EFL Shorts – Short stories for EFL learners


To learn a new language, listening, speaking and writing are important, but reading is also very helpful in many ways. Sometimes most learners underestimate its importance, there are many advantages of reading, though.

  • You can learn new vocabularies in context.
  • Reading materials can be a model for writing.
  • You can see “correct” English with a proper grammatical structure. While reading, it is possible to learn grammatical English naturally.

Short stories can be a good choice for reading because … they are short.

EFL Shorts is a web page where you can read free short stories with audio files on. There are also activities related with the stories that teachers can easily use with their students.

When you make a search in Google, you can find a lot of stories to read but it is not easy to find well-written ones with audio and activities. I’m giving  EFL shorts the thumbs up for their creativity and sharing their nice stories with learners and teachers.


Speechyard – Practise with real English from movies and books!

995698_543781672353539_658593065_nSpeechyard is a new web site  where you can watch  complete films and TV series  (also scenes from them) with English subtitles. When you come across an unknown vocabulary,you can simply click on that word and learn the meaning of it. movies

There are some other web sites which offer the same service, too. But, with Speechyard, you can read authentic books, too.kafka

Also, you don’t need to be a member or pay something to use the basic service. If you have a pro account, there are more activities and resources for you.

To get more information, you can have a look at this manual. How to use Speechyard

-Download the Speechyard App-

speechyard app

Short Films with English Subtitles

If you are not at higher levels, watching movies or TV series can’t help you as much as you think.  You need to use any learning materials again and again to be better, but it is really difficult to watch and understand a full movie or an episode of your favorite TV shows.

So, I strongly suggest watching short films. They can be watched again and again for different purposes (to improve vocabulary, fluency, pronunciation, intonation, etc.)

Here are some short films I love.




.:Back to Solitude:.


.: Sight:.

 Script is here

45 seconds game

There are four new vocabulary games for higher levels. While creating these games, I used my own template which I created in Articulate Storyline.

Every game has ten verbs whose letters are given as unscrambled and you have 45 seconds to find that verb. If you need, click on help button to see the definition of the verb and also an example sentence.






Pyramid Games


Here are the new games to practice vocabulary. While preparing these games, I used a template created by elearningbrothers. There are just six games for now, new games will be added soon.

Daily Actions 1

Daily Actions 2

Free Time Activities

Items in the House

Health Problems

Places in the City


A different way to improve English : Poetry Apps


Poetry is not a common way to teach and learn English in our country (Turkey). I try to use different kind of poetry activities with my all students. When it is presented in an attractive way, I think everybody enjoys a good piece of  artwork and tries to write his or her own poem. After those poetry based lessons, I suggest my students some poetry web pages and apps. Here you can find a short list of them.

Enjoy .

poems-by-heart-emblemPoems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Improve your English by practicing with poem activities.



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With the Poetry Foundation’s universal  app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.


ReadWriteThink’s  mobile apps for poetry can be used to write different kinds of poems such as acrostic, diamante, haiku and theme. They can be really helpful for children and beginner level adult students as they can create their poems very easily with the given words.  My favorite app is Word Mover.


downloadPoetry everywhere is a program run by Poetry foundation. It’s possible to download iPhone app or you can visit their website to read and listen to the poems of great poets.



poetry creatorEver wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Poetry Creator/Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.




The Quotes app has more than 5,000 carefully selected quotes and phrases to motive, inspire and wake up the poet inside you, making your day much more enjoyable. You will see the life with much more optimism and hope, sharing with the people around the harmony of someone that still believes that positive thinking can change the world.


There are some new vocabulary games for A1 level students. Generally I create my own templates for these games and quizzes by using Articulate Storyline.  But this time, I used a template created by Tim Slade. He is an eLearning Designer and shared this template with Articulate Community.

questions and answers gameI changed some actions and colors and prepared some fancy quizzes for my students. Click on the links below to see them online.

Have fun.



Adjectives Game

Occupations Game (1)

Occupations Game (2)

Questions and Answers Game