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The #1 … ( authentic book for teaching ESL/EFL)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Hana’s Suitcase Forget fiction/non-fiction, if I had just one book to insist teachers of all levels share with their students – Hana’s Suitcase would be it.   A personal aside: I’ve always had an...

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...

REALize it! Use Authentic Materials.

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...

Using Authentic Video

In the last few years, one of the biggest changes for language teachers is our access to authentic materials. The world now comes to us and especially videos! It is much easier now for teachers to find “real English” on video. This article highlights many...

A Return To and A Defense of Freire

I just returned from visiting Nicaragua and some schools, universities there. In the more “prosperous” north but the poverty was still very evident everywhere. Even in the schools themselves. This is saying something for I’ve been living in Guatemala the last 6 years – and...

A Volunteer Teaching Vacation

I am doing a bit of a U-turn in terms of my interests and career in education.  All for the better. Trying to be more “on the ground” and give back more than I receive. Last week I spent a few days visiting schools and...

Top 10 Reasons To Use Music

Teachers by training or usually just instinct, know that music works in the classroom. For all ages, for all topics. I’ve even used a song to teach chemistry! This post is further to my well visited Top 50 ways to use music and song in the...

50 Best Practices For Language Teachers

                     50 “Best Practices” For Language Teachers                     “It’s a funny thing. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”                              – Arnold Palmer Through practice and experience...

50 Tips For Tired Teachers

Let’s be honest – there are days when as a teacher you are just “overwhelmed”.  Maybe from too many classes in a row over too many days. Maybe because of scheduling changes. Maybe due to being ill or stressed out.  It’s a fact, all teachers...

Best Video Based Lessons + materials for teaching

  Following up on my recent post – 5 Favorite and Fab video based lessons, here is a megalist of just some of the video based lessons on EFL Classroom 2.0 that have downloadable materials (also download the video for offline teaching in many cases!)...

Earth Day – April 22

Earth. It is such an important concept and relationship for students. A must to use in our curriculum, I don’t care what you teach. Take the opportunity to do something with your class this Earth Day, this spring! Revel in the gift that she gives,...

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...

The #1 Reason To Use Tech In ELT

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                               Differentiation I have thought about this long and hard. I’m not a big proponent of using “tech for tech’s...

Low Impact Teaching

Over the last 5 to 10 years, I’ve been developing new ideas about how we should be teaching in our classrooms.   These ideas have changed as the possibilities and promises of educational technology have become reality. The most fundamental of these ideas are always...

50 Professional Development Tips for the New Year

50  Professional Development Ideas For The New Year   There is never a better time than “NOW” to start working on one’s own professional development as a teacher.  However, often unless by chance you find yourself in the perfect school with perfect colleagues – it is...

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....

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