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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....

May mid month community updates

Dear EFL Classroomers, I hope this update finds you well and humming along in your classes.  Now officially 10 years we’ve been sending out emails and newsletters to teachers! Here are some new things on the community that you might find interesting or use in...

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...

Gifs: The Perfect Language Learning Object

Over the years, I’ve turned into a bit of a “gif” guru. EnglishCentral beginner video lesson content offers brillant gifs for A1 learners. Here’s an example – Hobbies. Gif Lingua and Gif Lingua Books offer a gif “corpus” where gifs are tagged and learners learn...

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...

Making A Manifesto

I’m always keeping up on what’s new in the world of visual text – be it kinetic typography, gif, wordle, tagxedo and loads of other similar applications. They are truly something valuable for us educators – allowing us to add context to text and help students...

Teaching as a Rube Goldberg machine….

Teaching affects eternity. It really does. Our lives affect eternity but not near as perfectly and precisely, not near as powerfully nor presciently as teaching. I’ve been thinking lately about my own affect – how I stumbled along and began EFL Classroom about 15 years ago...

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. Of course, also visit EnglishCentral for more great curated content that students can self-study.  Go FULL SCREEN    See our Video+ page for all our video pages. Also our Video in the...

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....

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