Category: resources

World Cup Resources

I’m a huge soccer fan, especially when it’s the World Cup. Over the years, I’ve created some amazing resources to share with teachers.  The World Cup makes a great lesson, even just playing whiteboard soccer for review gets students motivated and excited about learning English....

Instant Printables Resource Library

I’ve been designing lesson materials for a long time and part of that has been printables for Gif Lingua. Each book has a set teachers can download to use to support teaching the topic of the book. Now, they are all available  in an accessible...

50 Ways To Learn A Language (without a teacher)

Teachers are great. But people have been learning languages for thousands of years without a teacher. It’s not only possible but actually in many ways better and more effective. Not all of these will work for you. There is no “magic bullet”, no “secret sauce”....

Fortune: A “Netflix” style video series

I’m a big fan of using video to learn language. “If I only had a dollar for every person who told me they learned English by watching Friends!”  Extensive watching works, it really does. Educational video works but it is too often dull, dim, uncompelling,...

Black Friday Special

I  do A LOT of hard work to bring great resources to teachers. Over the 12 + years I’ve been creating and sharing resources online – hundreds of thousands of teachers have used the resources in their classrooms.  It’s gratifying. So for Black Friday ONLY...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

A Gif Library: Gif.gy

I’m busy these days with Gif Lingua and building a “gif corpus”, a collection of gifs that perfectly describe human experience. Daunting task but I’ll be inviting many others along this journey in the coming months.  Up to over 60,000 perfect gifs in my library....

Dubsmash could be a smash hit

I’ve long loved and supported the use of music in the language classroom. Check out my very popular guide or also any of my karaoke related posts here. Dubsmash is a very popular app where students lipsynch to popular movie lines, song lyrics and more...

Star Wars Day

It’s Star Wars Day and the perfect opportunity to get your students practicing English through this popular movie series! I highly recommend the Star Wars Intro Generator! It’s really cool and your students can write their own intro text and share it with the link...

I’m a curator.

I am a proud curator. Very proud. Making music from the noise out there. to cure: to make better. curator: someone who makes things better. So yep, I’m pleased to call myself a curator. Really will begin calling myself this rather than “aggregator” (sounds too...

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