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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...
31
DEC
2009

Happy New Decade! How Will We Change? Will We Discuss Change in Our ESL Classes?

One simple method is to make change a topic in our classes. Cities, products, families, schools, and people change. This moment also allows us to ask some “big” questions.• What changes have you seen in your...
08
NOV
2009

Conversation Tip 5: What has pleasantly surprised you today?

What has pleasantly surprised you today? English teachers can use this question as a writing cue, during student-teacher conferences, or with co-workers. Students, especially at more competitive schools, can often feel great stress. Asking students about what is going right in...
05
SEP
2009

Conversation Tip #4: Ask Questions and Take Turns

Asking follow up question can provide clarity and allow our conversation partners to elaborate on details. Use these simple phrases to go beyond hello and create better conversations.And? So? Where? When? How? Why? Meaning?Smiling and nodding your head also indicate...
21
AUG
2009

What is Your American Dream?

What is your American Dream? This remains one of my favorite questions to ask new immigrants and American citizens.I asked that question, followed by, “why” in a regular column for Easy English Times this month. I gave the last words to Toni Morrison, the Nobel-Prize...
10
AUG
2009

What Does Success Mean? What Definition Works for You?

Sometimes the simplest questions create the best conversations.What does success mean? What definition are you using? How is that definition working for you?
17
JUL
2009

What will I learn today?

Consider me psyched. I’m going to a huge conference of ELT, EFL, and ESL professionals today in Vietnam’s White Palace. The 4th-annual VUS-TESOL conference program is full, and I expect to hear many more teaching tips for working with Vietnamese students who want to...
15
JUN
2009

Two More Steps Forward

Today is a good day. For the first time ever, an English teacher used Compelling Conversations for English Language Learners in Vietnam in an EFL/ESL classroom. Emily, a close friend and fine teacher, used the modified “going beyond hello” chapter with advanced...
30
MAY
2009

Culturally Sensitive Compelling Conversations Created for Vietnam!

How do you revise a conversation textbook designed for American immigrants and international students in the United States for high school English language learners in Vietnam? Carefully! Naturally, the new version of “Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Speaking...
23
MAY
2009

Are you prepared? Are you ready? Aren’t you nervous?

* Are you ready? * Are you prepared? * Aren't you nervous? * Do you have enough time to do that? * When are you going to sleep?Friends - and close relatives - ask these questions out of concern and curiosity. I appreciate their questions and enjoy our...