The Very Second Friday Links Round-up

Posted on September 28, 2012 by


Your humble blog-team has spent another week scouring the intertron for some great content for you to sink your teeth into. We think we have come up with some really great stuff but of course, you be the judge. Enjoy. 

If you are a TLGV like me, you have perhaps spent many nights infront of the television with your host family, watching the news and thinking, I wish I knew what was going on, instead of just making up my own stories according to the pictures. Now you can! Hurrah! Georgia Update provides a great weekly newsletter telling you all the most important happenings in this fair land.

Just when you thought you had grasped how the metromoney card prices worked; “oooh, so it gets cheaper as you use it,” they have gone and changed it. The good news is, we have found this handy article that explains the new pricing system, it was taken off a site called Discover Georgia which offers other interesting insights into the country including some great photography.

If you delight in getting right down to the nitty-gritty of the English Language, English, Jack is a great blog keeping you up to date on things happening in the world of English. It tackles subjects like space around punctuation, pronunciation and new academic word lists. Great for keeping up to date on what’s going on in TEFL-land.

A linking link – Porcupine Storytelling is a cornucopia of great links to news articles, pictures and blogs, all relating to literacy education and a love of all things story. There was an article on this Facebook page relating to IQ to happiness ratio which is a pretty interesting read too.

TESOL Connections is the newsletter of the TESOL International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The newsletter contain a collection of articles on everything TESOL from explaining different forms of assessment to dealing with plagiarism. Even if you aren’t a member of this very long-named association, they offer you a free look at back issues. Everyone loves free stuff. Have a look.

I once had a teacher who told me that using any wiki-source was the most elementary form of research you could do and would subtract marks if you offered any wiki pages in your sources for assignments. I think in this case the fact that Wiktionary is the most elementary form is a great asset. This is an easy-to-use online dictionary that offers the most simplified definitions of words, this of course means second language speakers don’t get lost in all the “gumph” that we, often as first language speakers, don’t understand in other dictionaries. Also while perusing this site, I learnt that the word tree can be used as a verb and this made me glad. 

Have you ever wondered how often the word “the” is used in everyday language, well, you’ll be pleased to know that according to Words and Phrase Info, that it is ranked as THE most used word. If you are curious about other words or about collocations of words then head over to this site and get typing.

This one is for those of you learning English as a second language. Many Things provides all sorts of activities and games to help you improve your English skills. 

“The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow.” ~Author Unknown Steve Johnson takes a look at the human memory and procrastination in The Spark File.

Do you have a favourite English word? Robert Krulwich created a bracketed competition between the “best” words in the English Language.  Want to know which one won?  Take a look and see for yourself!

What grade would your students give you, as their teacher, if the roles were reversed? Would you be sweating when they handed over your “report card” or would you be a cool cucumber? Amanda Ripley of The Atlantic Magazine, in an article called; “Why Kids Should GradeTeachers”, explores the idea of school surveys; asking students about the quality of their school experience and their teachers.

Remember, if you have found any interesting websites, blogs, new articles, pictures, etc., please e-mail us!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

The TLG Blog Team