Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Good Speaking/Writing Prompts – Along With Video Models

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Here are three new videos from Soul Pancake that I think provide excellent speaking or writing prompts to English Language Learners and others. Plus, the videos are great models to get students thinking!

I’m adding this post to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

October 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Listen To (& Read) An ELL Classroom Chant About The Months Of The Year

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I’m a big fan of using chants for vocabulary and grammar instruction with Beginning English Language Learners. They support better retention, speaking practice (see The Best Sites (& Videos) For Learning About Jazz Chants for applicable research) and can be just plain fun.

Here’s a downloadable copy of two chants that took me five minutes to create – one for the months of the year and the other on days of the week.

Plus, as a bonus, here’s a SoundCloud recording of our class being led by my co-teacher (and co-author) Katie Hull chanting today about the months (we post them at our class blog so the entire class can enjoy listening to themselves):

September 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent Article On Listening AND Writing Prompt I’ll Be Having Students Use With It

How to Be a Better Listener is a very good article that appeared on The Scientific American’s site today.

What does the author suggest are ways people can become better listeners? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this post to The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More and to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

September 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The New Voice Typing Feature In Google Docs Is Great – I Wonder If ELLs Can Use It For Pronunciation Practice?

I tried out the new Google Docs Voice Typing feature today, and was very impressed with its accuracy. I’ve embedded below both a video and the short test I tried out.

Its accuracy got me wondering if it could be a useful tool for English Language Learners to use and practice their pronunciation. Obviously, a site like English Central that actually grades pronunciation accuracy is more engaging. But it seems to me that having students speak and see if the Google Docs software can understand them might be worth trying now and then.

What do you think?

I’m adding this post to The Best Websites For Practicing English Pronunciation.

August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: StoryCorps & A Ton Of Partners Announce “The Great Thanksgiving Listen”

StoryCorps, ABS News, NPR and a ton of other groups today announced “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” where they’re inviting high school students to interview a “grandparent or an elder” with the StoryCorps great smartphone app (see Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App!).

You can get more information about the project from StoryCorps, including a “toolkit” for teachers.

June 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Jimmy Fallon Game Useful For English Language Learners

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Several times each year, Jimmy Fallon plays a game on The Tonight Show that can easily be modified as a language-learning activity for the classroom. I’ve written about many of them.

Last week, he played a new one called Random Picture Association. As the video below shows, it’s exactly what the name implies — they show photos and players share what comes to mind.

It seems to me that this could be a fun exercise for students to practice speaking — either give groups of two or three a pack of picture cards or show funny images from the web on an overheard. Then one student in each group – taking turns – tells the others in English what comes to their mind.

Has anyone tried something like this in your classroom?

I’m adding this post to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

June 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Communicate Vision By “Using Image Based Words”

I spend a lot of time working with my IB Theory of Knowledge students on the importance of illustrating each point they make, both in essays and in presentations, with stories. In fact, many highlight that fact in their end-of-year class evaluations as one of the most important things they have learned. You can see many of the resources I use to back-up my hammering on that concept at The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources (especially in the bottom-half).

Adam Grant shared an article this morning on Twitter that is a nice addition to that collection. It’s titled People Remember What You Say When You Paint a Picture.

Here’s an excerpt:

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June 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Advice For Giving Presentations

Here are new additions to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations:

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage is from TED Talks.

Free e-book: How to Present at a Language Teacher’s Conference is from Adam Simpson.

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