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14
JUN
2016
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Teaching Phrasal Verbs – Fun with Take and Make

Many phrasal verbs with "take" and "make" have multiple meanings and are easy to confuse. By "taking" a look at context, we can "make" comprehension easier!
23
FEB
2017
Outdoor Date

Review: How to Have More Engaging Conversations in Everyday Life

“Confidence contributes more to a conversation than wit.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer   How can we help English language learners in the U.S. have more long-lasting, compelling conversations with native speakers? Sometimes it can be difficult to...
17
JAN
2017
It's a Breeze Book Cover

It’s A Breeze: Now available on Teachers Pay Teachers!

 Let’s “learn the ropes” of English – idiom by idiom! Exciting news, English teachers: All seven, thematic units of Chimayo Press’ It’s A Breeze are now individually available on our Teachers Pay Teachers store! Written for high school ESL students and adult English...
17
SEP
2016
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The Fall 2016 Chimayo Press Catalog is here!

Embed from Getty Images   Are you looking to create a more fluency-focused curriculum for your ESL/EFL class this fall? Do you seek new, engaging communicative activities to encourage more class discussions? Is teaching English students to ask better questions and create...
02
JUN
2018

Why Not Create a Safer, One-Size-Fits-All “Global” Version of Compelling Conversations? (Part I)

“Only the educated are free.” —Epictetus (55-135), Greek philosopher Over the years, many English teachers have asked if I plan a “global” version of Compelling Conversations so it can be used everywhere, including closed countries like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. What does...
07
NOV
2008

Let’s Talk About the American Elections, Voting, and Democratic Values in English Class

Who makes the rules? Who chooses the rulers? Can citizens peacefully replace ineffective, unpopular leaders? Yes, we can! In the United States of America, voters enjoyed their opportunity to hire and fire their President. People voted, machines counted the votes, and millions of...
16
JUL
2014

Easy English Times newspaper remains a great resource

ESL students can read news, stories and Compelling Conversations “Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.” ―Charles Lamb (1775-1834) English writerThere’s no denying the value of an engaging newspaper: it keeps us...
19
JAN
2010

CATESOL Accepts Presentation on Informational Interviews

"Informational Interviews: A Practical, Illuminating Speaking Assignment" will demonstrate the importance and relevance of this unusual assignment for a wide range of ESL students. Although officially listed for college/university instructors, the long assignment can be adapted...
10
OCT
2014

Search and Share exercises enhance learning resources

Explore with Search and Share worksheets   Photo Source: Photo taken by Nicola Sapiens De Mitri“In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.” -John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) American theoretical physicistWe live in a world full of wonderful resources...
04
SEP
2015
Happy Friends Studying Together

How do you flip your English class? What homework activities do you use to spark lively small group discussions in class?

How do you create lively small group discussions in your English class? What homework do you find most likely to spark student-led conversations? Are you interested in flipping your ESL class so English language learners collect information outside of class and share the...