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Scott Cook: Long Way to Wander

December 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Scott Cook, a friend, musician and English teacher from my days in Taiwan, has just released a CD. It’s honest bluesy folk, and Scott is a wonderful storyteller. Imagine if Tom Waits liked hiking and hacky sack. It’s great, but don’t just take my word for it. Long Way To Wander resonates with a Dylan-esque […]

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Tags: audio · blog · music

Larry Sabato – “A More Perfect Constitution”

October 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

I just listened to an interview with Larry Sabato on The Diane Rehm Show. They discuss his new book, A More Perfect Constitution. In the book (and interview) he outlines 23 suggestions to improve the Constitution to make it fairer. If I were teaching ESL students in the US, I think this could be the […]

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Tags: audio · blog · books · ESL activity · global issues activities · listening · reading · speaking

K12 Online Conference

October 9th, 2007 · No Comments

The K12 Online Conference is a free online conference inviting participation from educators around the world interested in using Web 2.0 tools and technologies in their teaching. The 2007 conference began with a pre-conference keynote on October 8. Over the following two weeks (October 15-26) forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog […]

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Tags: audio · blog · computer stuff · conferences · ESL resources · k12online07 · professional organizations · theory


October 8th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Kira just told me about LibriVox, a website offering free audio recordings of public domain books. Needless to say, this could be useful for language learners, and also for English teachers living abroad looking to immerse themselves in some native culture. In addition to the mp3 files, each LibriVox entry also includes a link to […]

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Tags: audio · blog · ESL activity · listening · reading

Podcast #16 – Ideas for Large Classes and Different Ways to Approach Content

September 12th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 First, I answer a listener’s request for ideas on getting larger classes to speak. Specifically, I talk about a pronunciation activity, pair/groupwork and roleplays. Next, I talk about week two of my sophomore English for Tourism conversation classes. I’m trying to improve students acquisition of vocabulary and sentence patterns by covering the same content […]

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Tags: audio · blog · ESL activity · ESL resources · grammar · lesson plans · podcasts · speaking

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

September 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Each episode of Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing addresses one problematic grammatical issue. As an English teacher, grammar instruction is a weak area for me, and Grammar Girl explains things very clearly and concisely. There are extensive archives, and each show is short (5 minutes or so) and easily digestible. Past […]

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Tags: audio · blog · ESL resources · grammar

BuddhaNet / Dharma Seed

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Here are two sites full of free Buddhism resources. BuddhaNet – Tons of free eBooks and audio files. The eBooks cover general Buddhism, meditation, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and even children’s books. The audio files include chanting, meditation instruction, Dharma talks and even songs. Dharma Seed – Tons and tons of wonderful Dharma talks, organized […]

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21 Lies I Will Tell My Children

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

I was recently listening to an old episode (#10) of This American Life and I heard a short (1 min 30 sec) play by the Neo-Futurists. It’s called “21 Lies I Will Tell My Children,” and seems like it could be used for discussion activities with adult (or at least relatively mature) ESL / EFL […]

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