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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 vocab in order of the action.   The Pavement vocab cards […]

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A great Youtube channel


There is a lot of great video content out there for teaching. I try my best to stay on top of it all, despite the 1,000s of hours of video uploaded to the internet each minute.  Video is the future. Today, feeling a little introspective, I went to my private bookmarks of video content/channels/sites that […]

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Video: Going To Pieces


I’ve long been a big fan of using video creatively in the classroom. My work with speech recognition and EnglishCentral proves that. However, I have a long history of not only making 100s of video based traditional lessons (see Lessons In A Can for EFL 2.0 members) but also using video editing software to really […]

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Job Interview Practice


Job interviews can be pretty tough in your first language but imagine doing one in your second! You need to be well prepared and the more “real” you can make it, the more successful your practice will be. As someone who believes in video as a great medium to bring “reality” into the English language […]

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At The Airport


Probably one of the most common places a student will need to use English is at the airport. It’s an essential communication skill and one every English teacher will have to teach at one time or another. This video is a nice review of the standard language used to check in at the airport. EFL […]

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“Functional” Videos


Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology. EnglishCentral now has many videos focused on all the important language functions. Greetings, talking about family, apologizing, using the […]

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Kinetic Typography Generator


I’ve long been a fan of KT – Kinetic Typography, videos where the text is displayed in a “contextual” and visually appealing fashion. Find Here or many of my favs, all collected for teachers to use. This one is a beautiful example. Made with Adobe Affect Effects, it isn’t for 99% of teachers, even the […]

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Get students practicing by embedding EnglishCentral videos


I was speaking with a few teachers this weekend and found out that though they are enthusiastic supporters of EnglishCentral, they didn’t know that they could embed EC videos on their moodle and get students practicing the videos right there! Yes, it is that simple. Put them on a class wiki or your blog. Teachers won’t […]

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Recommended Videos for ELT

I am a big believer in using video in our classrooms – bringing rich context and “the real” into the artificial laboratory that is our classroom. We have thousands of teacher recommended, curated videos on EFL Classroom 2.0. All specific to teaching English. A marvelous resource for our profession. But I always get asked – […]

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Hitler Reacts to poor language teaching

I’ve previously blogged about the “Hitler Reacts” series of remixes. It’s a great activity for students and I finally got to making my own video remix, about textbooks. Here it is. Thoughts welcomed and I’ll comment more later and relate more about how I feel about textbooks. Get a glimpse of how I feel in […]

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Listening – UGC (User Generated Content)

The whole world is the English Language Teacher’s oyster. Nowadays, with the proliferation of technologies and especially the internet – we don’t have to use the staid old materials of “usually” dried up, old white men who write textbooks and run up publisher’s expense accounts. Nosirree. There are great authentic materials everywhere which we can […]

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Disappointed Books

Books will always be with us and like poetry, will be valued more as they become less… They are personal and secret things – therein lies their power. I’m busy writing another one, always busy with “the word”. Today, looking at my book shelves and feeling good that I have my books together in one […]

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Youtube 4 Teachers

Video Rulz! However for teachers, youtube can be problematic in the classroom. Too many distractions, too many ads. The students are busy looking at all the other stuff and not focusing on the main video. I’ve made a player that helps immensely. Drawing on youtube’s API, you even get higher quality and more reliably streamed […]

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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 “power of prediction” for language teaching and prompting student language […]

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“Listen In” to student audio

This week, EnglishCentral released their “Listen In” feature. Now, not only can students “speak” youtube videos, teachers can also listen in and provide assessment and feedback to their students. I’m not going to outline how to access this. Just register as a teacher, sign up students and then find this on your Teacher Tools reports […]

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Using Songs in the EFL Classroom

This presentation has always been a fav. of teachers. Here, I add a voiceover and summarizing some of the main points (ever so quickly). Click on the presention to listen and use the slideshow underneath to go to resources highlighting each point (by clicking on the photos). Additionally, the “song” tag gives post gives with […]

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Extensive Watching

The last few years, I’ve been very focused on the role and possibility of video in the classroom. Thus, my recent work developing EnglishCentral and my focus on the potential of a “Flipped Classroom“. I had an interesting skype discussion with Dan Soriano (@danhummsoriano ) at the BC in Mexico City. He’s thinking of adopting […]

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The #1 …. (video all teachers should watch)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. How Hard Can It Be – F.A.T. Workshop I remain firmly convinced, based on years in the classroom and the research out there, that language learners older than 4-5 are “disabled” learners. They are “special needs” students, there isn’t enough processing power, the brain […]

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The Video Teaching Revolution

My work over the years has brought me into thinking heavily about the role of video in language instruction. Even more so now with my work with EnglishCentral. I’m a big fan of video and have been from the get go. I saw its power as a university T.A. – tramping around the campus showing […]

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Project Peace finally is “HOME”

I started Project Peace 2 years ago. I’ve been amazed by the response and how other teachers have motivated their students and brought “peace” into their curriculum through song (and taught a lot of English!). I will be doing more with the project this year and especially so now that we finally have “a home”. […]

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