Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“DataCube” Has Good Videos About Holidays

DataCube has a YouTube channel with an eclectic, though accessible, collection of videos.

I particularly like their playlist on Festivals and Celebrations, and am adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries (which I just completely revised and updated).

Here’s an example:

June 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Bloom’s Taxonomy According To “Monsters Inc.”

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I have several videos on The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom list that are of the “Bloom’s Taxonomy According to _______” genre (The Simpsons, Star Wars, etc.).

Here’s a new one using the Disney movie, Monsters Inc. (it’s not as good as some of the others, but still useful):

June 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far

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I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).

I’ve posted a few of them during the first half of this year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post.

I’m adding this list to All Mid-Year 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

I’ve also published quite a few during the previous nine years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 — So Far:

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas:

Video clips of sneaky critters are great ones to show to English Language Learners to get them to describe — verbally and in writing — what they see. I also use them to in my IB Theory of Knowledge class for a discussion about if animals have ethics:

Astronaut Scott Kelly at the International Space Station filmed himself in a gorilla suit chasing Tim Peake:

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

Desert Critters from Li Wen Toh on Vimeo.

A Small Escape from David Sandell on Vimeo.

Every Best Visual Effects Winner. Ever. from Burger Fiction on Vimeo.

The humor exhibited in this Darth Santa spoof would be a big hit for many teenage boys who are English Language Learners, and I suspect others would enjoy it, too (note that there are a few seconds showing him drinking). Students can watch it and describe verbally and writing what they saw:

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