Category: resources

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...

Using photos when teaching

My work building EnglishCentral and Gif Lingua have convinced me how images are so important for teaching language. The future of language learning and teaching is visual, is controlled reality.  We teachers can provide so much context to teach direct and also the most salient features, points of...

April Community Updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, Sorry I’m so late with this series of updates. Very busy and you know, April is indeed the cruelest month!  Newsletter brim full coming soon. Make sure to access and subscribe to our two magazines to get full updates to...

Movie Trailer Listening

Movie trailers are stellar for listening. Short, well produced, clear lines of language being communicated. Here is a quick lesson I put together based on a template I shared here previously for another movie trailer.  Intermediate and advanced students will love this lesson.  Don’t forget...

Thank You Mom

I just spent a few weeks with my incomparable Mom.  Missing her and today thought of this video based lesson that is fantastic for the topic of “Thanking Moms”. I know Mother’s Day is still a month or more away – but really this lesson...

EFL Classroom Mid-Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom members, Our regular mid – month update, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day!  Wishing everyone a good one. Make sure to access our two magazines to get full updates to all that’s new on the community and our profession at large....

“Best” Videos for ELT Player

Further to my last post here, I didn’t think this was a good enough presentation. So I spent the weekend designing a player loaded with what I consider all the “best” videos for teaching ELT. – http://eflclassroom.com/videolessons/ In the player, you can click through and view the...

Best Videos For English Language Teaching

Here are the absolute best videos over the years for inspiring and teaching ELLs. Also our Video in the classroom guide and full list of video lessons on EFL Classroom 2.0. EFL Classroom members can download videos for offline viewing (where available) and get resources...

A lesson about where I now live!

From time to time, I like to get personal on my blog.  We are sharing and we should also share our selves as teachers when we teach. You’ll find a number of posts about my life and times on this blog. So in this spirit,...

Symmetry – a great video vocabulary lesson

Symmetry is an outstanding video to teach basic vocabulary to English language learners. Plus, the important related concept of “symmetry”.  One example of the hundreds of video based lessons with materials available to EFL Classroom 2.0 members. See a list here. This video has been...

It’s not a box: part 2

I previously wrote about a magnificent book and teaching idea – It’s Not A Box.  Just discovered this wonderful video that I think compliments this perfectly! This video would be great to show prior to giving students their own box and them designing it as...

The Bridge: A fantastic video lesson

This is a beautiful animated short that teaches students a great lesson about conflict resolution and getting along with others. 1. Watch the video and stop at 18 sec and 2:10.  Both times, ask students what they think will happen. What the animals will do....

February EFL 2.0 Mid Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom members, I’m sending out our mid-month update email a little early, so you might use the new Valentines Day resources listed. Make sure to access our two magazines to get full updates to all that’s new on the community and our profession...

A couple “lovely” teaching ideas

Valentines is here and many teachers will teach a lesson about “love”.   However, it’s a topic that you can teach at any time of the year, always valuable and really can get students thinking deeply about their place in the world. Here are a...

Commercials in the classroom

It’s Superbowl time and after football that means, “commercials”! I’ll be making a few lessons based on the latest Superbowl commercials – after the Golden Lions, probably the best commercials made on the planet.  Commercials are great to use in the classroom. They are short,...

The Present: A lesson plan

I discovered this short video through my PLN today and immediately knew I had to make a lesson plan for it. Thank you my FB teacher friends, it’s a gem. The video is a simple story and here is my simple way to use it...

Songs To Get Students Thinking ….

We have a great discussion going on ELT Professionals LinkedIN where teachers recommend songs for teaching. Some of them got me thinking about how I most often used songs in my teaching. Most often, I used songs to either introduce a topic but most often...

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