Thomas Edison

I'm not sure if the story is true but an important message for us teachers regarding the expectancy effect. Also very motivating ...
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I'm not sure if the story is true but an important message for us teachers regarding the expectancy effect. Also very motivating ...

Eddie the Eagle trailer

A great movie and inspiring for all students. Goes with the Olympic theme! Get resources for teaching with this movie in our Olympic resource…
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A great movie and inspiring for all students. Goes with the Olympic theme!

Get resources for teaching with this movie in our Olympic resource area.

Together | Official Olympic Campaign | Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Great message and great video to use in class to inspire students about the forthcoming games. See all our Olympic resources and the resources for this…
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Great message and great video to use in class to inspire students about the forthcoming games.

See all our Olympic resources and the resources for this video.

Inspiration

You can't reject this advice, for you or your students of language.
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You can't reject this advice, for you or your students of language.

Keep Moving Forward!

A nice video to show students that are frustrated or who need a strong positive message. Mistakes/set backs are ways forward and necessary.
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A nice video to show students that are frustrated or who need a strong positive message. Mistakes/set backs are ways forward and necessary.

Nov. Mid Month Updates

Lots of new things this month.  Check them out at your leisure!  Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning!  Miss the Nov. newsletter?- read it here. …
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Lots of new things this month.  Check them out at your leisure!  Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning!  Miss the Nov. newsletter?- read it here. 

1. Become A Supporter 

We are still trying to pay for the community. My wife is giving me hell for the thousands $ spent each year (and time I volunteer). Please consider a one time, lifetime supporter upgrade. Download everything. New content and resources daily. We remain committed to helping teachers. 

2. New Resources

Too many in the last few weeks to list! Gladiators, Inside Out, Beauty Products, Portmanteaus, Emotions, Graphic Organizers and more. Scroll through the pages. Or see our constantly updated new resources magazine.

3. Gif Lingua Has Badges!

Now, registered students and home learners will get badges. A new one every 200 points!  100 new books added already this month. Each with a lesson PDF pack for instant printables for teachers. We remain committed to providing free books for all students. 

4. LinkedIN ELT Professionals

Always great conversations about teaching English. Join the conversation.

5. The 50 Lists

These fantastic lists are our most popular posts. Great advice, references and instant lessons. 

6. EnglishCentral.

I've worked hard over the years to make EnglishCentral first rate. A Google company, we provide over 1,000s of  schools worldwide with custom video learning curriculum.  A full LMS for schools and teachers. Assign video courses or lessons, track progress. 

7.  Teaching English Magazine.

Constantly updated with all the important articles for teachers. Our service to you! 

8. Blog posts.  

We always have some new blog posts about teaching. Here's one that's compelling - The Din Inside The Head.

Best,

David 

Teacher Founder

My Funniest Videos about Teaching/Learning English

Time for some levity. Us teachers need to laugh at ourselves, our profession a bit. This is an absolute must.   So here are a few of the classic videos I've laughed at over the last few years. My top 5.Each video has to do with learning English or teaching English. If you want to watch…
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Time for some levity.

Us teachers need to laugh at ourselves, our profession a bit. This is an absolute must.

 

So here are a few of the classic videos I've laughed at over the last few years. My top 5.Each video has to do with learning English or teaching English.

If you want to watch something hilarious about education - the funniest video I know is Father Guido's 5 minute university!

Here is another list, similar but more geared to the teaching side of things. 

 

 

#1. JAPAN - Spare me my life. This is a cult classic - OMG! Yes, it is real!

 


#2 CHINA - Learning English in University "en mass"


#3 JAPAN - Aerobics English. I have a bad case of diaarrhea.


#4 Ali G Interviews Noam Chomsky.


#5 Do you speak English?

The "Din" inside the head

I've written a lot about Krashen's ideas on this blog. Fundamentally because they focus so well on what is "essential" in language learning.   He doesn't suffer fools gladly and I'm glad about that. I was going over his online articles and especially his seminal work - Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning. I kept coming back to the feeling I had as a teacher -…
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insideheadI've written a lot about Krashen's ideas on this blog. Fundamentally because they focus so well on what is "essential" in language learning.

 

He doesn't suffer fools gladly and I'm glad about that.


I was going over his online articles and especially his seminal work - Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning. I kept coming back to the feeling I had as a teacher - that comprehensible input was what students needed - needed to be engaged, on task and effectively learning a language. Not memorizing, not manipulating words, not learning grammar rules, not translating, not x or Y or z but only input, input, input - at a comprehensible level.


This is why extensive reading is so powerful in helping students acquire a language - but extensive listening is just as powerful yet so seldom done effectively. We need more of that - I'm trying my best at EnglishCentral to make this happen through authentic (but leveled/supported) content.  Also with the Gif Lingua library of leveled readers (over 3,000).


However, input really isn't all that must happen when a student receives language. They also have to "notice" the language in their conscious mind. That's when the learning happens and language "sticks".


Krashen has a nice little article where he calls this "The Din in the head" hypothesis (and yes, yet another hypothesis). He relates the din to a form of "ecstasy" or ecstatic experience.

It is kind of like the ghost inside the machine. Meaning, when language is received, there is a "din" that goes off which links the input to something "there". Scaffolding is achieved and the language rooted when the language is put into a context. What is this "din"?


Essentially it is the student's bell/brain sparking and going off. An involuntary mental rehearsal of the language. Students notice language. They are no longer fish in water but fish that know they are in water! They take the received and convert it to something and somewhere that it can be produced. It may be relating the incoming language to a known form or L1. It may be repeating it. It may be thinking a thought of something it relates to. It may be a lot of things this din - but it is important. Everything isn't just input - there has to be some ghost in the machine doing its thing.


Here's what Krashen says,


"The Din in the Head hypothesis claims that the din is the result of stimulation of the language acquisition device, a sign that language acquisition is taking place (Krashen, 1983).I noted that the Din experience correlates with less reluctance to speak the language, but did not make any hypothesis about a sudden "critical stage" that leads to a "sudden and massive restructuring" as de Bos claims (p. 173). "


So what does this mean for the working Joe teacher?


I think it means that we have to create curriculum that is strongly contextualized and thus offers "comprehensibility". I think it means we have to think more about the input that happens in our classes and how we can create regularity of it. I think we have to think about how we might get our students to do some metacognitive activities and start practicing "thinking about language".


I know it is a long shot but maybe we can try to get this "din" activating more often in our students?

 

Zen and the Act of Teaching

I've been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal. It will be mentioned and highlighted in several publications this fall as well as  the hardcover book for purchase, being used in several teacher training programs. If you do use as a hardcover book in a teaching program or wish to purchase and support our community - thanks in…
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I've been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal.

It will be mentioned and highlighted in several publications this fall as well as  the hardcover book for purchase, being used in several teacher training programs. If you do use as a hardcover book in a teaching program or wish to purchase and support our community - thanks in advance! 

Here is the full ebook for your own review. Click on the photo to view in flash. Comments welcome.

 Enjoy!  Just print, bind and use daily or weekly. Discuss your entries with colleagues. 

Teachers can do the online self-paced course and get a certificate of completion. 

Download the PDF      |     Download the PPT


 

Top 5 Lectures about Education & Technology

This is a follow up to my recent: Top 5 Inspirational presentations about Educational Technology.  Over the last decade there have been some great lectures made available…
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This is a follow up to my recent: Top 5 Inspirational presentations about Educational Technology

Over the last decade there have been some great lectures made available to teachers/researchers about the powerful new possibility that technology promises for education. I've watched so many - on TED, on Fora, on The Edge.  I'd like to share my top 5.  

I'm sure you have your own to share and please comment and tell us which one(s) you think are a "must". 

Honorable Mentions: Is the internet a good thing? - Postman | Teaching With Tech: Back to the Future | 3 Lessons Learned: Diane Laufenberg | Disruption in Higher Education: Clayton Christensen   |  How Youtube is driving innovation - Chris Anderson

 

#5 Derailing Education - David Warlich

#4 Let's Use Video To Re-invent Education
 

#3  Copyright problems in the Digital Age - Richard Stallman

 

#2 The Learning Revolution - Ken Robinson

 

#1  The Future Of Learning - Sugata Mitra

If you liked this you might enjoy:  Top 5 inspirational speeches for teachers

Mid - October Community Updates

Lots of new things on the community this month.  Get an overview by checking out our New Resources magazine or seeing "…
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Lots of new things on the community this month.  Get an overview by checking out our New Resources magazine or seeing "the latest feed" in our resources section.  Here's a highlight of some important new posting of resources. 

Also don't forget our constantly updated - Teaching English Magazine.

Missed the last newsletter - view it here. 

Good luck with your lessons and teaching this month!

David 

Teacher Founder

1. Course for Beginners

There aren't a lot of quality courses where beginners can practice and even "speak". Here is one I designed that you might send your students to. They'll get a automatic certificate of completion when they finish. 

2.  Am. - Br. Eng. Differences

Nice worksheets and ideas for teaching the main differences in vocabulary. 

3. Discussion Prompts 

Just put these up on the screen and move through the slides. You'll get a random prompt that your students will have to respond to. 3 categories. 

4. The Big Snit

One of my all time best animated films for the language classroom. Major life lessons too! 

5. Euphemisms

These are essential features of language all intermediate and advanced learners should understand. Some fun materials highlighting the major ones. 

6. Music and Song Resources

A nice post about the plethora of music related resources to be found on EFL Classroom 2.0

7. Video Based Lessons List

Updated this month. Hundreds of recommended videos to use in the classroom with lesson plans and materials! Can't beat it! 

7. The Nobel Prize

Use the template to get students researching a Nobel Laureate and presenting their findings to the class. Many more ideas and worksheets also. 

8. New Video Player.

Check out the new video player on EnglishCentral.  Start your free trial and use the LMS and get students studying English with the world's best videos. 

9. Vocabulary Learning

Get ideas. Also use these hundreds of worksheets to help teach vocabulary in your classroom. 

10.  Gif Lingua

I'm looking for some teachers interested in using the platform as an Extensive Reading tool. In need of your feedback. If interested, sign up as a teacher and then contact me.  I'll reply and also upgrade you on the site for full access to downloads, reports etc .... Thanks for your help in advance! 

Discussion Prompts

I've been improving my coding skills and especially javascript knowledge.  Wonderful language to create cool apps for language learning and teaching.  Here are 3 new "random"' generators you can use. Click the buttons below and put up on the screen to prompt students to discuss and answer. Additionally, have students ask a follow up question in their small group or pairs.  They contain a bank of 100 prompts - I'll be adding more soon.  The Questions are for beginner / low…
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I've been improving my coding skills and especially javascript knowledge.  Wonderful language to create cool apps for language learning and teaching. 

Here are 3 new "random"' generators you can use. Click the buttons below and put up on the screen to prompt students to discuss and answer. Additionally, have students ask a follow up question in their small group or pairs. 

They contain a bank of 100 prompts - I'll be adding more soon.  The Questions are for beginner / low intermediate levels but can be used for all levels as a "getting to know you" type activity. 

Use the tweet button to let others know about this easy lesson idea/activity!

Find more conversation and discussion generators and printables of these to use in class as paper prompts - go HERE and HERE.

Top 20 Resources

We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members.    There is a lot of content available to free members.  But please…
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We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members.   

There is a lot of content available to free members.  But please consider becoming and member and upgrading to Supporter to download all files, lessons, resources and access everything.

Here are the top 20 things that make our community special - by no means all of them!

1. All Our 50 Lists. Make sure to see first the "50 Ways To Use EFL Classroom 2.0."

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2.   Teaching English Magazine published weekly. Get the app!

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3.  Lesson Materials Galore to Download.

Hundreds of Lessons In A Can + downloadables

Video Lessons Directory

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PDF File Download Directory.  Download all files from a folder. 1,000s. Preview.

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4.   Teach | Learn: Our Student Created Content full coursebook + files to edit.

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5.   School Of TEFL access and Certificate Course free for members!

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6.  Teaching Journal. Also many more ebooks for members!

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7.   Best Videos for Teaching English. 

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8.  Pronunciation Galore! 

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9.   EFL 2.0 Chat Parter 24/7

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10.  Teacher Toolbox.  Hundreds of instant tools for teaching.

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11.   Lesson A Day:  Always get an instant idea!

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View our list of over 200 video lessons with downloadable resources and complete instructions.

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13.   Teaching Recipes.    Short, sweet recipes and resources to use in your class.

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14.  Videos + . Hundreds of the best streaming videos. Also our video library!

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15.    Grammar Galore.  Amazing references and resources to use!

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16.   Stories Galore. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Readers and more ....

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17.  EnglishCentral.   Stay updated with all the latest info. Get the apps!

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18. #1 In ELT ebook and directory

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19.   Blogs.   Thousands of blogs and great advice, inspiration.

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20.  Just all the other stuff.  An ocean of content, all curated.

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Mid September Updates

Lots of new things this "Back To School" month.  Get an overview by checking out our New Resources magazine.  Also don't forget our constantly updated - …
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Lots of new things this "Back To School" month.  Get an overview by checking out our New Resources magazine.  Also don't forget our constantly updated - Teaching English Magazine.

Missed the last newsletter - view it here. 

Good luck with your lessons and teaching this month!

David 

Teacher Founder

1. Supporting EFL Classroom 2.0

It costs a lot of money, time and TLC to keep the community up and running. We add new materials almost daily and recently improved our search and server so it's second to none.  To help support the costs - I'm now making available a file folder brimming with 1,000s of instant printables/worksheets. Payment will help support us - check out the read only view of the folder of what you get. With purchase your EFL 2.0 account will also be upgraded for additional  Supporter access. Thank you in advance for your support.  PURCHASE NOW.

2.  Charlie Brown

We've collected all these resources into one category. Great for teaching holidays like Thanksgiving. 

3. Words ... Words .... 

The original video based lesson (video by NPR) is probably our most popular and now here is another introducing important collocations. Enjoy! 

4. Making Friends

This topic is stellar and a good one for starting out a school year or new class. 

5. Happyness

Great worksheets both related to the movie "Pursuit of Happyness" and about discussing what is happiness. Get the questionnaire for students to complete. Are they happy? 

6. Music and Song Resources

A nice post about the plethora of music related resources to be found on EFL Classroom 2.0

7. Describing Pain

All the language related to describing pain. Great worksheets with dialogs and vocabulary. 

7. News & Current Events

Here are some discussion sheets for talking about the news. Check out the news published weekly on Gif Lingua! 

8. EnglishCentral.

Check out the Youtube of language learning! Get your students practicing their speaking and learning English with videos they love. 

9. Top 5

Have you played our most popular game with your students? We recently updated the category and this is loads of fun and great for vocabulary review. 

10.  Gif Lingua

I'm looking for some teachers interested in using the platform as an Extensive Reading tool. In need of your feedback. If interested, sign up as a teacher and then contact me.  I'll reply and also upgrade you on the site for full access to downloads, reports etc .... Thanks for your help in advance! 

Music and Song Resources

I  thought I'd take a moment and mention some of the great materials and especially workbooks that we have for teachers and which are related to using songs/music.  ** First for reference would be the…
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I  thought I'd take a moment and mention some of the great materials and especially workbooks that we have for teachers and which are related to using songs/music. 

** First for reference would be the 50 Ways To Use Music In The Classroom. Chalk full of links to great resources and excellent advice.  Also see our whole category of Music related materials.

** Our Pop song ebook.  Wow. Hundreds of print and go worksheets for songs. Also of course see our Lyrics Listening worksheet directory. 

** A music appreciation lesson works so well and is so easy to do. Check out the worksheets and lesson here.

** This is a great, motivating idea - Best 2nd language singers ebook.  Use hit songs by singers whose native language isn't English. They sing so well in English and will inspire your students. 

** Ever fancy using Karaoke in the ELT Classroom? We got you covered, try Karafun or GoSing. We have 1,000s of premade songs. Just load and play and sing. 

** Project Peace has a new home and is inspiring. Why not make one with your class using a Peace Pack?

** Literal Versions of music videos help teach English and students have fun with them. Check them out.

** This Music A to Z quiz is wonderful. Highly recommend. 

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Here are a few teaching recipes and ideas off the top of my head for using a song with your students and class. 

Teaching Recipes For Using Songs In Your Teaching

1. Students listen and order the lines of the song that have been mixed up.


2. Students listen and decide what kind of song it is – romantic? song with a message?


3. Students listen and select the best of 3 possible titles for the song.


4. Students listen and complete a copy of the lyrics with gaps.


5. Students find and underline examples of a particular grammar point in a song.


6. Students study two or three unfamiliar idioms from a song and try to work out what they mean.


7. Students listen and decide which one of three pictures best represents the song.


8. Students listen and answer True/ False or multi-choice questions.


9. Students rewrite the lyrics of a song, trying to fit their words to the melody.


10. Students listen and select the best of 3 one-sentence summaries of the song.


11. Students listen to confirm their predictions about the content of a song based on having looked at 5 key            

       vocabulary items listed by the teacher.                       

12. Students listen and answer comprehension questions about the song.


13. Students do a role play based on characters or a situation from the song.


14. Students sing the song together as the CD plays.


15. Students listen in order to identify and correct a wrong word in each line of the  song.


16. Students are given a list of words from the song. They match together the words  that rhyme, then listen

      and complete a gap-fill of the lyrics using those words.

Use and Purchase Gif Lingua Books

I've been working hard, I mean really hard. Trying to realize my dream of a place of learning and literacy - an online library that all students can access for free.  That dreams is on the edge of reality. Gif Lingua Books has over 3,000 leveled readers, especially written for ESL / ELL / EFL learners.  Students can read, do quizzes, watch videos, study book…
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I've been working hard, I mean really hard. Trying to realize my dream of a place of learning and literacy - an online library that all students can access for free. 

That dreams is on the edge of reality. Gif Lingua Books has over 3,000 leveled readers, especially written for ESL / ELL / EFL learners.  Students can read, do quizzes, watch videos, study book vocabulary (with Quizlet sets) for all books. For free. 

How is this possible? Well, I'm funding development and paying people from my own pocket. It's my dream. But it does have to be self-supporting financially in the long run.

So I'm asking teachers and schools to pay for using the LMS, making student accounts, tracking student reading and writing with reports. Teachers also get 1,000s of worksheet sets supporting the content of each book. Further, teachers can download all books in pptx or epub to create their own offline library of readers. 

So please consider subscribing and supporting Gif Lingua as a teacher.  This month only - $25 for a year's access. I'm keeping the price very low and reasonable. I don't believe in ripping off hard working fellow teachers.  Please, tell your colleagues too!  You can purchase teacher access HERE.

View samples of epubs, pptx and pdf printables teacher supporters receive.

August Mid-Month Updates

Lots of new things on the community and to relate.  Check them out at your leisure!   Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning! 1. Gif…
Author:- ddeubel

Lots of new things on the community and to relate.  Check them out at your leisure!  

Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning!

1. Gif Lingua.

Gif Lingua has quizzes! Find out more here

You can add quizzes to books you or your students write. Or just make a book with only quiz questions and put it up there for students to complete. Get reports on student results. This is a great feature to test student comprehension.

We will be busy adding pre-made quizzes to books. Find them in the QUIZ category when you click "Browse". Want to download books and all worksheets for the books? - upgrade to a teacher supporter. $25/year only for the next week. 

2.  The Solar Eclipse.

We've made and collected some great resources to teach about this big event. 

3. Project Peace. 

I started this 10 years ago. So many classrooms contributed a video. I'll be resurrecting it with a new Project Peace contest in September. Stay tuned! Take a look at its new home and many resources to help teach peace in the EFL Classroom. 

4. The Present.

Every teacher must share this at least once with students. Classic video lesson, resources updated. 

5. All About Me

A great worksheet for "getting to know you" lessons. Perfect for the start of the school year. Get more lessons like this too. 

6. Ways to Save Electricity

Materials to teach about this important topic and get students brainstorming ways to help the environment. 

7. Elvis Presley

All our lesson materials about "The King" in one place. You might also be interested in The Beatles. 

7. Name 3

A wonderful and easy to do vocabulary game. Sometimes simple is best. 

8. EnglishCentral.

Check out the Youtube of language learning! Get your students practicing their speaking and learning English with videos they love. 

9. Golden Bell

More resources to play this high stakes trivia game with students. 

10.  Teaching English Magazine.

Constantly updated with all the important articles for teachers. Our service to you! 

Lastly - as I wrote in our last newsletter, EFL Classroom will become a Supporters paid community as of Sept. 1st.

We'll continue to provide all the best resources and information to teachers through the site, newsletters, social media and email updates. It will be one low price lifetime payment. Then you are in.

I hope many will support us and recognize the contribution we made and continue to make, day in and day out. 

Regards,

David 

Teacher Founder

Mucking 'about

** Update - since this post I've been mucking about more!  Includes Gif Lingua Books an extensive reading site, Courses, a course site for teachers and students, Video Lessons, a site with hundreds of…
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** Update - since this post I've been mucking about more!  Includes Gif Lingua Books an extensive reading site, Courses, a course site for teachers and students, Video Lessons, a site with hundreds of lesson materials related to video that teachers can download, Teach | Learn a free coursebook used by 1,000s of teachers. Others too like cracking google docs to make a certificate maker, a new Academic page for EnglishCentral, improvements to Teaching Recipes and more! 

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I've been reflecting a lot on my own "creativity" regarding ELT and education in general. Over the last 5-6 years, I've dived into many projects. I've reveled in the possibility that a little bit of tech knowledge gives. Just trying and seeing what happens, following the 37 signals principle of just "getting it live" and going from there.

So many things I've tried. Most have failed. Yes, sadly true but I've reconciled myself to this. It is part of the process.

See a list below.  These are in addition to the presentations, materials, resources, games etc...., I've made.  I've been very harsh about a passing grade. Some projects that "failed" are still awaiting a new person or possibility to get them going again (like TEFList). Some fell victim to a lot of passion but just bad timing in the marketplace. Others, just didn't take for reasons I can't divine. Such is life.

I'm proud of what did pass. These sites continue to help thousands of teachers every day. Free and represent an expression of my own will and contribution to the world of education. Some I do wish had had even more success (like Project Peace) but that's life. It had its time and will have its time again, god willing.

We should all have the ability to muck about - I love that the internet allows us such.

One final comment. The internet is changing very fast. It is now very hard to start a community, to get traction with a website. For many reasons I won't get into but things have changed. If you want to muck about online, do so for the mere joy of doing it, seeing it be built and be "alive". Don't do it expecting to be a success in the larger sense of the word - you'll be in for a lot of heavy heartbreak.

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                   FAIL                  

EFL Classroom 2.0 TEFList (job site)
ELT and Tech  Teacher's TV
Project Peace  English Q and A
Teaching Recipes BBB Video Conference
Diigo Group Bookmarks Classifieds
Teacher Talk Blog  English Q and A
Quizlet Flashcards  ebooks: POD
Random ELT Blog Generator  TED Talks player
Chatterbot Ad Free Youtube
EnglishCentral EnglishTutor chatterbot
Karaoke ELT Interviews
Teaching English Magazine  Books4Teachers
Voicethreads for ELT  Amazon Book store
LinkedIn: ELT Professionals Connecting Classrooms
ELT Twitter Chat page eFront LMS
HuffDuffer podcasts RSS to PDF Maker

May Community Updates

Lots of new things to relate.  Check them out at your leisure!  Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning! 1. Project Peace. …
Author:- ddeubel

Lots of new things to relate.  Check them out at your leisure!  Happy teaching in your classroom - keep the fire burning!

1. Project Peace. 

I started this 10 years ago. So many classrooms contributed a video. I'll be resurrecting it with a new Project. Take a look at its new home and many resources to help teach peace in the EFL Classroom. 

2. The Present.

Every teacher must share this at least once with students. Classic video lesson, resources updated. 

3. China.

It's a huge and important country. Get resources and inspiration. 

4. Gif Lingua.

We added 100 new books this month, each with resources teachers can download. Did you know teachers can download books, upload to Google Books and have your own offline library of ebooks? 

5. Languages of the world.

Great quiz and a nice new resource. Can your students name the top 10 spoken languages? 

6. Justin Bieber.

Every student will get excited by this great lesson and materials. 

7. Mt. Everest.

What a great topic to teach about in the classroom! Videos and resources. 

8. EnglishCentral.

Join our teachers class and get free and full access! Check it out and see how we make it easy to supplement your classroom teaching with great video speaking and learning practice. First,register as a teacher -  then join our class of teachers on EnglishCentral. 

9. Sick - Shel Silverstein.

New resources to teach this classic and fun poem all will enjoy. 

10.  Teaching English Magazine.

Constantly updated with all the important articles for teachers. Our service to you! 

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April Community Updates

Dear EFL 2.0 Members, It's April, and here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community. Members get 2 mails a month - this one with updates and our monthly full newsletter. Best, David    1.…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL 2.0 Members,

It's April, and here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community. Members get 2 mails a month - this one with updates and our monthly full newsletter.

Best,

David 

 

1. Gif Lingua  A few changes to Gif Lingua. Now with over 2,000 full lessons.

Registered teachers download ppts/epubs of books, full worksheet sets for books. Register before July 1st to get free access for all 2017. Students can read books, study quizzes. Please share, write a blog post, let others know about this great tool we're building. 

Plus, now all books have videos supporting the topic learning - no Youtube ads! Students will now have to log in to study books and view videos but when the site is fully launched in July - teachers will be able to sign up students with a friendly class code. 

2.  Earth Day Resources.  More handy resources added to this category. 

3.  Dating lesson  A video based lesson about first impressions and dating.

4.  Patriot's Day  New resources for Patriot, Patriot's and Memorial Day.

5   ALike  A beautiful video based lesson with full resources. 

6.  Poetry.  April is poetry month. We have loads of resources to use with all levels of students.  

7.  The Starfish Story  A beautiful story to motivate students. 

8.  Heads Up.  A cool version of charades, see it played on Ellen and do the same in your class. 

Lastly - EnglishCentral. Have you signed up as a teacher yet?  

Are you a teacher still working to improve your English? Use EnglishCentral for free - join our teachers class HERE.

You'll get full access to check out EnglishCentral from a student's perspective. Teachers get a full LMS to manage students learning - assign video lessons, set goals, monitor student achievement through comprehensive reports. Make sure to download the app!

Join our 4th Free Monthly Webinar on the 27th

Free CELT Athens Teacher Development Webinars  CELT Athens is offering a series of monthly teacher development webinars free for all practising and aspiring English language…
Author:- Marisa Constantinides

Free CELT Athens Teacher Development Webinars 

CELT Athens is offering a series of monthly teacher development webinars free for all practising and aspiring English language teachers. These interactive webinars will focus on areas relevant to working professionals who need practical advice on their day-to-day teaching.

Webinar presenters are tutors on our courses at CELT Athens, including the Cambridge CELTA and Delta.

Please click here for more information on the centre and our tutors.

N.B. The webinar slides or handouts provided will be available for you to download during each webinar.

 
Free Webinar No 4  +  Q & A on our courses 
 
This month we will be offering our free webinar from 11.00-12.00 UK time (please click on the image of the world clock below to find your local time) and after that, there will be a Q & A on our online and contact courses, especially our Online CELTA and our Online/ Distance Delta 
 
 
Please click here for your local time 
 
 
AFFECT FOR BETTER EFFECT (11:00 - 12:00) 
 
Using affectively engaging materials can help us develop our learners’ critical thinking and higher order cognitive skills. In this workshop, participants will participate in a number of tasks that they can later use in their own lessons. They will also design activities that will help them develop their learners’ creativity and emotional engagement - theiraffect - with learning materials which can help language included in the material make a more effective transition into long term memory.
 

  

Angelos Bollas is a Tutor on the CELT Athens CELTA courses – he obtained his CELTA in 2014 and subsequently completed his Cambridge Delta with us and continued with his MA in English Language Teaching. Currently, he is completing his PhD.

He has experience of teaching in Greece, general and exam classes and in the UK teaching in EAP classes as well as in-service training for schools and training as a CELTA tutor for our institution. 

He co-moderates #ELTchat on Twitter every Wednesday and is currently serving as a member of the Conference Committee for IATEFL International

Angelos is an Approved CELTA tutor since the summer of 2016. 

He is @Angelos_Bollas on Twitter and his blog is Narratives of a TEFLer 


 
Q & A on our Cambridge Courses (12:00 - 13:00) 
  
All your questions on our Cambridge face-to-face and other courses answered!
 
 
Marisa Constantini
des & George Vassilakis will be available for an hour to respond to queries, clarify areas of concern and provide detailed explanations of how our courses work and how we support our trainees both during as well as beyond their course dates! 
Bring your questions on our CELTA courses 

or our Delta course options 

One size does not fit all, and our experienced tutors can supply you with information which may help you make the right decision about which type of course option fits your style and needs best. 

Our Online CELTA – about to lift off!

It’s here! On the launch pad – our first CELTA online course – and we are already accepting applications from our first cohort of trainees who will begin their course on April 24.  Is the CELTA really fully done online?  The…
Author:- Marisa Constantinides



It’s here! On the launch pad – our first CELTA online course – and we are already accepting applications from our first cohort of trainees who will begin their course on April 24. 



Is the CELTA really fully done online? 

The CELTA Online is not really  and truly a fully online course; it is a blended learning programme but as Cambridge Assessment started it with this name, the ‘online’ title  has stayed with us and prevailed although many candidates around the world do not realise that their physical presence for the Teaching Practice Component of the course is a requirement.

On this first course, we will be concentrating the Teaching in a stretch of two weeks in Athens, but it is also possible to organise this over a number of weeks, more like our part time courses. This is something we will consider for a fall or winter course later. 


Online for the first Six Weeks 


For 6 weeks, our candidates will be working on their own online, at their own pace, logging into and out of their learning platform whenever it suits them to

  • view recorded seminars
  • participate in forum discussions
  • complete and check a variety of tasks.

The workload is very reasonable – depending on how quickly you can work and assimilate information, an average of 3-6 hours of work per week is expected.

What happens during the Two intensive Weeks in Athens

Two weeks in Athens in the second half of June are what is required for this particular first configuration.

During these two weeks you will be teaching and observing colleagues teach every day! Your tutors will be there to support your planning efforts and to guide you as well as give you feedback and direction on your next steps from being good to becoming a great teacher!

At the end of the two weeks, an external Cambridge CELTA assessor will review your progress, observe you in class and confer with your tutors about your development.

Four more weeks and it’s over!

During the last four weeks of the course, the leaning mode goes back to the online platform and you will be logging in for more input sessions and writing and submitting your written assignments, (four written assignments during the whole course).

In future, there will be other timetable configurations that we will be offering, so do please keep in touch with us if interested in this new way of following this great course.

For more information please check the following links:

For more detail, do please send us an email ( info@celt.edu.gr ) and we will be most pleased to help you make the right choice – online learning is not the best choice for everyone but, at the same time, face-to-face instruction does not fit in with everyone’s life plan!!!

Is this the right course option for you? Or should you do a face-to-face course?

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Think, but do also talk to our tutors who have experience with different modes of learning and can help you make the right decision. 

N.B. The CELTA Certificate obtained via an online course does not indicate that this was an ‘online’ course and looks exactly the same as the contact course Certificate.  



Newbie on the site (new kid on the block)

Hello everyone,  I am looking forward to being a part of this community and thanks for the welcome. I need to look around the site and discover what there is on offer, it looks great so far as I can tell. I have been teaching on and off with ITutor based in Taiwan and am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding earnings, payments,schedules and such like. I am now looking to doing some teaching with First Tutor. I also have a new website where I will offer…
Author:- Peter Jones

Hello everyone,

 I am looking forward to being a part of this community and thanks for the welcome.

I need to look around the site and discover what there is on offer, it looks great so far as I can tell. I have been teaching on and off with ITutor based in Taiwan and am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding earnings, payments,schedules and such like. I am now looking to doing some teaching with First Tutor.

I also have a new website where I will offer online lessons one to one by Skype where I will concentrate on conversation and confidence building using role play and real life situations. I find that immersing the students in the everyday lifelike subjects keeps their interest better than just sitting them down and lecturing them. They will learn structure and grammar etc through talking and listening with help from their tutor correcting and advising along the way.

Anyway I will build my profile next and hope to start contributing soon, Peter

Gems of EFL Classroom - Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is in my soul (read my own, if interested HERE) and I think if used correctly, it is a powerful activity in the EFL Classroom. In that vein, find a plethora of resources on the Poetry In The Classroom page. Lots…
Author:- ddeubel

April is National Poetry Month.

Poetry is in my soul (read my own, if interested HERE) and I think if used correctly, it is a powerful activity in the EFL Classroom.

In that vein, find a plethora of resources on the Poetry In The Classroom page.

Lots of ideas and printables (click the links at the top of the page), you can use immediately in your classroom. Your students will discover the English poet in themselves and when students use language in creative ways, they become very empowered and more confident, less fearful of the second language.

* Read my full blog post on this topic. Read about more gems of EFL Classroom in this series.

March Mid-Month Updates

Dear EFL 2.0 Members, It's March, and here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community.  David  http://www.englishcentral.com/academic 1. Cesar Chavez  March 31st is his day and get resources to…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL 2.0 Members,

It's March, and here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community. 

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

1. Cesar Chavez  March 31st is his day and get resources to teach all about this great man. 

2.  Teaching Tag Questions.  More handy resources added to this category. 

3.  Turkey: Food & Culture  A video based lesson about this fascinating culture. 

4.  Top 10 A very simple and fun brainstorming activity suggestion. 

5  Teach | Learn.  A new updated edition of this book used by 1,000s of teachers. 

6. Take me out to the ball game.  Resources to teach this simple but timeless chant/song. 

7.  Travel Discussion Questions.  Easy speaking based lesson with these question sheets. 

8.  Recent ELT Professionals Discussions.  Join the conversation on our LinkedIN group.

Last

Gif Lingua  Take a look at our "How It Works" page. Over 2,000 leveled readers with quizzes, flashcards and worksheets for registered teachers.  Let me know your feedback as I build this library - david@giflingua.com

Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Teaching

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "the children are working as if I don't exist." - Maria Montessori During the last year, I've been following the KhanAcademy locomotive as it chugs on to distant fertile lands and glory.   I'm a big believer of video and its revolutionary…
Author:- ddeubel

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say,
"the children are working as if I don't exist."
- Maria Montessori

During the last year, I've been following the KhanAcademy locomotive as it chugs on to distant fertile lands and glory.   I'm a big believer of video and its revolutionary impact to disrupt normal channels of educational delivery.  The KhanAcademy user group (google) emails are just mind boggling. Seems everyone from the granny on the couch to CEOs of major companies are leaving desperate messages - "get intouch with me!", they scream.  However, I must say that they are on the wrong educational bandwagon.

This post I recently read, highlighted one problem not addressed by the Khan Academy - the motivation of the learner.  Even self directed learning won't just magically generate a "self directed learner".  What counts is the environment in which the learner is found. The teacher is essential to this. However, in a very indirect and "get out of the way", way.

I firmly believe that given a free start, each child, each student, wants to learn and will learn.  We must create the environment from which their seed will grow.  Just like there are seldom any "bad" teachers, just teachers in the wrong environment and place - so too we must get students encountering a world of learning that they themselves encounter, they explore, they engage and nurture. Sugata Mitra has it right - learning is a self-organizing principle.

So without further ado, here is the man. Click the photos of the presentation to get to my favorite presentations detailing his beliefs. See my own posts mentioning him.  Here's my bio of the man for further reference.  Sugata Mitra

I sure wish Bill Gates would have given him that big bundle of cash. 

 
If you liked this post, you might enjoy reading "Sugata Mitra, The Ignorant School Teacher". 

Recent ELT Professionals LinkedIn Discussions Winter 2017

We have a booming and lively knowledge based group of teachers - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn.  Take a look at these most recent discussions, start your own and join in! Winter 2017 1.…
Author:- ddeubel

We have a booming and lively knowledge based group of teachers - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn. 

Take a look at these most recent discussions, start your own and join in!

Winter 2017

1. The biggest problem for language learners. https://goo.gl/OMmOQm

2. Bilingual more intelligent than monolingual? https://goo.gl/CZ2IZs

3. Word Classes. https://goo.gl/kugvyl

4. Extensive Reading. Your experience? https://goo.gl/zmkPGm

5. Watch or See? https://goo.gl/01EzkG

6. A Grammar Question. https://goo.gl/5ehcT7

7. I'm loving it. https://goo.gl/N4g3LX

8. My Perfect Classroom. https://goo.gl/BY71am

9. Moving countries to teach English. https://goo.gl/Tk7fT6

10. Strange Grammar. https://goo.gl/bnclS4

11.  What is teaching? https://goo.gl/9QFR6C

Fall 2016

1. This is controversial. Native English isn't king. https://goo.gl/onRajS
2. Green Mile film discussion lesson - https://goo.gl/wqGfef
3. What's correct? "Board of Directors" - https://goo.gl/PJVM9g
4. Can "Where" refer to a noun of place? - https://goo.gl/PlzYpB
5. The teacher is not going to ... - Your analysis. - https://goo.gl/USLzy3
6. What is Digital Literacy? - https://goo.gl/2uI5Uw
7. Creating Video Lessons - https://goo.gl/Z1PyE4
8. The Sapir Whorf hypothesis. - https://goo.gl/Zf8e6A
9. EFL PPT Games. - https://goo.gl/Dpk0q1
10 Internet Censorship in China - https://goo.gl/sJUof6

Stealing Dreams: free ebook

When I first heard that Seth Godin was venturing into the realm of education with a book on schools - I cringed.  He isn't a teacher, has no experience in this field and often is just "sensationalistic". He paints issues with sharp metaphors and turns of phrases but at the end after reading him - I'm often left with, "and so ...." However, we all have an interest in education, Seth Godin…
Author:- ddeubel

When I first heard that Seth Godin was venturing into the realm of education with a book on schools - I cringed.  He isn't a teacher, has no experience in this field and often is just "sensationalistic". He paints issues with sharp metaphors and turns of phrases but at the end after reading him - I'm often left with, "and so ...."

However, we all have an interest in education, Seth Godin included. We need to welcome all calls for drastic reform of our schools. Our kids need more options and a better place to get prepared for the future that is theirs. If we don't start building this and making the changes needed, we aren't doing our duty and handing them a future that has possibility. Seth starts at the right point, with the right question - "What is school for?"

Seth makes the usual points about the inadequacy of our present school system in the west and the cause of this. He's a little lacking in the fixes needed.  But I'll let you decide if you like his ebook. As always, he's a great read whatever you think about his ideas.   Read reviews here.  

 

 

February mid month updates.

Greetings! It's February, a short month but nonetheless here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community.  Hello to all new members. We recently had a change on the community so members need to sign in / register to use the resources - thus an influx of new members!  Newbies, make sure to check the overview of our community resources…
Author:- ddeubel

Greetings!

It's February, a short month but nonetheless here are some of the newest and recommended resources on our community. 

Hello to all new members. We recently had a change on the community so members need to sign in / register to use the resources - thus an influx of new members!  Newbies, make sure to check the overview of our community resources HERE. Plus, note besides this mid-month update we send out a newsletter at the beginning of each month. 

Best,

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

1. Valentine's Day resources  Also see this list and my post about the best "love" video lessons.

2.  Black History Month..  Feb. is black history month and here are many handy resources. 

3.  Placement tests  Some handy quick printable tests for teachers. 

4.  Things We Share Full lesson about how our similarities are more than our differences. Inspiring!

5.  Big Cats Learn about these incredible animals. 

6.  More song lyric sheets.  Englishman in N.Y. and others.

7.  Video Lessons Use this site for video inspiration. Click "Teaching Resources" for materials. 

8  Teach | Learn.  A new updated edition of this book used by 1,000s of teachers. 

Don't forget to visit from time to time - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn. Such great conversations and sharing of ideas about teaching. Where our members meet and talk teaching!  Read our constantly updated magazine for keeping up to date with the latest issues in our profession. 

Last -  we are experiencing some issues with our Search feature. Please be patient. In the meantime, use - http://community.eflclassroom.com/resources/topic/listForTag?tag=yoursearchterm  to search or try our Tag Search.

Gif Lingua will launch this month with a new look. Take a look at our "How It Works" page. Over 2,000 leveled readers with quizzes, flashcards and worksheets for registered teachers. See the new site over the next few days once I get the transfer done from the old one!

Dealing with Teacher Burnout

Dealing with Teacher Burnout One concern that even the most dedicated of English teachers will face in their…
Author:- Chris Fevens

Dealing with Teacher Burnout


One concern that even the most dedicated of English teachers will face in their careers, is the dreaded Teacher Burnout stage. Perhaps this stage is especially difficult for TEFL teachers living in a foreign countries where you simply can't turn to the resources or family/friends you have at home when you are going through a rough patch at work. In this blog entry, I'll try to explain what Teacher Burnout is and more importantly how to avoid it and how to get out of it if you are burned out from teaching.

Teacher Burnout is pretty much what it sounds like; simply being tired or exhausted (emotionally and physically) by the many problems and issues that plague teachers on an everyday basis. These problems can include student behavior issues, over-sized classes, inadequate salaries, too much marking, conflicts with co-workers or administrators, etc. For all the rewards and satisfaction that you can get from teaching, there seems to be a equal amount of problems one faces from this profession.

The consequences of Teacher Burnout are most often felt by the people we are trying to help the most; our students. A burned out teacher is often an apathetic, under-prepared, uninspiring educator simply going through the motions of teaching everyday. Your students depend on you to learn, and a burned out teacher is often unable to meet the needs of their students.

SO....how can we avoid being burned out from teaching???

Here are a few of my own suggestions to keep you motivated and connected while teaching:

1. The number one way I believe that teachers can avoid being burned out from their jobs, is by LEAVING YOUR WORK AT WORK. I know this sounds impossible, but it's something you have to try to do. I'm not saying don't plan and be prepared for your lessons, but leave the worry and stress at work where it belongs. You must make a conscience effort to use your weekends and free time the way you want to, without thinking about work or talking about work. And believe me it takes a lot of effort. When work starts creeping in your mind, you have to tell yourself I'm not going to worry about this right now.

2. Stay Healthy (Physically and Mentally).  You may not think it has a big impact on teacher burnout, but making healthy choices (diet, exercise, sleeping, trying to learn new skills, etc) will help immensely in staying fresh at work. I know if you're teaching in Korea for example, where drinking alcohol is a big part of people's social life, that this can be difficult, but its essential that you keep your mind in body in top shape to avoid becoming burnt out. Being healthy means having energy; something all teachers need in their jobs.

3. Change things up. As a teacher, even one that is teaching abroad, its very easy to fall into routines and to just keep using what's worked in the past. Although, these type of routines can be convenient, they can also kill you motivation to teach. It's essential as a teacher to try new things in your classes. I also think it's essential for everyone to try new things in our lives. Although every new thing we try in our classes may not be successful, at least you tried and you got your brain thinking in a way that left your comfort zone. Another great way to change things up is by getting away. Even if its only a couple hours outside the city (or visa versa),  being away from familiar surroundings will help to freshen your perspective on life and teaching. If you can take a longer vacation away from home, that's even better.

4. Be prepared for your classes and arrive early to work. As I mentioned earlier one of the biggest causes of teacher burnout is stress. When you are not prepared for your classes or arrive with just minutes to spare before you have to teach, this can cause a lot of stress. I know I said earlier leave work at work, but its also critical that you spend time planning and prepping for your classes. Perhaps you can do this before work or after work at school. This extra prep will make you life so much better, trust me. Also arriving early is a good way to avoid stress that can lead to burnout. If you live and teach in a hot country like Thailand or China in the summer, you're going to sweat a lot. Arriving late to work, sweaty, and rushing to class is no way to start you day. Give yourself extra time before teaching and it will really be worth it.

5. Don't forget to have fun. No matter what age you teach or what subject , you should try to have fun teaching everyday. This doesn't mean you shouldn't take your job seriously, but it means incorporating something enjoyable into every lesson. By sharing some jokes or personal funny stories, or use learning games in class you and your students will enjoyed your time together in class much more. The same goes when dealing with co-workers. Its very easy for teachers to complain about their jobs, as teaching can be tough. This complaining can also make a school a toxic environment. I think its important that you try to have fun and remain positive with colleagues as well. There is a good chance that you will spend almost as much time with them as your family and friends, so its crucial you have good relationships with these people...which leads me too advice #6.

6. Help/Compliment other people. I've found that whenever I'm feeling down or burnt out, helping my colleagues or students or giving someone praise for something they have done, is a great way to feel better. The thing is, if you dedicate yourself to helping others or making them feel good about themselves, you'll find that they will do the same for you, which can help when feeling burnt out

I know I said I was going to give advice for people who are currently experiencing Teacher Burnout, well my advice for them is the same as the people trying to avoid this feeling. If you do feel burnt out try to start following the advice above. It may not be easy to do these things, but it will be worth it.

Let me know if you have any additional advice to help people avoid teacher burnout in the comment section below.

The Personal Challenges Language Learners Face

Recently, I had the chance to sit into a Spanish as a foreign language class at the university that I work at. They needed volunteers to act as beginner students who were trying to learn Spanish in their teacher training program, so I volunteered. As I know very little Spanish myself, I definitely didn't need to 'act' like a beginner student. The class I attended was taught completely in Spanish, and it seemed like everyone else could understand what the teacher was saying better than…
Author:- Chris Fevens

Recently, I had the chance to sit into a Spanish as a foreign language class at the university that I work at. They needed volunteers to act as beginner students who were trying to learn Spanish in their teacher training program, so I volunteered. As I know very little Spanish myself, I definitely didn't need to 'act' like a beginner student. The class I attended was taught completely in Spanish, and it seemed like everyone else could understand what the teacher was saying better than me. When asked questions or given instructions, I really had no clue how to respond. This experience to me, an English as a foreign language teacher, was extremely beneficial in so many different ways, as for the first time in a long time (since probably grade 9 when I studied French) I was put into the shoes of our students. Sitting through this one class was a great reminder of some of the challenges that language learners face on a daily basis; challenges that can be hidden from teachers.

In this blog entry I want to look at some of these challenges, but not challenges that address the language itself. I think everyone knows grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc are very difficult when starting to learn a new language, but what I want to talk about are some of the emotional, and social struggles that students face when learning a new language.



Overcoming the Embarrassment of Failure / Building Self-Confidence / Courage
Perhaps one of the biggest personal obstacles that students face when embarking on learning a new language is the fear of failure. No one wants to make mistakes in life, however making mistakes is key to learning a new language. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for some people to speak up in class in their own language for fear of being wrong, and it takes even more courage to do that in a foreign language. And then when you do speak up, you receive feedback pretty quickly that you were either correct or incorrect. When we are correct, it's very easy to continue trying, when we aren't...well for some people this is where language learning stops. It is crucial that teachers (1)let their students know that mistakes are OK, (2) encourage their students to participate (3) respond carefully and correctly to their students' mistakes. Moreover, it's so important that teachers create a classroom atmosphere that is supportive and safe for all students.

For me, sitting in this Spanish class, I had absolutely no confidence in my Spanish ability. There were other students and teachers present in this class, and I absolutely felt uncomfortable in this setting. When I was given instructions in Spanish and still didn't know what to do, it was embarrassing, even though this wasn't a real class setting. Not only that, I could see how students could become frustrated when learning a new language, which leads me to my next point...


No Voice
When learning a new language, not only do students not understand what is being said to them, but they also cannot express themselves in that new language. They may not be able respond to questions, ask their own questions, ask for help or even articulate how they feel. The delay required to respond or the struggle to verbalize personal feelings can really jeopardize learning, as students may easily become frustrated or lose motivation. Speaking of motivation....



Motivation
Staying motivated to learn a new language is another huge obstacle that students face. First of all, learning a new language is tough and progress can be slow. Many students when they first encounter how difficult it is to learn another language can easily become overwhelmed and frustrated.
Second, learning a new language takes a lot of practice outside the classroom. Like any new skill, practice is essential to get better at it. A lot of people believe they do not have the time or energy to commit to studying. Moreover, finding someone to practice with, that speaks the language you are trying to learn, isn't always possible. Lastly, unless students have a real passion or an important reason to learn a new language, studying can quickly become "unnecessary" for students. For example if you are an American who speaks English, studying Japanese part-time in the US, you can easily get to the point where you question is it really 'worth it' to study Japanese. In your daily life you probably never speak Japanese, so you wonder why am I trying to learn Japanese. Staying motivated in these types of scenarios is very difficult.



Cultural Differences
To really master a language, you must always become familiar with the culture and traditions of the people who speak that language. For many language learners, the differences between their culture and this new one can be dramatic, and grasping this new culture can bring about more challenges to learning a language. One example of cultural difference (and struggle) that my students have told me about is the relationship between teacher and student in the classroom. In many countries, a teacher-centered approach exists, where the teacher lectures and the students just listen. Students do not question this, because of the high reverence teachers have in their society.  When taught by me, a Canadian, they thought the class would follow a similar structure, but really I wanted my class to be something much different. Some students may not be speaking out in your class (which is so important in learning a language) because they do know that they should be. Cultural differences like this can definitely play a role in inhibiting learning.

There are also so many cultural subtleties that exist in a language itself.  Let's use humor as an example: If a language learner is talking to a group a native English speakers, and the group suddenly laughs while the language learner speaks, but he/she doesn't understand why, this can create anxiety within this person. This person might wonder if they were the laughing at his/her grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and so on. This unfamiliarity with humor or other cultural subtleties can really impact the self-confidence of any language learner, which ultimately will affect the ability to master a language.

Struggles with cultural differences are multiplied several times, when language learners leave their countries to study a language in a foreign context. Not only are students encountering cultural differences in the classroom, but they are forced upon them when they leave the classroom. Students travelling to learn a new language often face feelings of anxiety, isolation and homesickness. As previously mentioned, when students are unable to communicate their feelings with those around them, the difficulties are multiplied once again

My hope in writing this blog is to raise awareness of some of the non-academic challenges that language learners face on a daily basis. As a teacher, we sometimes forget about these type of issues as we get distracted by the academic performance of our students. I truly believe to be able to successful teach our students we need to keep in mind the struggles that our students may be experiencing.

Media Literacy

There has been a lot of talk lately about "fake news" and preparing our students to recognize it and be aware of it. In a word teaching "Media Literacy" - a subset of the larger "Digital Literacy". Our students have …
Author:- ddeubel

There has been a lot of talk lately about "fake news" and preparing our students to recognize it and be aware of it. In a word teaching "Media Literacy" - a subset of the larger "Digital Literacy". Our students have a hard time evaluating information.

I think this is a vital topic for every classroom and curriculum. We all need as teachers, to do our part. 

Find all our Media Literacy related materials HERE.  But here is one simple one that you can use instantly, no prep. I'm sure it will be revealing - Fact or Opinion?

1. Ask students some simple statements and get them to raise stand up for FACT or stay sitting if OPINION.   Ex.  Smoking causes cancer - FACT /  Love is good - OPINION  /  America is a great country - OPINION  /  The moon is round - FACT  

You'll be surprised at the results. Make up your own statements to suit your students.

Alternatively, quiz students with this Gif Lingua Book (or students can read/study it after the lesson).

2. Provide students with the discussion handouts. Partners read their statements and see if their partner is correct, taking turns.

3. Take up as a class, all the answers.

4.  To end, ask students to make their own statements and ask the whole class, like #1.  

The whole lesson isn't really about being correct. It's about getting students into the habit of questioning their automatic responses and beliefs about information. 

Want to learn more about Digital Literacy?  Gavin Dudeney has a nice presentation overview of the topic. 

Download the Fact or Opinion megalist worksheets.

Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! Nice to be a part of this great community.
Author:- Stephanie Jackson

Hi everyone! Nice to be a part of this great community.

Recent ELT Professionals Discussions

We have a booming and lively knowledge based group of teachers - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn.  Take a look at these most recent discussions, start your own and join in! Recent Topics: 1. This…
Author:- ddeubel

We have a booming and lively knowledge based group of teachers - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn. 

Take a look at these most recent discussions, start your own and join in!

Recent Topics:

1. This is controversial. Native English isn't king. https://goo.gl/onRajS
2. Green Mile film discussion lesson - https://goo.gl/wqGfef
3. What's correct? "Board of Directors" - https://goo.gl/PJVM9g
4. Can "Where" refer to a noun of place? - https://goo.gl/PlzYpB
5. The teacher is not going to ... - Your analysis. - https://goo.gl/USLzy3
6. What is Digital Literacy? - https://goo.gl/2uI5Uw
7. Creating Video Lessons - https://goo.gl/Z1PyE4
8. The Sapir Whorf hypothesis. - https://goo.gl/Zf8e6A
9. EFL PPT Games. - https://goo.gl/Dpk0q1
10 Internet Censorship in China - https://goo.gl/sJUof6

December Mid Month Updates

Gif Lingua will have a new facelift Jan. 01.  So many amazing books and materials added each day!  Thinking of using…
Author:- ddeubel

Gif Lingua will have a new facelift Jan. 01.  So many amazing books and materials added each day! 

Thinking of using EnglishCentral at your school next year?  Email me, david@englishcentral and I'll tell you more. Free, level tests for all students, full reports, assign video lessons  -  the world's number 1 video teaching platform. 

Here's just a few of the "gifts" our community offers members....

This month.

1. Top Xmas PPTs.

2. New Year's Resolutions

3. 2016 News in Review

4. Zack King - youtube illusionist.

5. Want a cuppa?  Making tea.

6. 50 jobs in 50 states.

Miss the Dec. Newsletter?  Read it here.

Eternally. 

1. Christmas resources page. Christmas videos. Charlie Brown X-mas.

2. Zen and the Act of Teaching. Free teaching journal for all teachers.

3. New Resources magazineProf. Development magazine.

4. Teach | Learn. Our free coursebook full of printables.

5. #1 in ELT. Directory full of great advice for teachers.

6. Lessons In A Can. Hundreds of video lessons.

7. Video Lesson Directory.

8. The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Teacher ebook

9. ELT Professionals LinkedIn community. Great P.D.!

Calendars

These calendars, you can edit and personalize for your own classroom. Really great way to learn about holidays around the world, important dates etc.... Each group designs and researches one month.  Also get inspiration with our free EFL Classroom 2.0…
Author:- ddeubel

These calendars, you can edit and personalize for your own classroom. Really great way to learn about holidays around the world, important dates etc.... Each group designs and researches one month. 

Also get inspiration with our free EFL Classroom 2.0 calendar!

Martin Luther King

He's an icon and sterling example for students practicing public speaking.   Here are his most famous speeches.   I have a dream and The drum major instinct.  Get more…
Author:- ddeubel

He's an icon and sterling example for students practicing public speaking.   Here are his most famous speeches.   I have a dream and The drum major instinct. 

Get more HERE.

Inspirational Powerpoints

Go HERE to see all our inspirational ppts in Video or see all of these in quick, one mouse click flash on our Practice page. Just scroll down to that category. It's my own "clean" secret - that I produce a heck of a lot of inspirational powerpoints! I borrow from others, remix, make from scratch, edit, add music, splice, make flash…
Author:- ddeubel

Go HERE to see all our inspirational ppts in Video or see all of these in quick, one mouse click flash on our Practice page. Just scroll down to that category.

It's my own "clean" secret - that I produce a heck of a lot of inspirational powerpoints! I borrow from others, remix, make from scratch, edit, add music, splice, make flash files but most of all try to inspire.

But you might want to carry these around for non internet use or just remake what I've done.... They are great for story telling and higher level thinking.....

Here are a few.

Posters for your classrooms and inspiration! + Classroom Timer!

Here are a few frequently requested posters you can use to decorate your work area or classroom. This timer will allow you to change the picture and set the time for any length.....to change the picture click Format / background / arrow (fill effects) / upload photo / apply to all ..... Go here for some writing posters.
Author:- ddeubel

Here are a few frequently requested posters you can use to decorate your work area or classroom.

This timer will allow you to change the picture and set the time for any length.....to change the picture click Format / background / arrow (fill effects) / upload photo / apply to all .....

Go here for some writing posters.

What's your favourite video about "teaching" or "education"?

We are closing in on 1,200 videos in our catalogue here at EFL Classroom 2.0. So many amazing ones. I'd like to know which one here (or elsewhere) you really liked. Why? I'd also to encourage members to rate the videos and photos. This really helps others find useful stuff. Just click on the stars. I showed one of my favs, a Ted talk video of Ken Robinson discussing if "Schools kill creativity in our children". I like it especially for how he can be so funny then so…
Author:- ddeubel

We are closing in on 1,200 videos in our catalogue here at EFL Classroom 2.0. So many amazing ones.

I'd like to know which one here (or elsewhere) you really liked. Why? I'd also to encourage members to rate the videos and photos. This really helps others find useful stuff. Just click on the stars.

I showed one of my favs, a Ted talk video of Ken Robinson discussing if "Schools kill creativity in our children". I like it especially for how he can be so funny then so deadly serious. This kind of "presenting" is so human and so effective. If you haven't watched it, take a look!

Looking forward to your fav. video mentions....for class or yourself.

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether in our classroom or for our own professional development and reflection. Find my whole collection of inspirational stories in video HERE.  You might also be interested in my …
Author:- ddeubel

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether in our classroom or for our own professional development and reflection.

Find my whole collection of inspirational stories in video HERE.  You might also be interested in my Zen and the Art of Teaching series.



Here is my other series for professional development - Learning Through Stories.

teaching with technology

by ddeubel So true. Why blended learning IS the future.

fishbowl class

by ddeubel What should most concern us language teachers.

The heart of teaching

by ddeubel A good quote to think about - like "Students might not remember what you taught them but they'll always remember how you treated them."

We teach, we learn

by ddeubel Our motto here.

What we do

by ddeubel Often us teachers forget the core of our job, that we are a hand up, a way to a better life....

Teachers are important

by ddeubel Get more great quotes here - http://community.eflclassroom.com/profiles/blogs/50-timeless-quote-to-inspire-teachers

Who runs the class?

by ddeubel Get classroom management tips here - http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/classroom-management

back to school teaching advice

by ddeubel The primary and requisite teaching skill.

Transforming Teaching

by ddeubel Get more original quotes and inspiration here - http://community.eflclassroom.com/photo/albums/original-quotes

Good teaching is mostly invisible

by ddeubel So seldom thought, how good teaching is the small things mostly done unseen, unnoted.