A collection of over 500 lectures which are usually informative, often inspiring, and sometimes, yes, a little wacky. Ranging from 3 to, more commonly, close to 20 minutes long.
What I really like about these lectures as self-study tools for students though are the subtitles. Many of the lectures have the option to turn on subtitles in multiple possible languages (one of which is almost always English). This means students can easily watch the video without subtitles, then, when the language gets confusing they can go back and turn on the subtitles for the hard to understand section. Admittedly, they can often do this on their TVs too, but these subtitles, at least the English ones, seem higher quality than the ones often available on television, and the range of subjects means there’s likely something there any student might find interesting, and the nature of the lectures, as lectures, makes them especially useful as academic English or test prep practice.
TED Talks as a resource
A lecture by Diana Laufenberg, a high school history teacher, on the importance of experiential learning, empowering student voice, and embracing failure. I wonder how these things can be better incorporated into English classes.
This online flashcard site, quizlet, is the first one I used and still the one I use most often, but I know there are many different options out there. Do you have any suggestions for a better online flashcard site?
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
James Nicoll (via srsly) (via libraryland) (via booktumbling) (via iainbroome)
I wonder what it says about me that I’m really excited to have found not one, but two American English versions of the phonemic chart which was available only in British English when I first trained as a teacher.
Phonemic Chart Excitement