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What is your metaphor?

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Metaphors are powerful things for teachers.  They are the very building blocks of thought and allow us to see what isn’t there, to connect on a higher level to hidden realities.   Cynthia Ozick in her timeless essay, “Metaphor and Memory”  talks of metaphor as “inhabiting language in its most concrete. As the shocking extension […]

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Simple Tasks For Teaching

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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 […]

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Keeping the ideas flowing….

I think that the godhead, the soul, the core of the new technology paradigm is “the pipeline of ideas”. We now have the ability to correspond, share, connect, learn with, learn from, engage so many, all over the world. This is truly revolutionary and changing the world – especially our own teaching world. So I’ve […]

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Finding Stuff

It’s not easy on the web these days. There is so much and seemingly so little time. The more search engines are perfected, the more social media evolves, the more notifications improve, we still seem way behind and fail at keeping up with “the new”. Noise abounds too…. I guess like that marvelous Beckett (Godot) […]

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Bests Posts 2010-2011

I’d like to share as the year comes to a close – My best “Teaching Advice” blog posts. Also, my best “Practical Teaching Posts”. [Next - I'll outline the Best posts about "Language". ] Note: all posts link to the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog which is now public. If not a member – join us! […]

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Guessing Games

A short post about a very BIG topic – Guessing. Along with prediction, it is a very important skill in any English teachers arsenal and one that can be used with great effectiveness. Last night, was visiting this amazing site – Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project (to make a literary book I’m working on) […]

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Teaching with a blank piece of paper

Even now, this late in the day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me — more promising than a silver cloud, and prettier than a red wagon. – E.B. White I’ve just returned from “a return” to nature. Hiked 30 hours through Killarney Provincial Park. Amazing mountains, nature, wild. […]

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Einstein: Ideas and Opinions

I’m still going through and wiping down (cleaning) all my books and shelving them. It’s a long process because I continually keep “taking a break” and sitting down reading and reliving old memories. Yesterday, came upon Einstein’s “Ideas and Opinions”. A book given to me on my 10th birthday, from a family friend, inspiring me […]

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The #1 …..(authentic material in ELT)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Get the full eBook The Local Newspaper I’m a big believer in the need and importance of both using authentic materials and current events in our classrooms.  Of all the authentic materials available, I really think the local newspaper an incredible resource at our […]

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Teachers – who needs them?

I just came home from the movies.  In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, “I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself, from a book.” This was something I had realized early, sitting in […]

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The #1 ….. ( Teaching Tool)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. A Blank Piece of Paper I’m sure many of you might have voted for the board, the computer, the photocopier, some may have even opted for a pen or pencil. However, I really think that the most important tool in the teacher’s arsenal, the […]

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New Teachers – Essential stuff on EFL 2.0

I just finished a whirlwind 6 day week of workshops on technology and language teaching – given to mostly new teachers. I had a wonderful time and the energy of the teachers always renews me, no matter how tiring the 6 hour sessions a day truly are. It got me thinking that I need to […]

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REALize it! Use Authentic Materials.

FULL SCREEN This past week, I had a guest lecturer visit my student teachers. He lectured on lesson planning but the last half, he spent outlining some of his great lesson ideas (including the Subservient Chicken!) . As he went through them, I realized a strand that ran through them all – using “real” materials […]

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Don’t play games – make games!

Katie Salen in the video, outlines a new school concept (well, not really new but innovative anyway) – a school where the curriculum is totally based around “gaming”. Yeah, that’s right, GAMES. No, the students aren’t sitting around all day playing computer games. Rather, they are learning valuable skills by making games. Critical thinking, cooperation, […]

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Using Flashcards to Teach Languages

Using Flashcards and Teaching English View more documents from David Deubelbeiss DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS OUT (also see our hundreds of online sets in our Quizlet Group!) WHY? Games are fun and motivational. They increase student talk time (production). Visuals add context to the language learning. They are quick and easy to use. They allow […]

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Teaching Writing – Activities and Ideas

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” — Jules Renard “ideas to get your student’s pencils moving” DOWNLOAD THIS Writing is and isn’t an easy thing to do in the classroom. Especially nowadays when students don’t have long attention spans and are more and more “digital” and visual learners. However, it is a […]

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Using short videos – Part II

Short videos like those on Youtube or EFL Classroom, are perfect “engaging” starters for great language learning. I did a previous blog post on ways to use videos, especially “silent videos”. Also see my own presentation with “cautions” when using video. Here are some suggestions on how to use videos which have vocabulary in them, […]

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Teaching Recipes – A new place to get a teaching idea!

I’ve long been a fan of very simple teaching ideas – the basic core of all good teaching. My Lessons in a Can are part of that. Now however, we’ve got a new Web 2.0 resource which you can be a part of – Teaching Recipes. The idea I came up with is to have […]

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