Starry starry night

Lovely song sung and performed by member, Ken Darling.  The images are stellar and really contextualize well the lyrics.  Enjoy!     Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM…
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Lovely song sung and performed by member, Ken Darling. 

The images are stellar and really contextualize well the lyrics.  Enjoy!

 

 
Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

Other traditional Karaoke options

There are a few other options out there besides GoSing and Karafun. Here are thousands of .kar files which can be played in GoSing or Karafun but which can also be played in other players. (Download Karfun)One player that is stable and…
Author:- ddeubel

There are a few other options out there besides GoSing and Karafun.

Here are thousands of .kar files which can be played in GoSing or Karafun but which can also be played in other players. (Download Karfun)

One player that is stable and allows you to customize and change the background tracks is the Van Basco Player. Simple install and then play the files. Set up a background picture and also download some attractive skins.

Use all these songs in your camp or at school events/parties. All that you need to have fun!

If you know some more about Karaoke - join our Karaoke group or add your 2 cents here.

Using and Making a Karafun Karaoke song/audio file

Karaoke is a great tool for any language teacher. It really helps with phonetic recognition (connecting text to speech - reading) and highly motivational. It also is adaptable and you can vary the speed, the context (pictures) , the presentation and even have students record.…
Author:- ddeubel

Karaoke is a great tool for any language teacher. It really helps with phonetic recognition (connecting text to speech - reading) and highly motivational. It also is adaptable and you can vary the speed, the context (pictures) , the presentation and even have students record.

Why use Karaoke in your classroom


Visit this discussion to get Gosing - where you can instantly have a very basic, traditional Karaoke player in your classroom.

The Karafun player is superb. Download it free HERE. Once installed, you have both A PLAYER and an EDITOR. Use the player to play files (.kfn) and the editor to make files. See this presentation and watch how I make a file with; A) an mp3 B) a transcript/lyrics C) a photo (s) . It really isn't difficult!

If your computer for some reason doesn't have Direct X 10 - download it here. The player needs this and most computers should have it already.

If you are concerned about royalty free images and don't want to "google" - use Pics4Learning


On EFL Classroom's Karaoke page, you can download hundreds of teacher made karaoke files.

Also, there are many more places to get karaoke videos and learn about karaoke:

1. Discussions about Karaoke
2. Main Karaoke page
3. Karaoke video examples
4. Quick Karaoke
5. Kids Karaoke Korner
6. News articles in Karaoke
7. Elementary Songs for the Korean Textbook
8. Mixtube lyrics/songs
9. Go Sing player and songs
10. Karaoke in the classroom group
11. Karaoke Videos on EFL Classroom 2.0
12. Karaoke Dialogues

Elementary Resources

Our Elementary page is full of great presentations, videos, activities for teaching elementary students!   Please also join the Young Learner's group - lots there! Also see our Karaoke for Kidz page for…
Author:- ddeubel

Our Elementary page is full of great presentations, videos, activities for teaching elementary students!

 

Please also join the Young Learner's group - lots there!

Also see our Karaoke for Kidz page for lots of language songs for your classroom. Many classics.

Korean teachers please see our Songs for the Elementary Textbook page AND the videos for the Textbook 1.and Videos for the textbook 2

Korean music to inspire your students (or you!)

I really think that having students see their "stars" sing in English and use English, is very motivational. They really can take off that "affective filter" and start to risk speaking and taking chances to improve. Plus, a knowledge of Korean music is a great way to show you understand your students - their world and concerns. Plus you might learn a little Korean too! Remember to check out the Korean Karaoke in our…
Author:- ddeubel

I really think that having students see their "stars" sing in English and use English, is very motivational. They really can take off that "affective filter" and start to risk speaking and taking chances to improve. Plus, a knowledge of Korean music is a great way to show you understand your students - their world and concerns. Plus you might learn a little Korean too! Remember to check out the Korean Karaoke in our A/V player!

Lots of Korean songs (in English) on our Karaoke teaching page! Just download the player and play!

Here are some Karaoke songs and also a few playlists of Korean musicians (one English, one just Korean hip hop). Enjoy....

Go Sing - real karaoke with hundreds of songs. Instant download.

Here are all the gosing midi songs I spent hours collecting. now all you have to do is install the gosing karaoke player, right click to upload a nice picture of your class and then download all the hundreds of songs to play using the arrow keys on your keyboard. You are set! Have an __________ Idol contest in your classroom or at your camp!  Get additional songs at…
Author:- ddeubel

Here are all the gosing midi songs I spent hours collecting. now all you have to do is install the gosing karaoke player, right click to upload a nice picture of your class and then download all the hundreds of songs to play using the arrow keys on your keyboard. You are set!

Have an __________ Idol contest in your classroom or at your camp!  Get additional songs at Gosing.com


Karoake Files zipped / enmass or just by themselves

Get a lot of karafun karaoke files here! Of course, find them on our karaoke page! Go there too to get the Karafun player which you'll need. These dialogues are excellent and each one is a pair. 1. A Cloze where students listen for information 2. The full dialogue. Much better quality than on our youtube channel! Also with the player, you can slow the speed, to help comprehension. Enjoy!
Author:- ddeubel

Get a lot of karafun karaoke files here! Of course, find them on our karaoke page! Go there too to get the Karafun player which you'll need. These dialogues are excellent and each one is a pair.
1. A Cloze where students listen for information 2. The full dialogue. Much better quality than on our youtube channel! Also with the player, you can slow the speed, to help comprehension.

Enjoy!

Karafuns that members have made.

We have a great karaoke page, just click and play many files. Here are some more in a batch. You will need to unzip them ..... Including our dialogues, not yet on the karaoke page! Make sure you visit the karaoke page and get the free player so you can play all these for your students (and yourself!) David
Author:- ddeubel

We have a great karaoke page, just click and play many files. Here are some more in a batch. You will need to unzip them .....

Including our dialogues, not yet on the karaoke page! Make sure you visit the karaoke page and get the free player so you can play all these for your students (and yourself!)

David

Last One Standing -- The best song game ever!

I came up with this game after a colleague demonstrated it in an inhouse workshop (thanks Jennifer!). I made it much more dynamic and it really is fun! First preteach the vocab slide for the song. The easiest way is to either get the students to categorize the words (living , dead, abstract or by colour, size, or their own way...). Another way to preteach is for them…
Author:- ddeubel

I came up with this game after a colleague demonstrated it in an inhouse workshop (thanks Jennifer!). I made it much more dynamic and it really is fun!

First preteach the vocab slide for the song. The easiest way is to either get the students to categorize the words (living , dead, abstract or by colour, size, or their own way...). Another way to preteach is for them to ask you questions or each other questions using the words.

Then each student chooses one word and writes it nice and big on a piece of paper or small whiteboard. Everyone stands up and listens to the song. If they hear their word, they sit down. Last one standing wins. Play in groups so if a person sits down they are still interested to see if their group wins.... Another great variation is to let them stand up if the word is said a second time, they can get back into the game!

Enjoy and more coming soon or make your own and share!  See example video versions HERE and HERE

#1 All I want for Christmas is you / You Gotta Be
#2 If i had a million dollars / Lemon Tree

David

Get all the games  HERE.

Happy Birthday

Example of the hundreds of free karaoke available to play in your classroom. Our gift! Just download the player, download the songs, speeches, news reports, poetry etc ... then play and fool around with the player to change the display, audio. Get it all…
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Example of the hundreds of free karaoke available to play in your classroom. Our gift!

Just download the player, download the songs, speeches, news reports, poetry etc ... then play and fool around with the player to change the display, audio. Get it all HERE

Karaoke Rocks!

We have thousands of karaoke files: songs, news reports, stories, speeches etc... Download the player and play the files offline. An instant and powerful resource for any language teacher. Get it…
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We have thousands of karaoke files: songs, news reports, stories, speeches etc... Download the player and play the files offline. An instant and powerful resource for any language teacher. Get it here.

You Gotta Be

A classic, groovy song to help teach adjectives. Students can do a song lyric rewrite. Get materials for teaching this song (including a Lastonestanding game PPT…
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A classic, groovy song to help teach adjectives. Students can do a song lyric rewrite. Get materials for teaching this song (including a Lastonestanding game PPT HERE.

If I had a million dollars

Reupload and clean up of a classic presentation made here from karaoke. Get resources for teaching…
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Reupload and clean up of a classic presentation made here from karaoke.

Get resources for teaching HERE.

My Way - karaoke

For years, I used to make lots of traditional karaoke songs like this, for learning / singing English. Get hundreds like this and hundreds of thousands of other resources on our Mediafire site by becoming an EFL 2.0…
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For years, I used to make lots of traditional karaoke songs like this, for learning / singing English.

Get hundreds like this and hundreds of thousands of other resources on our Mediafire site by becoming an EFL 2.0 supporter.

Top advice to teachers about using technology when teaching

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 I've spent thousands of hours giving workshops on using technology to teach. Exhausting but always practical and focused on allowing technology to be helpful and in the background as teachers…
Author:- ddeubel


Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0


I've spent thousands of hours giving workshops on using technology to teach. Exhausting but always practical and focused on allowing technology to be helpful and in the background as teachers teach and help students achieve their set language based objectives. It's not about the tech or twinkle but about the learning. 

During the workshops, as usual, I go with "the group" and get off topic and take sidebars / untrodden paths. That's my style. But I always hit (for the most part) the core ideas and examples that I share through my blogs, community and work on EnglishCentral.

I always urge teachers to "muck about" and that it really isn't as hard as we think. Yes, it takes time but it pays off big time. It is more about the paradigm shift that needs to occur in each of us - as the above video highlights so well.

So here are my core, top 5 tips for teachers using technology in their teaching.

#1 Use technology only if it meets the lesson's language objective and enhances learning.

This may seem self evident but too often I think, teachers do bring in technology just for the buzz and thrill. They don't ask hard enough questions like, "is it the best way to help students acquire "x" language point?" "how long will it take?" "What's the cost/benefit compared to something else? ".

Fun, fizz is great but it really isn't the point of education. Engagement in interesting content is (for language learning). Stay focused on the language objectives and make sure any technology you use - really, truly helps that objective be reached. 

The best way to use technology to meet the language learning needs of students is through a blended approach where tech is used by students individually and for self-directed study that extends the in class curriculum and gives them more practice time. Technology is best used in a small group or one to one - not whole class. 

#2 Reliability. Make sure it works. Dry run it. 

The internet is now much better and more reliable than it used to be. But still if you can, use tech offline where possible. It's easy nowadays to download the video for offline use and on my resources community EFL Classroom 2.0, I even provide teachers with direct download ability. Download swf files by right clicking and "save as". Save videos by using http://keepvid.com or audio by using http://vidtomp3.com . At a minimum, play a video all the way through before the lesson, that way it will be in your computer's cache and stream better.

Secondly, use video streaming services like EnglishCentral where the whole video caches first and then is fully available for use - you can jump through it instantly. 

web-20#3 Don't get lost in the forest. Find what works for you and stick with it!

Every day, hundreds of new applications, tools come online. I once tried to keep up and try everything. Nothing worse for a teacher! Just find a few tools or sites that you find suitable to your own teaching style and also your student's needs. Master them as much as you can and then use. Use a lot, your students will get used to them and benefit through that. Don't get lost in the forest of logos!

#4 Give students control. Get them using technology and make it interactive.

More about blended learning and students working directly with their own devices.

Technology works because it isn't static like a page of a book. It is dynamic and a teacher should treat it so. Students should be encouraged to use the classroom computer responsibly. Trust me, they can click and advance things just as well as you! If possible, use your school's library computers or computer lab. Get students using sites as homework or making games. Take a more "product" based approach with students - get them creating. Be it videos, games or all else. This truly is the best approach. 

#5 Make friends with the "tech" guy at school or a competent colleague.

Your best friend at school should be the person in charge of the computers. Buy them a gift and get them working on your computer and making it purr. No technology guru around? Make friends with colleagues who have good technology skills and share something you do well in return. Teachers helping teachers.

So get out there and start preparing for Web 3.o - the future is already here and it is in the form of our students!

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Jan. Mid Month Updates

Lots of new things posted on the community to start 2018! Check them out at your leisure!  Also, Gif Lingua, the best Extensive Reading site for English language learners rolls…
Author:- ddeubel

Lots of new things posted on the community to start 2018! Check them out at your leisure! 

Also, Gif Lingua, the best Extensive Reading site for English language learners rolls along. Please check this out too - full LMS for registered teachers and books can be downloaded for offline use. 

 Miss the Nov. newsletter?- read it here. 

1.  Black History Month

We have all your lesson needs covered for this February topic. Go here >>>

2. New Resources

Here are some of our new resources. Also see our constantly updated new resources magazine.

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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 from members.  Committer or Quitter?  |  Cambridge Training Course |   Eng. Teacher Marc: Showing Interest  |  Cursing and swearing in the classroom

Best,

David 

Teacher Founder

https://community.eflclassroom.com

Are you a committer (or a quitter)?

I'm busy making some life shattering, shaking changes.  Not easy to do so, especially when one gets older and offered so much "security".  However, I've always been one to follow Thoreau's dictum and "dance to the beat of my own drummer".  The only way I can survive, smile and keep sucking on the fruit that is…
Author:- ddeubel

I'm busy making some life shattering, shaking changes.  Not easy to do so, especially when one gets older and offered so much "security".  However, I've always been one to follow Thoreau's dictum and "dance to the beat of my own drummer".  The only way I can survive, smile and keep sucking on the fruit that is life. 

More about my changes later.  What I'd like to share today is something I came across while going through my old boxes of "stuff".  I came across a quiz I remember writing for a book I was scratching out, 10 or so years ago.  The book was about commitment and this little quiz really got me thinking.  Could it be that good teachers, teachers that last in the profession and who hang in there, thick or thin - could it be that these "committers" might be noted and selected for?  Could this ability to commit to a vocation be something important to our teaching profession?  

Just a thought.  But here is the quiz to see if you are a "committer".  Check it out and tell me if you think the quality of being a "committer" is something important and linked to that of an expert teacher.

Are you a committer (or a quitter?)

Download this as a PDF

Some people are committers – they put themselves on the line and live openly, spontaneously, productively. They have the intuitive sense to flow with their inner energy and see things to the end. To them, the future is in their own hands. Are you a “committer”?   Answer the following questions and find out. (note your answers true or false)

 

1.  When you are dead wrong about something, you make a point of telling others and don’t brush

it aside.                                          Totally True or  Not Really

 

2.  You are given a task to do at work.  It seems without purpose. You question this.  

                                                        Totally True or  Not Really

 

3.   You are sometimes overwhelmed by experience and cry with joy.

                                                       Totally True or  Not Really

 

4.   You are at a boring party. You try to make it livelier and encourage people to dance.

                                                      Totally True or  Not Really

 

5.   When first meeting people, you don’t ask what they do but wait and talk about personal things.

                                                     Totally True or  Not Really

 

6.    You believe there is one thing you must do during your life. To not do it, better off not being

born  at all.                                  Totally True or  Not Really

 

7.    When you are alone, you are not lonely.  Time does not pass by slowly.

                                                   Totally True or  Not Really

 

8.    You awake in the morning and your first thought is about something important to do or to

you.                                             Totally True or  Not Really

 

9.    You laught when alone or sing in the shower. You are animated and glow when alone.

                                                    Totally True or  Not Really

 

10.  You are playing a game outside.  It starts to rain, a warm rain.  You stay and keep playing

until the end of the game.             Totally True or  Not Really

 

11.  The lawn needs cutting, your back hurts.  You don’t worry about your back and cut the lawn.

                                                       Totally True or  Not Really

 

12.   You are lost in a strange city.  Rather than drive and drive around, you stop and ask many

many people until you get there.   Totally True or  Not Really

 

13.   You failed a major exam at university.  You begin preparing for the rewrite, right away.

                                                       Totally True or  Not Really

 

14.   You go to buy a dress shirt in an upscale boutique. Your credit card is declined. You simply

Say, no thanks and walk out., feeling no unease. 

                                                       Totally True or  Not Really

 

15.  You want to start your own business. You have just enough money to get the initial

paperwork done. You sign the papers and start anyway.

                                                       Totally True or  Not Really

 

16.  There is a last piece of cake on a plate. You’re extremely hungry and nobody is there at the

table.  You take the piece of cake and eat it without a second thought.

                                                      Totally True or  Not Really

 

17.   You don’t know your roommate on a weekend retreat.  You are excited, not anxious, to meet

him / her.                                                Totally True or  Not Really

 

18.   You don’t feel good just thinking about something. You only feel good when you are

actually doing it.                                     Totally True or  Not Really

 

19.   Your neighbor’s dog is barking loudly. You immediately go next door and ask what is

the matter.                                              Totally True or  Not Really

 

20.    You feel motivated by stress and see it as telling you to “find a cure”, solve the problem.

                                                             Totally True or  Not Really

 

 

Answer Key:

 

Add up how many “Totally True”s.

 

1-10:   you are not a committer but rather a quitter. You had better get your mind under control.

 

11-15:  you are on your way to being a committer. You just need to let go a little more and trust

Yourself. Then the future is all yours.

 

16-20:  you are a true, right through, committer. You are your own person, self-actualized and

trusting. You are able to step over that line and make things happen. To you there are no

problems, only solutions!

 

New Cambridge Train the Trainer Course - Join us online or f-2-f in Athens!

Become a teacher trainer and pass on your expertise Are you an experienced teacher of English? Have you already followed at least a CELTA or equivalent course? Have you obtained a Delta or done some post graduate work? Do you have excellent classroom teaching skills? Is your level of English…
Author:- Marisa Constantinides

Become a teacher trainer and pass on your expertise

  • Are you an experienced teacher of English?
  • Have you already followed at least a CELTA or equivalent course?
  • Have you obtained a Delta or done some post graduate work?
  • Do you have excellent classroom teaching skills?
  • Is your level of English at a sufficiently high level?

Every teacher has the potential to train other teachers - but training teaching requires specialist knowledge and skills

Train the Trainer is a course for experienced teachers.

Participants develop the knowledge and skills they need to train English language teachers working in primary and secondary schools. They learn how to run training sessions, observe teaching and give feedback. Teachers who successfully complete the Train the Trainer course are qualified to train teachers on a variety of courses including the Cambridge offering of the CELT-P ( for primary school teachers of English) and CELT-S (for secondary school teachers of English).

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With Train the Trainer, teachers show that they:

  • have developed skills for designing and delivering teacher training sessions and courses
  • have deepened their understanding of key issues in planning and delivering training courses
  • have developed an understanding of good practice in observing and giving feedback to course participants
  • have identified strategies for their further development as a trainer.

Are you eligible to attend? 

For experienced teachers who have at least a CELTA, ideally a Delta, and some years of follow-up teaching experience as well as evidence of commitment to professional development.

Ideally, candidates should have

  • at least 5 years of teaching experience (post teacher training)
  • a graduate degree in English, Linguistics or related field
  • a Cambridge Delta or equivalent level 7 qualification
  • a level of English high enough to be able to train teachers and be a fluent and accurate language model
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • experience in teaching and managing groups of adult learners

 For more, please visit the course page 

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Showing interest or surprise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0UB1X8GohU&t=76s The majority know how to use "really" but do you know how to use other expressions ? - In this lesson, I go over many expressions that can be used to express interest, surprise or even disappointment instead of "really". This lesson is intended for lower intermediate students who wish to improve their English…
Author:- English Teacher Marc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0UB1X8GohU&t=76s

The majority know how to use "really" but do you know how to use other expressions ? - In this lesson, I go over many expressions that can be used to express interest, surprise or even disappointment instead of "really". This lesson is intended for lower intermediate students who wish to improve their English grammar.

Cursing and Swearing in the classroom

As a teacher, I really didn't follow the standard "levels" of fluency - all those test numbers or beginner - intermediate - advanced. No, I had my own standards, my own way of placing this bar. For me, there were only 3 levels or abilities. 1. able to answer all the general questions and…
Author:- ddeubel


As a teacher, I really didn't follow the standard "levels" of fluency - all those test numbers or beginner - intermediate - advanced. No, I had my own standards, my own way of placing this bar.

For me, there were only 3 levels or abilities.

1. able to answer all the general questions and maintain small talk.


2. able to order pizza over the telephone in English (and get the pizza).


3. able to cuss and swear and make the other person feel it.


Yes, swearing and insulting are the highest art of our language. Full of nuance, subtlety and at the same time - force. Full of paralinguistic features, body and eye language. If you can swear like an Englishman, you could feel at home with the language.

Swearing/cursing/insulting are important for our students. They are important subjects. Swearing (and politeness) are the core of discourse analysis and are very serious subjects in their own right. Our students need to know about these things...

Students love any lesson about insulting and swearing. They were always my favorites, along with bragging. A knock 'em down good time. I think the reason was that it brought us together - we were in "taboo" territory, English language or not. Also, and most importantly, we were engaging the ego. I think the ego is something that is powerful when it comes to language. It is beyond personalization but rather the commitment body, tongue and soul, of the student to the language produced. That's why all language should start with ME and all language should end with the art of belittlement.

It isn't easy to do a lesson on swearing. Karenne has a nice blog post about Eminem and challenging students with this type of "dirty" content. A good read. Myself, I feel we teachers have to respect our audience but can stretch things. So it all depends what you can get away with - but be cautious and edit out any of the hard core stuff. You'll be surprised at how much your students do understand! And they might just tell someone, who will tell someone and then you'll be out on the street, just another language teacher has been....  But you'll get the last laugh - as a native speaker, you'll be able to tell them to .....

This Korean teacher is really brave, teaching his students about swear words! Funny version

But if you can, go for it. These examples are stellar. The one above - less dirty, the one to end, full of the more powerful dirty stuff.

To end, if you can get away with it, give your students some practice swearing. It will even be a good way for them to let off steam! There is nothing like swearing in a second language (sex aside).....

Some Resources: The swear word dictionary. The word fuck.

Also see these lesson materials.

Recent Popular ELT Professionals LinkedIn Discussions

Happy New Year!  Wishing you a great 2018 teaching year.  Here for your reference are some of the most popular discussions of recent note on ELT Professionals. See…
Author:- ddeubel

Happy New Year!  Wishing you a great 2018 teaching year. 

Here for your reference are some of the most popular discussions of recent note on ELT Professionals.

See this post and archive for even more popular teacher discussions. 

Winter 2018

1. What's your favorite video to use in the class?  https://goo.gl/PNtPUf

2. Writing a joint research paper. https://goo.gl/bN3x3d

3.  Using L1 in a beginners class. https://goo.gl/W6P6C1

4. Digital tools to quiz students. https://goo.gl/SchHFq

5. Teaching 1 -1 Conversation classes. https://goo.gl/ZhktFa

6.  Teaching idioms. Yes or no? https://goo.gl/XD19P7

7   Oral entry exams. Which do you use ? https://goo.gl/Wy18Hd

8  Adverb or Prepositional Phrase?  https://goo.gl/J1gAUM

9. 5 most difficult sounds for Eng. lang. students? https://goo.gl/6PPE8X

10. elearning, blended learning in ELT. https://goo.gl/vZ3nGN

11. Can you lose your accent? https://goo.gl/9b487W

Storytelling with digital and non-digital tools - a free webinar

Every month we offer a free webinar to showcase our work and offer back some free teacher development to our community of peers.  Hope to see some of you online tomorrow! LINK TO REGISTER…
Author:- Marisa Constantinides

Every month we offer a free webinar to showcase our work and offer back some free teacher development to our community of peers. 

Hope to see some of you online tomorrow!

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Summer and Fall 2017 ELT Professionals Recent 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! See the previous archive of important…
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!

See the previous archive of important conversations here.  https://goo.gl/ySAA6j

Summer and Fall  2017

1. Flashcards and wordlists. https://goo.gl/bL8M9d

2. Direct Translation any good? https://goo.gl/aqoG9s

3. How to lose your accent. https://goo.gl/jAL77v

4. Got a video for the classroom? https://goo.gl/vTwUzi

5. Blended Learning. https://goo.gl/WjSbqV

6. The most difficult sounds for learners. https://goo.gl/sJ1iYY

7. Use of L1 for beginners.  https://goo.gl/PA6Fxk

8. 1 - 1 Lessons. https://goo.gl/XvWw6A

9. Digital Tools to Quiz Students. https://goo.gl/Gc3FmY

10. Teaching Idioms. https://goo.gl/ixcm5g

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. …
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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 -…
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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 "…
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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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LinkedIn Discussions. 55,000 members.Archive.

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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 - …
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

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…
Author:- ddeubel

** 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".