Why read?

Reading is a research supported activity beneficial for student learning – a language or acquiring knowledge.  However too often schools don’t support and promote reading programs because of many administrative and institutional pressures and traditions. Reading we know works when several things are in place: There is student choice. Students read what they want and are […]

Christmas Reading

We have loads of great books to read and quizzes to study about “Christmas”.  Study the top 100 words with our vocabulary books or learn about Christmas symbols, food, shopping and more ….  Also see all our holiday related books here.  Gif Lingua is great for those times when students are on extended holidays. It […]

Science is cool!

We have hundreds of books for students interested in science or the environment.  Student learn English, study the vocabulary of each book with Quizlet flashcards and get really engaged by learning about a subject that is really fascinating. It’s the best of both worlds – learn English and gain some subject knowledge. Here are just […]

Learn Interjections with Gifs

Interjections are an important part of speech.  Hmmm, Duh? Ah…. Huh!   are what we are talking about. Gifs are a great way to learn these. Gifs isolate the non-verbal communication involved and detail the nuance of this important conversational feature. Try these books and study sets (remember, registered teachers also get the worksheets!)  Also […]

Debate It

We have lots of gif books that teachers can use and even download – that help them teach in the class.  Conversation books, quizzes, stories and more ….. This new book “Debate It” provides many general debate questions that provide handy prompts for in class debating or even an expository essay assignment. Here’s the quiz […]

Gifs: The Perfect Language Learning Object

As a material for teaching language, it doesn’t get better than a gif.  Here is a recent webinar presentation I gave outlining why gifs works so good as “language learning objects”.   Here’s the quick bullet list. viral, public media that students want to consume/view widely available, remixable, sharable low cognitive load as compared to […]

Academic Vocabulary

It’s not easy to learn academic vocabulary. Many students try dry lists and memorizing without success. Here at Gif Lingua, we make it easy, allowing students to learn academic vocabulary in context, with powerful gifs that perfectly illustrate the meaning of the word. Example:  Compassion Students should try our level 6 books.  The news also. […]

Gifs & Gif Lingua by the numbers

We’ve been working hard at Gif Lingua and we’ll soon launch our responsive web app. Access gifs by level or theme on your phone and play games with them, share and learn/earn points. It’s a huge project and thought it would be interesting to members to know some of the numbers behind our project and […]

Gestures

We already shared some amazing presentations about emotions. Today, want to share some presentations about gestures.  Gifs are the perfect way to learn gestures and demonstrate how English cultures express themselves non-verbally. Gestures 1  |  Gestures 2  |  Gestures 3  These presentations go over the main ways we express ourselves with our hands. Gestures represent […]

Irregular Verbs

Verbs are the “flypaper” of language. So beginning students especially should memorize and learn them so lots of other language will “stick”. We’ve made it easy for students to learn all the most common irregular verb forms – see – saw – seen etc ….  Learn them with highly contextualized gifs that immediately provide the […]