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09
SEP
2016
Students

Express Yourself: Discussing English Quotations and Forming Opinions

Many students have trouble finding their voice, let alone in another language! Here some tips for using English quotations to create classroom discussions.
05
JUL
2016
Man tired and frustrated

Teaching Matters: Discussing Stress in the English Classroom

Discussing stress in the classroom fosters emotionally articulate students and creates compelling conversations. How do you address your students' stress?
12
JUL
2016
Students in discussion

Teaching Matters: Adding Student Voices to Class Discussions

For various reasons, many ESL students are reluctant to speak up in class. How can we better prepare them for American university class discussions?
19
FEB
2016
Older student frustrated with books

Swimming in English: Meaning Matters Most

In conversation, meaning matters most. Our students don’t need to have perfect English grammar; they have to be understood. Let's help them swim in English!
17
JUL
2019

Embracing Change and Concluding Summer English Classes

Class bookends, both beginnings and endings, deserve special attention. Here's a look at how I've concluded many satisfying summer English classes.
27
MAR
2018

The Value of Playback: Recording Student Presentations and Making Good Mistakes in Real-time

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” – Dr. Richard Carlson (1956-), bestselling American author and psychologist Creating a classroom atmosphere of tolerance, understanding, and constructive criticism remains a constant challenge. How do you help your ESL...
28
NOV
2017

Teaching Matters: Correcting Error in the Classroom

  “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” -Socrates (c. 470-399 BCE), Ancient Greek philosopher   What are “good mistakes?” How can we – as teachers of English – encourage students to make more of them? When can we use error as an...
30
NOV
2017

Sharing is Caring: Substituting Connectivity for Communication

“Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.”  –Douglas Adams (1952-2001), English author and satirist   Is the cult of oversharing online preventing us from establishing genuine connections? Do we expect more from our phones than our...
19
DEC
2017

Worksheet: Reviewing TED Talks to Create Compelling Conversations

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” —Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), American entrepreneur and publisher How can you encourage your advanced ESL students to develop their speaking skills and tap into their interest in our rapidly changing world? By...
03
MAY
2018
Shakespeare used plural pronouns too

Is “They” Okay? Is it okay to use “they” for a singular pronoun of unknown gender?

‘Chandos’ Portrait of Shakespeare in the National Portrait Gallery, London “There’s not a man I meet but doth salute me As if I were their well-acquainted friend.” Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors, Act IV, Scene 3: William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British playwright...
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