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23
JUL
2010

Do You Use Newspapers in Your English Class Yet?

Newspapers tell us the news, and inform us about how today is different from yesterday. They provide us with some clues and some information to help us better understand our rapidly changing world. They arrive at our homes, on our laptops, and in our libraries. But what about our...
25
JAN
2010

Passion and Persistence: Self-Published ESL Authors Tell Their Stories

What motivates ESL teachers to become authors? Why do many of these authors self-publish? What’s their likelihood of success? Naturally, I’m quite interested in these questions – and hope other English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers will share my interests. The...
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...
18
DEC
2009

What is your word of the year for 2009?

The New Oxford Dictionary chose "unfriend" as its word of the year, but that clever choice is not the first, only, or last word. This excellent article from Ruth Walker's outstanding...
14
NOV
2009

INTESOL Conference on ESL Teachers and Technology Offers Practical Tips

Further, several speakers - including keynote ESL guru Randall Davis – emphasized the need for appropriate technology and “less is more” when designing classroom lessons. As ever, we discussed ways that technology could help English classrooms become more student-centered and...
04
SEP
2009

Making Accurate, Sound Comparisions in ESL/EFL Conversation Classes

How do you say that again? Which is correct? What is a sound comparison?

English teachers and linguists might also find website www.soundcomparisions.com worth a...

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?
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...
19
APR
2009

Teaching Themes Emerge at CATESOL: Use Technology To Meet Student Needs

Several other CATESOL presenters also lead workshops and shared materials and techniques to incorporate the internet, radio, and other authentic materials into ESL classrooms. While few other presenters used the word “democratic”, many other ESL professionals noted the need to be...
24
MAR
2009

This I Believe

The "This I Believe" website includes a tremendous amount of free resources for teachers and students. Naturally, I also have a simple reproducible worksheet that allows students to find, summarize, and share their own favorite podcasts....