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28
JUL
2016
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Using Photogaphy as an English Conversation Topic

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are they? How can we use photographs as a conversation tool in our English classrooms?
03
NOV
2016
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Introducing Yourself in English: Making Small Talk

First impressions matter, but how do we keep a conversation going afterwards? Here are some common small talk topics to review with your students.
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?
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.
15
JUL
2019

Taking Chances, Trying New Things, and Making Good Mistakes

You can’t learn to speak a new language without making mistakes. How can we address English grammar and pronunciation errors in a friendly, productive way?
03
JUL
2019

The Benefits of Discussing Quotations in the English Classroom

Quotations provide insight and perspective on a variety of topics, past and present. How can this carry over into English classroom discussions?
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...
23
JUN
2017
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Review: Clear the Way for More Good Teachers in Higher Education

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling but wood that needs igniting.” —Plutarch (45 – 120 AD), Ancient Greek essayist and biographer What is the biggest threat to the higher education system? Rising tuition costs? Declining student enrollment? Lower academic skills? Or, is...
16
JUN
2018

Dwelling in Possibility: The Benefits of Intensive Reading for ESL Students

“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” ―Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), American poet What are the benefits of intensive reading for ESL students? How can reading for pleasure spark teachable moments in the English classroom? Reading can...
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