Darren Elliot gave us homework: Go to your favorite blogs and dig out #hiddengems for the world to see. Mike Harrison has passed this on to me – an honor, thank you very much – and to simplify things I limited myself to posts:
- written by EFL teachers and related to teaching
- but not among the 10 blogs I listed to look at recently
- and all written over or about a year ago
Did you miss Nick Whitley’s lesson plan on the 2nd conditional using Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” on Strictly 4 my Teacherz? Not sure this is actually a #hiddengem, must have been hugely popular. I don’t expressly teach grammar with songs, but with this one it pops out at you painlessly.
I loved Larry Ferlazzo’s inspirational When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!). It’s one of his own favorites, too.
We do poetry for pronunciation in many of my classes, and Nik Peachey introduced great resources for taking that activity online.
Jamie Keddie has written lots on using the Internet as a corpus. His ideas start bouncing around in my head and suddenly, bingo, a new lesson is born. Thank you, Jamie! Check out this post on using YouTube as a musical corpus.
Thanks for including me!
Super tip, sending me off to Nik Peachy’s poem-pronunciation tip !
Thanks for the mention! As you correctly surmised, the Beyoncé post is one of the most popular on my blog(2nd on the list, according to WordPress)–in any case, much more popular than the ones using T-Pain or Eminem or The Lonely Island, alas… 🙂
Hi Nicky, I’m sitting here laughing about Lonely Island and wondering whether I could maybe take “I’m on a boat” for a lesson on status symbols. Hmmm…. Thanks 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfISlGLNU