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(NOTE: Instead of creating a new post for each Super Bowl, I’m just updating and revising original post every year)

Friday is one of the days my Intermediate English class spends a period in the computer lab, and I thought it would be a good opportunity for them to spend a few minutes learning about the Super Bowl (which is being played on Sunday).

Here are my picks for The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl:

The great site ELLO (which is on The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners list) has a number of Super Bowl-related online activities on their page called Super Bowl Sunday.

The New York Times has a neat feature that talks about the ads played during the game. You can see some of the most famous ones at the site.

Super Bowl Entertainment is a slideshow from TIME Magazine about the history of half-time shows during the Super Bowl.

Brainpop has an excellent introduction to American Football. However, you have to have a subscription or sign-up for a free trial in order to view it.

CNBC has a slideshow on the economic effects of the Super Bowl.

Also from The Wall Street Journal, a Super Bowl Ad Poll. Watch the ads from game and vote for which ones you think were the best.

Here’s a website full of lesson plans — Using Super Bowl Ads In The Classroom.

5 Ways to Teach the Super Bowl are some excellent lesson ideas from The New York Times.

Super Bowl Stadiums is a slideshow from TIME Magazine about…all the stadiums that have hosted Super Bowls.

The Making Of The Super Bowl Footballs is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Sean Banville has a listening exercise for ELL’s on the game.

TIME has videos of what they think are the Top Ten Moments In Super Bowl History.

TIME Magazine picks The Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials 2010.

TIME also picks Top 10 Superbowl Ads of the Decade.

The Wall Street Journal also has a collection of Super Bowl Ads 2010.

The NFL has a very complete multimedia history of the Super Bowl.

CBS News has a simple, though not quite up-to-date, interactive on previous Super Bowls.

Super Bowl Legends is a slideshow from TIME magazine.

Super Bowl’s Most Memorable Ads is a Wall Street Journal video.

Here’s a video about Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl.

The Wall Street Journal has a collection of ads from 2011’s Super Bowl. Viewers can vote on which ones they like best.

The 13 Best Super Bowl Plays of All-Time

Top Ten Super Bowl Plays

Top 10 most viral Super Bowl commercials of all time is from CBS News.

Behind the Scenes at Puppy Bowl VIII is a New York Times slideshow.

Best Super Bowl Commercials is from The L.A. Times.

The Associated Press has published a nice interactive on the Super Bowl, and it includes a video teaching the basics of football to people who know nothing about it.

Seven Super Bowl Lesson Plans and Resources for the Classroom is from Edutopia.

Are You Feeling Year’s Super Bowl Commercials? [VIDEO] is from The Urban Daily.

A History Of Super Bowl Halftime Shows is a slideshow from TIME.

Super Bowl Ads: Readers React is from The New York Times.

If the links on my “The Best..” list aren’t enough for you, Cybrary Man’s Football Page will certainly satisfy your appetite.

Teach the Super Bowl: Ideas for Subjects Across the Curriculum is from The New York Times Learning Network.


Here Are All the Super Bowl Ads You Can See Before Sunday’s Big Game is from The Atlantic.

How would US media cover the Super Bowl in another country? is from Slate.

Watch The 2014 Super Bowl Commercials And Vote For Your Fave is from Forbes.

The 13 Most Controversial Super Bowl Ads Ever is from TIME.

The 19 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time is from TIME.

Was Ist das Super Bowl? What Other Countries Say About the Big Game is from The Atlantic.

A beginner’s guide to the Super Bowl

From Visually.

Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads is from Middleweb.

How the Super Bowl halftime show went from college marching bands to superstars is a Washington Post interactive.

The Associated Press has an interactive on all the Super Bowl rings over the years.

Here are some collections of 2015’s Super Bowl commercials:

Super Bowl 2015: Watch the ads is from CBS News.

Watch All The 2015 Super Bowl Ads Here is from Business Insider.

Super Bowl 2015: Watch All the Commercials From This Year is from ABC News.

Super Bowl 2015: The 10 Best All-Time Commercials is from ABC News.

Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads is by Frank Baker at Middleweb.

Watch The 2016 Super Bowl Commercials And Vote For Your Fave is from Forbes.

Here’s everything we know about the Super Bowl ads so far is from Business Insider.

Get a sneak peek at this year’s Super Bowl ads is from USA Today.

ESL Football Lesson is from EL Civics.

Super Bowl Sunday is a dialogue from ELLLO with accompanying student hand-outs.

The Super Bowl’s greatest plays from every yard line is from The Washington Post.

9 questions about the Super Bowl you were too embarrassed to ask is from Vox.

Super Bowl commercials 2016: watch all of the year’s best and worst ads is from Vox.

The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time is from Esquire.

Super Bowl Commercials 2016 is from The Wall Street Journal.

An Illustrated History of the Super Bowl Halftime Show is from The Washington Post.

Carol Jago shared this great video from Poynter from Poynter “close reading” this popular 2014 Super Bowl commercial.

It’s pretty sophisticated, but does provide a nice example of the sort of thing educators can have students do with video:

Dissecting Super Bowl Ads is from The New York Times

The Super Bowl Excitement Index is from The Washington Post.

Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads is from Middleweb.

Super Bowl 2017 Commercials at the Wall Street Journal and at Forbes.

2018 Super Bowl Commercials

Thinking with the Super Bowl is by Joyce Valenza, and shares lots of Frank Baker’s great resources.

Super Bowl Resources for the ESL/EFL Classroom is from Voxy.

Read about, and rank, the best Super Bowl games here.

The Winner of The Greatest Super Bowl Commercial

Super Bowl Commercials 2018: Watch Them Here

Here are all the Super Bowl commercials in this year’s game—from big tech to the big names is from Quartz.

Watch the Super Bowl LII commercials here


Super Bowl 2019 ads is from CNET.

Super Bowl Commercials 2019 Playlist is from YouTube.

Super Bowl Greatest Commercials is from CBS.

Are these the best Super Bowl ads of all time? is from The Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Top 12 Super Bowl Classroom Activities is from Teach Hub.

Here are some places to see 2020’s Super Bowl commercials:


TV Guide

Sporting News

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