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Story/Picture book Making

Writing storybooks or making picture books is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Fantastic Videos For The Holidays

I’m a huge fan of video and especially during holiday time when teachers are in need of strong language learning material in video. Video is something the class can share and celebrate the end of the semester as class. Of course, there are so many...

Video “snack” lessons

I’m a big proponent of short intensive language lessons based on videos.  So many great reasons to use video in this form instead of long versions/viewing. EnglishCentral does this well and teachers can get a downloadable transcript/lesson plan for each video – click “Video Details” on...

Lessons Designed By The Teacher, About The Teacher

Exercise and Treadmills. I strongly believe in getting teachers to use their personal lives to motivate their students (you don’t have to reveal all!) and also getting teachers to make their own materials for teaching. The two go hand in hand. So here is a...

30 things at 30 lesson

This is a lesson that practices the skill of “watching’.  Read more about this 5th skill here. It’s simple to do and makes a nice video based lesson.  Get the video on the EFL Classroom teaching community and also see the 100s of video based...

A Cowbird Lesson example

I’ve long been a member of Cowbird and it’s a sterling example of real, authentic listening/reading/watching for ELLs. Along with several other sites that are truly “authentic”, it is ranked at the top of my list.  Off the top of my head, for students, I’d...

A great video based lesson: The Pavement

The Pavement is a captivating video story.  Short and full of repetitive vocabulary for students to learn. Works with low or high levels too. 1. Watch the video. 2. Watch again using the cards (cut up and use just word cards). Have students put the...

Montage Maker

Today I was experimenting with a cool way to support your classroom instruction and contextualize the language you are teaching. Even make a game of it! I returned to Grant Robinson, maker of the wonderful Guess The Google game. It’s since been retired but now...

Lesson A Day

I’m busy producing a second edition of “Lesson A Day”. I’ve had lots of nice feedback and teachers are appreciating this organized but low key approach. Just click on the lesson idea and get the suggested resource. Enough for one a day for a whole...

Funny Door Mats

I’m a big fan of drawing in the EFL Classroom 2.0.  Last night, my parents related a story about a neighbors door mat (pictured). I immediately thought “LESSON!”, so here it is. It would be great for students to make / draw their own door mats...

What’s Next?

The whole month of December, I’ll be highlighting here content/ideas/material that I feel is in need of some “daylight”. There is so much of value and it just needs members to open a window so others can see it/find it. I’ve previously blogged about the...

Only Connect – fostering thinking skills

Larry Ferlazzo tweeted about a new BBC game called ONLY CONNECT. I tried it and found it terribly difficult! Too difficult for EFL students. However, it reminded me of my “One of these things is not like the other” game. and got me thinking that...

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