List of websites, books and videos

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 and I’ll put your contact information on the BIB Penpals site.
b) Visit 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 videos ...

Part 1 Pronunciation practice

Part 2 Pronunciation practice

Frequent Questions
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.”

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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.

Websites, publishers of The Big Picture:  Education Is Everybody’s Business (2004) by Dennis Littky and Samantha Grabelle, ISBN 978-0871209719, Center for Education Reform, Tom vander Ark’s blog, newsletter, served hot with a twist, Jack Taub’s site, vander Ark’s investment group, Coalition of Essential Schools, formed by the late Ted Sizer, funding for education reform, Steve McCrea, teacher training workshops, Project Zero, Harvard University, teacher training, Will Sutherland, innovative curricula, Sutherland's consulting site, Ben Udy's English school in Honduras (using John Corlette's educational philosophy,, Michelle Rhee (former superintendent of Washington, DC schools), 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. for 
some philosophy of education, Dr. Abraham Fischler, Two Million Minutes, Robert A. Compton’s project, Dennis Yuzenas, master teacher and trainer, developer of workshops integrating digital portfolios


San Diego. A visit to the school's channel at 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.

Urban Academy

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.


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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)

Books has excellent materials for engaging students... and the tips help their "metacognition" (they will observe better how they think).

TED Talks

Maria Andersen   Learn this button
Maria Andersen  Free Range Learning by   or go 

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