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March 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wonderful Video (& How To Use It In Class): “Confessions Of An Idiom”

One activity I do with English Language Learners is teach several idioms; then have students use them in sentences of their own creation; and, finally, create literal posters illustrating what they have written.

So, let’s say they write “Please, keep it a secret – don’t let the cat out of the bag!” (note that they use the idiom correctly and include its meaning in the sentence). They would then draw a picture of a cat in a bag with someone talking to another person, along with their caption.

Then, they show it and share it verbally to the class. It can be a lot of fun.

Now, in addition to my drawing a simple model to show to students, I’ll be showing them this wonderful short video called “Confessions Of An Idiom.”

I’ll be adding this post to The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang.

Confessions of an Idiom from Amanda Koh on Vimeo.

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March 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great Updated Video Search Engine

I have previously posted about Richard Byrne’s fabulous search engine for video sites other than YouTube (see If You Don’t Have Teacher Access To YouTube At Your School, Then This Search Engine is a “Must”).

He’s just updated it. Now, with the limitations YouTube’s Safety Mode is putting on teachers whose schools have been allowing YouTube, his search engine will be a “go-to” tool for many of us who haven’t needed it previously.

You can read about the Safety Mode issue at my unfortunately very popular previous post, Our District Just Activated Awful YouTube Safety Mode – What’s Been Your Experience?

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March 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Animal Translations” Are Great For ELLs

animal translations

I’ve previously published several posts about having English Language Learners use photos and videos as fun opportunities to invent “thought bubbles” or dialogues. I’ve also published a similar idea in a post titled What Are People In This Painting Thinking?

Today, TED Talks shared a number of short videos they shared at their conference. Some were new, some I had seen and published here, and several would be useful in English Language Learner classes.

Two of those useful for ELLs were from a YouTube channel by Chris Cohen that he calls Animal Translations, where he puts his voice to animal thoughts. The accent is a bit thick, so it might be difficult for ELLs to hear everything, but they’d certainly get the idea. Then, students could create their own internal dialogue they could perform while the video was shown on a screen without sound.

Here the two samples:

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March 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Brand-New TED Talk Is Perfect For TOK Classes: “Can we create new senses for humans?”

TED Talks just uploaded a fascinating one — Can we create new senses for humans? with David Eagleman.

Here’s how they describe it:

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.

You can read the transcript here.

It’s perfect for International Baccalaureate classes studying Perception.

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