Jeff Stanford (@violinjeff) is the author of Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching and has setup a public Moodle site with free resources to support the content in his book.

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The Book:

Here’s an excerpt from a review of the book by Miguel Guhlin (

…jump straight to Chapter 3-Vocabulary Activities and start there. Language teachers might see this as a simple enough place to start. If you’ve ever wondered about what can be done with the Moodle glossary, Jeff provides a lot of examples that are specific to vocabulary learning. True to his promise, Jeff organizes what you can do in Moodle around core vocabulary learning activities that range from the glossary to Hot Potatoes Crossword Puzzles to Chat and other components

Copies of the book are available from Packt Publishing or Amazon for around $44.99 (less for the digital copy from Packt).

The Site:

The Moodle site sports a fresh theme (Aardvark) and some great tutorials, ‘howtos’ and contextual examples that compliment the book’s content.  Once logged in you’ll be able to check out four sample activity areas,

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking

The mini-courses include a few resources and activities (and a PDF to review) that let you try out the various activities in Moodle that you might employ to cover the different areas of teaching a second language with the popular LMS, though many only include one or two entry/question to trial.

Note you will need to contact Jeff to receive an account on the site.  His contact information is posted on all pages at

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  1. Hi!

    Many thanks for the mention of my book.
    Small correction… I’m Jeff Stanford, not Shepard

    Thanks for your useful site!
    Am more than happy to answer questions on the book.



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