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MouthOff™

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Get MouthOff™ on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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This App is great for children and adults alike. The value in it is not any ESL/EFL content per se, instead it is an enhancement to any English lesson one desires. When one places their smartphone in front of their mouth and speaks, the monster mouth moves in perfect timing. A small bit of silliness goes a long way to releaving tension or anxiety learners may have when speaking in foreign  tongues. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Historical Facebook - Facebook for Dead People

Free Technology for Teachers: Historical Facebook - Facebook for Dead People | Language for Fun | Scoop.it
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This is a free template available on google.docs. it has been designed to look like a generic facebook page except all of the text boxes are numbered and left blank. The idea is for students to learn about a historical figure and then present them in a modern, relatable format; a facebook page

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Underfunded Schools Forced To Cut Past Tense From Language Programs

Underfunded Schools Forced To Cut Past Tense From Language Programs | Language for Fun | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—Teaching students how to conjugate verbs so that they can describe events that have already occurred is a luxury many schools cannot afford.
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For the excellent student who loves a challenge. The Onion is a famous New York-based newspaper that writes all their articles satirically. The topics range from politics to entertainment and the themes are extremely adult. This website is great for a teacher trying to reach those perpetually bored or cynical students

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Tongue twisters - which are fun

Tongue twisters - which are fun | Language for Fun | Scoop.it
A small, but fine, collection of rare english tongue twisters suited for all, who have a sense of humor ...
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SmartWords is a website full of resources beyond just humor.  This page is on tongue twisters, great practice for pronunication and elocution, but there are also pages for puns, sayings, idioms, and basic synonyms categorized to take an intermidiate learner to the next level. 

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25 Biggest Comma Fails

25 Biggest Comma Fails | Language for Fun | Scoop.it
Let's get it together, guys.
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Buzzfeed is an extremely popular website, but warning, it is for adults. The site complies funny photos, humourous texts, and even some current event stories. The language is straight-forwards, but captures many of the nuances and exaggerations that Americans, Britains, and Australians love. Buzzfeed has offices in all three countries, so you get a mix of Englishes as well as humour.  

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Witty Comics - Make a Comic

Make your own comic strips
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Dialogue-work and comic book creation in one. WittyComics provides a space for students to create two person dialogues. The user can change the speakers or the background. This maybe the easiest site to use yet.

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Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen | Music Video, Song Lyrics and Karaoke

Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen | Music Video, Song Lyrics and Karaoke | Language for Fun | Scoop.it
Learn English in a fun way with the music video and the lyrics of the song "Anything Could Happen" of Ellie Goulding
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This website combines listening and typing skills. On the site there are dozens of popular music video. After one is selected, a lyrics listening game is played. The user can choose between four settings; beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. The challenge is to type in the missing words by listening to the song. The site checks you for accuracy and if you stop typing the music fades and pauses at the end of the phrase, so one never feels like they're falling behind and have to catch up. I may use this site for my own personal use. I love learning song lyrics

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English Language Humor

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The vocabulary of English is undoubtedly very large, but assigning a specific number to its size is more a matter of definition than of calculation — and there is no official source to define accepted English words and spellings in the way that the French Académie française and similar bodies do for other languages. And it's impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it's so hard to decide what actually counts as a word.
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Pinterest is a great place for either content or construction. Older students can design their own digital bulletin board and for those who teach younger students, it holds a wealth of material for the teacher. Pinterest users have created these pages full of all kinds of creative content. For the English classroom, the memes allow for highly specified input, usually with a clever double meaning or amusing false cognate. A direct method teacher's dream

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Chubu University Eigoeibei Lipdub 2012 (257 Weeks) - YouTube

A lot of team work, a lot of learning, a lot of fun.
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LIPDUB! Most everyone knows youtube.com, but it is the learning strategy in this video I want to share. This class learned lyrics to a popular rock song and then collaborated to make their own music video. Because the students are only lip-syncing along with the recorded muisc even non-singers and shy students can find a way to participate

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IdiomSite.com - Find out the meanings of common sayings

Find out the meanings of idioms and common sayings such as Nest Egg or New York Minute, and much more
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Idiomsite is a rather simple, no frills webpage. And while it isn't packed with modern graphics or fonts, it has a vast selection of English idioms. Once ESL/EFL learners start with materials geared towards the native-speaker population, they will run right into idiom-land and a dictionary won't help because their meanings aren't literal. Idiomsite provides a clear definition of the most frequent English idioms

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