on a table between two people. When a card is uncovered, then both are supposed to say a word they feel is connected to it. It’s not a “game” of winners or losers — more, it’s to gauge how different or similar the two people are thinking.

The version that I plan to try out in the classroom is to have students be in small groups with whiteboards. I will call out a word, and each group has thirty-seconds to a minute to identify a word that is connected to it in some way AND write a sentence explaining that connection. I will give them a point if the connection they make actually makes sense.

I think it’s worth a shot, and I’m very open to hearing other ideas on how to modify it from readers.

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August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Mona Lisa Smile” Clip Is Great For “Thinking Outside Of Box”

This scene from the movie Mona Lisa Smile, suggested by reader Alexandra Duarte, is a new addition to The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box.”

It would also be a great video to show to IB Theory of Knowledge classes when learning about the arts…

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August 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Dead Poets Society On Thinking Outside Of The Box

Warren Berger shared this clip from Dead Poets Society this morning. It’s a great one to teach about creativity and also about thinking outside of the box, though I’m not sure what David Coleman, author of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards, would say about this quote:

Dont-just-consider-what

I’m adding it to:

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity

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August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: The Most Translated Words Using Google Translate Are…

This is a great short video from Google about Google Translate.

The most translated words are:

“How are you?”
“Thank you.”
“I love you.”

It’s also a little scary to know they receive all that data from the app.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

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August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: StoryCorps & A Ton Of Partners Announce “The Great Thanksgiving Listen”

StoryCorps, ABS News, NPR and a ton of other groups today announced “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” where they’re inviting high school students to interview a “grandparent or an elder” with the StoryCorps great smartphone app (see Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App!).

You can get more information about the project from StoryCorps, including a “toolkit” for teachers.

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