Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Useful Resources About Cultures Around The World

March 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Choose Your Own “Adventure” As A Syrian Refugee

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Syrian Journey: Choose your own route is a new BBC interactive where online users simulate — in an obviously detached way — the decisions a Syrian refugee has to make. It uses the framework of old-style “choose your own adventure” simulations.

It seems to be done relatively sensitively, and is designed to help the world better understand the plight of refugees from that conflict.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Syria

ADDENDUM

Rusul Alrubail, an educator whom I respect a lot, has a different perspective on this interactive, and it’s forcing me to rethink how I feel about it. I had originally thought that it was sensitively done and would be helpful to promote a discussion on an important current event/challenge facing our world in an engaging way, and therefore was different from the issues around a slave simulation “game” but, now, I’m not so sure. I thought her tweets would be important to share, and it also got me thinking about something else — simulations are used a lot in social studies classes, and I’m sure seldom, if ever, are the kinds of issues Rusul raises considered. On a narrow level, it’s a great question to consider in an IB Theory of Knowledge class and, on a broader level, it’s an important issue for all educators to contemplate…  What are your thoughts?

Rusul has also written a blog post worth reading: MY THOUGHTS ON “SYRIAN JOURNEY” & WHY IT’S PROBLEMATIC

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March 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out 6400 Languages With This Interactive Map

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Wow, you’ve got to check out this interactive map of 6400 languages from around the world. It’s called Langscape, and is from the University of Maryland.

I learned about it from an article in The Week, which is worth reading. Arika Okrent, who wrote the article, also created this video tour of the site:

I’m adding this post to The Best “Language Maps.”

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March 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Today Is The Anniversary Of The Terrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – Here Are Related Resources

The terrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took place on this date in 1911.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

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