Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Dollar Street” Is Clearly One Of The Best Online Educational Resources Of The Year


Gapminder, the great data visualization site led by Hans Rosling (see The Best Hans Rosling Videos) has just unveiled Dollar Street, which I think is an extraordinary site.

They have collected 30,000 photos from 46 countries that allow you to compare, as they say, “how people really live.”

You can compare bathrooms, toys – you name it.

It has so much potential for so many lessons — exploring different cultures, economic analysis, geography, compare/contrast, etc.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites

October 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources & Ideas For Teaching About Current Events


There are tons of resources out there for lesson ideas geared towards specific current events – I’ve written some (see All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions) and others have developed many more.

In this post, though, I wanted to bring together resources that shared more “generic” ideas that could be used for just about any current event. In other words, let’s say an event is in the news that I think might have potential for a high degree of student learning and engagement, I’d like to have some accessible ideas on how I could use it in the classroom – that’s the purpose of this list.

Before I start sharing those links, however, here are a few previously-posted “Best” lists that are related:

A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism

The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners (just updated!)

The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events

The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events

The Best Visually Engaging News Sites (just updated!)

Okay, now for the “generic” lesson ideas resources (feel free to suggest more):

50 Ways to Teach With Current Events is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Education World has lots of ideas.

Current Events Awareness is from PBS.

Current Events Worksheets is a useful Pinterest Board.

Creating ESL/EFL Lessons Based on News and Current Events is by Sean Banville.

Discussing Current Events in the ESL Classroom is from The Washington English Center.

October 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three New Resources About The World’s Different Cultures


Here are three new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Global Indicators Data Base is a great resource from the Pew Resource Center comparing many countries based on multiple questions.

A study has recently been released ranking different countries based on their level of empathy.

Would You Pass Your Driving Test Around The World? #InfographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan

October 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Hannah Arendt Was Born On This Day In 1906 – Here Are Resources About Her Life & How I Use Them In Class


Writer Hannah Arendt was born on this day in 1906.

Here are previous posts I’ve written about her:

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

Two Minutes Of Silence For Sergeant Anton Schmidt

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