Reminder: New Blog at

Posted on November 25, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Contribute your Questions, EVO - CALL IS - TESOL, interactive exercise technologies, Interviewees, Lessons Based on our Videos, Plagiarism, Real English for the Deaf, Reviews, The 2008 Videos, Webheads | Tags: , , , , , , |


New Blog at

However this “old blog” has

good archives about Real English and

the Deaf, the Webheads (1) and (2),

Real English Victiom of Extreme Plaigiarism

and other items of interest to

ESL EFL students & teachers,

especially Real English users ūüôā

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I hope it works!

Posted on November 8, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

ronaldoRonaldo Mangueira Lima J√ļnior is from Brazil. His Bolg is called I hope it works!¬†He’s finishing his work on an MA in Applied Linguistics. He just wrote the most insightful review of Real English that I’ve ever read. As an EFL teacher in Brazil, he has the same problem that I have teaching EFL in France, and which many other sprouting digerati/teachers of the EFL world¬†have been¬†experiencing for many years.

Here’s Ronaldo’s review of Real English.

He brings up two very interesting questions concerning communicative language teaching and correctness, while making extremely astute observations about how these concepts are concretely related to Real English video.

Although he points out that he is a “non-native teacher teaching in a non-native country” (definitely EFL), he writes a lot better than most native-English speakers. Very clear, very succinct.

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Hundreds of New Exercises

Posted on May 22, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Lessons Based on our Videos, The 2008 Videos | Tags: , |


ESL Video Lessons for Beginners, and extensive review material for all shades of Intermediates.

I’ve been working on new quizzes based on the Real English videos. In my opinion, they are much better than the¬†old lessons.
I began at the beginning (Lesson 1)  and so far I have finished over 100 quizzes for the first 8 lessons. In fact, lesson 8 is divided into 5 separate lessons concerning different uses of numbers, so in fact, we have 12 new complete lessons. 

I think teachers can send their beginner and intermediate students here and find that their motivation to learn English will get a boost.

I always hesitate when I use terms like “beginner” and “intermediate”, since Real English is real, and real means normal speed, which means “fast” to the ears of all learners of English as a Second or Foreign language. This is why the so called “beginner” lessons are essential review for higher levels.

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Our First 2008 Videos Now Available

Posted on January 23, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, The 2008 Videos | Tags: , |

Joanne, the Interviewer, with Colonel Roberts

This is a picture of Joanne. It was the first time she interviewed for Real English. She did excellent work as a first-time interviewer.

In this picture she is interviewing Colonel Roberts. We met him between our “serious interviews”, and asked him different types of questions. It’s a fun interview¬†at, based upon what he was doing when we met him: making people do push-ups on the sidewalk in Miami Beach!

All of our latest videos are for intermediate and upper intermediate levels, which is one reason I added the versions with closed captions, making them more accessible to a wider range of levels.

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Contribute Questions for Our Next Filming Campaign

Posted on November 20, 2007. Filed under: Contribute your Questions | Tags: , |

Dennis with an IntervieweeWe will soon be filming again in South Beach, Miami, and in New York City, and this time we would like to hear from you, the users and teachers, about what sort of questions you would like us to ask. Perhaps if you just think of your students and the sort of practice they might need or enjoy, you can suggest some specific questions. 

To give you ideas of the types of questions we ask – all the videos we have made so far are here.

Here’s an example suggestion from Bruxolini, a teacher who discovered Real English via YouTube:

I’d like to see people doing sports, talking about their daily routine and schedules, what they do at work. Anything that extends vocabulary, for ex., from talking what they do, then what they do at/while work(ing).
Thanks for your interest.”

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Webheads in Action

Posted on November 3, 2007. Filed under: Blogroll, Webheads | Tags: , |

Webheads in Action
Webheads in Action

December 28, 2008¬†–¬†Listen to Michael¬†Coughlin’s new song (click on play above).

Michael wrote on the Webheads YG:

“For ages I’ve wanted to write a song about being a webhead and I’ve¬†finally had a first go at it… ¬†It’s pretty raw at the moment as I recorded it straight on to my PC¬†using Audacity and a standard PC mic. ¬†Later in the (southern) summer¬†I’ll record a better version of it.

But in the meantime consider it yours to play, sing, alter, adapt and share!
A very happy holiday season to you all, 
– Michael”.
It sounds great to me right now. ¬†I can’t wait to hear the 120 track version!
I already told Michael I hear a Tom Petty influence (an obvious compliment), but I didn’t mention that he’s definitely singing not only my¬†kind of music,¬†¬†but also the music of my generation, and I wonder what the youngsters amongst us think of the musical aspect, the composition, as it were, as opposed to the lyrics?
(the lyrics are beyond criticism, if that is possible).


The mp3 file is on this Wikispace, in case you want to download Michael’s song like I did.

Lyrics of Michael¬†Coughlin’s new song – A Webheads Theme (December 2008):

Webheads ‚Äď all over the world
Webheads ‚Äď we‚Äôre all over the world

24/7 ‚Äď we‚Äôre online
It doesn‚Äôt really matter ‚Äď whatever the time
Someone’s there to answer the CALL


You want to know how to do it right
Or maybe you’re lonely in the middle of the night
Someone’s there to answer your CALL


You want to join your class up across the world
Or you want an expert to talk to them live
Someone will answer your CALL


You’re going on a journey to a foreign land
Want to meet a friend there to show you around
There’ll be someone there to answer your CALL


Learning together ‚Äď sharing our views
Living together ‚Äď sharing our news
Always someone there ‚Äď on the same wavelength


By Michael Coghlan


I updated an Introduction to the Webheads for those of you unfamiliar with us.

Who are the Webheads? What do they do?

Founded by¬†Vance Stevens, “Webheads in Action” is¬†the most¬†active¬†online community involved with computer mediated communication in the field of English as¬†a Second or Foreign Language. Members from nearly every country on the planet are represented. Its¬†700+ active members represent the most robust online manifestation of the 40-year-old, 14,000 member¬†TESOL¬†organization. There are so many links and so much information on the¬†internet about and by the Webheads, that it all seems a bit mind-boggling at first. In my opinion, the best way to get started is to subscribe to the main¬†Webheads Yahoo Group¬†and lurk for a few days to get a feel¬†of the daily life of this community. You will find beginners and¬†experts on various topics all mixed up in one exciting ¬†thread after another. It’s also a very tight, caring¬†group. Friendships run deep amongst members,¬†so you will find almost as many personal messages as professional ones, which seems a bit strange to¬†those who are familiar with more traditional forums. Don’t sign up if your aim is to promote a certain product or service. You probably won’t be blocked or removed in such a case, but you will be ignored. This is a place for serious self-help and professional development, with mutual sharing of resources and ideas, the more experienced always helping out the less experienced in any particular specialization, whether it be a question concerning Web 2.0 places of interest or how best to use software in the classroom… ¬† A large percentage of members are ESL/EFL teachers, perhaps nearly half of them native speakers of English.¬†

Teresa d’E√ßa¬†has compiled an¬†historical account¬†of many important moments in the life of the Group, as well as an Index of¬†Webheads’ sites and blogs.

So if you’re a teacher interested in discovery, experimentation, and self-improvement in the realm of¬†computer mediated communication, this is definitely a community you will want to explore.

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Maira and Roberta from Belo Horizonte

Posted on October 12, 2007. Filed under: Interviewees | Tags: , |

Maira on the left and Roberta on the right.We have interviewed thousands of people since we began Real English in 1992. Sometimes these people contact us after seeing themselves on our site.

This morning we received a message from Maira, who lives in Brazil. We interviewed her and her friend Roberta 4 years ago. You can see her video here on YouTube, or here on the Real English site.

Here is the message she wrote us:

Hi, I’m Ma√≠ra, the girl in the video you made on Nantucket.We didn’t know if you were going to use our interview or not, we thought it was a video for some language school in France. We were so surprised to see it here. Anyway, we liked it. And it’s nice to be one of the most viewed videos.Oh, I just loved how you guys described us: Culture Collectors. I had never thought in that way but you are right, its so me!!! I don’t know if you can understand me or if I got to express myself correctly, it just feel good think about myself as a culture collector. Thanks. I’d appreciate if you could send this message to the interviewer and the rest of the group.
They came a long way!
Like I said in the video, let me add something else… we went to Europe, one month backpacking, 10 countries even Marocco. Definitely the best trip we’ve ever had.

I was checking Real English website, its really interesting and helps people to learn about the language. Great job!


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Real English for the Deaf – ASL & ESL

Posted on March 11, 2007. Filed under: Real English for the Deaf | Tags: , |

Reminder 2005 — new Real English blog at

American Sign Language and English as a Second Language

– Closed Caption Videos Used in a Mixed Class for the Deaf and Hearing

I was really happy to hear from Sandie Linn, Associate Professor at the Centre City Continuing Education campus of the San Diego Community College District. She called me out of the blue.

“Because approximately half of my students are Deaf, I only use videos that have closed captions,” she said. “When I visited the Real English website this summer, I got very excited.”

So I was indeed happy that I had put in the time to create versions of my videos with precise English subtitles.¬† I hadn’t ever thought about the Deaf.¬† I was thinking about “ordinary” learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language, who seem to appreciate the English subtitles. The results, so far, are here. Two years ago, several deaf students enrolled in Sandie’s class, which includes Vocational Adult Basic Education instruction and English as a Second Language.

Word soon got out that her class was user-friendly for the Deaf and hard of hearing, and the number of Deaf students increased. Sandie immediately became aware that she was going to have to take some classes for her own development – in American Sign Language – in order to ensure that her classes would be a success. She started taking ASL classes at Mesa College, also in San Diego.”In the classroom, hearing students have been observed making an effort communicating with Deaf students, and vice versa, employing combinations of sign language and written communication.”

Sandie explained a bit about the class dynamics: “The basic question that the students view on each Real English video can be addressed by all students, even those students at the lowest levels.¬† The complexity of the answers will vary, as the more advanced students will be required to give more complex answers on the Real English supplemental worksheets.”

Accompanied by two of her deaf students, ESL Professor Sandie Linn learns ASL with interpreter David Janisch.
Accompanied by two of her deaf students, ESL Professor Sandie Linn learns ASL with interpreter David Janisch.

I asked her about the fundamentals of her situation, wondering at first IF and HOW the Hearing and Deaf students worked together in the same class. “Yes,” she replied, “I teach Deaf and hearing students in the same class.¬† The beauty of your videos is that because they are closed captioned, the Deaf students can participate as fully as the hearing students.¬† The simplicity of the questions allows the hearing students to ask the Deaf students the question in American Sign Language.¬† While English is the language I use to teach the class, I incorporate ASL into every lesson.”

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