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Introducing EFL Classroom 2.0

Yesterday, a lazy, sunny Sunday, I sat around and made this promo video for EFL Classroom 2.0.  A community that grew so many years ago out of my heart and spirit. But first the video and more on the community later.

Yes, rough.  I’m learning, I’m editing and making video.  And that’s me.  Mucking about, trying and experimenting. And over the 10 years, the community has been the same – a giant playground of materials and info. that is always trying, testing, probing and accessible, malleable.

Recently after many years, I closed the community and made it private. Why?  Well simply put, it was time, it was time the community carry itself and be for those who love it, support it, use it. Not a prostitute for google search hits and chance upons.  A comfortable house and home.  It was time for it to carry itself financially – there really is nothing out there of equal and I stand by that claim. Just one set price and you get it forever. That simple.

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The old members continued to get it free. That’s what I promised. The new members will get it for very little. I’m happy to say its working out and the community is paying for itself, the $200 + a month I pay out of pocket. Sure, I don’t get paid for the hours of emails and time updating content and writing posts, designing materials. But I’ll do that whatever ….. that’s me.  Welcome to EFL Classroom 2.0.

New to the community – read some reviews HERE and join in!

Name 3 Game

resource_library_logoI enjoy creating games that make life easier for teachers to teach English and which students enjoy playing and learning.  I’ve created some nice ones over the years – BAAM! / Top 5 / Transl8it to name just a few of these.  All available for members of EFL Classroom 2.0 in our resources section.

Name 3 is one I really like for the following reasons:

1. Adaptable. Teachers get the template and can easily use to put in their own content. Teachers know their students best!  Also, can change the rules of the game to suit your preferences.

2. Promotes thinking skills. Not only do students give one answer but they can add more info. and they are forced to really think further, deeper.

3. It’s simple.  No tech. Just print and get students playing with the handout. Easy Peasy.

I’ve made a new one for practicing the names of countries. Teachers can ask students to go further and students must name the country and then more things about the country (points for each thing/city/feature etc…)

Example.

This is Russia.  The Volga is a river in Russia. Moscow is the capital city. Putin is the President. Russians produce vodka.  = 4 points.   Download the Name 3 Country game + key

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Also goes well with our games/ppts for Flags of the world.   Members of EFL Classroom 2.0 can get all of the other Name 3 games here.

 

Movie Trailer Listening Lessons

Movie-Trailer-Credits-Intro1I think movie trailers are an amazingly powerful media for use in the classroom. They are dramatic, motivating and short enough for intensive practice and assuring that students don’t get bored/lost.

Here’s one really easy and standard way to use movie trailers in your classroom.  Took me all of 10 minutes to put this lesson together – honestly!

1.  Find a suitable movie trailer.  A forthcoming movie and one of high interest to most of your students.  Avoid those with too much violence and inappropriate content. Also check that it has strong / useful language content. For this example I’ve chosen – The Imitation Game. 


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2.   Pull out the lines of the trailer and put into a template.  See this handout for the Imitation Game which you can use as a template. Just change the title and lines for your own trailer.   Download the The Imitation Game jigsaw .  I used the trailer on EnglishCentral to do this by simply clicking the provided transcript.

3.    Get students to cut up the lines or if no scissors handy, use as is. Students can order by number using the left column. Cut off the title or delete.

4.    Tell students they will watch a movie trailer.  Ask them to try to put the lines in order before watching. Also, they have to try and guess the movie title. Prize to all teams/groups/pairs that come up with the correct title!

5.   Play the trailer a few times, as many as necessary for students to successfully put the lines in order. You can make it harder by asking them to listen only and then after listening order the lines from memory.

6. Finally, play the trailer with the sound off and have students narrate the movie trailer in their own voice. Loads of fun!

It’s a very effective, motivating listening lesson plan that takes little time to prepare. If you use trailers that are on EnglishCentral, like this example, students can even study the vocabulary and speak the lines for practice / feedback.  Need to download the trailers for offline use – members of EFL Classroom 2.0 can download video content like this that is copyright free. Click “Download Videos” at the top of any video on the site.

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EFL 2.0 Feb. Updates

There has been a lot of new things posted for members this month so far. Here are just a few of them.

If you missed the February newsletter, find it here.  Also the recent edition of our online news magazine.

1.  Friends Furever.  You’ll love this adorable song/video with an important message. Great for class!

2.  Job Interview Blank Dialog Video. A great resource for higher level business English students to practice with.

3.  Folkstories.  Lots of PPTs of amazing stories and resources. Timeless classics.

4. Prof. Development.  Did you know all members can now take the Basic TEFL Certificate course for free? Complete the 15 lessons and quizzes and get your certificate.

5. Featured video for teachers.  What Makes A Word Real?

6. ELT Professionals group popular discussions.   Also, do you have a blog?  Share it with the community HERE

Happy teaching and learning to all members,

David

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic.

Job Interview Practice

PR.agency.job_.interviewJob interviews can be pretty tough in your first language but imagine doing one in your second! You need to be well prepared and the more “real” you can make it, the more successful your practice will be.

As someone who believes in video as a great medium to bring “reality” into the English language classroom or to the student, here is a video I edited to help students do a “dry run” of an interview using the top 10 interview questions.  Get students to prepare quick answers in advance and then have them play the part during the video!

EFL Classroom 2.o members can download the videos and get additional resources here, on our growing community.


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Language In Use

Here is a nice presentation of a lot of “functional” language.

Expressions, vocabulary that students can use in certain contexts. They’ll need a teacher’s guidance to help them know the subtlties of using many of them but they are a handy reference available to members of EFL Classroom in a ppt version and also compliments the ebook – Get Talking (which members also receive).


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Top Community “Valentines” Resources

I love teaching a Valentine’s Day lesson celebrating romance and love. It is high interest with many students and there is a load of very interesting material for all levels of students here on our community.

Here’s just a few of the pages you can view and get some ideas from ….   If you find more, please comment and post!

1.   Our Official Valentine’s Day resource page.

2.   Videos and Songs about love ….

3.   February related resources.

4.   Valentine’s Day USA ppt

5.   Split Screen: A Love Story.  (Lesson In A Can)

6.   George & Rosemary (Academy Award Winner!)

7.   10 Romantic Ways To Say, “I Love You”.

8.  Find Someone Who Loves ….

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50 Ways To Use Music & Song

50blue1 (3)I’m presently working hard on a number of forthcoming 50 lists. I intend to publish a new one each month this year and then end the year combining them all in one publication. Some of the lists forthcoming are;

* 50 ways to teach writing
* 50 ways to activate creativity and inquiry
* 50 ways to foster reading skills
* 50 great apps for teaching English
* 50 thoughts to help transform education

EFL Classroom 2.0, over 40,000 members, get all the current lists to read, inform, help their teaching.  By far the most popular has been 50 Ways To Use Music & Song,  thousands upon thousands of views and downloads. So here it is for non-community members by the volume of interest, it is definitely something that should be in the public realm. Enjoy and keep inspiring students with music and song – they’ll love you for it! Students remember more of how you treated them (and sung with them) than what you ever taught. It’s the nature of the game…..

Here are some of the best ways to use music in your teaching, each with a nice resource or example.

1.   Listening Cloze. I’m starting here because it is the “go to” activity for teachers. Grab the lyrics, make a worksheet with words missing and have students listen and fill in.  Use this online tool to do this easily. I made a tutorial video showing how easily it is done.   More here

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2.   Line Ordering.  Simple and elegant.  Get a simple song, cut the lines up (or have students do it) and then have them listen repeatedly while putting them in order.

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3.   Rewrite the lyrics.  This is probably the favorite music lesson I’ve done. Simply find a catchy chorus in a song (be careful of earworms!) and then have the students rewrite the chorus and make it their own.   Example here.

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4.  Try some chanting. Chants are strong language learning activities. Repetitive, catchy, they get students involved and are especially helpful for lower level learners.  More here.

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5.   As a class calmer.  Research suggests that students perform tasks where concentration is required, better with music playing in the background. When testing or students are writing or reading, play some soft background music. Here’s my go to –   Play it.

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6.  As the whole Enchillada.  Don’t think of a song as just an add on or part of a lesson. It can be the whole thing. Build activities around the language in a song. Always more than enough for a full lesson!  Here’s what I did with one song.    View it.

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7.   Engagement. This should probably be first on the list, a popular way to use a song and introduce a lesson.  It’s all about finding the right song for what you are teaching. How about this one to introduce a grammar class studying the second conditional?  Listen To It.

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8.   Students make a doodle video.  It’s easy to do and read about it here.  Students each make a picture for one line of a song. Put them together and then make a movie. Inspiring for all students and great for team building.   View It.

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9.   Class Timer.  Playing a song or part of a song is a great way to indicate a set amount of time for the class. Think Jeopardy’s “Thinking song” or this favorite.  Listen To  It.

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10.  Jazz things up.   Carolyn Graham’s “Jazz Chants” are perfect for any class, young or old. The repetition, rhythm and simplicity of them make any lesson very effective.   Find out how.

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11.  Teach Pronunciation.   Music relaxes students and take the “strain” off of this very personal activity. Use a silly song and try to get your students lips around it.   View It.

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12.  Retell A Story.  There are many songs that are “stories”. Have students listen to one a few times while making notes. Then ask them to retell the story as told by the singer. Here is my all time favorite.   Listen To It.

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13.   Motivation.   Use the role models of students to motivate them. In every country around the world there are “Second language singers”.  Stars who sing in both their own language and English. Use their English songs to motivate your students.  The best second language singers .  

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14.   Teach Grammar.  The right song can be a powerful way to teach a grammar point and for students to learn grammar in a fun, creative, useful way.  Try this song

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15.  Create class atmosphere.   Songs and music are socially loaded and bring people together in a powerful way.  I’ve used this song countless times to make classroom togetherness but there are many other songs that do the same.   Play  it.

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16.  Vocabulary building .  Songs are full of great vocabulary that student will pick up naturally in song.  A simple activity is to write some vocabulary on the board. Some in the song, some not. Students copy, listen, circle the vocabulary they hear.  An example

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17.  Dialog role playing.    Duets are great and really kind of mimic real communication and sometimes discourse.  Find a duet and have students in groups or pairs sing it!

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18.  As a classroom management technique.   I’m not a big one on using “punishments” in class but I used to have a problem with cell phones. I set a rule that if one went off in class, the student had to stand up and sing a song in English for the class. It worked like a charm!  Imagine singing this song    View It.

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19.  Guess the pop song.  A simple yet fun, effective technique. Play charades where the students must “hum” the song and the other teams try to guess the song.  Or also try guessing the musical celebrity with Music Wall.    Guess  It.

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20.  Musical Appreciation.  Students have lots of opinions about their favorite songs. So they’ll love this lesson.  Use the handy forms to get them evaluating songs and sharing their opinions.  Get Resources.

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21.  Subtitle Songs.  The apex of all teacher activity is when the students themselves are constructing the classroom materials and learning English in the process.  Students will enjoy subtitling English music videos and sharing their fav. tunes. Here’s one of the first videos I ever did (in MovieMaker but I now recommend Video Pad)  View It

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22.  Perform A Musical.   Bring dry words to life by singing them. Take a play and then make it into a musical to perform for the class. It’s loads of fun!    View it.

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23.  Learn The Basics  Songs make it easy to remember things. Use them for the basics:  numbers, the alphabet, telling time, the days of the week etc …..  View It.

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24.  Lastonestanding.      This game works like a charm. Choose a popular song, select some vocabulary that repeats often. Students choose one word and write it large on a piece of paper. Listen and students stand and sit when their word is sung. Lastonestanding wins!    View it.  

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25.   Discussion.  Songs are a great way to introduce a topic and get students “emotional” and ready to voice their feeling and opinions.  Here’s one I’ve used to discuss regrets about not valuing family until it is too late. . Listen To  It.

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26.   Kidz Karaoke.  There is no better method on earth for teaching English to young learners than a song with some TPR thrown in. Get students standing and moving and doing the actions to songs.  Get Some

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27.   Musical Chairs.  It sounds childish but even with adults it works great. Just get a great song or two to keep things moving along.    View It.

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28.   Get Creative.  Assign students parts of the song and have them present their own interpretation with text. Put it all together as a play or performance.  So many great “text”songs out there.  View It.

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29.   Just Sit Back ‘N Enjoy.  There are so many wonderful songs out there with so much powerful context, a teacher just has to let the students learn on their own and enjoy the ride. Here is my all time fav.  View It.

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30.    “Recommend A Song” Box.  Get your students to share with you what songs they’d like to study in class. I used to have a recommendation box by the door which students could anonymously put in notes for songs they’d like to study. The teacher isn’t the only expert!   Get More Recommendations

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31.   Finish It Off.   Play a popular song line by line.  Before the end of the line, stop the audio and ask students to finish the line.  Repeat as necessary.   Continue until the song is finished and then handout the song lyric sheet and play again.  View it.

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32.   Act Out The Songs /  Perform aTableaux.   Students will naturally want to act out, mime and play parts in a song.  Get students to do mini presentations for song!. View It.

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33,   Get Literal.     Literal videos replace the original audio with a “literal” description of what the characters are doing. Loads of fun and if you are ambitious, get students to make their own literal videos! View It.

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34.   Writing Prompt.   Music provides powerful imagery.  Choose an instrumental song and ask students to relax, listen and write the story which the music “tells”.   Go Here.

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35.   Invitational Concert.   Invite a student in the school or someone from the community to come and play for the students.  They’ll love it. Just keep it in English. Even better if you the teacher can play and sing! View It.

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36. Changing and inspiring the world.   Music makes a powerful statement.  Students, especially teenagers, want to make a difference and sharing a song will get them started. Plus, they’ll learn a heck of a lot of English.  View It.   

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37.   Make a music video.   Your students will love this and have a lot of fun. They’ll remember it forever and also every line of the song they perform.  Start by showing  the original video in class and then asking students to write, then film their own versions.

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38.   Learn about something.   There are so many educational songs, teaching students about a topic. Find one and use it to teach your topic. Can be parts of the body,  dinosaurs or WWII.  Schoolhouse Rock rocks!   Listen To  It.

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39.   Lyrics Training.  This site is good for students to practice online and do some independent learning.  They type the blank words into a form under the video.  Two peeves – many videos just disappear (because they come from youtube and are deleted) and sometimes 2nd language students have poor keyboard skills. Go There.

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40.  Draw It.  Play a song and as students listen to it, have them draw what they feel, see, think, understand. Afterwards present and share and ask for the reasons they drew what they did.    Get examples.

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41.  Deconstruct It.  Give students a lyric sheet and have them underline or circle the grammar forms or vocabulary that you’d like to focus on.

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42.  Guess The Title.   Play a song the students are unfamiliar with. Put 3 possible titles up on the board. The students listen and decide which one is correct. Take words/lines from the song to make it more difficult.  Is this one:  1. Miner for a heart    2.  Heart of Gold      3.   I’m getting old?      Listen To It.

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43.  . Strip it    Cut the song into strips. Give each student one strip to memorize. Students put the strips in their pockets. They get up and tell each other their part of the song, without looking at their part or showing their part to anyone else. Students then organize themselves in the right order, speak the song and then listen and check. You can also have students put the strips on a table in order.

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44.  Rap It.  Rapping, like chanting has powerful undercurrents of sound and soul that help students learn language. Get students to try being The Rapping Flight Attendant or not be afraid to be Eminem.  View It.

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45.   Lip Synch and Air Guitar.    Many students are shy or have a long silent period. But I’m sure they’ll participate in singing with others if they only have to pretend. Just put on a song and use something for a microphone. Get performing! . View It.

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46.   Nursery Rhymes.  These are very short and full of great language and cultural knowledge.  Students may also be familiar with them in their own language.  Even maybe get students to record themselves on Voicethread.        View It.   

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47.   Project Peace.   Get song materials so your class can make a Project Peace video and help spread the message of goodwill and peace. It’s really easy to participate.   View It.

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48.   Go KT.   Kinetic Typography is a design feature that allows words to be visually presented in video.  Amazing stuff for any language teacher, combining words, audio and images. So many great ones students will enjoy. ….  View It.   

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49.   Karaoke Day.  Yes, hold a concert of a karaoke day each week. All in English. If “The Hey Jude Kid” can do it, so can your students. Also try the thousands of instant songs you can use with Go Sing.   View It.

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50.   Fav Singer Bios.     Singers and groups are huge stars. Get your students writing about them and harnessing their interest.  Maybe even use Fakebook and get them to set up a fake FB page for the person.    Check It Out.

At The Airport

Probably one of the most common places a student will need to use English is at the airport. It’s an essential communication skill and one every English teacher will have to teach at one time or another.

This video is a nice review of the standard language used to check in at the airport.

EFL Classroom 2.0 members can get many, many more resources: worksheets, wordfinds, flashcard sets to help teach the core language of this video and “At The Airport”.

Inflight safety videos are also great for teaching on this topic. Especially the few that are funny and really entertaining, like this one. Again, get the resources for this video on EFL Classroom 2.0.

 
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January 2015 Mid Month Updates

It’s that time of the month – time for a few basic updates about our community.

I’ll be using these updates to provide members with information about some of the many fantastic resources available on the community.

1.  New Resources!

Get our 2015 Calendars

* The World Is Awesome video listening and song rewrite.

Why do we gossip + activity.

* Commercial rewrite and classic dialog.

Eponyms: I’m A Noun

– View some of the latest resources.

2.  Our Top 20 Resources. 

A nice list of what might be considered our top 20 resources available to teachers. A handy list to the most valuable things on the community.  Go here >>>>

3. Top National Geographic “like” content.

We have some incredible video content and lesson material using National Geographic and other “like” commercials. Like “The World Is Awesome” lesson material listed above. Here are a few of these fab. resources.

*  Live Curiously   |    *  7 Billion: Are You Typical?    |   * Man vs Nature   |  * Did you know …?

4.  Our Basic TEFL Certificate Course now free for all members. 

It now is available to all EFL 2.0 members.  However, those who are paid supporters will also get a certificate and letter of reference when they complete the course. Take the certificate course, get loads of resources and now even more!     Read more >>>>

Of course, view our Weekly Magazine  or join the discussion in our very busy LinkedIn Community

 

96 hour giveaway: Zen and the Act of Teaching ebook

I’ve been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal. It has been mentioned and highlighted in several publications this last year as well as the hard cover book being used in several training programs.

Download the PDF ebook for your own review. Use the discount code: teachlearn on checkout. Please consider becoming an EFL Classroom supporter to get this book and many more books and thousands of teaching resources.

Those becoming an EFL Classroom supporter through a lifetime donation get this book and many more (like the Teach | Learn techbook) as part of their paid access. Please consider supporting our community!

Top 20 EFL Classroom 2.0 Resources

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We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members. Now that we are a paid community (very low cost), here is a little to encourage others to join or to help our thousands of current member teachers find our “gold”.

1. All Our 50 Lists. Make sure to see first the “50 Ways To Use EFL Classroom 2.0.”

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2.   Teaching English Magazine published weekly. Get the app!

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3.  Hundreds of Lessons In A Can + downloadables

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4.   Teach | Learn: Our Student Created Content full coursebook + files to edit. 

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5.   School Of TEFL access and Certificate Course free for members!

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6.  Teaching Journal. Also many more ebooks for members!

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7.   Best Videos for Teaching English. 

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8.  Pronunciation Galore! 

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9.   EFL 2.0 Chat Parter 24/7

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10.  Teacher Toolbox.  Hundreds of instant tools for teaching.

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11.   Lesson A Day:  Always get an instant idea!

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12.   File Folder Access.  Hundreds of Thousands of files at your fingers!

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13.   Digital Resources.    Find stuff easily.  Use our store and buy for free!  (for paid members, upgrade here).

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14.  Videos + . Hundreds of the best streaming videos. Also our video library!

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15.    Grammar Galore.  Amazing references and resources to use!

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16.   Stories Galore. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Readers and more ….

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17.  EnglishCentral.   Stay updated with all the latest info. Get the apps!

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18. #1 In ELT ebook and directory

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19.   Blogs.   Thousands of blogs and great advice, inspiration.

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20.  Just all the other stuff.  An ocean of content, all curated.

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Community Changes In 2015

We have a great community which over the last 10 years has provided teachers around the world with incredible resources and information.  EFL Classroom 2.0. It’s been a great ride and continues to be so!

However, times change and as of Jan. 01, 2015, the community will be private and paid.  $29.95, one time for a lifetime. This includes additional access to what I believe is the world’s most comprehensive ELT resource library, bar none – Digital Resources.

Members prior to Jan. 01, 2015 will be grandfathered in and continue to have full access to the EFL Classroom 2.0 community. Those who’ve become paid supporters previously will be soon sent information on how they can register for free and access Digital Resources.

2015 will be a big year. We’ll continue to provide teachers with new resources and updated information to help professionally. Here below is a list of just a few of the main resources available to members here!  Enjoy and happy teaching and learning.

David

LinkedIn Discussions. 32,000 members.Archive.

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Teaching English Magazine published weekly. Get the app!

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Hundreds of Lessons In A Can + downloadables

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Teach | Learn: Our Student Created Content full coursebook + files to edit. 

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School Of TEFL access and Certificate Course for paid members.

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Teaching Journal. Also many more ebooks for members!

“Functional” Videos

Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology.

EnglishCentral now has many videos focused on all the important language functions. Greetings, talking about family, apologizing, using the phone etc …… Here is an example. Try it and see how great they are for teaching!  Go here to find them all.

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Teachers Pay Teachers Pay Teachers

money-down-toiletEvery week or month brings another announcement within the educational tech space of a new player in the “Teacher marketplace” place.

I remember back in the early years online, before all the social media, Web 2.0 craze. It was natural and easy for teachers to share resources and help each other. In my own school board, we’d meet every month and share lesson plans. Our own intranet made it easy for colleagues to upload curriculum and share. My own community EFL Classroom 2.0 drew on that and it was great – every day, dozens if not hundreds of resources shared by enthusiastic teachers and IT WAS ALL FREE. Teachers helping teachers.

But now, the players and money men have moved in. It’s Teachers Pay Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s corporate boardrooms (think TPG now owner of TSL, owner of TES which owns or has 10 mil in Share My Lessons). It’s all a money grab, it’s making education all about the $$$$. Teachers are first asked to share resources freely. Then they are fed a line, a lie – you can make a great income. Don’t share, sell!

I recently got this invite from TES which for the last year or two has been allowing teachers to share their resources (with restrictions). Now they finally show their true colors and plan. Making money.  (And read this NYTs article just sent to me from a reader after I first posted this – Teaching Is Not A Business)

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That would be great if teachers really did get the money paid for their great work and resources. However, it is far from the case, despite how these sites advertise it as such. I know, I’m active on many of these sites and you’ll not get anything more than 50%. The marketplace gets the other 50%. It varies but that’s the norm. And its unfair. Damn unfair. Teachers should pay teachers and not corporate entities. It’s even sadder given how easy it really is (and cheap) for teachers to now organize online and share. What ever happened to OER (Open Educational Resources)?

I have a lot of experience and a lot of perspective, selling on my own and on other sites, the resources and courses I’ve produced. My conclusion? Teachers shouldn’t pay for resources if they are paying some corporate entity that financially rapes (strong language but that’s what is happening). Imagine if you had a stand somewhere on the street and the city came up to you and said – give me 50% of all you make? You’d probably say, “Why?”. And they’d say, because, because we control the lights and the road and these are our “people”. Pay or you are out. You’d probably revolt but unfortunately nowadays, teachers just bend to the extortion thinking any bit is better than nothing.

And it gets worse. Most of these sites claim that they are “helping” teachers. BS. All they are is creating a culture whereby education is seen as owned and commodified not communal and shared. It’s hard to turn back after everything becomes a store.

Well there is an alternative. Look out for groups that freely share. EFL Classroom 2.0 had hundreds of thousands of resources to download. Even download videos. ELT teachers don’t have to pay. Plus they can share on the community.

But I don’t think this will happen – we’ve been brainwashed and the kind, hopeful days of open sharing during early web 2.0 are over …. and that’s sad.

Using photos when teaching

mostimportantIn a few weeks, The Image Conference is being held in Barcelona, Spain. I won’t be able to attend but EnglishCentral will be a sponsor. The future of language learning and teaching is visual, is controlled reality.

I got to thinking about all the powerful ways of using images when teaching. I’ll most certainly be making a “50 Ways” list but I was also reminded of a presentation I painstakingly put together several years ago:  The Best Photos Of All Time.

                                                  Get the version with commentary about the images HERE.  PPT HERE.

Here are a few ways a teacher might use these images in the classroom. 

1.  Discussion & Play and Pause.  Have students describe the photo and state the reason for its significance.

2.  Give students a photo and have them research it.  Use the 5Ws.  Present the background and information to the class.

3.  Describe and Draw.  A 2 way task students each describe their photo to the other who must listen and draw. Then compare against the original.

4.  Timeline.  Ask students to research the presentation and put the photos on an historical timeline.

5.  Ask students to list their top 5 photos in the presentation.  Debate in a group and then explain their group choices to the class.

6.  What makes a great photo?  Students can brainstorm and then share together the main criteria of what makes a photo “iconic”.

7.  Vocabulary.   Give students a photo and have them pull out the vocabulary in the photo, label and then share with the class.

 If you liked this post, you might also like some of the other posts tagged “photos”

A Lesson On Stereotyping

Scott Thornbury offered up a stimulating blog post this week titled “R is for Representation“. About how textbooks don’t represent the world of the student, the spaces they live and walk among, the people they know nor the dreams they have for themselves. I won’t relate anymore, read the post and the fine comments, my own included. I’ve also written on this subject numerous times on this blog – here is one such post- Textbook Talk: Using SCC.

I will write about what I was reminded of when enjoying the post over Sunday coffee – a lesson on stereotyping I created years ago. It has some very vivid examples of 1980s textbook material that includes incredibly insensitive images of ethnic stereotypes. You might also think to yourself, “this could never be the case today!” and you’d be dead wrong. You see, the thing is we don’t see the images of our textbooks and materials as “offensive”. Why? Because by their nature, stereotypes are ingrained, not something we can see except from afar – be that in time or through a great break with our own culture.

It is a cool presentation that you can quickly use with a computer and screen (or IWB or class tablets/devices). It will challenge your student’s existing prejudices, no matter what part of the world they are in. I’ve used this in my curriculum development classes to get teachers seeing how materials can be unintentionally very offensive. I’ll also note my opinion that we should also try to use “local” content/images – what is relevant and closer to the student’s world. This presentation outlines this for where I was teaching at the time, Korea.

Poetic Justice: A restored book

It was over 20 years ago that I got my teaching credentials from Laurentian University (now Nipissing University: Schulich School of Education where I have been teaching – freaky teaching courses you once took!).

A requirement of one course was to make our own book.  It was a wonderfully practical exercise and I brought the book to many of my subsequent teaching gigs, showed and motivated students with the same activity. Back then it was low/no tech and we stitched the bindings and all that. I made mine by sitting one evening with a pile of my bathroom magazines and cutting and pasting magazine text and images.  I was proud of the book and still am – it has a place in our livingroom showcase.

Finally spent some time digitizing it. It was a laborious task and I didn’t catch everything. But here it is – a relic of the past brushed off and remade.  If you are into storybook making, check out this post on the topic!

 

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The #1 Second Language band …..

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.

                                                       Outlandish

 

I spent part of the day with my Second language singer playlist playing in the background as I walked along and worked at my treadmill desk. My favorite group and by far the best representation of a multinational group singing in English is Outlandish.  So inspiring to our students!

Outlandish

The group consist of a Moroccan, a Pakistani, a Honduran, all singing in English while based out of Denmark. A plus is that their songs are about global issues, issues people around the world face. They get my vote by far! The greatest Second Language Singing Group (SLSG) ever.  Here’s a short interview with them.

Checkout the others I recommend and the songbook for teaching on the Second Language Singer page. Enjoy this fine example from Outlandish!

Simple Tasks For Teaching

Recently on the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog, I posted 3 lists of 50 tasks that teachers can use in their teaching – asking students to do them and “practice” language, the skill that is language speaking/reading/writing/listening.

Surprised to death at how popular these lists were! I know we all like lists but I guess I touched on a big need with teachers. Short, concise, easy to implement ideas that can easily be done in the classroom. No fuss, no muss teaching. I also think the “materials light / prep light” aspect of these really went over with teachers. We all know how overwhelming it can be when you get a good idea but it is an impossible circus act of 4 pages of instructions and how to dos. Just impossible to put into action in one’s own classroom.

So here are the three lists consolidated in one place. The lists may be downloaded on the original blog post, for the convenience to use offline and share offline. Enjoy and share your own ideas in these veins when you have the chance.

 

50 tasks for the English Language Classroom

 

 

 



 

50 Tech tasks for the English Language Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

50 tasks using only a blank piece of paper.

 

 

50 Holiday Friendly Activities for the classroom.