Free English Lessons
Message to students who want to learn another language:
Call one of the people on this list and use your English. There are hundreds of students who are learning English…and they want to practice with you, too.
If you want to receive email messages and practice speaking on Skype, you can do three things:
a) send your email address to FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com and I’ll put your contact information on the BIB Penpals site.
b) Visit www.Youtube.com/BIBPenpals and you can put a comment on a video — you will need a free Youtube account
c) Look at the BIB Penpal List (“Practice english”) and contact someone. YOU CAN ALSO PRACTICE with http://www.Youtube.com/FreeEnglishLessons videos ...
Part 1 Pronunciation practice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESXa12DNCCs
Part 2 Pronunciation practice
1) “How do I connect with a U.S. person to practice English?”ANSWER: Many U.S. people don’t have time to practice English with you. If you want to wait in line, you can contact a school in the USA and ask to be connected to a teenager who wants to be a “conversation assistant.”
Send me your comments: Email
2) “Why do I need to practice English with someone from France or Africa or Brazil?”
ANSWER: More non-native speakers speak English (3 billion people with a variety of accents) than the 450 million native speakers of English. Global economic success with come to people who can communicate with anyone who speaks English. Improve your understanding by practicing English with a variety of accents.
ASCD.org, publishers of The Big Picture: Education Is Everybody’s Business (2004) by Dennis Littky and Samantha Grabelle, ISBN 978-0871209719
EdReform.com, Center for Education Reform
EdReformer.com, Tom vander Ark’s blog
edSpresso.com, newsletter, served hot with a twist
emaginos.com, Jack Taub’s site
RevLearning.com, vander Ark’s investment group
EssentialSchools.org, Coalition of Essential Schools, formed by the late Ted Sizer
GatesFoundation.org, funding for education reform
GuideontheSide.com, Steve McCrea, teacher training workshops
PZ.harvard.edu, Project Zero, Harvard University, teacher training
QBESchool.com, Will Sutherland, innovative curricula
QualifiedByExperience.com, Sutherland's consulting site
StudentsFirst.org, Michelle Rhee (former superintendent of Washington, DC schools)
theLearningWeb.net, Gordon Dryden, New Zealand, author of The Learning Web with Jeannette Vos: How to quit school at 14 and eventually write a top-selling book about learning.
TheStudentIstheClass.com, Dr. Abraham Fischler
2mminutes.com, Two Million Minutes, Robert A. Compton’s project
WhatDoYaKNow.com, Dennis Yuzenas, master teacher and trainer, developer of workshops integrating digital portfolios
San Diego. A visit to the school's channel at youtube.com/HTHvideo gives a sense of the intense focus on blending technology and projects.
Philadelphia. The Charter High school of Architecture and Design welcomes visitors, blending a curriculum with remarkable projects: I enjoyed the manga books that the students produce.
New York. Student work and photos cover 80 percent of the walls. Hallways display framed photos and posters, signs, artwork and announcements. Learning by walking around.
Look at the website: QBECADEMY.NET. Their curriculum puts academics at about 25% of the focus of the school. Spirit, intellectual development (lateral thinking, which is often overlooked in schools), social skills and emotional intelligences, and physical development are four other areas of focus.
SUGGEST MORE SCHOOLS
NETWORK of EDUCATORS >> CLICK
Barak Rosenshine's 17 principles for good learning English version
Richard E. Clark's article about guidelines for using projects (Clark, Kirschner and Sweller 2012)
Free Pronunciation Chart (developed by the University of Havana)
Brainsmart.org has excellent materials for engaging students... and the tips help their "metacognition" (they will observe better how they think).
Maria Andersen Learn this button
Maria Andersen Free Range Learning