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Teaching With EnglishCentral

I’m immensely proud of all the work I’ve put in and the team has put in to build the teaching platform – EnglishCentral. It’s been a great experience working with schools and universities around the world and building curriculum for them on the platform. We’ve...

Teacher Education & Stand Up Comedy

This is not a post about teachers being funny and capturing students’ attention through jokes, humor. Rather, it is about the premise that a teacher can learn to teach in a class. I have changed so much over my 30 year teaching career. My beliefs...

Conference Qualities

I attended a good number of conferences this spring, online and offline. Like I’ve done previously, I just have to comment on a lot of things I don’t think help the cause of making good teachers. I won’t dwell on those I’ve mentioned before. Read these...

The Dimensions of the present moment

When I was a young(er) teacher, quite cut off and alone in a town in the Czech Rep. — one of the books that were my best friends was “The Dimensions of the Present Moment” – a collection of essays by the Czech immunologist /...

Pop Song Workbook

I’ve done a lot over the years to promote the use of music in the ELT Classroom. From my days as a karaoke king in ESL classrooms in Canada to recent articles and research concerning the efficacy of music in the language classroom. Here is...

Best “Love” Video Lessons

It’s Valentine’s time and a great opportunity to do a lesson about “love”. Actually, any time of the year is a good opportunity to fashion a lesson on this universal theme! Here below are my most highly recommended video lessons (with materials) about “love”.  Please...

Updated: Teach | Learn Coursebook

My Teach | Learn coursebook has been and is being used in hundreds of classrooms. So happy to get emails from teachers and to promote OER (open educational resources). It’s been a wonderful success. I sold 200 in the first week and that paid for...

Top 20 EFL Classroom 2.0 Resources

We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members.   There is a lot of content available to free members.  But please consider upgrading to Supporter to download all files, lessons, resources and access everything. Here are...

ELT Conference Pet Peeves

I attend quite a few conferences. The last year many as just a fly on the wall – attending sessions, taking things in …. I’m lucky, I know – able to travel and experience face to face professional development in many times exotic settings. I...

Words: A Lesson

This lesson has a distinct vocabulary focus and gets students thinking about root words, chunks and collocations/word associations. They gain an awareness of how words can be used in many ways…. It uses the amazing video – Words. (WARNING:  use this version, NOT the youtube version....

What Kind of Teacher are You?

This past weekend, I was rereading some Tolstoy and an old essay of Isaiah Berlin popped to mind. He uses an old story of Archilochus about the Hedgehog and the Fox to compare Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. The Hedgehog is driven by one idea, knows one...

Story/Picture book Making

Writing storybooks or making picture books is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll...

Community mid month updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0ers, Here below are a few new or updated things on the community. Hope you find them useful. Also, on a personal note – I’d like to invite all members to do a summer trial on EnglishCentral. Sign up as a teacher and...

ELT Professionals LinkedIn: Top Recent Discussions

We have a bang on, great, fantastic, superb group on LinkedIn. Dozens of conversations, hundreds of comments shared daily by teachers. Here’s a summary of the most recent popular conversations. Great professional development and teacher sharing. See the full archive HERE. Spring 2016 1. Teaching Young...

The Ignorant School Teacher

There has been a lot of debate about the  ideas of Sugata Mitra. He tends to get under teachers’ skins, especially those in ELT.  Find a nice summary of these posts / discussions through this post. I’m kind of confused by all the kerfuffle. I’ve been...

Identifying human emotions – Gifs

View the full “Human Emotion” big screen presentation Human emotions are a universal and something that provides great context for teaching how to refer to them in English. Paul Ekman’s work in this area has always fascinated me and brought out the anthropologist in me...

Top 10 Reasons To Use Music

Teachers by training or usually just instinct, know that music works in the classroom. For all ages, for all topics. I’ve even used a song to teach chemistry! This post is further to my well visited Top 50 ways to use music and song in the...

Together: Olympic Inspiration

The Olympics will be here upon us in no time.  So much excitement and its a great topic to harness student motivation. This is a very inspiring and poetic promo video for Rio.  One of 4 promo videos. the others are Respect, Breath and Counting...

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