Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Rio Olympics, But Were Afraid To Ask


I have a pretty lengthy A Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics, and it’s getting a whole lot longer today with these additions:

VISUALIZING RIO 2016 is a collection of Washington Post infographics.

When a Country in Turmoil Hosts the Olympics is from The NY Times.

13 Olympic Moments That Have Changed History

2016 Olympic Torch is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Many news organizations have created special pages where all their Olympics coverage will appear. Here are the ones that, so far, look good to me:

CBS News




New York Times

USA Today


July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Intriguing Republican Convention Word Cloud


I’ve previously shared two different kinds of word clouds generated by news organizations from the Republican convention, and The Washington Post has just published another different kind.

Not only could students compare the three of them, and compare those results with ones presumably the same newspapers will create from the upcoming Democratic Party convention, they could compare them with word clouds created from the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions.

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Listen To How Words Sounded Eight Thousand Years Ago


Time travelling to the mother tongue is a fascinating article from The University of Cambridge. It tells about how researchers have used technology and statistics to determine how words sounded 8,000 years ago.

For example, listen to how the English word “one” got to what we write and say now.

You can listen to all the “ancient sounds” here.

Addendum: Oops, when I originally published post I forgot to credit Multilingual Matters for the tip. Sorry.

July 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Vote To Choose “The Worst Year In History”


At the end of each year, I have my ELL U.S. History students write about who they think has been the most influential person in United States history. I have that assignment, along with related resources, at The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of History’s Most Influential People, Events & Ideas.

I’ve occasionally done a similar project with my World History students.

Today, though, I had that idea turned a bit on its head when I saw Slate’s article, Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?

They give very accessible overviews of a number of other years and, then, at the end, readers can vote on their choice as the the worst year in history.

It got me thinking that something like this could be an interesting assignment – having students pick their choice for the worst year or having them choose who they think did the most harm to society.

The article is definitely worth a read.

July 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Republican Convention World Cloud


NBC News has released this video showing a word cloud of the most common words being spoken at the wild Republican Convention so far. The video also includes their commentators’ analyses of it.

This is the only Word Cloud I’ve found for the convention so far. It would be interesting to compare it with one from the upcoming Democratic convention.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

Addendum: Here’s a Washington Post version they just published.

The Washington Post has just published another different kind.

July 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Took Place On This Day In 1969 – Here Are Related Resources


It’s the anniversary of people walking on the moon for the first time!

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

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