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Our goal at ESL-Library is to make your life easier. With these discussion topic suggestions and authentic videos and reading links, you’ll never run out of things to discuss in class. Studies show that exposing learners to authentic materials inspires them to read and write more complex texts. We’ll get you started and your students will do the rest. Use our ideas to try the flipped classroom approach!

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Embed Plus for Long Videos like Kony

By Tara Benwell

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Will you be showing the Kony 12 video in class?

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What Makes a Tearjerker?

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Does Adele’s music make you cry?

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Airbags for Extreme Sports?

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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This backcountry snowboarding video will get your students talking!

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A Big Day for a Mom and Pop Shop

By Tara Benwell

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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Teach your students some new vocabulary with this good news!

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Buy Your Class The Chimes Of Freedom Album

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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Why is the staff at ESL-Library so excited today?

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Web Giants Protest SOPA and PIPA

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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Did you watch as Wikipedia staged a historic blackout at the stroke of midnight? We did!

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Pronouncing 2012: How do YOU say it?

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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Do you say twenty-twelve or two thousand and twelve?

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Festivus: FREE LESSON

By ESL Library Staff

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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Get out your aluminum poles and come air your grievances! It’s time to celebrate Festivus.

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Health Kick 2012: The 23 and 1/2 Hour Lecture

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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This visual lecture could change your students’ life. Show it to your English learners and get them talking and walking!

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Canada says No to Niagara Falls Wire Walk

By Tara Benwell

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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Should Nik Wallenda be allowed to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope?

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Something to talk about

Barbie Vs. Lammily: Compare and Contrast

Nick Lamm knew he was onto something when he reached his Kickstarter campaign target in just one day! Meet "Lammily" the Barbie-like doll with "realistic" proportions.  Do your students agree that "average is beautiful"? Show  this video, and give them something to talk about.

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Podcast: Holocaust Remembrance Day

ESL-Library blog: April 23, 2014

Listen to this week's podcast about Holocaust Remembrance Day, and try this lesson plan with your students.

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