Author: ddeubel

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Zip Zap: A “no tech” teaching idea/game

This is an activity that your students can do whenever some fun yet competitive language practice is needed. It would be a great activity for a camp or for a party or just as a reward for students. I discovered it when teaching Grade 4 and...

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Giving Advice: A couple excellent resources

Recently on EFL Classroom 2.0, I created for members 2 excellent resources about giving advice. EFL Classroom 2.0 members get all the resources to download, including presentations and videos. 1. Dear Abby: What advice would you give? 2. Stress: Ways to relieve stress. Here are...

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Get A Random TED Talk

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are enjoyable and stimulate the brain. Mind snacks. I love them despite the continuing bad press these days. So I built this random TED Talk player. Just hit the button to reload and get a random one in HD...

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What if?

I’ve always loved this poem by Shel Silverstein and finally decided to make my own definitive audio powerpoint version for teachers to use in the classroom.  The powerpoint has very engaging .gif animated images that really catch the attention of students (can’t see them in...

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Best Video Based Lessons + materials for teaching

  Following up on my recent post – 5 Favorite and Fab video based lessons, here is a megalist of just some of the video based lessons on EFL Classroom 2.0 that have downloadable materials (also download the video for offline teaching in many cases!)...

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Who’s Speaking? Guess the Accent.

This game, Guess Who’s Speaking, I designed using the Speech Archives and stock photos. It could be a good listening activity for students (it provides repetition) and also a way to discuss stereotypes. Basically, you first guess who might be speaking (these aren’t the real...

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Do The “Loco Motion”

I love this song and it will get students up dancing and having fun, guaranteed. Can they do the “loco motion”? EFL Classroom 2.0 members can get the powerpoint audio version of this for use offline. Also highly recommend our Recommended Pop Songs + lyric...

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Using Silent Video In The ELT Classroom

Recently, we’ve added many, many video based lessons to our community resources. Many of them are “silent” containing no words or spoken dialog.  But don’t fear, they are excellent to use in the ELT Classroom! This infographic (Download The Guidebook) shows many standard and simple ways....

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May Mid Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, Here below are just some of the hundreds of new resources this month. A big focus on Video Based lessons that will sparkle in your classes. 1. Our Teacher Talk webinars are still going forward each Friday at 9am EST. Sign up...

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Strange Stories of Language Learning Part 2

After writing about some strange stories I’d come across over the years regarding language learning, I remembered a few more ….. So in the interest of a comprehensive list, here are these additional stories – Strange but supposedly true.   1.  Sarah Cowell overnight starts speaking...

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5 Favorite & Fabulous Video Based Lessons

As a language teacher, I love video!  Students do too, so it’s a happy class when a video is being used. I’ve pounded the pulpit before on the benefits for video in the language learning classroom.  See my Using Video In The Classroom Guide Book as...

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Oktapodi

Following up on my post last week – 5 Simple Ways To Use Video In Class, here is an actual lesson with lesson ideas.  Oktapodi  is a stellar short film with a great moral/lesson at the end. Lots of ways to use silent videos in...

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I wish my students knew ……

I’m sure you’ve heard of it unless you’ve been hiding in your classroom, overwhelmed.  Teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to finish the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew ……” The answers are heart wrenching and more important than just what they reveal about their...

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Earth Day – April 22

Earth. It is such an important concept and relationship for students. A must to use in our curriculum, I don’t care what you teach. Take the opportunity to do something with your class this Earth Day, this spring! Revel in the gift that she gives,...

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Controversial Quotes In ELT

I recently came across this  blog post about Six highly provocative quotes in ELT, from the 6 things blog.  So I thought I’d highlight these sparkling quotes again but also add my own to compliment. A challenge to my own linguistic soul. I love a...

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2 Way Tasks

Two way tasks are the staple activity of the communicative approach. Also known as an “information gap” activity, they force students to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information to complete a task. Usually these tasks involve students with different sets of information, usually...