It's Scary. It's Spooky.

Here are some downloadables about and for lessons on the topic of "scary".  1. Scary movies vocabulary and brainstorming sheets 2.  Scary things vocabulary and brainstorming sheets. 3. Scary story writing template worksheet. 4. Scary story reading and activity sheets.  See all our Halloween related resources…
Author:- ddeubel

Here are some downloadables about and for lessons on the topic of "scary". 

1. Scary movies vocabulary and brainstorming sheets

2.  Scary things vocabulary and brainstorming sheets.

3. Scary story writing template worksheet.

4. Scary story reading and activity sheets. 

See all our Halloween related resources HERE.

Students can study scary vocabulary related to these materials on our Quizlet. Scary Movies  | Scary Things.

Dark, Dark Tale

This is a great book for English language learners. Use the scary video version too!  It's repetitive and leads to a great retelling or rewriting exercise using the same format. Make a circle and students can continue telling the tale .... See all our Halloween resources HERE. But this special book / video deserves its own entry.  Here are some resources for teaching the great…
Author:- ddeubel

This is a great book for English language learners. Use the scary video version too! 

It's repetitive and leads to a great retelling or rewriting exercise using the same format. Make a circle and students can continue telling the tale ....

See all our Halloween resources HERE. But this special book / video deserves its own entry. 

Here are some resources for teaching the great video - Dark, Dark, Tale.  

Students can read the book and study the flashcards here. 

Use the worksheet for listening or just cut the answer key into strips and get students to order the lines. 

Do the same with the flashcards.  Students can study and play the vocab as flashcards HERE.   

The British Council also has a nice flash exercise for the book called Dark Wood.

Download the video for offline viewing.

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

Some Holiday Quizzes

Here are some holiday quizzes - quite advanced but might be useful. 
Author:- ddeubel

Here are some holiday quizzes - quite advanced but might be useful. 

#8 Do you believe in.....?

#8 Do you believe in.......? This is for higher level students and is a discussion activity. Fits right in with the theme of Halloween. Start the lesson by asking students about their beliefs regarding a few of the topics. Prompt with "why?", "How come?" Then students sit in pairs and discuss their beliefs. If they have differing…
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#8 Do you believe in.......?

This is for higher level students and is a discussion activity. Fits right in with the theme of Halloween.

Start the lesson by asking students about their beliefs regarding a few of the topics. Prompt with "why?", "How come?" Then students sit in pairs and discuss their beliefs. If they have differing beliefs, they should tell why the believe what they do.

Finally, if time permits, give students a topic and have them do a quick survey - walking around the classroom. To finish up, they tell the class the results of their survey. Many might surprise you! Modify for the culture you teach in - see the attached.

This is what makes the world beautiful - the variety of beliefs!

Do You Believe In...? Handout

It's Halloween!

Lots of Halloween resources for your teaching here! Scroll through all our pages.  1.Get our Halloween teaching pack in Digital Downloads and see books for…
Author:- ddeubel

Lots of Halloween resources for your teaching here! Scroll through all our pages. 

1.Get our Halloween teaching pack in Digital Downloads and see books for Halloween on Gif Lingua Books.

2. See these videos in our video section.

3. Students can studythis book on Gif Lingua or practice 


History of Halloween

It's one of America's favorite holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween? Get all our Halloween resources including worksheets for this…
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It's one of America's favorite holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween? Get all our Halloween resources including worksheets for this video.

The Raven

The Simpsons present this class Edgar Allen Poe poem. Get the interactive version HERE. Also the pdf ebook.
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The Simpsons present this class Edgar Allen Poe poem. Get the interactive version HERE. Also the pdf ebook.

Scary Legs

Nice animation subtitled to help understanding. From Simon Cat.
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Nice animation subtitled to help understanding. From Simon Cat.

Ice cream

A nice video prompt for a Halloween lesson. Reminds me of the chant, "I scream, you scream, we all scream, ICE CREAM".
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A nice video prompt for a Halloween lesson. Reminds me of the chant, "I scream, you scream, we all scream, ICE CREAM".

Halloween Chair Scare

Halloween is arriving .... here's something for some fun. Get all the resources for teaching Halloween HERE or in our Resources…
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Halloween is arriving .... here's something for some fun.

Get all the resources for teaching Halloween HERE or in our Resources area.

The Last Newsletter

ELT Buzz News   |    Subscribe to the ELT Buzz Report   |  ELT Buzz Teaching Resources…
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ELT Buzz News   |    Subscribe to the ELT Buzz Report   |  ELT Buzz Teaching Resources

Dear EFL Classroom members,

This month, EFL Classroom closes. It's with a heavy heart but time moves on. Visitors will be redirected to ELT Buzz Teaching Resources this month. 

With a small team, we are building an affordable, always updated, multi-media driven teacher resource library.  Asking for your support.  

EFL Classroom members can register and then upgrade for one month free using the access code "eflclassroom".  Our Christmas gift to you.   Use the access code any time this week before it expires.

This video shows how you use the access code.  Just enter it through your file manager after registration.

I hope you'll continue to subscribe after December.  Year subscribers get access to many additional resources including pptx and video versions of all leveled readers. 

See the last resource newsletter or check out all the Christmas related resources.

Contact us if you have any questions.  info@eltbuzz.com

Wishing you success in your classroom!  Happy holidays. 

David 

Teacher Founder - ELT Buzz. 

Community News November

ELT Buzz News     |  ELT Buzz Teaching Resources Dear Teachers, A few things to relate.  We've been busy transitioning to…
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ELT Buzz News     |  ELT Buzz Teaching Resources

Dear Teachers,

A few things to relate.  We've been busy transitioning to ELT Buzz Teaching Resources and I hope you'll join us there! Still uploading many quality teaching resources there daily!  

HalloweenThanksgiving. And 1,000s of other teaching resources.   Check out the last newsletter of resources.

It would be great if you could also support ELT Buzz NewsSubscribe and each Monday get notified of the latest English language teaching buzz - news, articles, blog posts ....

We will also continue to offer quality products in our digital store and also through TeachersPayTeachers - they will be helping us with institutional sales in the new year.  

Wishing you success in your classroom!

David 

Teacher Founder - ELT Buzz. 

Community Info.

ELT Buzz News     |      ELT Buzz Teaching Resources Dear EFL…
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ELT Buzz News     |      ELT Buzz Teaching Resources

Dear EFL Classroom members,

In preparation for our closure Jan. 01, 2020, a few things to note. 

1. Now, there is no new sign up on EFL Classroom.  Content will stay there for now but for downloading resources, you'll be directed to ELT Buzz Teaching Resources. Please register there to activate your free, full trial or upgrade and support our efforts. 

2. You can control your account on EFL Classroom. Delete or change settings through your Settings Page. Jan. 01, all accounts will be depreciated. 

Your support of ELT Buzz Teaching Resources is appreciated. It's an independent publishing effort striving to develop a new model to support teacher curriculum development. 

Hundreds of new resources are added weekly. Thousands of CEFR aligned leveled readers available for year subscribers. Also, check out our just-published Listening Coursebook - Stories That Matter.  A free sample lesson available. The audio content is amazing!

Schools may contact us for institutional pricing so all teachers can access the huge lesson library. Find more info. HERE.

Regards,

David Deubelbiess

Teacher Founder

Community News

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, We hope you are doing well with your classes and teaching.  Just a few things to mention.  1. ELT Buzz News Report.  We have our pulse on all things English language teaching.…
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Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members,

We hope you are doing well with your classes and teaching.  Just a few things to mention. 

1. ELT Buzz News Report.  We have our pulse on all things English language teaching. Subscribe to get all the "buzz" in ELT in your inbox each Monday. Never any spam! 

2.  ResourcesELT Buzz Teaching Resources now offers a free trial. Sign up and check out the quality resources and 1,000s of CEFR aligned leveled readers. All materials are expertly designed and vetted for quality. No wading through tons of online resources with mistakes and horribly formatted! New resources added daily!  Consider upgrading to support our team and future. Thanks! 

3. Beginners Worksheets.  We've spent hours designing quality worksheets for teachers teaching beginners. Check out the full product here (read only) or view and download a full lesson sample. 320 pages covering all beginner English essential vocabulary.  View here >>>>

Any questions about resources or how we can help with curriculum at your school or organization - contact us at  info@eltbuzz.com

Happy teaching and learning

David

Teacher Founder

News And Resources

Dear EFL Classroom Members, As you might already know, we are closing EFL Classroom soon.  Please view ELT Buzz Teaching Resources for quality designed, daily new teaching resources. After Sept. 01 there will be limited access to EFL Classroom. …
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroom Members,

As you might already know, we are closing EFL Classroom soon.  Please view ELT Buzz Teaching Resources for quality designed, daily new teaching resources. After Sept. 01 there will be limited access to EFL Classroom. 

We just opened and members who upgrade by Sept. 01 to any Premium account will get upgraded to double the time. 2 for 1.  Register or Upgrade here.

I'll also note - your subscription isn't going to some big corporation to spend on dividends. It goes directly to my kitchen table.  I think we all should do more to support the small guy trying to make things happen. I am. 

Please see our new Resource Directory for inspiration. 

See below just a few of the resources added this past week!  We are busy editing and preparing all level readers.  Year and school subscribers will get access to pptx and video versions of all our CEFR leveled readers. 

Good luck with your new school year or course! 

David

Teacher Founder

1.  Reading Log. Easy to use to track all student reading! 

2.  A lesson on homelessness.  Inspiring for adv. learners. 

3. Classroom Back to School Warmers. Getting to know each other bundle. 

4. Adv. Vocabulary Test.  For preparation or assessment. 

5. Lastonestanding song game.  The ultimate bundle with instructions. 

6. Student Profile sheet. Students tell you about themselves. 

7. Sentence completion exercises.  4 sets. Great grammar practice. 

8. 2 word collocations. Flashcards that really are great for testing student vocabulary. 

9.  Let's Talk Music cards.  Instant conversation about music, songs. 

10. Weekly News. Every week we post a lesson about the news. Adv. learners.

ELT Buzz ready to launch

ELT Buzz News  |    Brochure  |   …
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ELT Buzz News  |    Brochure  |    Video   |    ELT Buzz Resources   

Dear EFL Classroom members,

It's just a week until we officially launch ELT Buzz Teaching Resources!   EFL Classroom will be available until Dec. 31st, 2019 but in a limited fashion. No new members, restricted content. 

As I indicated in my previous email - EFL Classroom Lifetime Supporters will be upgraded. Please fill out this form if you have ever paid the supporters fees and you'll get Premium access until Jan. 01, 2020.  

We will be adding over 2,000 additional leveled readers this week for paid teachers and schools. As well, continued new lesson resources daily! 

If you haven't registered yet, still time to register and get upgraded for a month to check out the platform.  After launch, we'll be providing all yearly subscribers with additional access to readers in pptx and video format. Schools and teachers, please see our pricing plans - it's easy for all teachers in a school to get upgraded and have access. Or contact us - info@eltbuzz.com 

To end, here are just a few of the new resources uploaded today! 

1. Using When - A Commercial Nice commercial for a "chain" activity using when phrases.

2. Generic Certificates   Print and use with your students - reward them for their hard work. 

3. Running Dictation  An ever-popular activity explained and with pre-made exercises

4. Do Me A Favor Speaking Cards.  Cut up and get students asking each other for favors in class. 

5. Big Kahuna - Advice Video-based lesson with some good life advice. 

6. Comic Books Level 4 CEFR B2 leveled reader example.  We have 1,000s like this in our library. 

 

*** Also - keep in touch with all that is happening in ELT. Subscribe to the ELT Buzz News - Newsletter. No spam. Just the news each Monday morning.

Regards,

David - Teacher Founder and avid ELT materials maker. 

Register and Get Upgraded - ELT Buzz

ELT News Buzz  |    Subscribe  |    ELT Buzz Resources …
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ELT News Buzz  |    Subscribe  |    ELT Buzz Resources   

Dear EFL Classroom members,

Just a reminder there are 2 days left to register on ELT Buzz Teaching Resources to get upgraded to Premium and check out the whole platform, unrestricted. Be patient - I'll be upgrading members from the backend so keep checking back after registration. Official launch - Aug. 15th. 

Also - I'll be presenting on Principles of Materials Design at the MMVC Online conference. Check out the lineup and sessions Aug. 2nd to 4th!

1. CAE Keyword Transformations ADV.  Prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate.

2. Children's Song Lyric Book   All the classic songs with audio. 

3. Phrasal Verbs + Key  Review easily all the important phrasal verbs. 

4. I'm A Winner.  Students express why they are a winner. 

5. Video Worksheets simple worksheets for video listening

6. The Nobel Prize Video lesson all about the Nobel Prize  

*** Also - keep in touch with all that is happening in ELT. Subscribe to the ELT Buzz News - Newsletter. No spam. Just the news each Monday morning.

Regards,

David - Teacher Founder and serial ELT materials maker. 

July Updates

ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |   …
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ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |    ELT Buzz Resources   

Dear EFL Classroom members,

As I related in the last newsletter, EFL Classroom 2.0 is closing Dec. 31st, 2019 after 12 amazing years.  Read more about why here.  I deeply thank all those who've been dedicated members over years,  Content will continue to be available but will begin to be restricted starting in September. 

However the good news is I will continue to share teaching resources and lesson materials. I'll officially launch ELT Buzz Teaching Resources August 15th. 

EFL Classroom members who register in July will receive full Premium access until September - so you can check out the new platform.  Paid EFL Classroom members - I will send an offer once we've launched - in appreciation of your support. 

ELT Buzz Teaching Resources will have 90% new or updated content. All fresh, including 1,000s of CEFR aligned leveled readers. Subscribers can also upload and share their own resources or just save what's on the site - a one stop teaching library in the cloud. Schools will be able to purchase accounts at a cheap rate so teachers can use the resource library. 

See below some of the most recent and "new" resources on ELT Buzz Teaching Resources.  Register and I'll upgrade you from the backend (be patient - we are still building discount codes and other functionality). Please use the Feedback tab to give us any good or bad thoughts! 

1. The Top Things About Summer.  A video-based brainstorming activity. 

2. When Harry Met Sally Roleplay.   Beautiful subtitled video with role-play worksheets of a famous scene. Adult content! 

3. Steps To Make Pizza  More resources added. The History of Pizza video lesson. 

4. Small Talk Conversation Cards.  Easy way to get students discussing sports. 

5. Breakfasts Around The World Learn about what other students in other countries eat for breakfast.

6. Do Re Mi - Sound Of Music Song There are 100s of song resources. This is one classic.  

*** Also - keep in touch with all that is happening in ELT. Subscribe to the ELT Buzz News - Newsletter. No spam. Just the news each Monday morning.

Regards,

David - Teacher Founder and serial ELT materials maker. 

ELT Professionals LinkedIN Archived Discussions

Our group on LinkedIN -ELT Professionals was once very busy with hundreds of comments, discussions ongoing each day and week. However, LinkedIN (the bastards) changed the whole nature of groups and this is no longer…
Author:- ddeubel

Our group on LinkedIN -ELT Professionals was once very busy with hundreds of comments, discussions ongoing each day and week. However, LinkedIN (the bastards) changed the whole nature of groups and this is no longer possible. 

But here below is the "knowledge base" of many of the most active discussions. I do hope it might be useful as a professional development resource to many in the profession. You can also continue the discussion there. 

LinkedIn ELT Professionals - Discussions:

Fall 2018 

1. Pragmatic Study on Apology Strategies https://goo.gl/HVRGTk

2. A Starter Level Student https://goo.gl/MU3JMy

3. How do you say this? Clothes word. https://goo.gl/yVTsyZ

4. What is a neutral accent?  https://goo.gl/c8HQEF

5.  Foreign Language Learning Difficulties https://goo.gl/K1JMPs

6.  Using WhatsApp as a teacher https://goo.gl/vostgg

7.  Learning English without a teacher https://goo.gl/x8af78

8.  Audiogramme and listening comprehension https://goo.gl/EneZgA

9.   The Bilingual Teacher https://goo.gl/cACBNi

10.  Using wish in the past https://goo.gl/ePxuCH

Summer 2018

1. What is a neutral accent? - https://goo.gl/wBYDq2

2. Using "wish" in the past. - https://goo.gl/9ntKvo

3. Phrasal Verb Resources - https://goo.gl/DxC6MM

4. Poems about teaching and learning - https://goo.gl/GrgcdV

5. Using the L1 to learn the L2. Yes or no. https://goo.gl/BeK8wg

6. Best podcasts for learners or teachers. https://goo.gl/fqcMWL

7. TOEIC prep. - https://goo.gl/Ee5uE2

8. "Like to" - what does it really mean? - https://goo.gl/AJWbdB

9. Group lessons. A waste of time? - https://goo.gl/4v1LCX

10. Reading For Pleasure. - https://goo.gl/33MpnQ

Summer 2017

1. 50 Ways To Learn English (without a teacher). https://goo.gl/wqbqQo

2. Non Native English Speaking Teachers. https://goo.gl/4KCyhe

3. Is this sentence grammatical..https://goo.gl/27o1ah

4. Best Games For Acquisition. https://goo.gl/6Boe7x

5. History of using gestures in ELT. https://goo.gl/XgPRSS

6. Current Events in your Classroom https://goo.gl/sEVGcq

7 Do Your Students Love Learning English? https://goo.gl/8Av32w

8 Getting By With The English You Have. https://goo.gl/mYCGJL

9. Volunteer Teaching Vacations. https://goo.gl/Bkp11v

10. Board Games. https://goo.gl/rcbgR9

11. Credentials? https://goo.gl/QPwnt4

12. How living abroad humbled me. https://goo.gl/hWhVmH

13. Medical English. Help! https://goo.gl/1NwkQZ

14. To Textbook or not to Textbook. https://goo.gl/cTk6oR

15. The pronoun "its" - what is it. https://goo.gl/zKAGYT

Winter 2016

1. Is a Master's really worth it?

2. Critical issues in a mainstream textbook. Suggestions?

3.  Dictionary definitions.  Opinion or fact?

4. Main differences between ESL and EFL

5. How important is it to learn the local language?

6. Teaching students to evaluate online info

7. Common native speaker mistakes

8. Does it help to be good looking as a teacher?

9. The death of the past participle

10. What constitutes class participation?

11. A fairer ELT industry

12.Chomsky on the problems of teaching

Summer 2016

1. The pronunciation of "recitation". - http://goo.gl/cIqQ7G

2. How many of you teach online? A poll. - http://goo.gl/vWpcNT

3. What are the challenges of teaching writing? - http://goo.gl/ooLaVv

4. Do teacher recasts work? - http://goo.gl/iRg990

5. Should we teach "reading out loud"? - http://goo.gl/cTgRdM

6. Using stories to teach. How? - http://goo.gl/iLfwcg

7. Teaching Pronunciation. - http://goo.gl/HCdB8e

8. The differences between EFL and ESL? - http://goo.gl/kEKI8R

9. From reading to reading critically. - http://goo.gl/0RqBKY

10. Borrowed foreign words in contemporary English? - http://goo.gl/OYXMnh

Spring 2016

1. Teaching Young Learners -  https://goo.gl/L6ufI6

2. How much personal info. do you share with students? - https://goo.gl/dnGF33

3. Do foreign teachers steal the jobs of locals? - https://goo.gl/cF9gOq

4. No Shoes. Will you try this in class? - https://goo.gl/N4IHj0

5. CELTA Extended Written Task -https://goo.gl/sofDW3

6. Assessment - Effort or Knowledge? - https://goo.gl/nivwTY

7.  Self Regulated Learning? - https://goo.gl/QrmcCc

8. Students expect a lecture but we do CLT. Why? - https://goo.gl/MWd0T7

9. What did you used to do but don't anymore in class? - https://goo.gl/gLMNqp

10. What is your teaching style? -https://goo.gl/WsmwyK

11.  Coffin or casket?  What's the diff? - https://goo.gl/ACnSqw

12. ESL vs EFL - https://goo.gl/0dKJlc

13. Considered to be vs Considered as - https://goo.gl/38VHTt

14. Good book on adult language acquisition - https://goo.gl/s3GafC

Winter 2016

1. Is a Master's really worth it?

2. Critical issues in a mainstream textbook. Suggestions?

3.  Dictionary definitions.  Opinion or fact?

4. Main differences between ESL and EFL

5. How important is it to learn the local language?

6. Teaching students to evaluate online info

7. Common native speaker mistakes

8. Does it help to be good looking as a teacher?

9. The death of the past participle

10. What constitutes class participation?

11. A fairer ELT industry

12.Chomsky on the problems of teaching

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Some of these links no longer work. LinkedIN has killed them, depreciated them. 

Fall 2015

1. What book series to use?

2. Why do we teachers get such poor results?

3. Transcripts for listening. Good idea?

4. Viewing, the 5th Macro Skill?

5. Teaching phrasal verbs. Tips?

6. Detect meaning in the sound of a language?

7. Using tech in a low resource setting.

8. Invite to dinner or invite for dinner?

9. Common mistakes native speakers make?

10.Proficiency test for native speakers?

Summer 2015

1.  Silent movies in the ELT Classroom.

2.  Older children get less creative. Why?

3.  Eponyms from a group of people. Welsh on a bet.

4.  Would you enjoy your own class if you were in it? 

5.  Making students think in English. How?

6.  A fairer ELT industry. Join the call.

7.  Teaching "sweatshops".  Critical pedagogy.

8.  Do you wear a mask as a teacher?

9.  Mixed Ability Classes

10. I wish my students knew ....

11. Reasons for low proficiency after long period of study.

12. Why are there exception if there are rules in English?

13. A good lesson has a beginning, middle and end. Agree?

14. Have western teacher trainers got it all wrong?

Spring 2015

1.  How reliable are tests like IELTS and iBT?  https://lnkd.in/bkjZzEW

2.  Get all worked up?  - what does this phrase mean? https://lnkd.in/b365QFs

3.  Using Cellphones in class.  https://lnkd.in/dp376rU

4.  Do students hate English? https://lnkd.in/eFn8ZS6

5.  Preparing students for the CPE exam. https://lnkd.in/bMst5Pz

6.  Music with lyrics in language learning. https://lnkd.in/bxpH8zz

7.  QR codes in the language classroom. https://lnkd.in/byPe_zF

8.   How "global" is the English language? https://lnkd.in/eyMrKfJ

9.   Pronunciation - too many differences. https://lnkd.in/dCyqciN

10. Do great teachers = great results? https://lnkd.in/bR4ECeK

11. What factors contribute to teacher deskilling? https://lnkd.in/e_tfEHf

12. What is the best way of improving speaking? https://lnkd.in/bjh2tHG

Winter 2015

1. M.A. or Delta? https://lnkd.in/e-ncJK2

2. Languages without distinct nouns or verbs. https://lnkd.in/bBQAV7c

3. Students think English lessons are useless. https://lnkd.in/d3egcB7

4. How often do you fail as a teacher? https://lnkd.in/exPZRC4

5. For those deciding on a qualification. https://lnkd.in/dB_5z7t

6. Are you a joiner? https://lnkd.in/bt3-r-m

7. Syllabification of a polysyllabic word. https://lnkd.in/ebsRDSF

8. The power of proverbs. https://lnkd.in/bmeVy-q

9. Disempowered teachers. https://lnkd.in/beD5xRB

10. If students learn while cheating, is it cheating? https://lnkd.in/d5fybx5

11. Tools to encourage creative thinking and collaboration. https://lnkd.in/d7a8guU

12. Dealing with dyslexia. https://lnkd.in/bmb5kyq

13. Teacher burnout. How to prevent? https://lnkd.in/bXXSNCH

14. How would you structure a 4 hour ESOL class? https://lnkd.in/eAgMbuM

Summer / Fall 2014

1. Thoughts about team teaching? https://lnkd.in/dtK4k8i

2.  Are non-native speaking English teachers discriminated against? http://lnkd.in/bjUEPfm

3.  Should mother tongues be allowed in the ELT classroom? http://lnkd.in/bufsJvX

4.  What do you do when you don't know the answer?  http://lnkd.in/drdBAG2

5.  Flipped Learning. http://lnkd.in/budUxAB

6.  Written transcripts of listening materials. http://lnkd.in/bxfRdRu

7.  How would you describe the ideal language learner?  http://lnkd.in/bK7fyQ7

8.  Mon Dieu! Why is the French language swamped with English?  http://lnkd.in/bT_mCpQ

9.  Are teachers worldwide valued in terms of pay, respect?  http://lnkd.in/bCz5HXe

10,  How to motivate shy students?   http://lnkd.in/b8_jkC3

11.  Multiple Intelligence theory and Gardner. http://lnkd.in/bVQ6Sy3

12.  Discipline problem with toddlers. Help!  http://lnkd.in/bYhhD-R

Summer 2014

1. Mystery Quiz: 12 Statements about ELT. http://lnkd.in/bmsYyPU   

2. A research proposal.  Share your ideas. http://lnkd.in/dqnZs2J

3. Co-teaching advice. http://lnkd.in/d2mWDii

4. Is this sentence correct. Help! http://lnkd.in/dzUrK_w

5. One of the biggest flaws of grammar lessons are they ignore grammar. http://lnkd.in/b9_mSjb

6. Learning words is like eating chocolate.http://lnkd.in/dtyCwTm

7. Powerpoint teaching resources. http://lnkd.in/b6XXPMq

8. Are schools, prisons? http://lnkd.in/bTnwXjj

9. What do you think about Open English? http://lnkd.in/buwNSgg

10. With technology, will teachers continue to exist? http://lnkd.in/dN35ynb

11. The Callan method. http://lnkd.in/dgt-kzh

12. What do you do when you don't know the answer? http://lnkd.in/drdBAG2

Spring 2014

1.  English isn't that difficult! http://lnkd.in/bC8Wzst

2.  How do you teach phrasal verbs? http://lnkd.in/d4-6QHv

3.  Problems students have with the Future Perfect tense. http://lnkd.in/bB4gibh

4.  Which is more helpful to improve writing: literature or newspapers? http://lnkd.in/b3td2n8

5.  How can we help instructors with their curriculum development process? http://lnkd.in/dSTVMap

6.  What are some "worst practices" in ELT? http://lnkd.in/ddtYVzv

7.  Teaching with technology myths. http://lnkd.in/dUTsh4P

8.  How good is your grammar? http://lnkd.in/bQwt98v

9.  How to make students pay attention in class? http://lnkd.in/dBFDPVy

10. Are native speakers really the "best" teachers?  http://lnkd.in/buUjYjT

Winter 2014

1. Does the English Language need more letters? http://lnkd.in/bHKPk7X

2. Grammar comes before vocabulary. http://lnkd.in/b78_NHP

3. SMS texting language is worrying me. http://lnkd.in/bYA4Sqt

4. Effective ways to teach phrasal verbs. http://lnkd.in/d4-6QHv

5. Should we teach students to swear? http://lnkd.in/bbjiqmE

6. To what extent are teachers responsible for student motivation? http://lnkd.in/dMVvY4Z

7. Which education is better: online or offline? http://lnkd.in/bSuDDKG

8. Is there a rule to use verb + inf. VS verb + pres. part? http://lnkd.in/bh22tsi

Fall 2013

1. Do you allow eating inside the classroom? http://lnkd.in/bvjhKtv

2, Preventing kindergarten students from speaking L1. How? http://lnkd.in/bq7kCjc

3. Are flipped classrooms more learner centric? http://lnkd.in/bST-Vqk

4. All teachers in my country should have a TEFL Certificate. http://lnkd.in/HgCVTa

5. The death of the past participle. http://lnkd.in/-xjehG

6. Phd's - why do they get so much seniority? http://lnkd.in/HPysHc

7. Unannounced teacher observations. http://lnkd.in/G6nqsf

8. Dumb ways to die. Appropriate content? http://lnkd.in/QA8gHR

9. Tablets vs Laptops. Your thoughts? http://lnkd.in/b87tgaP

10. Should English be the official language of the UN? http://lnkd.in/Tmq-FM

11. Can we use a possessive with non living objects? ex. table's legs. http://lnkd.in/qhAmE2

12, How many hours does it take to be fluent in English? http://lnkd.in/2SrvMA

13. Br. or Am. accent. Which do your students prefer? http://lnkd.in/nYvPA8

14, 50 things to do the first week back at school. http://lnkd.in/N_sA8y

15. Which level do you prefer to teach? http://lnkd.in/Dsk3rA

16. What is the most powerful resource in your classroom? http://lnkd.in/sG-xnP

 

Summer 2013

1. A cognitive approach. What does it mean to you? - http://lnkd.in/bY7HN8

2. Teacher Echo. Helpful or controling? - http://lnkd.in/eMZbGx

3. Poll: Are native speaking teachers always better? - http://lnkd.in/FCw9gm

4. Speaking English with native speakers is the quickest way? - http://lnkd.in/P6k3WQ

5. Are hybrid or impure accents a problem? - http://lnkd.in/Bn_MKP

6. Is there any difference between “study” and “learn”? - http://lnkd.in/q_TzTh

7. What is more important? Teacher skill or personality? - http://lnkd.in/3KEth4

8. To correct or not? If yes, when and how? - http://lnkd.in/PsiRMA

9. Ideas to get students speaking more in open classes - http://lnkd.in/KekYqd

10. Which is the easiest language to learn from birth? - http://lnkd.in/p7Ku7S

11. Traditional books or eReaders? - http://lnkd.in/JCFJ6X

12. Crevice or crevasse? - http://lnkd.in/5_wTaR

13. Teaching metacognition to students - http://lnkd.in/F8pNfV

 

Spring 2013

1. Tell Me A Word I Don't Know - http://lnkd.in/rMMCDP

2. Can a teacher be "good"if they aren't good with people? - http://lnkd.in/HJWr8B

3. Should English be the official language of the EU? - http://lnkd.in/Tmq-FM

4. Best day as a teacher so far? - http://lnkd.in/89nC6v

5. Teaching English as a second language to impaired kids - http://lnkd.in/4NcBYP

6. Is good grammar still important? - http://lnkd.in/smZs_E

7. What are the most effective tips to reduce "Teacher Talk Time"? - http://lnkd.in/WyDXQY

8. What makes a teacher trainer? - http://lnkd.in/PMWNHA

9. 50 ways to use video in the classroom - http://lnkd.in/yJP6dn

10. Are the techniques for ESL classes different from EFL classes? http://lnkd.in/qR2gFs

11, Free Basic TEFL Certificate Course - http://lnkd.in/aH_55j

12, Should we pre-teach vocabulary before reading? - http://lnkd.in/tFtbH6

13, Is Online Education our future? - http://lnkd.in/TjMdDA

14. How important is reading in the L2 learning process - http://lnkd.in/kmfzqA

15, Can a language be taught without teaching any grammar? - http://lnkd.in/xyQ9VM

 

Winter 2012 - 2013

1. Can language be taught without teaching any grammar? http://lnkd.in/xyQ9VM

2. Is it correct to say “Did you finally get retired?” http://lnkd.in/8uXha8

3. Recommend a suitable textbook for a Muslim country. http://lnkd.in/J_jvy9

4. Which is correct - The Beatles or the Beatles? http://lnkd.in/ig8yDe

5. Does anyone want to share their funny ESL moments? http://lnkd.in/s8aBWA

6. Tell us about a class that really went well. http://lnkd.in/pW5CNz

7. “I never teach my students, I show them how to learn”. http://lnkd.in/_HXmVS

8. What are your favorite time saving tips? http://lnkd.in/6jrC5H

9. 50 tasks for teaching with just a blank piece of paper. http://lnkd.in/q2d8m2

10. Who is a “native speaker”? http://lnkd.in/HuKG7d

11. Is it necessary to teach the Phonetic Alphabet to beginners? http://lnkd.in/xfccgb

12. Are you a subversive teacher? http://lnkd.in/eGfnWU

 

Summer 2012

1. How important is pronunciation? http://linkd.in/TDKR0m

2. Having a physical relationship with a consenting adult (student) http://linkd.in/TDKXVO

3. Are adult learners really more motivated? http://linkd.in/X5ZS3q

4. Is it the teacher's job to take care of the emotional needs of students? http://linkd.in/TDAA6T

5. Action Research. Name your topic. http://linkd.in/W3ykKk

6. Are native speakers better teachers? http://linkd.in/X60w0O

7. Students learn best when..... http://linkd.in/UFHeIk

8. Unannounced teaching observations. Good or bad? http://linkd.in/XDzQnc

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Archived

1. What methods do you use to ensure vocabulary retention post study? http://lnkd.in/P82miN

2. English teachers need to be trained - agree or disagree? http://lnkd.in/_X2mag

3. The Common European Framework (CEFR) http://lnkd.in/kf47Zg

4. A student has their head down, sleeping in class. I would ....
http://lnkd.in/SdVAey

5. What should we focus if we got 30 hours to train teachers(speakers of other languages))? How to make it effective? http://lnkd.in/N2MgqF

6. Hello ,everyone.I'm an English teacher from Bulgaria and would like to know if anyone is interested in students exchanges. http://lnkd.in/-RVn5R

7. Teaching Functional Language http://lnkd.in/9sZeSy

8. I'm in the process of developing a new method of teaching language for adults.http://lnkd.in/hCbtUR

9. First Day Of Classes: http://linkd.in/Nlo8oS

10. What books or articles have most influenced your teaching?: http://linkd.in/Oo0AlZ

11. If you could change one thing about ELT, what would it be?: http://linkd.in/LxhdZc

12. Is phonics necessary to teach pronunciation?: http://linkd.in/MTNBYO

13. How many sounds are there in English? : http://linkd.in/O4uXdv

14. Should all teachers have a TEFL certificate?: http://linkd.in/LmJVQZ

15. What's the best way to use pop songs?: http://linkd.in/O4xzbi

16. What qualities should an ideal foreign language teacher have?: http://linkd.in/Lxipf2

17. What will happen if a teacher is more of a comedian than a teacher?:http://linkd.in/Oo4XNU

June 2019 Updates

ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |   …
Author:- ddeubel

ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |    Last Newsletter    |  EFL 2.0 Best

Dear EFL Classroom members,

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to write up a full newsletter. This small list will have to suffice - what's new and recent. I'm hidden away somewhere working on a book and neck deep into a new platform to replace EFL Classroom in the future. Stay tuned.  

I do appreciate any teachers out there who will support and subscribe to ELT Buzz. Check it out - all the "new" buzz in ELT and more .... It's an interesting project. 

1. Reported Speech Conversation Cards.  Perfect for practicing reported speech!

2. Bicycles  Resources all about bicycles and the vocabulary for talking about bikes. 

3. Pizza  More resources added. The History of Pizza video lesson. 

4. Sports Talk Cards.  Easy way to get students discussing sports. 

5. Be More Human Video lesson based on the inspiring Reebok commercial. 

6. The Bathroom. Review all the vocabulary for things related to the bathroom. 

May Mid-Month Updates

ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |   …
Author:- ddeubel

ELT News Buzz  |    New Resources  |    Last Newsletter    |  EFL 2.0 Best

Dear EFL Classroom members,

A few news items to relate before listing for you all our fantastic new resources. 

1. Please check out my new project - ELT BuzzSubscribe to get the weekly newsletter full of all that's happened in ELT the past week. In your inbox every Monday. Also, need your help. Submit a product, service, blog, app, resource related to ELT. We'll post it and help you with marketing!  ELT Buzz will also be my new home for my blogging. Thanks in advance! 

2. Gif Lingua Books is closing the end of June.  Yes, feel sad but I continue to pay the bills (over $500 / month) and just not enough paying members.  Read more here.  If you do know a school interested in the library of over 3,000 leveled readers, quizzes and lesson materials - please ask them to get intouch. Or a foundation ready to support. Or lastly a developer or company interested in the over 100,000 language tagged educational gifs and an app ready to be monetized. Open to all offers and partnerships. I'll be sending an email to all the 50,000 registered teachers and students soon. 

Now, find below the new resources for members! 

1. Holiday Conversation Cards.  Includes instructions, a great activity to discuss holidays. 

2. Guess The Ad. Watch commercials and students try to guess the ad product and brand. Fun! 

3. Family Feud. A Premium Product. Use checkout discount code - "familyfeud" to get it free this week only! The ultimate class vocabulary game. 

4. Females.  Nice resource for practicing and studying all the words expressing "female". 

5. Ramadan. It's a special holiday and happening now. Get some resources for a lesson. 

6. The Month of May. Review all the special days of May and get the handy month template. 

Top Resources On EFL Classroom

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 (archived) members.…
Author:- ddeubel

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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 (archived) members.  But please consider becoming a paid member and upgrading to Supporter to download all files, lessons, resources and access everything.

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

1.  Premium Products. All paid memberships get access to all our paid products on this page.

All our main products and ebooks. You'll get an email saying you've been upgraded after payment.

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2. All Our 50 Lists. Instant access to an amazing source of lesson ideas and teacher development. 

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3.  ELT Buzz Newsletter. Subscribe and get all the weekly news in ELT.

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4.  Lesson Materials Galore to Download. Besides the 100,000+ resources on the community, visit

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5.  Video Lessons Galore.   See our directory of 100s of video based lessons + materials. 

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6.   Teach | Learn: Our Student Created Content full coursebook + files to edit.  Each of 36 lessons for all levels has supplemental videos for the topic. 

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

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8.   Top 100 YouTube Videos for Teaching English. 

All the top YouTube videos + resources for each. An amazing library + download the videos! 

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

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

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11.   Stories Galore. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Readers and more .... Over 3,000+ leveled ESL readers. 

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12. #1 In ELT ebook and directory

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

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Authentic Vs Educational

This morning, I'd like to share a few things highlighting authentic materials and their use in the EFL Classroom.   1.  Just share some links to my older posts with great suggestions for using authentic materials 2. Discuss the implications surrounding the decisions to "go authentic" or not.  Suggest that there is now a much greater "grey" area between these two types of…
Author:- ddeubel

This morning, I'd like to share a few things highlighting authentic materials and their use in the EFL Classroom.  

1.  Just share some links to my older posts with great suggestions for using authentic materials

2. Discuss the implications surrounding the decisions to "go authentic" or not.  Suggest that there is now a much greater "grey" area between these two types of materials. 

 

1. My "Authentic" posts. 

Find in these posts- valuable thoughts and resources for using "real", non-educational (see the definition below) materials.  It takes some creative thinking and a bit of stretching yourself in order to start focusing your curriculum planning towards authentic materials. But they are out there, available and ready for use in your classroom. 

 

2. Why "Authentic"?


First of all some backdrop - what exactly is an "authentic" material? 

Essentially - it is any material used in the classroom or for student learning/consumption that is not explicitly designed for education - it's purpose isn't "educational".  It's creation was for other purposes. It could be a text: a full book, a brochure, a flyer, a menu, a letter, a novel, labels and packaging, a poster.  It could be visual and a video or image: personal photos, art, graphics, animations, comics, music (song or video), online video, a skype conversation, a person in the classroom.  The key is that it isn't made by a person "tampering" with the language and material, filtering it for use in education.   This presentation I made, offers up a lot of info. on this topic. 

 

Generally, English language teaching and what happens in our classrooms has been dominated by the publishing business and their "educational" materials. For many reasons but mostly because it was very hard to find appropriate authentic materials to use in the classroom.  There were few alternatives to the leveled textbook, the "bits and pieces" approach of textbook teaching. This no longer is the case and I will argue, there is now no clear dividing line between what is "authentic" and what is "educational" given several big developments;

1.The Web 2.0 online world where teachers can share and promote valuable authentic materials for the classroom. 

2.The  abundance of authentic video and text materials now available (over 60 hours of "real" video gets uploaded onto youtube every minute!). 

3.New technologies (delivery devices) which now allow teachers to use authentic materials directly in their classrooms. 

Language is a living thing and it is incumbent on us language teachers (it is our job) to bring the real world into our classrooms when possible. If we really want what is best for our students - we should be using authentic materials with our students - the textbooks should be left in the storage rooms. Our first commandment should be to ask ourselves - "What can I use that is "real" to teach this lesson aim or objective?"  Of course, if an alternative authentic resource can't be found, use something educational. But I'll suggest, if teachers really try and really crowdsource, these resources are out there in abundance - for teaching all aspects of language. 

Now, the usual response I get from teachers when pushing the use of authentic materials is, "they are too difficult for our students!"  This is a very valid concern and though we want to get our students dealing with and tolerating all the ambiguity of language - sometimes throwing them into the pool to learn to swim, isn't the best approach.  However, authentic doesn't mean "overload" or student bewilderment.  There are now plenty of authentic materials that do the same as those that are educational - allowing teachers to control the amount and type (form) of the language.  Nowadays, there is simply a very big grey area between the concepts of authentic and educational materials. Take for example these two videos below.  The first is educational -  purely simple and to help students not deal with too much else.  The second is authentic. Made by a guy and uploaded onto youtube.  Which would be better for your own students? 

I'll leave the discussion there and will return later in the week with my own thoughts.... but something to think about. Authentic no longer does mean "difficult" and "hard to use in class". 

 

Educational: Objective -  using the past tense, describing a typical day and routine.

 

 

Authentic:  Objective -  using the past tense, describing a typical day and routine.


 

April Mid-Month Updates

Hi Everyone! I hope all goes well with your teaching, management, curriculum creating or whatever you are doing in English language teaching.   Below are a few of the new resources on EFL Classroom!  I do hope you'll also check out our new "store". Lots of free stuff and…
Author:- ddeubel

Hi Everyone!

I hope all goes well with your teaching, management, curriculum creating or whatever you are doing in English language teaching.   Below are a few of the new resources on EFL Classroom! 

I do hope you'll also check out our new "store". Lots of free stuff and building this out professionally, adding dozen more products weekly.  It supports what we do here. Store subscribers - keep coming back, new products added daily.  

A couple eternal CPD resources. - Our archive of LinkedIN Professionals discussions. Our ELT Newsmagazine.  Also see my recent blog post about an important topic:  A Return To and Defense Of Freire.

1. Go!  A great new video by Fluency MC.  Book him at your school. 

2.  American Holiday - Patriot's Day.

3.  British Slang. New materials added to our slang category. 

4. The Body. - New resources added.  Body Marks.  Body Types.

5. Guess The Movie plot cards (Premium)

6. Using Video In The Classroom: Teacher's Handbook.

7. Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence.  Classic video song + resources.

8. Mr. Bean in the classroom. New resources added. 

9. Usain Bolt: The Boy Who Learned To Fly.  New and improved. 

Using Silent Video In The Classroom

Recently, we've added many, many video based lessons to our community resources.  Many of them are "silent" containing no words or spoken dialog.  But don't fear, they are excellent to use in the ELT Classroom! This infographic (…
Author:- ddeubel

Recently, we've added many, many video based lessons to our community resources. 

Many of them are "silent" containing no words or spoken dialog.  But don't fear, they are excellent to use in the ELT Classroom!

This infographic (Download As A PDF) shows many standard and simple ways.  Also see this post with some of the same and some honorable mentions of good "silent" videos to use. 

Also download our PDF ebook - Using Video In The Classroom Teachers' Handbook

News from my school - teacher courses and free webinars

News from my school - teacher courses and free webinars Join my YL course in May …
Author:- Marisa Constantinides

News from my school - teacher courses and free webinars

Join my YL course in May 

My Best "Teaching Advice" posts

I'd like to share for the start of a new school year or semester - My best "Teaching Advice" blog posts. Meaning, posts giving teachers some advice about classroom or other practices. This complements my Best Practical Teaching…
Author:- ddeubel

I'd like to share for the start of a new school year or semester - My best "Teaching Advice" blog posts. Meaning, posts giving teachers some advice about classroom or other practices.

This complements my Best Practical Teaching posts.

 

[Next - I'll outline the Best posts about "Language". ]

 

Also invaluable - 

 

The #1 in ELT Series of posts and my ebook - The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teacher. .  Also see  the"I"m a Newbie Teacher" group - a complete directory of great resources!

 

1. Lessons For Teachers from "The King's Speech"

2. Faking It.

3. Making what you do "Stick".

4. In Praise of Slowness

5. Teaching Is ......

6. Using Video - The Coming Revolution

7. Surviving As A Teacher

8. Follow Your Nose

9. Giving Students Room to do their own thing.

10. Stepping Back to Jump Ahead

11. What Makes A Classroom Fit To Live In?

12. The 5 Enemies

13, Chopping Wood - A metaphor for teaching

14.25 Ways of being a good teacher

15. The 7 sensational sins of good teachers  AND  Deadly Sins

16. In Praise of Praise

17.My Teaching Village advice posts.

18. The Future of Learning

Happy Holidays and some gifts from EFL 2.0

Wishing all members and hard working teachers, the best of holidays this year.  See you in 2019!  In the…
Author:- ddeubel

Wishing all members and hard working teachers, the best of holidays this year.  See you in 2019! 

In the meantime, here are a few "goodies" I found under our tree. 

1. Christmas Discussion.  Might be handy for a class!

2. Christmas Gift Giving Cards & lesson.   This is a really cool way to end the school year!

3. New Year's resources.  Lots of things about New Years and resolutions. 

4. The Present. One of my fav. lessons and this one has a special Xmas message. 

5. Joy To The World. Song and materials. 

6. 2019 printable calendars. Make the year clear with these student friendly calendars. 

7. Help us and EFL 2.0 make 2019 a success. Purchase a Premium Product to help us with our costs and help your own classroom resource toolkit! 

8. GifLingua. Now, ALL teachers get a month free access. Current teachers have also got the upgrade and bonus. Over 3,000+ leveled readers for your students! 

9. Thinking of getting a 120 hour teaching certificate in 2019?  This one "cuts the mustard" - we approve! 

Swiftian Common Sense - Fire all English Teachers!

The following really is "common sense" but it might shock you. So be forewarned. What follows might tug at your very nature and deep ingrained notions of who you are and what you do / teach. I propose that the best way to get students to learn English is to fire all teachers. Yeah, you heard me right - fire all English (as a language) teachers. Or, in order to make the transition easier, phase in the layoffs and shift those with…
Author:- ddeubel

The following really is "common sense" but it might shock you. So be forewarned. What follows might tug at your very nature and deep ingrained notions of who you are and what you do / teach.

I propose that the best way to get students to learn English is to fire all teachers.

Yeah, you heard me right - fire all English (as a language) teachers. Or, in order to make the transition easier, phase in the layoffs and shift those with usable talents elsewhere. Soften the blow with a nice desk job for a period of time while they get used to the fact that they are NOT needed for students to "learn" to speak English.

Now first let me say that as a teacher trainer, a teacher cheerleader, a person who helps teachers "teach" -- you might have a point if you think I've lost it and am off my rocker. I'll accept that but I assure you that this is not the case. I am fully sane and it is only these experiences that has made me realize the absurdity of my efforts and the futility of my job. It is only by going deep into what and why I do (teach) that I've come upon this common sense. You don't need a teacher to learn English and in fact, most teachers contribute significantly to their students "not" learning English very well or quickly. So please - I'm alive serious about all this. This is my confession.

Why is it better to have no teachers?

Well, this would require a book or a lot of time. Or if time isn't available, money and a book contract. However, since I've started, I'll try and shed some dim light on the common sense of not having a teacher around and letting our students learn language as it should be learned - by, in and of their own volition, need and talents.

Language you see - is not a traditional bricks and mortar subject. It is "of us" and not something we build on nor a kind of knowledge. We "think with" language - it is pretty hard to "think of" language. We are too biased - as that old Hasidic phrase goes - "the eye cannot see itself". It is something we do, it is something we practice, it is something we experience but it is NOT something of which any qualitative terms can be applied. If you know English, you are not a great English speaker but rather a grammarian, a lexicographer, a linguist or even may I say, a poet. Not a teacher!

In traditional teaching, a teacher "knows" and shares with those that don't know. Helps them, leads them, organizes them toward the knowing goal. However, language is not about "knowing" (though with tests, certificates, scales we've tried to make this round peg fit. What the heck are we doing? A teacher might be "better" at English, true. But this doesn't give them any right to teach. I might be a better painter than another but would that make me a better teacher -- most likely not. No native speaker ever studied his/her subject and they have no entitlement to be a "knower" nor a "teacher". There is a pretense about their actions, a baby sitting sense about what they do. Let's get through the day and get on with the charade, they say. It is all Sysiphian, a boulder that goes no where - a perpetual motion machine that only spins in one place.

Next point. Motivation.

We learn a language from need. Now I agree that need can be false and could be simply the need to get a passing mark. However, marks could be given without a teacher. It isn't that difficult. Once a semester, student take a test and are assessed. If they've made progress - they get an appropriate grade. Hire a few pencil pushers - you don't need teachers. Further, without teachers, the students would have no fall back plan, no one to blame but themselves. Built in motivation! Further, further, language is learned in the REAL WORLD -- so let's get real and allow students to stop wasting their time in our classes and get outside (or in language labs or on the computer) and learn where they can really acquire language - on the street of functional language use.

So I hope you are following my argument. I promise you I will stop soon and you can then pause from grinding your teeth and save on your dentist bills.....

Let's talk money!!!! Yes, teachers cost exorbitant amounts of money (and let me say here - this "common sense" is only directed at teachers in the public sphere - if students want to agree with Barnum, they are welcome to go spend their $$$ on a teacher). Teachers are a horrible drain on the public purse. Let's give that money to students who could travel to foreign lands and order pizza in REAL English, talk at the pub in REAL English and learn English as it is meant to be learned - by practicing it with real people and not in some fantasy setting. And yes, if they don't want to spend it on that - their perogative. Maybe by buying an ipad they'll also learn some English?

I haven't yet begun to address all the negative effects of teachers in the classroom - I'll leave that for another post. I'm sure you are upset enough already.

So let me conclude. Let's fire teachers, let's layoff the riff raff that pretends to have some kind of "secret knowledge" . The ruse is up. Let the students teach themselves. Give 'em a mark + or - and that be that. We'd save a lot of pencils and a lot of boring, repetitive, going through the motions, dehumanizing experiences......

Even better if teachers do the honorable thing and quit. You first.

Typing for EFL students

Typing is a vital skill, especially in the digital age. Fortunately there are some great platforms to use for free where students can practice and learn this important skill. The Typing Club. Free. Easy to follow lessons. Progress through the lessons and get better and better. It's that…
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Typing is a vital skill, especially in the digital age. Fortunately there are some great platforms to use for free where students can practice and learn this important skill.

The Typing Club. Free. Easy to follow lessons. Progress through the lessons and get better and better. It's that easy!

Dancing Mat Typing is very friendly and cartoonish but effective. 


This site goes through 4 stages, just follow the dinosaurs instructions. In flash and flash and dynamic! Check it out!

I also recommend Live Typing, and Touch Typing. Also see Larry Ferlazzo's comprehensive list.

Letters To Santa

This is a great activity for Christmas!  Why  not have your students write a letter to Santa!  Here's a nice template. Two options. They can either write a letter to Santa which someone in the…
Author:- ddeubel

This is a great activity for Christmas!  Why  not have your students write a letter to Santa! 

Here's a nice template.

Two options.

They can either write a letter to Santa which someone in the class will write back to. 

OR 

Students can write a real letter to Santa and email to the address below.  They will get a response and the Canadian government has a mass of volunteers to respond. Even send an email to Santa!

Santa Claus

North Pole, Canada 

HOHOHO

My Favorite Xmas Lesson

This is my favorite Christmas lesson. I've taught this lesson it seems, a zillion times. Works with all levels. I call it "Gift Giving". It is a great way to close out lessons for the holiday break.  Basically, it is groups of students giving each other Christmas gifts that are cut outs provided by the teacher. Not real gifts but works the same!   Find…
Author:- ddeubel

This is my favorite Christmas lesson. I've taught this lesson it seems, a zillion times. Works with all levels. I call it "Gift Giving".

It is a great way to close out lessons for the holiday break. 

Basically, it is groups of students giving each other Christmas gifts that are cut outs provided by the teacher. Not real gifts but works the same!  

Find the lesson fully described HERE with downloadables. My gift to hard working teachers everywhere. 

The Work-Life Split When Being a Teacher

As a teacher, you’re not supposed to share your personal life with your students, at least not anything beyond what they already know about life in general and what they consider to be pretty unmeaningful in the grand scheme of life (your marriage, your eating, your drinking coffee). Heck you should hide from them the fact you have bowel movements. The same precaution should be applied to fellow teachers and…
Author:- Todd Persaud

As a teacher, you’re not supposed to share your personal life with your students, at least not anything beyond what they already know about life in general and what they consider to be pretty unmeaningful in the grand scheme of life (your marriage, your eating, your drinking coffee). Heck you should hide from them the fact you have bowel movements.

The same precaution should be applied to fellow teachers and colleagues, who are more than likely to use it against you if you’re not too careful. I had many colleagues who caused me great stress, through months at a time, because they would frequently take my personal life to other faculty members, who I didn’t know and hadn’t spoken to. They would ask me about dates, about my adventures in this or that city, and what I was up to (my thoughts and feelings and stresses). I was giving away precious information without a profit and that’s just bad business.

Sometimes, it was great for them to know my personal business because it was usually mostly connected to the school, but oftentimes it was hard to get away and it felt more encompassing and entrenching, kind of like an existential prison that I couldn’t get out of. Much like the feeling you get when you can’t shut your brain down to sleep, but with less productivity.

If you’ve ever seen the movie Hellraiser II or even the hospital in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, then you’ll know exactly what my world was like. Obviously there were no nurses, and definitely no hot ones.

No, it wasn’t hell, just the gateway to hell, which is sometimes much worse. Kind of like running into an ex.

As such, I almost never divulge any information about the relationships I kept in the country and the things that I did for fun, which probably weren’t exciting anyway for people anyway (JavaScript coding anyone?). Which is a great way to lose friends and potential dates, unless you live in the Silicon Valley.

Call me conservative, but I like boundaries. I like maintaining them and I think there’s a time and place for everything. I recognize that in some countries, the work and personal life are blurred together. Celebrities get this. The U.S. president gets this. But Karen in the office needs to mind her own business. I see you peaking over the cubicle Karen!

For many people, the work and your personal life are deeply connected to who you are. I get this, I respect it, and I aspire to have this profoundly deep connection with what I do and who I am and the value I give to others. Which is why I don’t like blurring the bounds in fields that are temporary for me, where I am considered a Guest English teacher. Emphasis on the word “guest.”  In the grand scheme of things, we are all “guests,” on this planet, so it doesn’t really matter much. However, while you’re a guest on the planet, you also want to maintain appropriate boundaries to live a stress-free existence and sometimes that means having boundaries with people. Yes, life can be painful and you can’t completely escape the pain, but you can at least take some measures to ensure that the pain you do feel is controlled and you’re not feeling it 24-7 from your colleagues who are gossiping about your love-life and speculating on whether you’re accepting buy-backs from homosexuals in the local jimjilbangs. If you want to share your personal life with strangers do it like everyone else and post on Facebook.

You have to draw a line somewhere and decide for yourself what is within bounds.

For more information on managing boundaries at work, I highly recommend the following books for further advice: Working With Bitches, The No-Asshole Rule, Difficult Conversations, The Underminer, and my personal favorite, Necessary Endings. And if those don’t work, remember that a taser is a great tool for keeping people away.

These books will prove invaluable tools in your arsenal of life and move you forward to live a stress free existence. And until you become a yoga master you will have stress.

Take it from me, there’s hope in there these words. Unlike reconnecting with an ex. There’s never hope there.

No Ads In This Classroom

This is a repost. We just ended an experiment with ads on the community. Now turned off permanently. Didn't work out. Enjoy surfing ad free!  One of the most under noted things about our community EFL Classroom 2.0 is the fact it has no ads. I love this fact (and perhaps its why I now live in a city without advertisements!). Ads, you know, those subtle…
Author:- ddeubel

This is a repost. We just ended an experiment with ads on the community. Now turned off permanently. Didn't work out. Enjoy surfing ad free! 

One of the most under noted things about our community EFL Classroom 2.0 is the fact it has no ads. I love this fact (and perhaps its why I now live in a city without advertisements!).

Ads, you know, those subtle online videos/pictures, links that seem to be everywhere and which slyly ask us to click them.  They aren't here, you can browse and use our community free of this subterfuge. We won't have it and never have.

I've firmly believed from the start 8 years ago that this community was a classroom, a school. In fact it's right there in our name. A place of learning. Not a place to make $, not a place to lie (and ads on websites these days are really lies - if you know how they work, they beckon like a beautiful woman but are really soft pornography). Also not a place to create a following and ELT celebrity teacher status (I mention this because I've been seeing this happening and really do protest this). This community is a place for teachers to get what will help them in class - period. Also a safe place their students may visit. So I hope you enjoy the fact there is and will never be ads here. 

An example of ads on other blogs, communities

Now while on this topic, I'll note I'm rethinking the structure of the community. To that end there will be changes that I believe everyone will be happy about. In fact those changes are partially in place. Can you guess what is different about the community now? 

I'll have a larger announcement in our newsletter out next month. The whole edition will focus on the changes but please take a guess! Again, trying to give teachers the bacon they can take home.... that's always been my role. One grunt teacher understanding other "grunt" teachers. We are in the trenches together. Each day, every day, is May Day. 

November Mid Month Updates

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Author:- ddeubel

Teaching Magazine The Last Newsletter   |   New ResourcesGif Lingua Books

Dear EFL Classroom members,

Here is a list of some of the most important new resources on the community. Hope some of them help you out in your classroom! 

Please also take a look at our Premium Products. Your purchase of one or all will help cover some of our costs. Thanks in advance!

1. Conversation cards.

These cards really get students speaking. This month download the following cards: 

Bucket List Cards, Alphabet CardsPet Peeve Cards, Gift Giving Cards. If you like these cards - purchase our Get Speaking card sets to support EFL Classroom!

2.What Makes You Happy.  Great resources to explore this topic and more about "Happiness". 

3. Draw The Emotion. One of our many "emotion" related resources. Simple and fun. 

4. 2019 Complimentary Calendars - 2019 is almost here and these calendars can be a great resource for any classroom. Get students making their own dates and calendars!

5.TKT - Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test. Use our comprehensive resources to teach for the test or practice for it! 

6. Pun Fun. Excellent resources to help teach these important facets of figurative language. 

7. Repetitive Readers.  New books added to our repetitive readers category. The Napping House and Bark George.

8. Remembrance Day. Discuss about war and also the significance of Remembrance Day. 

9. If I Ride. A wonderful repetitive video to practice the 1st conditional. 

10. Thanksgiving. All kinds of new and classic resources, videos, worksheets, games to use. 

Happy teaching and learning. Make sure to friend us on Facebook!

Teacher Founder,

David Deubelbeiss

We Keep What We Give

I'm a confirmed, addicted, "sharer". Been that way for years and I'm sure its caused it share of incredulity. Many people just don't operate on and of the same mental construct - believing as I do that knowledge is not something created nor owned. It is air and for all. But that is okay - the world is beautiful because it is made of so many who are different. There is room for all of us. I'm…
Author:- ddeubel

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I'm a confirmed, addicted, "sharer". Been that way for years and I'm sure its caused it share of incredulity. Many people just don't operate on and of the same mental construct - believing as I do that knowledge is not something created nor owned. It is air and for all. But that is okay - the world is beautiful because it is made of so many who are different. There is room for all of us.

I'm a confirmed believer in "We keep what we give", education as a vocation. Meaning, that I get so much from what I do - that I'm in no need of any returns other than to be "in the mix" and sharing.

I recently got a flurry of wonderful emails from complete strangers. Coupled with the spring warmth, it makes me feel so grateful to be able to do what I do and connect with so many from around the world. That in sharing, I keep much more than I give. I'd like to share one of the emails, from a woman in Egypt writing about an ebook I shared and specifically one entry - My Egyptian Moment.

I want to share this with you because I want to do what I do - share with you the energy of this email and how it sparkles with the new force of connection we experience when we share, never knowing who might chance upon, use, be touched by, find meaning in - what we give. And in some miraculous way, us keeping so much from this process....

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Hi David,

At last it's you !! As a new member of this EFL Classroom 2.0 group, I didn't know who is the admin of this great site !!! Until I got a message from this group sent to my e-mail, with links to April newsletter , a book about flashcards and a special book called (The unbearable lightness of being a teacher) !!

As an Egyptian EFL teacher, I would like to thank u soo much for this good book, and esp for the part called (My own Egyptian moment). WOW!! It's very special, inspiring and motivating!!

I've shared the book and esp. this part with my colleagues. we all appreciate it !! We are really proud of our PEACEFUL revolution !! It's very important and nice to see it in the eyes of other friends from other places in the world specially when it comes from a great teaching expert like you !!! As we have been thinking about our mission as teachers and how to teach our students the great lessons of freedom in these days which are full of unprecedented events!!! But, you did it in a universal way. Though it's an Egyptian moment, but ur message from it is actually universal !!!

We really hope we can keep this great victory and let it spread in all aspects of our life !!!

I have even talked about ur book and this part of it in a radio program this morning and thanked you on air!!! They have even asked me to share the book on the program's FB page ??? They even asked when will the cover copy of the book be available ??!!! Do you mind if i shared it with them on FB??!! What if any of my colleagues wanted to share comments or thoughts with u?? (I even wish we can talk with u one day!!)

By the way, i don't agree with what u said about being selfish writing about ur own personal experience !!! It's very important to share even the simplest moment as u say (Live simply, simply live) and specially when it comes from someone like you !!

Sorry for this long message , but as u can see we r still affected by the spirit of freedom and enthusiasm !!!! :)
Waitin for ur reply !!


(name) (EGYPT)

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PS. Here is the ebook referred to. Download and share. Also, just got this email - which sort of relates to this post.


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Strategize Your Selection of An English School Today!

When selecting a school to work at, select a school that has upward mobility. A school that has what you want. Some of these schools don’t have upward mobility, whatsoever. Some of them are just very structured. They’re government jobs. And you work the same position year after year, doing the same things. Many don’t even allow innovation within the classroom, so you can’t even grow beyond the old models of teaching. How does that sound? Sounds like a slow and…
Author:- Todd Persaud

When selecting a school to work at, select a school that has upward mobility. A school that has what you want. Some of these schools don’t have upward mobility, whatsoever. Some of them are just very structured. They’re government jobs. And you work the same position year after year, doing the same things. Many don’t even allow innovation within the classroom, so you can’t even grow beyond the old models of teaching. How does that sound? Sounds like a slow and painful death to me.

So, when you’re looking for jobs as an English teacher, really focus on the type of job you want to get. If you want to get upward mobility and more skills, then consider which job offers you the best opportunity for that. It might be a private school, but recognize also that there will be disadvantages to that. Always do your research because there are plenty of differences between public and private schools in different countries. For example, one country’s public is another school’s private, and vice versa. I know, I wish there was a universal definition of public and private, but there isn’t. Not even close, so just prepare for the worst no matter what.

And some countries have public schools that rival the worst prisons in America. So really look out for that. No need to go someplace you might get shanked.  

The reason I recommend applying for schools with upward mobility and the chance to grow in the organization is that you can parlay the skills you acquire into other avenues of growth, even entirely different industries. The best English schools want to grow their people because it’s further incentive beyond the paycheck for the teacher and it also helps the organization become that much more dynamic, agile, and ready to stem the tide of competition from other programs and fly-by-night English academies. English schools are so common in Asia, in particular, that they’re like McDonalds or Starbucks, or even Wal-Mart’s. Yes, they’re that common.

It’s almost a cliché.

But let’s say you don’t even want to be a career English teacher. Let’s say you’re just doing this as a stint, as a backpacker or as a gap year. I would still even more so recommend you find English schools that allow you to dip into other departments, whether it be marketing or promotions or even accounting. I don’t care what it is. The more opportunities, the better. Even if you’re not being paid for them. Why? Because again that work experience becomes leverage to you as you start to learn how businesses are run.

But maybe you’re not even doing English-teaching as a tourist. You may be doing it for college credit or you’re doing it for just a break. Or maybe you’re just trying to see what else is out there and you really just don’t know about the world. Well, then there’s an academy with your name on it, just waiting for you to apply! Now the academy won’t have your actual name on it, so don’t Google your name plus academy. You’ll just become depressed.

And let me tell you in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc.) no opportunity goes to waste. So whatever your motivations for teaching English, if you find an academy with multiple departments and multiple ways of assisting, you’ll be in a great position to really enhance your tool kit of life skills which are in short supply at the university setting.  Put your skills to use, even that one your parents said was a waste of time AND money.

Now there is a very real danger you could be overworked. But if you know this going into the situation, you’ll know what you’re in it for. Don’t lose sight of the target. Keep your eye on the ball as it were and go in knowing your goals and objectives. Then, when you feel like you can’t handle it anymore, just quit. Always have a back up plan as well. I’m not saying go into the situation with the expectation of quitting, but just know what you’re getting yourself into before you accept the position, always keeping in mind that you have to maintain your health while taking on positions that require lots of responsibilities.

There are many factors to look into when you’re looking for your school. But don’t complain about the school once you’re in there because you made the choice, that was your choice and that was your research. But if you’re really stuck between different options and you’re weighing of pros and cons hasn’t revealed anything insightful, you can do what MJ DeMarco recommends and visiting the website called helpmydecision.com where you can literally plug in the pros and cons of each school, like some kind of data scientist, and then generate statistics about which school is likely to be the best fit for you, through the algorithms that the website is programmed to execute when you add all of your decisions into the mix. You know you want to, nerd. Just kidding Nerds are rich!

I’ve done this a few times, and I feel it not only refreshing but helpful for me when a decision goes sour and I can just blame the algorithms on this website. So try it out! Plus its fun to blame your life choices on others, just ask your unhappy parents. And it’s fun, but in light of the foregoing, you’re advised to take it with a grain of salt. You have to learn to decide for yourself sometime but for now let computers think for you.

So, just check that out and see if that can help you with your decision making. Just remember, keep your eye on the ball and the long term goals for yourself. When you come to Asia or anywhere else in the world, it’s very easy to get derailed, wander adrift and lose sight of what you had intended to achieve while traveling and teaching. Don’t let that happen, really consider what you want to have in your life and make your decisions accordingly. And remember, there is no destination. Like college, you have to keep moving and keep being active and productive. It never stops. Never! Well, until you die, but that’s a whole other post. One I’m not ready to journey down, yet.

So keep moving and never lose sight of your definite chief aim.

How to Plan Your Lesson to Suit Yourself

We’ve reached a point in time where you can almost always avoid reinventing the wheel. Memory games are spectacular for getting the students off your back, particularly in countries where raw human-derived memorization is considered the path to success. This is why people love talking to parrots. Getting the students to stretch their memories is an easy task to give them.…
Author:- Todd Persaud

We’ve reached a point in time where you can almost always avoid reinventing the wheel.

Memory games are spectacular for getting the students off your back, particularly in countries where raw human-derived memorization is considered the path to success. This is why people love talking to parrots.

Getting the students to stretch their memories is an easy task to give them. They do it all the time. It’s all they know. They can barely speak without reporting recycled information they’ve gotten from their textbooks or parents. What else is there, you often wonder.  On second thought, don’t go too far down that rabbit hole unless you want to hear about the weird stuff they find online.

If you are teaching in high school, however, you will find a good majority of the students take pride in their amazing ability to recall things. Many are competitive and treat memorization like a sport. I say, ride the wave. Give them all the memorization games that their mind can handle and don’t look back. Let them struggle with it, it’s not your brain anyway. Let yours turn to mush, you’re not using it anyway.

I will say that if you're working with younger kids from middle school downward, then initiating a quieter game is probably a better idea because the screeching that students are prone to make at this age-level is liable to make you go insane (again).  And most likely you don’t have the insurance or time off to keep you from devolving into madness.

As a side note, some students won’t be motivated unless you give them candy to do this. I would recommend giving them candy at the end of class. Make their sugar-fueled behavior someone else's problem.

I would only give these games to students who can speak, spell, read, and compete properly. No sense in making life harder for them OR you.  Of course, with every game, it’s important to provide the rules at the beginning so everything is clear. It helps to maybe put this in your PowerPoint presentation or on the whiteboard if you have one.

Personally, I like to have my co-teacher just translate the whole game in the native language, to save me time I would otherwise spend running my mouth off. That’s no way to live! Delegation is the key to success!

Recipes for Tired Teachers

Here’s an activity you can try: give each student a strip with a sentence on it. Instruct the students to memorize the sentence. While they are memorizing, you can go around and test different students, and see if the sentence has crystallized in their minds. Collect the strips afterwards. Tell the class that the sentences tell a story and that they have to put it together in a logical way. And that’s it! Let them go to town while you sit back and relax.

If you want to make this activity even longer, you can mandate that the students only speak in English as they attempt to piece the story together. This will surely take up half the class, if not the entire one, especially if they are tired after a long exam. Not your problem! You just taught an entire class without lifting a finger, and if you’re lucky, your butt out of a chair. Bravo!

To make the activity much muuuch longer, you can mandate that students are not allowed to write the words on paper. And of course, the larger the class you have, the easier it will be for you to break students up into groups and create a competition to see which groups can stitch the whole story together in the least amount of time (hint, no one will be able to do it under 45 minutes).

I have had much success with this, so much success in fact, that I have a whole stockpile of sentence stories ready to go at times I don’t feel like teaching. I usually dispatch to the students the need to continually practice their memorization skills, while I sit back and relax. Or sleep. Or surf the web. Or just ignore them. You know, just like Dad used to do.

Random Word List Game

Beautifully simple and elegant in its execution, this game lets you choose random words to be written on the board. Ideally, these are words that students are familiar with. (You can double check with your colleagues to make sure that students are familiar with these words).

Give them fifteen seconds to read the words before erasing them. Afterwards, have the students recall the words, either by writing on paper or through recitation. If they write on paper, make them tell a story with the words and then have them memorize the story that they wrote. Even better, make them paraphrase it. And for added measure, so you do the least amount of work, have them tell each other the stories, rehearsing their delivery before they tell you the story at the end of class, preferably after the bell rings.

Another form of this activity is distributing a worksheet. Have the students speed read the words before collecting the papers again. Then, you could have the students in groups attempt to create a story involving the words from the paper, and possibly embellishing on the words to make the story more fun. Many of you will object to me, calling me some kind of anti-education monster and thief. But hey, these activities aren’t mine. They come from Recipes for Tired Teachers, so they can’t be all that bad, can they? I mean it’s like the how to manual for lazy teachers.

There are also websites you can use for story prompts. Storytimed.com is a great website where people can upload their own stories and have others contribute to them (props to Larry Ferlazzo for this little recommendation in his books). Another great website is ESLAuthority.com where you can find games to help your students learn and have fun. One option for an activity is to read the stories from this website to the students, then have the students recall the story, and continue it using their own imagination. Works great for high school students.

Going on a Picnic

One of the most popular games for memory, if you’re working with younger children! Students go around in a circle and provide one word that starts with a certain letter in the alphabet. The task is to remember all the words that each student gave--in alphabetical order. Those who forget are out. I have done this, but students helped each other out, which made it a non-competitive game.

Non-competition is no fun because it makes the game go faster and then you have to think of other things to do. Instead, encourage the students to compete against each other. If possible, tell them their salaries depend on it. Yours doesn’t, but they don’t need to know that, do they?

Tell them that only one little boy or girl can make it to the top of the pecking order. See, I’m equal opportunity lazy.That’ll teach them to speed up games and help each other! Competition really gets the blood flowing. Not in a muderous way, but do keep an eye out for that too.

Flash-Type Game

One of the most popular games in the world of EFL is “Kim’s Game,” where you take a bag of different goodies, from pencil cases, erasers, to gum and thumb tacks. Whatever other random objects you can muster. Show the students the objects for a few seconds, then cover them up afterwards. The students are then responsible for writing down whatever they can remember. Put A LOT of goodies in this bag so that they really have to think about it. The more items, the more thinking needs to be done. Poof, you’ve just blown away 20 minutes of the class. And you can always remove stuff to make some kids think they are seeing things.

You could also have students draw (that’s right, pencil to paper) the items under the blanket to vary the activity. When someone asks you about the educational merits of the game, you just smile and tell them that you are supporting the arts foundation. Plus it gives you a chance to see if there is some talent you may want to invest in for the future.

Afterwards, you can teach the students democracy by having everyone vote on the best drawing. Which means nothing but it feels like it does, just like real voting.

However, don’t make it easy for them. Instead, make students have to explain in English the reason for choosing a particular drawing. That’ll get them working overtime, speaking-wise! So you can just veg out nod and say “uh-huh” over and over. You don’t even have to listen, your eyes can just glaze over as you think of what’s for dinner. It’s a win-win! Like a first date!

 

Conclusion

Hopefully, by now, you’re starting to see that there is literally no end to how you can extend these memorization activities. They are the very core of what drives student motivation. And let me tell you there is no better business to be in then the memorization business, especially for young hapless students who haven’t figured out what life is all about yet. They will hold onto that memory as a precious nugget of knowledge, until they read this.

Anyway, you just have to make your imagination run wild. Your mind will devise ways to save you lots of time—while you are on your chair, legs comfortably perched, catching up on podcasts or your Netflix queue.

Sure, there’s a little prep involved with these types of games, but it’s well worth the long-term investment if you’re going to live a stress and headache free existence in your new country.  And anyway, if you don’t have the time to make the cards or sentence strips yourself, just recruit one of your colleagues.

When I did this, I discovered a whole treasure trove of cards, sentence strips, and crossword puzzles that these teachers were also using (and apparently hiding), to live stress-free lives themselves. Folks, the proof is in the pudding. This problem is universal. Heck, maybe your teacher used them on you while they recovered from their drink ladened weekend. Think back, you might not have ever even noticed.

The moral of this story is simple: Embrace memorization. Learn it, love it, live it, and give it to other people to do it. It will be the best thing you ever did.  Work smarter by making them work harder, so you can earn those dolla, dolla bills.

October Mid-Month Community Upates

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Author:- ddeubel

Teaching Magazine The Last Newsletter   |   New ResourcesELT Professionals

It has been a busy October on the community.  Also outside the community as the ELT conference season gets into full swing. 

Here are a few of the recent resources of note posted. Also, some ELT news and blogs of note. 

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1. Odd One Out Cards.  Great cards to get students thinking "out of the box". Try this fantastic game. 

2. Neighbours.This Academy Award Winning film short with a "must" message is a fantastic lesson material. 

3. Name 3 Cards.  Fun way to practice vocabulary, recycle basic vocabulary. Can your students "Name 3"?  Purchase the full 23 sets of cards to help support our community!

4. Board Game Template. Get students making their own board game to practice language. You'll be amazed how creative they'll be!

5. Top 100 Youtube Videos + Resources. The last week to get this resource and reference without paying. Download and check out all the great videos and printables.

Editor's Choice: Around The ELT Universe

* Collaboration and bringing students together

* Best Practices in SLA - A Summary

* The Learning Process As I See It

* What is Dogme ELT?

September Mid Month Updates

Teaching Magazine |  The Last Newsletter   |   …
Author:- ddeubel

Teaching Magazine The Last Newsletter   |   New ResourcesLinkedIN ELT Professionals

I hope all teachers are enjoying their time in the classroom this September! 

Here are a few new things on the community that you might be interested in. 

1. Collocations. The ultimate resource.  

This Premium product is free for all members. An example of some of our other Premium products we are selling to support the costs of EFL Classroom.  This PPT covers most important collocations + has exercise for practice and an answer key. Please leave a comment if you use it!

**** SALE.  Only Sept.buy a Premium product and get lifetime access to them all ($34.95 value). Only for Sept. After purchase you'll get an email informing you of the link to access all products

2.Battleship.  The ultimate controlled practice language activity. Games and templates.

3. Murphy's Law. Practice the 2nd conditional with this great activity.

4. Mr. Morton Is The Subject Of The Sentence. - my fav. video and materials for teaching the past tense. 

5. And another top 10 song for the EFL Classroom - Lemon Tree. Loads of materials. 

Happy teaching and learning. Make sure to friend us on Facebook!

Teacher Founder,

David Deubelbeiss