Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.
You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two
Here are this week’s choices:
Duolingo, everybody’s favorite language-learning tool, unveiled a new feature – the ability for users to create “clubs” so that they can exchange messages and share a “leaderboard” with their friends. It sounds like it’s having some initial “hiccups,” but I could eventually see it as a useful tool for peer encouragement.
Students, some of them immigrants, write children’s books inspired by their own life’s journeys is from The Washington Post.
Five tips for using authentic video in the classroom is from The British Council and is pretty interesting. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.
This is from 2015, but still interesting: Nine interesting foreign language research findings you may not know about from Language Gym.
ELT Sparks has a nice lesson idea in Most Influential Images. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.
I’ve written several posts about TimeSlips, a program designed to assist dementia patients whose strategy I think is also useful for language-learning. Here’s a new Voice of America video report on what they do:
I’ve previously written about Kahoot, and it’s on a couple of “Best” lists. Here are a couple of tweets about a new feature that it has added:
#ELL Beginner class will love this 2 help w sentence order. Excited about #Jumble bc #Kahoot = high engagement. Always! #NELD #SIFE #ellchat https://t.co/UAB7X1Rcey
— Carol Salva (@MsSalvac) December 30, 2016
Have you created a Jumble kahoot during your break to get your students excited about learning? https://t.co/X6r3wYMHv0 pic.twitter.com/Rv9uFZatJH
— Kahoot! (@GetKahoot) December 29, 2016
Will you come out Jan. 9th as an unafraid educator to protect immigrants in our classrooms & community? Pledge here: https://t.co/dbr96BN6jS
— (((Mary Cathryn))) (@mcricker) December 30, 2016
This would be depressing if it happened:
Due to small clause in defense bill @realDonaldTrump can turn Voice of America into his propaganda network https://t.co/R0YebBkXg0 @politico
— John Fensterwald (@jfenster) December 12, 2016