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Name 3 Game


I enjoy creating games that make life easier for teachers to teach English and which students enjoy playing and learning.  I’ve created some nice ones over the years – BAAM! / Top 5 / Transl8it to name just a few of these.  All available for members of EFL Classroom 2.0 in our resources section. Name […]

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True False Cognates

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I’m presently enjoying life deep in the highlands of Guatemala. It’s why I haven’t been posting regularly and fanatically. All things at their own time and pace but I’ll be back in the new year – loud, clear, full of posts! I’m taking Spanish and will post many regular entries about my travails. It is […]

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Pronunciation and Vocabulary Courses (like you’ve never seen before)

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Today, EnglishCentral released the first version of their Pronunciation and Vocabulary courses. They’ll be making some changes and additions as they go along but what they have right now is just “out of this world” and a great leap forward in how students can both gain clear pronunciation and build academic vocabulary quickly. Join my […]

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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 for the whole class. Maybe even have a contest. Watch […]

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What The Wordle

Teaching vocabulary can sometimes be trying. Mostly because it involves a lot of “new” stuff for students and a lot of slogging through, a lot of hard work on the part of the learner. What The Wordle helps! They are a series of presentations, games really, that I made to “liven up” vocabulary learning. Click […]

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Bestwords.me – Web 2.0 vocabulary building

BestWords.me is a really cool, authentic website where students can build vocabulary (adjectives) in a Web 2.0 / interactive fashion. Simple as pie and no registration! Students just: 1. make a personal “word” page 2. Choose words to describe themselves 3. Share the page with other students (by email or on your class page) 4. […]

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EnglishCentral – what’s coming

As an “insider”, I’m privy to a little of what is going on at EnglishCentral.  The team has really been working overtime and coming up with some fantastic changes that will be in a new release. Here’s my insider’s sneak preview! I hope you like the new look and changes. Please comment and let us […]

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The Idiot’s Dictionary – early release


I mentioned this book previously. Now, releasing it early – I’ll have a hard cover, POD (Print On Demand), for purchase version shortly. Download The Idiot’s Dictionary.doc I’ll only say thank you to my niece Gabriella, who painstakingly went over the copy and edited everything. Thank you! Here, I’ve reprinted the short forward (the print […]

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Technologic IT

I love Daft Punk! See some really innovative stuff done by teachers using their music. This one will be no exception. I already got creative with it. It teaches verbs connected to technology so well! (and verbs are the flypaper of language – have a lot of verbs and lots of language will stick). See […]

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More Than Words

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 I’ve been noticing more and more, teachers and especially those acknowledged as “leaders”, sharing sites where learners learn “words”. These sites usually involve games or tools that allow the user to have fun with words. These can be useful, just like the odd game of hangman […]

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Scrabble – reflection and resources

Scrabble. It’s an iconic word and game. I’m surprised we don’t use it as an adjective – like, “I’ve been scrabbled”. Today, I was going over some of my past writings, all hidden away in boxes and notebooks. Came across a “feuilliton”, a reflective essay that I wrote about scrabble years ago. I won’t bore […]

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Groping for trout

“You can tune a piano but you can’t tune a fish” Words, words, words. Sometimes I feel like becoming a monk solely for the reason to be beyond words, of no need of words, away from words and their slinking skullduggery. They are cruel and they often don’t mean what they mean. I know I’m […]

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Top Language related posts

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Last week I posted up my “Top Teacher Training related posts″ – titled, “On the shoulders of Regular Joe Teachers” and my “Top Education related posts″. Today, I’d like to share my top Language related posts of 2010. I believe it really helps a language teacher if they have a passion and “eye / ear” […]

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The #1 …. (mispelled word in English)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Misspelled! Yes, if you caught the mistake in the title, you are well on your way to being a great speller! Almost everyone, native speaker or 2nd language learner, has a problem spelling certain words. It usually comes down to how we processed the […]

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Words – haunting words…

Larry Ferlazzo let me on to another marvellous RadioLabs video today. The last one, I blogged and lessoned about here – The Dimensions of the Present Moment I find them haunting. So well done, so real. I kind of think I’m right there in the screen or like that Woody Allen movie, “The Purple Rose […]

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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 it would be a great concept as a thinking game. […]

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Using Zoom Words

Zoom Words is a pretty cool way to present vocabulary. It is super simple to use and probably even quicker to use than Wordle or Tagxedo. However, it is browser based and you’ll have to have a webpage/blog to embed your creation in (or just use your page here on EFL Classroom. See my example […]

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Verbalearn – Adv. Vocabulary Practice

VerbaLearn is a new site which does a lot of things well. I’m not usually a big fan of learning English through “word study”, however, it is a reality and it does work for many students. Also, VerbaLearn caters to those who are trying to pass all those significant tests….GRE / SAT / ACT and […]

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Quizlet now has voice recognition for student practice!

I’ve started up our long dormant Quizlet flashcard group. Even make your own flashcards and share them (use our ID/PW – eflclassroom/eflclassroom However even better, is to get your students playing the games online. Yes, you can print and cut out all the flashcards (this is superb!!!) but now with their new “speaking” component, there […]

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Flikr Poet

Flikr poet is so simple it is astonishing! A great example of how web 2.0 applications are transforming our teaching and classrooms. No doubt, Flikr Poet makes learning happen – happen quicker, better, faster than many other methods. What is it? Well, Flikr Poet gives you pictures for the words you type in. It makes […]

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