Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

RIP Leonard Cohen. One of his most well known songs. Teach with the Jeff Buckley version and song sheet. Read the book on Gif Lingua Books.…
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RIP Leonard Cohen. One of his most well known songs. Teach with the Jeff Buckley version and song sheet. Read the book on Gif Lingua Books. http://book.giflingua.com/leonard-cohen/

Slow Down (Lyric Video)

Great song for mother's day or any day. Powerful message. Get the song ppt and lesson ideas…
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Great song for mother's day or any day. Powerful message.

Get the song ppt and lesson ideas HERE.

Say what you need to say

Cool song by John Mayer. Can be a good starter activity to get students writing down the important things they need to say before it's too late. Use with the resources…
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Cool song by John Mayer. Can be a good starter activity to get students writing down the important things they need to say before it's too late.

Use with the resources HERE.

Get Here

Cool video song by Oleta Adams. Use with the resources…
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Cool video song by Oleta Adams. Use with the resources HERE.

If I had a million dollars

Classic song for teaching English. Get the ppt version and many other materials for teaching this song…
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Classic song for teaching English. Get the ppt version and many other materials for teaching this song HERE.

Pop Song Library

Here are our two main pop song directories.   Enjoy, click through to go to each music video in the ppt with resources and lyric listening sheets.  The ebook attached below has hundreds of song lyric sheets. Music videos supplied many that can be downloaded for offline use through our google drive folder.  Also see - 50 Ways To Use Music In The ELT…
Author:- ddeubel

Here are our two main pop song directories.  

Enjoy, click through to go to each music video in the ppt with resources and lyric listening sheets. 

The ebook attached below has hundreds of song lyric sheets. Music videos supplied many that can be downloaded for offline use through our google drive folder. 

Also see - 50 Ways To Use Music In The ELT Classroom

Download the PPT 

Like I'm Gonna Lose You

A super hit song with a good tempo for teaching language.  Here is a nice lyric listening sheet for using the song in class.  Download for offline use…
Author:- ddeubel

A super hit song with a good tempo for teaching language. 

Here is a nice lyric listening sheet for using the song in class. 

Download for offline use

Send my love - Adele

Adele's songs always work well in class. We have quite a few.Hello, Someone like you, Set fire to the rain, Love Sick ....  Get hundreds…
Author:- ddeubel

Adele's songs always work well in class. We have quite a few.Hello, Someone like you, Set fire to the rain, Love Sick ....  Get hundreds of song lyric sheets HERE.

This song has worksheets and a lyric ppt to pre teach vocabulary and lyrics. 

Also download the lyric video for offline viewing. 

(Lesson Plan structure) (90 minutes)

  1. Introduce the type of music (pop, rock, pop, etc.)
  2. Introduce/teach new vocabulary and expressions with the vocabulary
  3. Play song 1st time (get students interested)
  4. Worksheet activity – Circle the Words You Hear
  5. Worksheet activity – CCQ vocabulary (fill in the blank w/ word bank)
  6. Listening and Worksheet activity – Fill in the blanks along with what you hear (play verse, chorus etc.)
  7. Teach the song to students using disappearing lyrics PPT
  8. Time permitting – watch the music video

Slow Down - Nicole Nordeman

A great song for Mother's Day or just any day.   Get the ppt lyric version below and lyric sheet.  Here are some possible lesson ideas. 1. Brainstorm using the word  "Family"  or get students to finish the sentence, "Family is ......" and share their findings. 2.…
Author:- ddeubel

A great song for Mother's Day or just any day.   Get the ppt lyric version below and lyric sheet. 

Here are some possible lesson ideas.

1. Brainstorm using the word  "Family"  or get students to finish the sentence, "Family is ......" and share their findings.

2. "Slow down and stop ....."  ask students to finish this sentence. Share. 

3. Play the song and ask students to note their favorite line. Share.

4. Play again and listen for the words in the lyric sheet.  Let students try to fill in before playing. 

5. Ask students to write their own chorus.  Rewrite and share. 

Slow Down

Won't you ..........................................

I know you want to .............................

But it's all too .....................................

Let's ..................................................

Adele Hello

huge song students will enjoy. Slow and works with intermediate and above learners.  Find here the lyric listening sheet.  Have students try to fill in before listening. Listen. take up.  There is a nice lesson and materials…
Author:- ddeubel

huge song students will enjoy. Slow and works with intermediate and above learners. 

Find here the lyric listening sheet.  Have students try to fill in before listening. Listen. take up. 

There is a nice lesson and materials HERE also. 


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Happy - Pharrell Willams

Mega hit and for good reason - it makes everyone happy! Use with the lyric listening worksheet and exercises. Students will love this!  An alternative lesson description here.  Cool prezi here. This lesson can be as simple as enjoying the music, filling out the lyric…
Author:- ddeubel

Mega hit and for good reason - it makes everyone happy!

Use with the lyric listening worksheet and exercises. Students will love this!  An alternative lesson description here.  Cool prezi here.

This lesson can be as simple as enjoying the music, filling out the lyric sheet and then getting students to reflect and list in English ten things that make them happy. Share with the class. 


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Stand By Me

This is an all time classroom favorite and all time favorite of everyone.  Use with the audio powerpoint and listening worksheets. Enjoy!   Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0  |  Download for offline…
Author:- ddeubel

This is an all time classroom favorite and all time favorite of everyone. 

Use with the audio powerpoint and listening worksheets. Enjoy!  


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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Get the video version here or play the flash version.…
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Get the video version here or play the flash version.

Dumb Ways To Die

This is a viral hit commercial on a pretty sensitive topic but handled with fun and sensitivity. Depending on your students you might use this lesson. 1. Use the brainstorming sheet to ask students to think of and share dumb ways to die. Ask them why it is dumb! 2. Play the song with the listening sheet to fill in. Use either subtitled or non subtitled versions. 3. Use the powerpoint to solicit student answers from the listening sheet (mix up the…
Author:- ddeubel

This is a viral hit commercial on a pretty sensitive topic but handled with fun and sensitivity.

Depending on your students you might use this lesson.

1. Use the brainstorming sheet to ask students to think of and share dumb ways to die. Ask them why it is dumb!

2. Play the song with the listening sheet to fill in. Use either subtitled or non subtitled versions.

3. Use the powerpoint to solicit student answers from the listening sheet (mix up the slides…).

Download for offline viewing:  No subtitles   |   Subtitles


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Friday I'm In Love

Definitely in the higher pantheon of classic songs to use in class.  Always works! We have a number of video versions. Find here many ideas for using this song. PPTs, lyric sheets and more.   Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM…
Author:- ddeubel

Definitely in the higher pantheon of classic songs to use in class.  Always works! We have a number of video versions.

Find here many ideas for using this song. PPTs, lyric sheets and more.  


Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 

March Mid-Month Updates

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

Dear EFL 2.0 Members,

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

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last

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

Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Teaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent ELT Professionals LinkedIn Discussions Winter 2017

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

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

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

Winter 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 2016

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

Stealing Dreams: free ebook

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

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

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

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

 

 

February mid month updates.

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

Greetings!

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

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

Best,

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

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

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

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

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

5.  Big Cats Learn about these incredible animals. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dealing with Teacher Burnout

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

Dealing with Teacher Burnout


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Personal Challenges Language Learners Face

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

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

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



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

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


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



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



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

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

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

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

Media Literacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Fact or Opinion megalist worksheets.

Hi everyone!

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

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

Recent ELT Professionals Discussions

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

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

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

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December Mid Month Updates

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

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

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

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

This month.

1. Top Xmas PPTs.

2. New Year's Resolutions

3. 2016 News in Review

4. Zack King - youtube illusionist.

5. Want a cuppa?  Making tea.

6. 50 jobs in 50 states.

Miss the Dec. Newsletter?  Read it here.

Eternally. 

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

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

3. New Resources magazineProf. Development magazine.

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

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

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

7. Video Lesson Directory.

8. The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Teacher ebook

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

Top Xmas PPTs

Here are 3 of our most popular Christmas powerpoint games. You'll enjoy using these in class! 1.  Pass The Paper Christmas Carol Version.  Students pass the paper and then have to sing the Christmas Carol when the music stops (if they have the paper). …
Author:- ddeubel

Here are 3 of our most popular Christmas powerpoint games. You'll enjoy using these in class!

1.  Pass The Paper Christmas Carol Version.  Students pass the paper and then have to sing the Christmas Carol when the music stops (if they have the paper). View all these games.>>>>

2.   Top 5 Christmas Version. Students guess the top 5 in each Xmas category and get points for correct guesses.View all these games.>>>>

3.  BAAM Christmas Version.  Students answer questions for points and try to avoid BAAM! View all these games.>>>>

Top Xmas PPTs

Here are 3 of our most popular Christmas powerpoint games. You'll enjoy using these in class! 1.  Pass The Paper Christmas Carol Version.  Students pass the paper and then have to sing the Christmas Carol when the music stops (if they have the paper). …
Author:- ddeubel

Here are 3 of our most popular Christmas powerpoint games. You'll enjoy using these in class!

1.  Pass The Paper Christmas Carol Version.  Students pass the paper and then have to sing the Christmas Carol when the music stops (if they have the paper). View all these games.>>>>

2.   Top 5 Christmas Version. Students guess the top 5 in each Xmas category and get points for correct guesses.View all these games.>>>>

3.  BAAM Christmas Version.  Students answer questions for points and try to avoid BAAM! View all these games.>>>>

50 holiday activities for Teaching English

We have loads of holiday related materials. Get a start on our Christmas page or in our resources. Also some nice full lessons in our…
Author:- ddeubel

We have loads of holiday related materials. Get a start on our Christmas page or in our resources.

Also some nice full lessons in our Lessons In A Can or purchase hundreds of resources for the holidays in our store. Also you can subscribe to Digital Resources for one lifetime fee to get hundreds of thousands of lesson materials/ideas. 

However, since I'm busy making Christmas lists, thought I'd make a nice one to share with fellow teachers and inspire with a few things in my brain for teaching lessons related to Christmas. 

So here is my brain purge. Download, share and enjoy. My gift to all hardworking teachers. Some real Christmas pudding gems in this list!  

Download this list as a PDF   |  Get all the 50 lists.   

 

50  Holiday Activities for

The English Language Classroom

 

  1. Make snowflakes and angels.  Print out step by step instructions in English and model for the students. Then let them make their own, Display around the class.  Details here. Do it online here.

 

 

  1. Gif Lingua Books.  Students can read many Christmas related books and study the vocabulary. Teachers register to get worksheets. . Details here.


 

  1. Decorate the classroom.  Bring in lots of arts and crafts materials and give each group a section of the class to decorate or the class tree.  Put on some Christmas music too!

 

 

  1. Write Christmas cards to a classmate. Hand out a piece of paper and envelope Assign each student someone in the class to write a card to.  Monitor and correct. Act as the postman and deliver the cards the next day. Details here.


 

  1. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Tell him what you want for Christmas.  Make this real and post the letters! Details here.  Inspiration here.  Do it online here.  Generate one.


 

  1. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  Show students this famous letter and reply offered over a hundred years ago. Discuss with students – do they believe? View here.

 

  1. Play Christmas carol “Pass The Paper”.  Students pass around a ball of paper while music plays. When it stops, student must sing the line or continue the song. Details here.


 

  1. Sing some Christmas carols.  Do this together in class or students can go to this voicethread, listen to other classes and then sing a few too. Details here.

 

  1. Simon Says.   One person is Santa and the other students can tell him what to do! Try the online version.

 

 

  1. Watch the incredible short film: The Snowman.  Then get students to design their own snowman with paper or online. View here.

 

 

  1. Go Christmas Shopping!  Give students cut out pictures of gifts from a flyer or a catolog (or just give a whole catalog to a group). Students list all the students in the class and beside each, choose the perfect Xmas gift for them. After, students go around the class wishing each other a Merry Christmas and giving the gifts they choose (handing the photo to them!).  Details here.   Play this song about what students want for Xmas.

 

 

  1. Learn Christmas Vocabulary.  Print out the Christmas flashcards and students can mix and match or play 5 card fish (matching and asking, “Do you have a ….?”).  Students can study and play the vocabulary games online. Beginning.  Advanced.

 

 

  1. Listen and Write.   Listen to how these people celebrate Christmas and what they do on Christmas Day. Make a time line . On one side write what they do, on the other what you do that day.  Listen here.

 

 

  1. Sing the 12 days of Christmas.   Assign groups of students for each day.  Give them a card for their part with the words. Play the song and they stand up and sing when it is their turn.  Follow along here.

 

 

  1. Speak with Santa online.  Students type in their questions to Santa who will answer them in real time. Go here.

 

 

  1. Play Fling The Teacher.   Students answer all these Christmas related questions. If they get them all correct, they’ll “fling the teacher”. After, students can make their own Fling the teacher games.   Game here.

 

 

  1. Relax and enjoy the holidays and a day off together.  Watch a Christmas related short film.  The GrinchCharlie Brown’s Christmas, The Great Toy Robbery are a few ….

 

 

  1. Count down Christmas with an advent calendar.  Make one and students each day can countdown the days until Christmas. Print it or Do it online.

 

 

  1. Play Christmas Jeopardy.  It’s easy. Use a premade game or have the student in groups make the 5 questions and then ask other teams.  Online games here.

 

 

  1. Do some Christmas Reading. Extensive reading is great for students and they can read the Tarheel Reader book or even download for offline reading in powerpoint. Read here.


 

  1. Do a quiz on Christmas around the world.  How much do your students know and how good are their listening skills.  Listen and play here.

 

 

  1. Watch Mr. Bean’s Christmas.  In groups, one student has their back turned to the episode. The other students must describe the action to him/her. Pause when needed or write hint words on the board to help them describe. Pause and change the student not watching. Watch here

 

 

  1. Play Top 5 Christmas Edition.  Much like Family Feud, students guess the top 5 in a Christmas category. Then reveal the answers and they get points for correct answers.  Keep playing as many rounds as you want.  Game herePoint sheet here..

 

 

  1. Play Lastonestanding with any Christmas song.  Fun vocabulary game where students listen for their word and sit and stand when it is sung. Lastonestanding wins. Details here. Joy To The World version here.  

  

 

  1. Share together the story Gift Of The Magi.  Play and listen. Pause near the end and ask students how they think it will end. Then play the ending. Listen to the Special VOA Learner version.


 

  1. Tell or Write about Christmas past.  Students write or tell about a Christmas they liked in the past. First get them to write the important words/vocab. for their story. Then share with others. Put on a nice warm fire when doing this.

 

 

  1. Elf Yourself.  Students upload photos of friends and make an ELF greeting card to share with the class. Go here.

 

 

  1. Guess the Christmas Carol.  Students play the What The Wordle Christmas version and try to guess what Christmas carol is mentioned. Game here. (click slideshow and pause between questions).

 

 

  1. BAAM is the ultimate game.  Rules here.  Get the Xmas version here for EFL 2.0 supporters.

 

  1. Raise money for charity.  Think up a way to do this (in English) as a class.  Sing carols in English. Have a study English marathon. Read x number of English books / donation. Millions of creative ways to help the poor.  Get inspired with Band-Aid.

 

 

  1. Do a skype interview with a person from another country. Make the interview questions beforehand – questions you’d like to ask about Christmas in their country.  Example here.

 

 

  1. Study on EnglishCentral.  Show a Christmas video from EnglishCentral and then students can speak it and study the vocabulary on their own for homework.  Start here.Even study Christmas vocabulary.


 

  1. Give real gifts.  Ask students to bring in one small thing from home that they don’t need.  Put all student names in a bag and each student pulls out one. They must give their present to that person and wish them a Merry Christmas. Bring a few extra gifts for students who forget.

 

 

  1. Make A Christmas Doodle Video.  They are easy to make and so much fun. A perfect thing to do when holding a Christmas class party. Example and instructions here.


 

  1. Watch Love Actually.  Bring lots of tissue paper. This classic Christmas scene is sure to even get your students crying. View here.

 

  1. Debate Christmas.   Divide the class into 2 teams. One team brainstorms all the good things about Christmas. The other all the negative things. Share and have a mini debate. Things I hate about Christmas.   Things I love about Christmas.

 

  1. Color and design a Christmas tree.  Discuss the English vocabulary for decorating.  Print the tree / decorationsDo It Online here.   Get the folded version.

 

 

  1. Take A Holiday Quiz.  Test students knowledge about Christmas.  Get it here.


 

  1. Origami.  This works so great. Print for class or show in class on a screen. Explain in English and then students can do their own and explain in English to classmates. Details here.

 

 

  1. Play The Price Is Right Christmas game.  Collect items to show students with their real local value (from an online catalog or store catalog). Students in groups guess and closest gets the points. Details here. Real PPT games here.


 

  1. Do a lyric rewrite and perform.  Students watch the famous Coke Christmas commercial – “I’d like to teach the world to sing” . After watching, they rewrite the chorus with their own words and sing for the class. View here.  


 

  1. Christmas Conversation.  In groups of 3, give students questions to ask about Christmas – Past / Present / Future.  Students take turns asking and answering.3 parts  here.  Full list.


 

  1. Use the interactive Christmas book!  Really cool. Students can study the book and work through the lessons at their own pace. Open the book here.


 

  1. Naughty or Nice?   Ask students (and get them to ask their own), “Have you ….” Questions to see if they have been naughty or nice this year.  Have you eaten all your vegetables? Have you made your bed?  Have you helped in the classroom?  Etc….   See their score and if they will get presents or a lump of coal!  Do It Online.

 

  1. Make A Counting book.   Use this helpful template to make a counting book to practice Christmas words and numbers. Get it here.

 

 

  1. Wordsearch.  Try a simple wordsearch while you play some Christmas carols and drink egg nog. Makes for the perfect Xmas party.  Here’s one.

 

  1. Put On A Christmas Play.  Choose a play with a Christmas theme and get the students to practice and perform.  Here’s one possible play.  


 

  1. Write a Christmas Poem.  Students can be so creative with this one.  Students make a poem using nouns and verbs in the shape of a Christmas tree.  Printout here.  Do one online with e.e. Cummings

 

  1. Play A Board Game.  Students can play a board game and practice Christmas vocabulary. Get it here.  No dice – no problem.

  

  1. Have A Snowball Fight.  Yes, I’m serious.  Students write in large letters 3 things they want for Christmas (no name on the paper!). They crumple it up and have a class snowball fight. When the teacher says stop, they pick up a piece of paper and go around the class asking questions to find the person who wants those things. Share and discuss what everyone wants.


Top 20 Resources

We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members.   Here are the top 20 things that make our community special - by no means all of them!…
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We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh.  So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members.   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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Top 5 Classroom Organization Techniques

Although a job of a teacher gives you ample opportunities to freely experiment and show your creativity to the fullest thus bringing the world of knowledge closer to children, you can sometimes get pretty overwhelmed by numerous files, loads of teaching material and other additional material such as crayons, stickers and markers. While some people seem to thrive in chaos, teachers cannot afford the time nor energy to work in a messy environment. As school activities usually require a lot of…
Author:- Emma Lawson

Although a job of a teacher gives you ample opportunities to freely experiment and show your creativity to the fullest thus bringing the world of knowledge closer to children, you can sometimes get pretty overwhelmed by numerous files, loads of teaching material and other additional material such as crayons, stickers and markers. While some people seem to thrive in chaos, teachers cannot afford the time nor energy to work in a messy environment. As school activities usually require a lot of planning and plenty of teacher’s material especially at the beginning of a term, coming up with an idea how to organize your classroom efficiently should definitely be your priority. Here are a few practical tips how to organize your classroom neatly and make the best of it.

Shelves

Collect all of the gifts, coffee mugs and other small decorative items you have received from your pupils and display them to the class by placing them on one or a few shelves. Since there is a wide variety of shelves available in stores, so you can add a sparkle to you classroom space by hanging either a floating shelf or building your own unique bookshelf.  Besides gifts and mementos, you can also categorize teaching resource books by topic and place them on shelves so as to avoid spending time searching for the right book.

Jars and Containers

With so many kids circulating around the classroom, it is no surprise that small things such as some crayons, pencils and markers are frequently misplaced. Collect all the jars and cans and fill them with all the crayons and paint brushes you can find. You can even sort your crayons according to their color and paint the jars and label them with names of colors. It will add volume to your classroom making it even more colorful and vibrant. As for containers, they come in really handy when it comes to organizing your emergency sub-plans or all the copies and materials for the following week.

Label

Whether you are storing extra scrapbook paper or classroom library book, it is essential to label everything that you and your pupils use regularly. By doing so, you will most definitely avoid rummaging through your drawers and the book case, desperately trying to find the papers and teacher’s material for your classes. You can either choose some interesting labeled pictures and add them to jars or you can simply add amazingly cute and functional sticky notes which are easily available in many shapes, colors and patterns.

Crates

Wooden crates are unquestionable one of the most practical multi-purpose items you can make extensive use of for various teaching materials, folders and crafts. Also, since they are easy to stack, they provide additional free space and then can be used as chairs or stools for a drama class and different exciting role-playing an adventure games. You can stimulate children’s creativity by asking them to decorate crates the way they want to.

Plastic bags and pencil pouches

Every teacher knows that the easiest way to keep their pupils entertained while learning new things is to engage them in any kind of a game. There is a multitude of math games that are not only fun but also rather motivating and competitive. However, these games usually consist of multiple tiny pieces which can easily get lost. One of the techniques you can apply to keep them organized is to stock them in small plastic bags or pencil pouches. It is a great idea as these take up little space and keep all the games and puzzles well-organized.

November Mid Month Updates

I hope everyone is having a great time teaching this month.  Here are just some of the most recent and recommended things posted on the community!  Cheers, David  http://www.englishcentral.com/academic 1. Thanksgiving.  Yes,…
Author:- ddeubel

I hope everyone is having a great time teaching this month.  Here are just some of the most recent and recommended things posted on the community!  Cheers,

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

1. Thanksgiving.  Yes, it is that time of year!

2.  Pizza ideas.  Loads of lesson materials about this interesting topic. 

3.  2 Way Tech Tasks.  10 instant lessons using real online information

4.  Rivers of the World. Content based teaching at its best and simplest.

5.  Unsatisfying. If you missed it, you'll be satisfied by taking a look at this lesson.

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

7.  Bucket List. Makes a great lesson - what's on your students' bucket list?

8.  A Road Less Traveled.  Great poem and many other poetry resources.

9.  10 things about me.  Good for getting to know your students. 

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

Don't forget to visit from time to time - ELT Professionals on LinkedIn. Such great conversations and sharing of ideas about teaching. 

Gif Lingua continues to march towards its Jan. 01 relaunch. Dozens of books added each week. All books with worksheets for registered teachers. Get your students reading!  I'll be reaching out to French and Spanish teachers to copy, translate and republish in another language, the over 2,000 books. French and Spanish voices have been added to the site. Viewt his example

Teaching & learning about Ethics

Also posted elsewhere on these pages - here's a top 10 list of resources readily primed for advanced level learners concerned about what is looking like an apocalyptic & dystopian new world order! The links were used to good effect in the classroom at a British school in Valencia & should then translate to being engaging primers for debates in EFL settings including flipped classroom models. "For now here´s my lastest top 10 of links, many of which were a hit with the students this…
Author:- Steve Nugent

Also posted elsewhere on these pages - here's a top 10 list of resources readily primed for advanced level learners concerned about what is looking like an apocalyptic & dystopian new world order!

The links were used to good effect in the classroom at a British school in Valencia & should then translate to being engaging primers for debates in EFL settings including flipped classroom models.

"For now here´s my lastest top 10 of links, many of which were a hit with the students this year despite (or because of) the challenge inherent in the content:

We have, of course, a moral duty to share & to challenge ignorance & arrogance wherever we find it....

Some top Ethics short links for summer (& thereafter) viewing

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/_assets/perceptionsquiz/index.html Index of Ignorance Quiz by country

https://espana.isidewith.com/political-quiz (diagnose your own politics in Spain, UK, the States etc)
https://uk.isidewith.com/political-quiz
https://www.isidewith.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtxfTEyJZg4 Mohammad Ali on White Jesus & White everything

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YshUDa10JYY Changing the World - One Word at a Time (Poetry Slam)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSXJzybEeJM West Wing - President Bartlet verses Dr Jacobs on Fundamentalism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHSXUS0_1c Newsroom - American isn´t the Greatest Country Anymore (profanity warning!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se8k0kAQmro LGBT Youtubers on the stark challenge of "coming out" (again some strong language)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aFo_BV-UzI How Donald Trump Answers a Question (the call for the banning of Muslims from entering the country & the dumbing down of the message with reference to the Flesch Kincaid literacy index)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/16/my-interview-with-david-bowie.html David Bowie - a Fantastic long interview from 2003. On spirituality & trying to find answers in religion, the cheery recurring themes in his writing - terror, fear, isolation, abandonment. In later life honing it down to the big questions of - "what are we supposed to be doing here, how long have you got? And who is going to look after my family when I’m not around? You only draw blanks at the end anyway".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbAb7Ek8z5Y Goodnight & Good luck - Ed Murrow (on the responsibilities of mass media)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBSH2oWVGEs Long but classic debate: Atheists vs Christians (Catholics) - Christopher Hitchens & Stephen Fry vs Archbishop John Onaiyekan & Ann Widdecombe

Go by playgrounds, teachers.

A poem I wrote based on Leonard Cohen's famous "Go by brooks, my love." See all my poetry on my poetry blog. If interested in using poetry in the classroom, this page will be valuable. See his song Suzanne with a nice lyric listening sheet…
Author:- ddeubel

A poem I wrote based on Leonard Cohen's famous "Go by brooks, my love." See all my poetry on my poetry blog. If interested in using poetry in the classroom, this page will be valuable.

See his song Suzanne with a nice lyric listening sheet HERE.

Write & Improve – ELiT launch free new service for language learners

A simple new tool is making learning English a whole lot easier. Write & Improve, a new service from a joint venture between Cambridge University Press, ILexIR, and Cambridge English enables learners to submit their written work online and receive detailed feedback almost instantly. Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and some aspects on style such as register and punctuation are all taken into account, with users receiving feedback in around 15 seconds. All feedback is automated,…
Author:- EFLClassroom

A simple new tool is making learning English a whole lot easier. Write & Improve, a new service from a joint venture between Cambridge University Press, ILexIR, and Cambridge English enables learners to submit their written work online and receive detailed feedback almost instantly.

Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and some aspects on style such as register and punctuation are all taken into account, with users receiving feedback in around 15 seconds. All feedback is automated, delivered across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and offered at word, sentence and essay level. Learners’ work is continually saved to enable students to track their own progress and be motivated by seeing a clear progression journey.

Hundreds of topics are on offer for writing practice, and learners can also create their own topics, and personalise their learning by including themes they need to master for their exams. Write & Improve also awards learners a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level, so they can immediately see what level their writing is at. Every piece of writing they submit will receive an individual CEFR level allocated so they can check their progress.

Alba Higgins from Cambridge University Press said: “Learners won't find a more dependable, user-friendly way to improve their written English. The feedback is almost instant, encouraging learners to keep trying to continuously learn and quickly understand the mistakes that keep recurring so they can eradicate them. They can choose from a range of interesting writing tasks or work with others online to set their own. They will also know instantly what CEFR level their writing is at and watch their progress through the levels.”

“The tool gives learners a pressure-free environment in which to produce language without having to perform in front of their peers or having to wait until next lesson to hear their teacher's feedback about a piece of writing.”

“We're delighted to be able to offer this to learners and we’ve already received some fantastic feedback. We know this is something learners are looking for and we are looking forward to see how it grows over the coming months.” Write & Improve is available to use free from writeandimprove.com.

Mid October Updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, Please see a quick summary of some of the most recent resources on the community.  Also use our New Resources Magazine or follow us on FB to get notified of new things.  Missed the last…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members,

Please see a quick summary of some of the most recent resources on the community.  Also use our New Resources Magazine or follow us on FB to get notified of new things. 

Missed the last newsletter? Get it here.

New Stuff: 

1. Gif Lingua Books.  Now with worksheets registered teachers can download for all books. Read more here.

2. Super Chill Orangatang.  A great video for beginners and super resources to help teach routines. 

3. Fawlty Towers - Complaining  A classic episode and excellent listening material for higher level students. 

4. Halloween Pages of resources and new stuff has been added. Scroll the pages and find what works for your classes. 

5. Bob Dylan Bio  Use the bio template for project based learning in class. 

6. Comics and writing.  New resources and printouts added. Excellent for creative writing. 

7. At The Movies  More materials. Scroll the pages for materials for this fun topic students enjoy. 

8. Teach | Learn. Get the updated coursebook also loaded with teacher helper printables. 

Don't forget to join the discussion on many fascinating educational topics on our LinkedIn ELT Professionals group.

Happy teaching and learning this month. 

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

Mid - September Updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, Just a quick email to let you know about new resources on the community. Please let other teachers know about us - registration will get 2 emails per month with updates on new resources.  Don't forget our constantly updated PD magazine and also…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members,

Just a quick email to let you know about new resources on the community. Please let other teachers know about us - registration will get 2 emails per month with updates on new resources. 

Don't forget our constantly updated PD magazine and also our New Resources magazine. Plus our two external sites - Video Lessons  Teaching Recipes and EnglishCentral

Missed the last newsletter? Get it here.

New Stuff: 

1. Gif Lingua Books now has new voice settings and registered teachers can download PDF resources for each book. Registered students can now write books! Check it out, now almost 2,000 books available.

2. Zombies In Plain English.  A great video + listening worksheet 

3. Rosemary and George.  A classic video animated story. Academy award winner. Now with new ppt retelling and flashcard resources. 

4. The Eyebrow Story. Probably our most used story. Students of all ages love it and get new resources for teaching with it. 

5. Weekly news worksheet.  A great way to review the news each week. Get students seeing the big wide world and thinking critically. 

6. Discussion questions.  We have 1.000s but here is a new set with some interesting ones and categories. 

7. Symmetry.  A sterling video for low level learners. New resources for teaching with it!  

8. New Prof. Development resources.   Motivation.  The Flipped Classroom. Happiness & TeachingBlended Learning.

Don't forget to join the discussion on many fascinating educational topics on our LinkedIn ELT Professionals group.

I'm continuing to make improvements to the site and navigation. Keep visiting and you'll see them. 

Happy teaching and learning this month. 

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

Teaching Recipes - lots of ideas

I was going through our "sites" of the day and really kind of taking joy at this list of resources. Solid sites that help educators. But I noticed one glaring hole -- Teaching Recipes. Teaching Recipes is a site where you…
Author:- EFL Classroom

I was going through our "sites" of the day and really kind of taking joy at this list of resources. Solid sites that help educators. But I noticed one glaring hole -- Teaching Recipes.

Teaching Recipes is a site where you can quickly write up and share a teaching "idea". Nothing elaborate, just an idea to help other teachers. Might be a tip, might be a technique, might be a classroom management idea, might be about curriculum development. Whatever might help teachers. Short, quick recipes for that kitchen which is our classroom.

No registration necessary, just click "Add A Recipe" and you are set. Browse through the large index of categories and find your own tasty recipe! Get cooking!

EFL Classroom Now Totally Free

Our community is huge, it's wonderful, it has so much. However, as my own personal contribution to this profession I love, it sometimes entails hard work and some hard decisions.  I've thought lots about how to continue to keep EFL Classroom 2.0 available to teachers in this changing age of technology, social…
Author:- ddeubel

Our community is huge, it's wonderful, it has so much. However, as my own personal contribution to this profession I love, it sometimes entails hard work and some hard decisions. 

I've thought lots about how to continue to keep EFL Classroom 2.0 available to teachers in this changing age of technology, social media and online activity by teachers.  

Today, I've come to the conclusion that going forward it is best to keep the community totally free, take off all the restrictions and let the world come and find/use/contribute as they like. 

It's not an easy decision. We were free for many years and during those years I worked in a dedicated fashion to provide teachers with the best games, resources and information.  However a few years ago, I wanted teachers to value the community more, my own work and well designed lessons. If I don't "value" it, why should others?  

Many teachers contributed and paid. I'm unbelievably grateful to them for this. It's a personal validation of what I do, the week in and week out emailing to teachers, moderating, doing social media, make resources and lessons, writing about education. I THANK YOU.   

However, the world of resources and sharing is changing and I've always at bottom been a "sharer" - just wanting to get my resources and ideas out there. Always been an Open Education guy and didn't like the monetization of resources we so much see at present. Closed walls, stores, teachers selling worksheets. 

So invite your colleagues, get the world coming here. It''s all free.  Over 400,000 files exist on our servers. We have an incredible and deep library of resources. Use what you can to help your teaching and your students. 

I'll continue to message members who join about new resources. Also publish a monthly newsletter. I'll continue with my work with EnglishCentral and Gif Lingua. Continue developing new and innovative resources .... only thing that has changed is that the door is now open.  

I look forward to many teachers stepping in for a visit. 

Regards,

David 

Recent ELT Professional Top Discussions

Spring 2016 1. Teaching Young Learners -  https://goo.gl/L6ufI6 2. How much personal info. do you share with students? - …
Author:- ddeubel

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

Mid May Updates

Dear EFL Classroomers, I hope this update finds you well and humming along in your classes.  Now officially 10 years we've been sending out emails and newsletters to teachers!   Here are some new things on the community that you might find interesting or use in your classroom. Don't forget our…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroomers,

I hope this update finds you well and humming along in your classes.  Now officially 10 years we've been sending out emails and newsletters to teachers!  

Here are some new things on the community that you might find interesting or use in your classroom. Don't forget our constantly updated PD magazine and also our New Resources magazine

A huge greeting to everyone,

David 

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1.  Movie trailer lesson - Race: Jesse Owens.  Get the video trailer and materials for teaching about this great movie and man. 

2. Dubsmash is a smash.  I've been using this app and experimenting with it.  Find out more how you might use it with students. Check this video compilation I made and click through to the blog post

3. Using Gifs.  The perfect language learning objects.  I gave several webinars on this topic recently, check out the slides.  Also, Gif Lingua just will get a cosmetic update this week. Register as a teacher, make a page of favorites and share the page for students to read books, collect points and learn the Gif way. 

4. The Olympics.  I've cleaned up this resource area. New presentations and lots for all teachers to use to teach this theme students will be so amped about ....  

5. Video Lessons goes musical.  The player now has a music category. Click and scroll through to get music lesson inspiration.  Each video in the player has video lesson materials on the community for you to use in your teaching. 

6. Friends Furever. You'll love this video and the lesson materials

April Mid-Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members, Sorry I'm so late with this series of updates. Very busy and you know, April is indeed the cruelest month!  Newsletter brim full coming soon.  Make sure to access and subscribe to our two magazines to get full updates to all that's new on the community and our profession…
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0 members,

Sorry I'm so late with this series of updates. Very busy and you know, April is indeed the cruelest month!  Newsletter brim full coming soon. 

Make sure to access and subscribe to our two magazines to get full updates to all that's new on the community and our profession at large. 

Teaching English Magazine  |    EFL 2.0 New Resources

1. Video Snacks.  New video snack lesson about pizza!  Short, powerful, video based lessons.  Need more video based lessons?  See our new Video Lessons site. 

Go here.

2. Lists / Ideas.   We have a full page with loads of lists offering instant lessons, ideas, inspiration. 

Get the newest one added  here.

3. GhostBusters Trailer.  Top movie of the year and great example of an easy way to do a lesson based on a movie trailer. 

View here

 

4. Gif Lingua Books:  I'm busy building a great app (but the site is mobile friendly/responsive. Get students reading, you can track them on the rankings page.  Every book has study quizzes and games. 1,000s of books in many categorie/levels. I'll soon be asking teachers to write and translate books. Of course as a teacher, register and you can download all books as epub/ppts to use offline. 

  Visit Gif Lingua Books.  

5. Music on EnglishCentral!  I'm asked our team of editors to focus on this and now students can learn English with great songs.  Register as a teacher and assign video lessons / courses and track student achievement. We have the best, free app out there!

Read more and learn why music is so important for student learning. 

Miss the last newsletter? Read it here.

Happy teaching and learning,

David 

http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

Mid Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom members, Our regular mid - month update, just in time for St. Paddy's Day!  Wishing everyone a good one.  Make sure to access our two magazines to get full updates to all that's new on the community and our profession at large. …
Author:- ddeubel

Dear EFL Classroom members,

Our regular mid - month update, just in time for St. Paddy's Day!  Wishing everyone a good one. 

Make sure to access our two magazines to get full updates to all that's new on the community and our profession at large. 

Teaching English Magazine  |    EFL 2.0 New Resources

1. St. Patrick's Day.  We have some resources you can use to teach about this fantastic holiday of good cheer. 

Go here.

2. Best Videos For ELT.   I spent a full weekend designing a player full of the best videos for teaching English. Click through the leveled categories. Get the handbook also for tips about using them. Members can also visit this page, select a link that matches the video wanted and get the resource. It's that simple. I'll soon be adding a link to the resource in the player, stay tuned. 

View the videos here.

3. English 1.  Do you have beginner students who could benefit from self study with the World's Best Videos? Using EnglishCentral's powerful technology + flashcards and games?  If so, send them to my English 1 course. I'll be creating more courses for students and teachers on our new course page. 

View EFL Classroom courses

4. New Resources. Here are a few of the new resources so far this month.

1. Learn.  Great video to use with students. What are these people learning?

2. Mr. W.  Can your students guess what his last name stands for?

3.20 things Americans can't live without.  Can your students first guess them?

4. What does the world eat for breakfast?  Fascinating stuff. 

5. Grammar ppts.  New stuff uploaded.

 

5. Gif Lingua Books:  I'm busy redesigning completely the site for an updated look. Also, creating a mobile app (though it is responsive and can be used in any device).  Teachers can download ppts/epubs of the books, write books and copy books. 

  Visit Gif Lingua Books.  

Miss the last newsletter? Read it here.

Good shot to Great shot

As teachers, I think it is very easy to under appreciate and even forget - how hard it is to learn another language.  I've recently been struggling with my fourth and it is DAMN hard. I don't fail at much but think I might at this. However, the flip side is that it is giving me a deep appreciation and knowledge of…
Author:- ddeubel

As teachers, I think it is very easy to under appreciate and even forget - how hard it is to learn another language.  I've recently been struggling with my fourth and it is DAMN hard. I don't fail at much but think I might at this. However, the flip side is that it is giving me a deep appreciation and knowledge of what a language learner goes through. This is a gift to any language teacher - to be in the learner's shoes. 

 

So this video I made goes out to all the students out there. Show it to your own students. If they keep practicing, practicing, practicing - their good shots will turn into great ones. And that's what it is all about. 

 

 

It's Not A Box! Part 2

I previously wrote about a magnificent book and teaching idea - It's Not A Box.  Just discovered this wonderful video that I think compliments this perfectly!   This video would be great to show prior to giving students their own box and them designing it as "It's Not A Box".     A great "thinking outside the box" activity!    …
Author:- ddeubel

I previously wrote about a magnificent book and teaching idea - It's Not A Box.  Just discovered this wonderful video that I think compliments this perfectly!   This video would be great to show prior to giving students their own box and them designing it as "It's Not A Box".  

 

A great "thinking outside the box" activity!

 

 

 

International Music (in English)

I think one of the great ways to get our young to learn English is through music. For many reasons. as I outline in this article. It is even better, more inspiring, more engaging when they see their fellow country men/women singing…
Author:- ddeubel

I think one of the great ways to get our young to learn English is through music. For many reasons. as I outline in this article. It is even better, more inspiring, more engaging when they see their fellow country men/women singing in English! So in this spirit, let's share some of our favorite international artists singing in their second language!  Get the full player and lyric book HERE

Here's a brave singer from Korea, to start off this directory!

 

Top 10 All time pop songs for the classroom! Help!

I'm putting together a video karaoke selection of the Top 20 most popular karaoke songs (based on downloads off our server). See the short list below but also our full recommends. But, I'd like to know what your list of the top 10 would be? We have 1,000s of songs, many…
Author:- ddeubel

I'm putting together a video karaoke selection of the Top 20 most popular karaoke songs (based on downloads off our server). See the short list below but also our full recommends.

But, I'd like to know what your list of the top 10 would be?

We have 1,000s of songs, many with lyric sheets.  Alsoa great ebook full of lyric sheets!  Also got to recommend anything by the Beatles- works whatever the generation!

So let me know!  Also worth a look is the 50 Ways To Use Music And Song In The Classroom - our most popular blog post of all time!   

Here's my quick list (Disclaimer ***** no way does this indicate I "personally" like the songs)

1. YMCA
2. Don't Worry - Be Happy
3. We are the Champions
4. We are family
5.Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence
6. Hello - Goodbye
7. It's Friday, I'm in Love.
8. If I had a million dollars
9. Imagine
10. Sugar , Sugar

pop songs

by ddeubel Great song book with videos - loads of resources for any teacher. http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/music-and-lyric-listening