Update February, 2022
I revisited the Useful Lesson Links, and despite what I say here below, the section on sporcles is still pretty good and quite extensive. So far, below, is a smaller selection.
The usefulness of my two posts ‘Useful lesson links’ has diminished. The other day I was looking for a specific sporcle and had to roam through both posts. That was inconvenient and time-consuming.
For those who do not know what a sporcle is – well, actually it is a sporcle quiz, I just call it sporcle: Sporcle is a web site full of millions (literally) different kinds of quizzes relating to numerous different topics. And, as with all these kinds of pages, TED for instance, they are overwhelmingly rich in what they have to offer and what you can chose from, so you need to keep a close record of those items you found for yourself or your groups that were of special interest or most enjoyable. Besides being fun, sporcle quizzes are great for visual, topical vocabulary practice.
In Useful lesson links (the first) there is a whole section on sporcles. I will include some of them here again, sorted by topics.
On my visit to London this year, I went to the Tower of London to look at the art project installed to commemorate the British soldiers who died in WWI.
It is quite fascinating as you can see if you go to the link below or google Tower of London.
November: In the meantime some weeks have past and the sight around the Tower has changed dramatically. Continue reading
Another great page I love to look at with classes, and, additionally, on you tube: How Things are Made – little videos reminiscent of the German show with the Mouse.
How Stuff Works
Every year, the British magazine The Economist publishes a special issue that focuses on the events of the coming year. They write about upcoming events, things that might, could or will happen, and report on how on-the-spot their predictions for the previous year were.
This year, their selection of events around the world (Calendar 2014, p 32) was accompanied by a wonderful illustration by Kevin Kallaugher, their editorial cartoonist, and … Continue reading
A great new website I have found.
I was actually googling ‘gap between rich and poor’, looking for an article I had recently read about how the growing income gap, especially the growing income loss, is one of the most volatile issues for the future of societies, and the biggest threat to peaceful co-existence. I actually believe this fact to be a no-brainer, and at the core of most violent conflicts in the world – poverty bears violence -, but it seems more and more people (some of whom in the past couldn’t have cared less) are beginning to see a growing threat in and to hitherto basically democratic societies. Continue reading
Every once in a while I like to show groups how the internet can be used to integrate more English into your everyday life, plus just plain interesting stuff, as I find.
Below are some of my favorites that I have also listed or mentioned in other posts.
In the end, one of our group brought a page of his interest (I love it when class participants do that), including copies for reading. It was Louis C.K.’s explanation of why he hates smartphones. Continue reading
Youtube has evolved from being a forum for private videos to a platform where all kinds of institutions publish their visual material. Here one of my favorites is TED.
A student of mine showed me a talk given by Colin Stokes (How Movies Teach Manhood). Our classroom has access to the internet and we watched and discussed it together. In the mean time I have shown it to other groups as well.
Colin Stokes talks about his experience as a father Continue reading
The BBC homepage provides a range of different kinds of information from current news to specific interests; different media (besides texts you find videos and radio broadcasts), a special page for learners of English, quizzes and many more; in short: great sources for your English improvement; Continue reading