Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Series Of Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Quizzes In New York Times

Awhile back, I shared a neat interactive at The New York Times called “Copy-Edit This!”

It was a ten question interactive that let readers see if they could find the errors in the text.

Much to my (pleasant) surprise, it appears that they have now made it a series. They’re probably too hard for ELLs (and for many English-proficient students, too), but they might be worth trying in the classroom.

Unfortunately, though, there doesn’t appear to be one place where you can find them all.  Here are links to each of the editions they’ve published so far:

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 1

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 2

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 3

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 4

Copy edit This! No. 5 Quiz

Copy edit This! No. 6 Quiz

Copy edit This! No. 7 Quiz

As I said in my original post, I’d love to hear about a tool available to teachers that would allow us to create interactives like these.

February 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Explicit Teaching Of Grammar Is Not A Winner – What Do You Think Is?

Regular readers of blog know that I’m not a big fan of explicit grammar instruction outside of students using online grammar practice sites for reinforcement (see The Best Sites For Grammar Practice, which I recently updated and revised).

However, I do use Concept Attainment for grammar instruction in the classroom. You can see several posts explaining that process at The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching, including these two extremely popular recent posts:

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

I Did A Short Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials

I’m prompted to share this info because Education Week published an interesting piece today titled Will the Common Core Step Up Schools’ Focus on Grammar?

I was struck by this paragraph:


Our English Department is exploring instructional ideas to effectively strengthen our grammar instruction.

Any ideas?

January 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Four strategies for grammar instruction” Is My Latest British Council Post

Four strategies for grammar instruction is the title of my latest Teaching English British Council post.

Here’s how it begins:


I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

You might also be interested in seeing all my previous British Council posts.

November 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Here Is How I Used The Shadow Puppet App Today To Teach Verb Tenses

Yesterday, I posted about how excited I was by the iPhone Shadow Puppet app (see Wow! Shadow Puppet Is A Great iPhone & iPad App For English Language Learners).

Today, I used it with my Beginning English Language Learner students to help teach verb tenses.

Originally, I had intended to have use Instagram videos as I’ve used in previous classes (see The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram), but decided to try out Shadow Puppet instead.

It worked very well — easy and without the strict time limit present in Instagram.

Here’s an example of one, and you can see more at our class blog.

October 31, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing is a very useful post from The Hechinger Report.

Here’s an excerpt:


This reinforces my own experience and what I’ve regular written in this blog and in my books. Instead of traditional approaches, I’ve found the use of concept attainment to be exceptionally effective and engaging.

You can read about that strategy here.

For additional reinforcing activities, of course, there is always The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

July 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videos: More Fun & Corny Grammar Videos

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

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