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05
JUL
2016
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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?
28
JUN
2016

Talking More About Phrasal Verbs in English

Context remains crucial in many English conversations, and phrasal verbs go a long way in establishing context. Let’s talk about "talking" with phrasal verbs!
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?
29
DEC
2015

Hedging Language & Seeking Clarification in Our Arguments

In argumentative essays, it is crucial to acknowledge both sides of the discussion; a nearly impossible feat without using hedging language. Here's an interactive way to craft more conscientious arguments, and to make sure your audience is listening.
20
NOV
2015

Practicing Interview Skills: Mock Job Interviews and Self Evaluation

Finding work is not always an easy, and the job interview process can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, like most skills, practice makes progress.
02
JUN
2016
college students discussing project on laptop in classroom

Do you use Teachers Pay Teachers Yet?

“They know enough who know how to learn” – Henry Adams (1838-1918), historian Where do millions of dedicated teachers find affordable, readymade lessons? What if you could reap real benefits from all of your original supplementary classroom materials? Why haven’t we done this...
07
JUN
2016
students discussing notes

What makes a conversation-friendly English, ESL or EFL classroom?

  “There is a role and function for beauty in our time.” – Tadao Ando (1941–), Japanese architect Introducing Teacher Edition Tuesday, a new weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition! What makes a...
10
MAR
2016
Four female students

How Do You Use Compelling American Conversations in Multilevel ESL Classes?

“People have one thing in common: they are all different.” ~Robert Zend (1929-1985), American writer   Compelling American Conversations provides an invaluable resource for teachers in the common situation of teaching multilevel adult ESL classes with ongoing enrollment. ESL...
20
MAR
2016
Three students talking

Context Matters with Conversation Idioms

“Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer   Conversation styles are wonderfully varied. Just as one size never truly fits all, one conversational approach may not be appropriate depending on...
04
JAN
2016
New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: Discussing in English Class

“To modernize is to adopt and to adapt, but it is also to recreate.” Octavio Paz, (1914-1998), Mexican writer and diplomat.   Holidays and anniversaries often prompt personal reflections. As a new year beckons, millions of English language learners and thousands...
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