was created in 1998 as a resource for researching ESL/EFL ideas and creating lessons/courses as quickly as possible.
I initially used the Internet due to a lack of resources at the
school where I once worked. This is, of course, the situation faced by many teachers around the world.
And increasingly the site became an experiment in the
creative possibilities offered by advanced search techniques.
However, more recently it has become an experiment in the
creation of 21st century teaching/educational materials.
Drawing on ever expanding photo/illustration/ image libraries
and using flexible document design software it is now possible to create far more interesting and engaging teaching materials than twenty years ago. There is no question that using images to teach
vocabulary is more fun, more interesting, more engaging, more relatable and there are so many ways images can be used to stimulate crtitical thinking .
The site is totally a work-in-progress and makes no pretence to being comprehensive. Rather it aims to explore the endless possibilities offered by new technologies.
I should add that teachers are welcome to download the worksheets
on this site and use them in their classrooms.
The site receives an average 5-10,000 unique visitors per day and has been favourably reviewed by many websites. Some are listed below:
MERLOT World Languages Review Panel: Review of eslflow
California State University