The #1 …. (EFL Prof. Development site)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.

The British Council’s – Teaching English

Last week I wrote about the #1 Professional Development site for ESL. This week, the focus is EFL.

I’m a big fan of  the power of “Teaching Voices”, the development that comes when teachers share their own stories and experiences. My graduate course in curriculum development used Cambridge’s and Grave’s own “Designing Language Courses” specifically because it had teacher’s “voices”.

Teaching English does a great job with this.  I’ve enjoyed many guest teachers through the years and find this is one of its main strengths. Check out the ongoing guest blog series. Hit the “Talk” button.

Other things they do well (but browse around – these are only my own personal likes;

1. The Teaching Knowledge Database.  I know of several more complete glossaries but none as well done in terms of knowledge and examples.

2. The Training Area – free workshops for practicing teachers.

3. “Think” articles – a kind of hodgepodge of a lot on the site.

A few negatives. Their lesson plans are a little too detailed and specific imho. I also don’t like the very proprietary nature of the site that really doesn’t allow a lot of embedding or sharing of content. Grrrrrr.

Finally – I’ll recommend two things I built for EFL Prof. Development.

1. Teacher inclass videos and all my presentations for teacher training

2.  TESOL modules and articles I collected for each.

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