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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 9, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Now This Is VERY Intriguing: Students & Teachers Can Now Create Their Own Google Virtual Reality “Tours”

I’ve previously shared a lot about Google Expeditions, the virtual reality “field trip” tool (see The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips and and A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education).

Today, Google unveiled a neat new feature – teachers and students can now create their own virtual reality tours!

It’s call Tour Creator, and looks very cool.

You can read more about it at Google and watch the video below:

I’m adding this info to The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”

(Addendum: You can also read more about it at TechCrunch and at Richard Byrne’s blog)

How to Add Points of Interest to Virtual Reality Tours in Google’s Tour Creator is from Richard Byrne.

May 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Fun Activity For ELLs – Choose The MOST Correct Caption

I suggested an activity to my student teacher today that I’ve done before, but I don’t believe I’ve shared about here.  She ran with it and it went very well.

It’s simple – creating a slideshow with images reinforcing vocabulary (this week, we’re studying jobs and careers) and listing three different captions underneath each image.  Depending on the English proficiency level of the students, you can complicate the captioning.  For example, in the one above, both two and three are correct, but three has more details so is more correct.

I usually have students in small groups with whiteboards and we turn it into a fun game.

May 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Free Resources From All My Books

Every few months, I reprint this post so that new subscribers learn about these resources.

I have many free resources, including excerpts and student hand-outs, available from all my books. Clicking on the covers will lead you to them.

Look for a fourth book in my student motivation series (out in 2019) and a second edition of The ESL/ELL Teachers Survival Guide (out in 2020):





Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.


May 7, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good Advice On How To Increase Your Influence – Anywhere

How to Increase Your Influence at Work is a good Harvard Business Review article that offers good advice on how to increase your influence anywhere.

You’ll want to read the whole article (registration is free), but here’s how they summarize it:

Principles to Remember


* Cultivate personal connections with colleagues so they assume positive intent when you attempt to influence them.
* Make it clear to your colleagues that you value their opinions.
* Take steps to develop expertise by attending conferences or taking on a leadership role in a professional organization.


*Worry that your attempts to gain sway are manipulative. You’re being strategic.
* Slouch as you talk. Standing up straight with your shoulders back helps you come across as confident and commanding.
* Use “I” too much. In your quest for influence, talk about how your ideas will benefit the entire organization and how “we” will see value.


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

May 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Being Vulnerable With Students

I suffered a basketball injury a few weeks ago that turned into sciatica and, perhaps, something slightly more serious.

Last week, I began most of my classes with a short talk, saying that they had probably noticed that had been limping for awhile (many students had been expressing concern), and that I was injured playing basketball.

A nerve was damaged, I went on to explain, and that doctors are figuring out how to fix it. I told them that it hurts a bit, and that if they had experienced pain, they probably know that sometimes you don’t have as much patience as you do when you are feeling good.

So I asked them in the remaining few weeks of school to help me out and if I asked them to do something to please do it, and if I asked them not to do something, to not do it. And before they did something in class, try to think about if it would help the class and Mr. Ferlazzo move forward.

Since that time, students have been exceptionally supportive. There have been a couple of times that a student was beginning to not act appropriately, and I heard other students quietly tell them something like, “Remember, Mr. Ferlazzo isn’t feeling good,” and students immediately stopped. I have to admit my eyes got a little watery when those incidents occurred.

One student who can sometimes be particularly challenging wasn’t in class when I had given my short speech. When he returned, I shared it with him privately. His response: “That’s all I need to know, Mr. Ferlazzo! I promise I’ll be good.” 🙂 And he has handled himself great since that moment.

Perhaps there is something to this recent New York Times article, Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think?

I’ll recover and get back to normal relatively soon.

But I’ll remember that showing a little vulnerability sometimes in the classroom can’t hurt….

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