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Angela Princ, an American teacher of English living and working in Prague, who is pleased to admit she can learn a language (I believe she was referring to Czech) by osmosis, similar to the way I have been picking up Polish over the last few years, recommends:

  • The New York Times Education, to which I add the New York Times blog

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Malgorzata Grabania-Mukerji, a colleague of mine from the Jagiellonian Language Centre in Krakow, presented a series of very interesting blogs and bloggers at a recent teachers’ meeting and was kind to forward these recommendations to me and to the readers of this blog.

I thank my colleague and in appreciation to the bloggers behind these blogs, I will list both blogs and blogger names below (of course, wherever these names are available):

Links and Opinion on Learning, Technology, Web 2.0 and EFL, ESL

for teaching ELL, ESL & EFL, such as The Daily Riff, a site I was very glad to stumble upon. Thanks again, Malgorzata!

  • David Crystal’s DC Blog

In my opinion, one of the greatest resources for linguistic adventure you can find!

Links to my favourite 2010 posts on DC right here.

News, Views and Reviews from Alex case, reviews editor of TEFL.net

“Here and now, in 2010, you find yourself looking back over the past decade and gaping a little at so much change. In 2000 you were just starting out in ELT in a full time role. You had just started using email as a regular thing, and you had just started toying with the web pages that would become the English Raven website. So much has changed since then. So much has grown. Sometimes it is staggering to think about just how fast the garden has spread and grown.”

[from Message in a Boggle]

  • Burcu Akyol’s Blog

Impressions, reflections, reviews, tips and resources from an English teacher living in Istambul, Turkey

Teaching Speaking Using Technology : Today’s English Language Classroom

Tools, tips, techniques and tweets for online moderators

  • Ken Wilson’s Blog

“I’m a teacher trainer, an author of ELT materials and until 2002, I was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre. I trained to be an English teacher with John and Brita Haycraft at International House London and taught English in Seville before moving back to IH London, where I worked as a teacher and teacher trainer before going freelance when I was about 30. In the seventies, I wrote and recorded Mister Monday, the first-ever collection of ELT songs. Since then I’ve written and recorded about 150 language teaching songs.” [About Ken]

  • Lindsay Clanfield’s Six Things – A Miscellany of English Language Teaching

I recommend going on a treasure hunt and finding six gems hidden on this blog.

and

Run by a blogger from Poland who prefers to remain ambiguously anonymous.

i’m a Polish teacher of EFL, a co-author of YL coursebook, a dreamer, animal, books, country lover” – all in one.

Extra links recommended by my colleague:

  • ABCya! Word Clouds and Wordles – are two great tools for creating customised word clouds.
  • Natural Reader – lends natural voices to any text you want it to read.
  • Make Beliefs Comix – helps you create your own comic strips. You can read more about comics and doodles in the Ha, ha, ha! and Learn More from Comics and Doodles categories on ELB.
  • Xtranormal – claims that if you can type, you can make movies!
  • TEFL clips – is a site dedicated to the possibilities for YouTube and other video sharing sites in the classroom. Here you can find  a new lesson plan every week.

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