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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent New Books & Booklets On Community Organizing


As regular readers know, I was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a teacher, and spent most of my career with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).

If you want to learn about organizing — either out of curiosity or to refine your own skills in that area — there have been recent new publications you’ll want to read.

First off, America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century by Gabriel Thompson has been published by the University of California Press. Fred Ross, Sr., was a legendary organizer who was also the mentor of Cesar Chavez. You might want to read my previous posts about Fred, including my annual Holiday “gift” of his most famous quotes. You can also read a good review of the book here.

Secondly, ACTA Publications has published a series of booklets by IAF organizers that look good. You can find out more by looking at the image above and at ACTA’s site.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

April 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Four Links About The World’s Different Cultures


Here are four resources I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Thirteen Traditional Wedding Ceremonies From Around The World is from The Week.

Traditional breakfasts from around the world is from The Telegraph. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

Back To School Photos from Around The World is from The Travel Channel.

April 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Only Thing Teachers Have To Read About The Supreme Court Immigration Case Is This Vox “Explainer”

The Supreme Court will hear the case on Monday to determine the future of President Obama’s Executive Action providing legal safety to millions of immigrants, and its decision will have a profound impact on millions of our students.

If you’re going to read anything about the case, and it seems to me that it makes sense for lots of teachers to do just that, you can start – and end – with this fabulous Vox “Explainer” headlined United States v. Texas, the biggest immigration case in a century, explained.

I’ve read a lot on the issue (see The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration) and, believe me, as far as I can tell there is nothing better out there.

I thought this prediction of the case’s outcome was particularly interesting:


April 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Geography Videos From Our Latest Sister Class – In Guatemala!


I regularly share the short-and-sweet international projects my ELL Geography class does with English classes around the world — we study a country, videotape questions we have about it, share them with an English class in located in the country, they respond to them and, in turn, share questions they have for us. We then answer them.

You can see many of these videos at Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World.

Our most recent sister class is with teacher David McKenzie in Guatemala (a country where I studied Spanish and which I love!).

Here’s the video with questions we sent to his students:

Here are their responses and questions for us in a very well-designed video, which we will answer next week:

It’s a fun and educational project — nothing beats having an “authentic” audience.

Oceania is the last geographical area we’ll be covering this year, so let me know if there are any English classes from there who are interested in working with us.

And I’ll certainly be interested in classes from around the world for next year!

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