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15
JAN
2016

Teaching Matters: Creating a Democratic English Classroom

From my perspective, a good English classroom is a democratic English classroom. Here's a quick checklist I created to help ESL teachers achieve this goal.
19
FEB
2016
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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!
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?
12
JUN
2019

Learning English Opens Doors Here and There

“Next to money, English is the leading international language.” —Evan Esar (1899-1995), American humorist How does learning English open doors for people around the globe? What prejudgments do we make about why others want to learn English? How can we, as English teachers, help...
06
FEB
2016
Muslim girl studying in library

In the News: Will the U.K. Debate over Teaching English to Reduce Islamic Extremism Travel Here?

“Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity.” ~Aristotle (384-322 BCE), Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Can teaching English to new immigrants and refugees make the United Kingdom safer? Is learning English essential to successfully...
15
JUN
2008

What are the 1000 most common words in English?

Importance of authentic vocabulary reflecting interests “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”  -Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author What are the 1000 most common words in English? Wiktionary, an offshoot of the wonderful Wikipedia, offers this...
20
SEP
2014

Conversation Tip #1: The right attitude is key

Positive attitudes generate positive experiences “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” -Tenzin Gyatso (1935- ) the 14th Dalai LamaSo often our desire to have meaningful conversations overshadows the reason why we want to have them in the...
15
JUN
2008

ESL classes should include more conversation activities!

Conversation activities need greater presence in classrooms “Speech is civilization itself. It is silence which isolates.” -Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German novelist Conversation remains a vital social skill for our English students. Naturally, immigrants and...
15
JUN
2008

English Language Teaching Tip #12: Ask a Question While Taking Attendance

Make a bureaucratic procedure more engaging by asking questions “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” -Thomas Berger (1924-2014) American novelist Can you recommend a good movie? What’s your favorite song? What’s your favorite...
15
JUN
2008

Choosing to speak English opens doors

As ESL and EFL teachers, we should encourage all English language learners! “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” -Brad Henry (1963- ), former Governor of Oklahoma Our students have chosen to speak English because...
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